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This is a great little beginner scope. Most entry level scopes at this price range are junk but this one holds its own. 5 inch Aperture for under 150 bucks is very reasonable. I saw the same scope on several other websites for similar price, however most were charging at least $27 for shipping or more. I got this little number for $148 and free super saver shipping and still received it in 3 days. Two day shipping from some of the other companies I looked at cost over $50 so all that being said you can't complain about the value.
As for assembly I have noticed some reviews for this product stating it was difficult to assemble and parts were missing and/or broken. I must say I was fortunate not to run into any of these problems. I was able to assemble everything in about 20 minutes and this is my first experience with an equatorial mount. everything fit together logically and I didn't require a manual to put it together. It was a case of open the box containing the next part,look at the picture on the box, and slap it on and move to the next piece and so on. Once assembled it took about another 10 minutes to balance the scope on the mount. This I used the manual for since as I mentioned before I have never used an equatorial mount. The Manual could have been a little more detailed for a beginner like me, but it wasn't exactly tedious either. Performing the Polar Alignment was a snap. The Hardest part was trying to find something to keep me occupied while I waited for the sky to get dark.
Navigating the sky using the included software was easy and straight forward. My wife and I were able to navigate to the moon, mars, and Saturn very easily. Deep Sky objects are still difficult currently but I am sure this will improve as the Phase of the moon begins to cooperate more.
The only cons I have to note is the quality of the 4MM eyepiece, Barlow lens, and finder scope, which are kind of worthless but these are items that are subject to preference anyhow. These are usually the first things people upgrade on their scopes. It is almost expected nowadays for these items to be of poor quality. You can't buy a telescope for 150 bucks and expect it to come with high precision eye pieces any more than you can expect to buy a car for $9,000 and expect leather seats, power windows and a moon roof. Most good eye pieces sell for about 50 bucks or more so it only makes sense that you are not going to get top notch eye pieces that are going to cost more than the total price of the scope.
Overall a good investment if you want a good entry level scope that won't break your bank and are willing to upgrade a few things somewhere down the road, this scope is a winner.
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Initial post: Feb 25, 2012 9:22:00 AM PST
Mark Twain says:
The Bushnell Aries 5 is less than 150.00 and comes with two quality eyepieces.
Posted on Dec 12, 2012 4:24:53 PM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2013 7:17:45 PM PST
The review was for a New In box Scope not a used scope so my metaphor was describing a factory new Car, not a Used Craigs List Piece of Crap, but thank for your Snarky and unnecessary feedback.
Posted on Nov 27, 2014 8:48:57 PM PST
I am looking for a telescope for my Husband for christmas, He is really obsessed with outer space lately. Is this a decent beginners scope? Can you see any of the planets?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2014 4:46:43 PM PST
you can see everything up to saturn with this scope and the basic eyepieces it comes with. You can see Nebulae and other deep space objects with some better eye pieces and some experience. This is a great scope to start with because it collects a pretty huge amount of light for its size and it is very affordable. It is also a decent scope for a moderately experienced user too so a beginner wont outgrow it for a few years. I got a good amount of use out of this scope.
Posted on Jan 7, 2015 4:07:14 AM PST
Just wanted to post a thank you for your review. Very well done and objective. Ignore the haters.
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