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Bushnell Northstar Talking Reflector Telescope


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Northstar 3" Talking Reflector TelescopeOur Northstar Telescopes offer amateur astronomers state-of-the-art computer-driven location and tracking capability with simple, push-button control. With a built-in data base of 20,000 celestial objects, you simply call up your target on the hand-held control module, enter a simple "Go To" command and the NorthStar computer does the rest. Once locked on, tracking the object for prolonged viewing is automatic. Our innovative RVO (Real Voice Output) feature provides a fun, interactive way to explore the night sky. The remote, hand-held control module features red, backlit push buttons and a red, illuminated LCD read-out for easy viewing without impairing your night vision. The telescopes also feature our new 1x wide-angle, red dot finderscope. Additional features include a quick-release tripod and accessory tray for fast, easy assembly.Features:
  • 4mm and 20mm eyepieces
  • Power-boosting Barlow lens
  • "Go To" computerized tracking technology
  • Red Dot LED finderscope
  • Remote hand-held control module with Real Voice Output (RVO)
  • Camera adaptable
  • Quick release tripod
  • Kinematic mount
  • Accessory tray

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  • ASIN: B0091KJW9A
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,238 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Don't buy scopes based on magnification claims.
Zhimbo
It is very shaky, making it hard to focus at high magnifications.
Jon
Collimation wasn't even mentioned in the manual at all.
A. Murray

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A. Murray on October 4, 2006
Size Name: 3"
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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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jon on October 18, 2004
Size Name: 3"
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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mightyweb on July 1, 2004
Size Name: 3"
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
Size Name: 3"
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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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2003
Size Name: 3"
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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