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    So as I mentioned in another thread I am looking to buy a nice telescope for the family in the next couple of months. From all the excellent recommendations I have decided that now it will likely be a 6" or 8" dobsonian telescope. I am really leaning towards a Zhumell Z8 because of what comes with it for the price but haven't ruled out considering an Orion xt6 intelliscope, fortunately I have time to decide.
    On with the story, last Thursday my mother gives me a call out of the blue asking if I was still looking for a telescope, I ask her why? She tells me she is at Goodwill and has found a telescope. I get the details from her. It is a Jason by Bushnell telescope. Realizing as soon as she tells me what it is I know that it is a medoicre at best telescope. I ask her what size it is and how much. It is a 4.5" tube with a 900mm focal length. I decide for the price that for $30 dollars maybe atleast I would get an acceptable tripod. When I get if from her that night I find out that it is a newtonian on an EQ mount. It looks to be in good condition with one dent in the tube. It only came with 1 eyepiece, a 4mm and it is a .965. I realize this is not the size eyepiece that I want long term but figure this will entertain me until I get the dob. I took it out that night as is, it was a full moon, and gave it a try. It provided some really nice views of the moon. I was impressed. I couldn't find anything else tho due to the exceptionally poor finder scope. Once back home I go digging in the closet for the old crappy Tasco refractor telescope, that everyone must have. and gave a look at the eyepieces that it had. It has a 6mm and a 12mm which I quickly gobbled up to use on the Jason. I have attempted to use it a few other nights but have had trouble because even the 12mm is very view restrictive and the finder scope wont stay sighted in. Yesterday I hopefully have cured the eyepiece problem. I ordered off of ebay 2 eyepieces a 40mm and a 25mm. this will give me much better field of view i am hoping. And tonight I fixed the finder scope. I removed it from the tube, made a mount that I epoxied to the tube and mounted my rifle red dot sight. I just got back from sighting it in which was a breeze. if the clouds will clear I plan on taking it out tonight. I have tried on several occasions but couldnt even polar align it with polaris because I couldn't find it in the scope. tonight I hope to remedy that even with the 12mm(75x) eyepiece because I will be able to point the finderscope accurately. I will report my results weather permitting. Thanks for letting me ramble on. Here are a couple of pics of my cheepy find with the red dot scope on it.
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    Hi Stacey welcome!

    For $30 that looks like a steal, let us know how the viewings go

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    Nice looking scope for 30 dollars ...You never know what you will find at second hand shops ..I know a guy that picked up a older "televue tv101" at a pawn shop ..He saw it laying on the floor behind the counter and asked about it ..Nobody knew about it so he offered them 150 dollars and they jumped on it ..The scope is worth much more than that ..Telescope blue book has it at 1900 ...
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    Had it out tonight in very dark skys, found out that I didn't have the red dot scope perfect but it was close enough to get most things in view with a 12mm eyepiece(75x). I never could get it polar aligned on Polaris but I got it close. My first target was going to be Mars. I had trouble finding it partly due to it trying to disappear behind the trees and me trying to figure out how to use the EQ mount. I never was able to get it in view but I was able to get regalus in view I was close but the trees were my problem. After this I went to Vega and was able to find it easily. Wasn't sure what to do after that so I looked on my distant planets iPhone app and saw there was a messier object near by. I briefly tried to find it but was unsuccessfull tonight. After this I decided to have a look at antaries I found it quickly and decided to try some stronger eyepieces but had much difficulty focusing tried the cheap 2x barlow and the scope didn't have enough travel to focus with it finally was able to get the 6mm or the 4mm to work couldn't tell Wichita one as it was to dark and saw it with a bit more detail after that I decided that was enough success for one night. I will be going back again and it makes me want to buy that nice scope sooner

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    That's a nice little scope there. They can be a little tough when starting out, but will pay off in the end. You will really get to learn the stars.
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    Yes I think it's Gonna do for now but I will certainly be "upgrading" this year This one will be nice as a second with some more tweeks. Does anyone know if it is possible to take a 1.25 focus assembly and out it on this little scope so that I cam use 1.25 eyepieces? Would doing so cause other issues?

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    Take a close look at the focuser on that Bushnell.,.,I have the same scope and it has an adapter in the focuser that comes out and then the focuser holds 1.25" eyepieces.,good luck.,.,O+O

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    Quote Originally Posted by craterdavy View Post
    Take a close look at the focuser on that Bushnell.,.,I have the same scope and it has an adapter in the focuser that comes out and then the focuser holds 1.25" eyepieces.,good luck.,.,O+O
    You are correct, I did take off the .965 adapter but after doing so I no longer have a thumb screw to retain the larger eyepiece. Did you have this same issue if so how did you fix this problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sscarboro View Post
    Yes I think it's Gonna do for now but I will certainly be "upgrading" this year This one will be nice as a second with some more tweeks. Does anyone know if it is possible to take a 1.25 focus assembly and out it on this little scope so that I cam use 1.25 eyepieces? Would doing so cause other issues?
    Hi Stacey ...Just a little friendly advice here ..Once you decide to upgrade , Take a minuet and think about how big a scope you would like to go to ....I am not trying to tell you not to get a larger scope but the pictures in the catalogs and on the internet don't do them any justice ..They are a lot bigger than they look ..It may also be a good idea to try and go to a star party one evening and take a look through some other peoples telescopes just to get an idea of whats available ..You may also visit an astronomy shop and take a peek at some scopes that are set up just to get an idea how big they are ....
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    Years ago, my first telescope was a 4.5 with a .965 eyepiece holder. It's not a bad scope. Especially if you don't really want to lug an enormous beast around wherever you go. Between waiting for clear skies, battling the freezing cold and wondering what people think when they see you, sometimes having a smaller telescope is a good thing.

    I never got a bigger one. I haven't had a telescope for years. I'm thinking about getting some binoculars now. I just can't deal with dragging a big scope everywhere with me.

 

 
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