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Posted by Ed on April 5, 2000 13:30:35 UTC

I`m not into ripping companys that make astronomical products for us all to use, but there is something I think all budding stargazers should be aware of.

The Bushnell 4.5 inch Voyager, the one that LOOKS
like an Astroscan, has a spherical rather than a
parabloid mirror. A member of the club I`m in bought one, and the images of this `scope are not very good, to say the least! Star images all have gull wings, and Jupiter could not be brought to focus. Thinking it might be the eyepieces that came with the scope we tried a large variety
of very expensive eyepieces in this scope, nothing helped!

Bushnell is dropping the price of this`scope down to $160 (from $199), so maybe it`s reputation is preceding itself!

Perhaps they should start manufacturing a cassegrain corrector plate for it and start marketing it as a cass-newt. The price would undoubtly go up, but at least it would work!

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