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    Default Choice of three telescopes but which one should I go for.



    I need your help.

    For ten years service my company have given me 1700 points to spend on gift from an online corporate loyalty gift provider.

    I have decided to get a telescope basically to fulfill a childhood dream to see the rings on Saturn with my own eyes (via off course a telescope).

    There are only three choices but not bad for free :-)

    A Tasco Luminova for 1400 pts
    A Bushnell Voyager refractor (600x800) for 1600
    A Bushnell reflector with a motorised unit for about 1740 pts (got to put in 40 bucks myself)

    I have no idea which one to choose, please help ASAP as have only a few days to redeem said pts.

    Thank you in advance for all your help.

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    I would put out the $40 for the Northstar.

    I gotta say, this seems like a pretty chintzy bonus for 10 years faithful service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WWPierre View Post
    I would put out the $40 for the Northstar.

    I gotta say, this seems like a pretty chintzy bonus for 10 years faithful service.

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    Thank you sir, I will go for the Northstar as advised.

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    If you have 1700 point and bushnell reflector costs 1740 points then...
    40 points cost 40$, that means 1 point is 1$
    Oh chit!

    1740$ wow!

    this would be very expensive "gift"
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    And can anyone point to any reviews I can read regarding the Northstar (which I am assuming is this model):
    Bushnell Northstar Reflector Telescope 700mm x 76mm, though the corporate web site is really lousy on details. I am guessing it is this one because it is the cheapest of the Northstars!!

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    Greeny

    LOL yep the mind boggles but I can assure you that my company is not that generous the 4o bucks is only because that is how the website converts the excess points. Though the scope is only £250 in the shops.

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    Has anyone got any thoughts regarding the Bushnell Northstar which Pierre has kindly recommended?

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    This is the one, right?

    Bushnell - Northstar

    I can't believe the Bushnell site doesn't even list the specs.

    AW, I would never buy a Bushnell scope. I merely picked that as the best of your choices. That being said, the optics are probably very good, It's the go-to system I am leery of. Probably plastic gears. If the mount should fail, you still have a reasonable OTA you could put on another mount, or build a mount for, as Greeny suggests.
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    I believe it is this one:

    Bushnell - Northstar [78-8831]

    However the gift site just has a description and nothing else (not even the model number etc)

    So I am sorry for the cryptic replies, however, since I am going to be the occasional user (rains too much in good old Blighty) the telescope is not going to get a good seeing to... I hope that helps, I am much more interested in getting the best out of the three so that at least i can make out some details on some of our solar neighbours. Thanks again for the replies I really appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WWPierre View Post
    This is the one, right?

    Bushnell - Northstar

    I can't believe the Bushnell site doesn't even list the specs.

    AW, I would never buy a Bushnell scope. I merely picked that as the best of your choices. That being said, the optics are probably very good, It's the go-to system I am leery of. Probably plastic gears. If the mount should fail, you still have a reasonable OTA you could put on another mount, or build a mount for, as Greeny suggests.
    I am more concerned about detail rather than the motor and since I live in the UK, the scope is hardly going to see much use...

 

 
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