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Bushnell NorthStar 525mm x 3" Motorized GoTo Reflector Telescope

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  • 525-millimeter x 3-inch telescope with power-boosting Barlow Lens
  • Built-in database of 20,000 celestial objects; "Go To" computerized tracking technology
  • Red LCD lit, remote hand-held control module with Real Voice Output (RVO) option
  • Red Dot LED finder-scope; camera adaptable design; kinematic mount
  • Comes with four and 20-millimeter eyepieces, a quick release tripod, and accessory tray
  • Real Voice Output
  • Remote Handheld Control Module
  • Northstar(tm) Talking Reflector Telescope (700 X 3")
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Product Description

700 X 3" Motorized Reflector Telescope; Real Voice Output(tm) (rvo) Describes The Night Sky In A Human Voice ; 1.25" Eyepiece ; Power-boosting Barlow Lens; Computer-driven Location & Tracking Ability; Red Dot Finderscope ; Remote Handheld Control Module ; Camera Adaptable ; Quick Release Tripod; Kinematic Mount

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The NorthStar Telescope is designed to unlock the mysteries of the night sky for amateur astronomers--providing the information and navigation tools you need so that you always know what you are looking at. Equipped with a power-boosting Barlow lens, the NorthStar provides 35 to 525x magnification of distant objects in space. The telescope's motorized GoTo built-in database details 20,000 celestial objects. In order to find a region of space, you simply call up your target on the remote hand-held control module, enter a simple "Go To" command, and the NorthStar computer finds your location. Once you have locked onto a object, tracking the object for prolonged viewing is automatic. The NorthStar's RVO (Real Voice Output) feature, meanwhile, provides an interactive way to explore the night sky.

Designed for ease-of-use in the dark that won't impair your night vision, the remote hand-held control module features red, backlit push buttons and a red, illuminated LCD read-out. The telescope comes with both four and 20-millimeter eyepieces, and also features a 1x wide-angle, red dot finder scope. Additional features include a quick-release tripod and accessory tray for fast, easy assembly, and a kinematic mount.

Specifications:

  • Magnifications: 35x, 105x, 175x, 525x
  • 525-millimeter by 3-inch Motorized GoTo Reflector
  • Eyepieces: 4 and 20-millimeter
  • Red Dot LED finder scope
  • Remote hand-held control module with Real Voice Output (RVO)
  • Camera adaptable
  • Quick release tripod
  • Kinematic mount
  • Accessory tray
  • Length: 27.56 inches / 700 millimeters
  • Model: 788831

What's in the Box? NorthStar Motorized GoTo Reflector Telescope, remote control, accessory tray, kinematic mount, quick-release tripod

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Product Manual [1.46mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 44 x 10.5 x 18.8 inches ; 52.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 26.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0000A4LYK
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: BSH788831
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By A. Murray on October 4, 2006
Everything bad you've read in the other reviews is all 100% true. From the lack of tracking, poor go-to (because it doesn't keep the time after you've set it), to the way over exaggerated magnification claims, shaky mount-- all true.

I've had one of these scopes for about 4-5 years (got it as a gift). I used it once or twice but couldn't do anything but look at the moon with it. It went in the attic (where most cheap scopes end up) after a short time...

Then I gave it to my sister (she kept it when I moved-- I was going to throw it away). She gave it back after about a year because she couldn't get it to focus. Only useful for the moon she says (couldn't get the computer to work at all-- her fault there-- read on).

Since that time, however, I learned a lot about telescopes in general. So when I got it back, I figured out why it wouldn't focus with the included 4mm eyepiece or the supplied 3x barlow. It was WAY out of collimation. Collimation wasn't even mentioned in the manual at all. They assume it is always in collimation. If a scope gets out of collimation it is useless so it is strange not to put it in the manual at all.

So I take out the primary mirror and mark the center spot with a red sharpie (you need to mark the center of the primary mirror for collimation-- this one doesn't come pre-marked). I put it back in and use a cheshire eyepiece (used for collimation) to line up the optics. Now I knew why there were no instructions on collimating. This thing is almost impossible to collimate! The secondary mirror basically falls out when you loosen any ONE of the set screws! Anyway after about an hour and fifteen minutes I got it in very good collimation.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jon on October 18, 2004
First off, I just want to say that I have the model up from this scope (with the 4 inch mirror), and I have the exact same problems as with this model.

To begin, the optics are actually fairly good, but nowhere close to what bushnell says they are. My scope claims to have a magnification of 675x, but it maxes out at a more reasonable 225x. While this is a good magnification, producing clear images, it is almost rendered useless by the fact that the telescope couldn't track an object if its life depended on it. I was able to see Jupiter, its gas belts, and four of its moons, but within about 30 seconds, it completely drifted out of the eyepiece. Optics wise, this is a good scope that allowed me to see the moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, though only for short periods of time before I needed to re-align the scope. And just as a general warning, no matter how high the magnification is, the planet will always be about the sixe of the head of a pin. If you let your eyes focus you can begin to see details.

My main prolem with this scope is the tripod. Every one of the claims that this scope can track is not true. It says it uses some kind of revolutionary new kinematic mount that is incredibly precise. This is not true. All this scope uses is a wobbly alt-azimuth mount that is anything but capeable of tracking. It is very shaky, making it hard to focus at high magnifications.

The computer system on this scope is a total joke. It does not track mainly due to the fact that it doesn't keep time. You enter in the time when you go outside, so that the computer can then in theory point the scope to where objects are in the sky. This would work incredibly well...if it kept up with the time.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mightyweb on July 1, 2004
For someone who even knows where the stars are in the night sky, this thing won't find any of them after you have aligned them. I found the telescope to be cheap construction and poor optics. I am just wondering if anyone has got this product to work like bushnell says it does??? I for one lost alot of respect from this company. Mabey they should stay out of telescopes, or make quality products with better manuals and customer support. I tried to phone the toll free # and got the big company run around, talking to no-one. I am taking this product back tomorrow.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2004
Got it for a gift and set it up and it seemed not as easy as it is says it is. Did not work , the computer was broken and it did not track . Called Bushnell for help for three days on hold for 30 min. each time no answer , I went on line and got no help . The directions are not good and not set to a beginer. I packed it up and sent it back . Good luck
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2003
This telescope is computer monitized. To a beginner astronomer, it looks and sounds great, but really, that's not how it works. An beginner astronomer equipped with ANY computerized telescope is gonna look at the screen and spent hours (or even days) to find out where is the stars, whereareas another astronomer equipped without the computerized monitor is going to spent hours of exploring the sky and look at the wonders. Also, it says that it's aperture (daimeter of the mirror), the most important thing, is only 3" (76mm). And it's magnifacation is 525X (look at the features) and and any telescope with 3" of aparture has the MAX magnifacation of 180X. That means you will only see a blur in the eyepeice! And you can get a telescope that has better aparture and doesn't have a humungous magnifacation (expert anstronomers uses low magnification) at a cheaper price (like Orion SpaceProbe 130mm or Celestron FirstScope 114mm)! For a beginner, I would recommend Orion or Celestron telescopes.
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