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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.244.133
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.4.123)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.244.133) (Original Vote)
Date: 12/12/2005 08:14:39 am PDT
>The relative ratings of this scope and the Meade ETX70 have made me cynical about ratings. A side-by-side comparison of the Bushnell Voyager to the ETX70 made me want to call up Meade and scream. Nevertheless, the ETX70 is credited with spectacular optics, and the Bushnell Voyager is panned. One reviewer on another site even declared that he saw gull wings around stars in the star test. I saw no such effect.
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>Very well, this isn't the greatest scope in the world, but it is fine for its target market: casual family viewing. The low-power eyepiece yields a very fine wide view - much broader than the view in the ETX90 at comparable magnification. At 100 power, it reveals surface detail on Jupiter, and shows Saturn clearly. The beloved ETX70 blurs out far below 100 power, and for $150.00 more, it never showed the rings of Saturn in my experience. (That's pretty damning, IMHO.)
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>At $180.00, there's nothing cheaper that shows as much as the Voyager. It has no snob appeal. It's not for the serious amateur. It's for the casual family, and it's well-targeted.

Uhh...why did you post this on the Bushnell Voyager page?


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.153.126
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.4.123)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.153.126) (Original Vote)
Date: 12/12/2005 08:16:32 am PDT
>Whlie being my first telescope I don't have much to compare it to. And also being quite studious I got really into the lingo of what I need to look out for in a telescope. While it does suffer from sphericial aberration (about 10% around the edges) I was able to bring up Saturn on my first night out. While still small it did show differations in the clouds (dimly and not much difference in colors) and it didn't show the Cassini Division. I've also noticed that this scope's specs say it's 4.5" but mine is 3". I also I couldn't get the barlow to focus on it. I should have tried practicing against the moon since it was just yesterday that it was full. For being quite the novice and getting this for Christmas I'm quite happy with how performs.

I got this telescope(at least I think it's the 4.5" Bushnell Voyager Reflector)from a friend and gave it away to another friend.Sounds like performance is similar to my NGC-60...but this telescope is bigger...nearly 2 whole inches bigger...it is probably better for deep-sky objects.


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Subject: Was it a good idea or a bad one?
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.4.123)
Date: 01/17/2006 06:40:32 am PDT
A friend gave me one of these!He said the owner didn't want it and asked me,I took it.However,I never got use it. It took a .965 eyepiece, I only have 2 1.25s and a 2x Barlow from my little Telestar NGC-60,which I hoped I could possibly compare the Voyager to.It also didn't have a finder so I figured I'd be spending say $70-$100 to get a 1.25" Eyepiece Adaptor and a Finderscope for it. Owch. So much for "free".I knew this guy younger than me who really enjoyed looking at the Moon and Mars in November through the NGC-60 so I gave him this telescope. If it gets fixed up, and we get the parts I need, he says I can use it anytime I want. But is it any better than my NGC-60?Well,here's what my NGC-60 shows(My Backyard's skies suck for deep-sky,LM is only 4.0 at best):

-The rings of Saturn show clearly using my 9mm eyepiece at 78x.If the night is decent and the rings are well tilted I can spot the Cassini Division. Not bad for a 60mm.

-At 28x,the Moon shows numerous craters and rifts,and pretty much everything else.(I tried holding my eyepiece and getting the moon to focus but I couldn't with the Voyager).

-On Jupiter,the bulge of the disc,2-3 cloud belts,and sometimes the Great Red Spot can be seen as well as the "north polar region".

-Greenish Color clearly visible in Uranus.Very Teeny Disc barley noticable at 78x.

-Alberio split easily even at 28x,beautiful.

-Bright stars are pinpoints at 78x.Jupiter and Mars lose detail at 156x,Saturn and Moon can hold up when the seeing is good enough.

How does the Voyager stack up against this?Should I take it back?


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