Bushnell Voyager Sky Tour 60mm Telescope Review

Posted: Sep 19 2007, 12:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 9:15am CDT, in Reviews | Misc

 
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Features & Specifications
Bushnell put some thought into usability with the Bushnell Voyager Sky Tour 60mm telescope. The finder scope is an easy to use red dot scope that makes aligning the telescope a breeze. Since the telescope will see use outdoors in dark environments, Bushnell used an illuminated smart mount that uses a backlight behind the markings for declination and ascension.

This backlighting makes it easy to find your way thought the tours that the Sky Tour handset offers. The sky Tour handset tells you things about the night sky like pointing out constellations, mythology, and facts about planets. The tour is guided and customized to your area with latitude and longitude inputs making it easy to follow the tour.

The Bushnell Voyager Sky Tour 60mm telescope itself is a 700mm x 60mm refractor design and includes eyepieces of 8mm and 12.5mm providing magnifications of 56x and 88x. The telescope uses a full height tripod that is sturdy and crafted from lightweight aluminum.

Setup and Use
Setting the telescope up required about 10 minutes of time and connecting the telescope itself to the tripod via three wing nuts. A small tray also attaches inside the tripod legs to add stability and allow you a place to sit extra eyepieces and other small items.

Adjusting the orientation of the Bushnell Voyager Sky Tour 60mm telescope is done with two knobs that control horizontal and vertical movement. The controls are precise allowing you to make fine adjustments with ease. The red dot finder scope is illuminated so you can see it easily at night. I did have to spend some time aligning it correctly on my test unit before it was accurate. If you have ever used a telescope that had a tubular viewfinder, the red dot it much easier to use.

The telescope itself does a great job of magnifying celestial bodies. Looking at the moon allows you to see craters and details you simply can’t see with the naked eye. Depending on the time of year you can also use the Bushnell Voyager Sky Tour 60mm telescope to see planets and the International Space Station. If you are an amateur astronomer looking to get your first telescope, or if you are a parent looking for a low cost telescope that will allow you to share stargazing with your children, the Bushnell Voyager Sky Tour 60mm telescope is a great device. If you are a hardcore amateur astronomer looking to do some serious stargazing, you might want to buy a telescope with more features.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Illuminated smart mount
  • Great for beginners

Cons

  • May not have enough features for experienced astronomers

Verdict
The Bushnell Voyager Sky Tour 60mm telescope may be the ideal first telescope for adults and older children alike. It offers great ease of use, a guided tour of the heavens and good magnification. If you always wanted a telescope, the Bushnell Voyager Sky Tour 60mm telescope is a great place to start.

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