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Bushnell Northstar 5" Maksutov Cassegrain GoTo Telescope 1550 x 127mm 788850
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Most Helpful Positive Review Best value for the money
This scope has all the features and quality of similar scopes that cost $10...
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I like the scope, I take it camping. The problem is the "go to" tracking f...
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Good bang for the buck

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on December 11, 2009
Pros: This is a very nice and compact telescope and the stand is fine. The optics are superb and focusing is really nice thanks to the excellent focusing mechanism. Very crisp and sharp images. The stand supports the scope well (which surprised me) and the motors work pretty smooth. I got a very good deal for the money overall.
Cons: What I don't like is the user manual which is very incomplete (if I were a beginner I would have gone crazy), the useless 4 mm eye piece, and the NorthStar has also some issues. The NorthStar goto is good per se, but the light in the controller is very dim making reading at night difficult. There are too few alignment stars and I have no idea what the star alpha is. There are some prominent stars missing. Also, the stars I am getting after alignment seem random between 2 and 5 and in the end it doesn't matter much. The scope usually finds what you punch in, but sometimes seems to go "crazy" and go somewhere (after which you should simply align again). Thus far mine is not tracking as I have not found how to do it thus far. Certain objects seem to trigger "going crazy" more than others - mine doesn't like M52 much it seems.....overall I like the Meade Autostar better in comparison, but the scope in this deal is much better. Overall I am very satisfied even though there are some issues with "goto". I would buy again.
Pros: Excellent optics
Cons: User manual, NorthStar alignment...
Would recommend: Yes
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Bushnell Northstar 5# Maksutov Cassegrain

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, MT Written on November 2, 2009
Manual doesn't give enough information about how to use. Bushnell doesn't have any information on website. They have manual, but it is worthless. Battery cover does not latch. Ordered new cover and it does not latch either.
Pros: Easy to use
Cons: Manual sucks...
Would recommend: Yes
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The stars come to life!

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on October 15, 2009
For a 5" this thing sure does show a whole lot. I took this bad boy into the country and am amazed by the difference over my 3". Only downside is the weight, but then again as long as I have my hubby carry it, its ok!
Pros: Points at so many stars, works great, easy set up for big telescope
Cons: A little heavy...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great scope for beginnng astronomers

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on October 14, 2009
I've been a fan of Bushnell's Northstar series for a while and I finally decided to buy this guy and give him the good college try. Overall, a good unit, especially for a computer. Took a bit to set up but the images were crisp for a 5"
Pros: Great features, goto consistent, good value
Cons: Set up takes a little...
Would recommend: Yes
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Bushnell Northstar 5"

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on May 26, 2008
I like the scope, I take it camping. The problem is the "go to" tracking feature. It does not work. If I aline the scope and put it on Saturn, then look at something else and go back to Saturn, it will not track back to it. It will get close but not in the field of vision. This is after I have leveled it and alined on 3 to 4 stars and get a 4 star "good siteing".
Pros: Light and easy to set up
Cons: Does not track well at all, to go feature is of no value...
Would recommend: No
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Best value for the money

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on July 28, 2007
This scope has all the features and quality of similar scopes that cost $100-$200 more. The optics and electronics are nice. I would have preferred a barlow or less extreme secondary eyepiece than the 4mm that's provided.
Pros: high value/price ratio
Cons: almost useless 4mm eyepiece...
Would recommend: Yes
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