Jump to content


Photo

Bushnell Banner Astro 1000

  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 madeline

madeline

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 652
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2010
  • Loc: Bloomington, MN

Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:55 AM

Picked this up on the local Craig;s List.   It's in excellent condition with original box, came with 9 Astronomy books, 3 original lenses and 2 extra lenses.   The Quartz drive works (not tested yet) and a Polar ScopAttached File  BANNER ASTRO 1000 001 (800x589).jpg   235.38KB   5 downloadse.    The bad news, no instruction manuals.    Question:   Does anybody know much about these Bushnell's?    



#2 madeline

madeline

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 652
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2010
  • Loc: Bloomington, MN

Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:56 AM

Another photo:

Attached Files



#3 madeline

madeline

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 652
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2010
  • Loc: Bloomington, MN

Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:57 AM

Another

Attached Files



#4 madeline

madeline

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 652
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2010
  • Loc: Bloomington, MN

Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:58 AM

Another

Attached Files



#5 madeline

madeline

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 652
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2010
  • Loc: Bloomington, MN

Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:59 AM

Another

Attached Files



#6 madeline

madeline

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 652
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2010
  • Loc: Bloomington, MN

Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:00 AM

One more

Attached Files



#7 terraclarke

terraclarke

    Aurora

  • *****
  • Posts: 4710
  • Joined: 29 May 2012
  • Loc: The Bluegrass State

Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:22 AM

Hi Madeline,

 

It looks like a great scope, beautiful condition! I love the mount. I would guess its from the 1980s. At F12.5 it should have very little color, and with Japanese optics and the collomatable cell, I would wager you will get some really nice views with it. Nice addition to your collection. Congrats!



#8 madeline

madeline

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 652
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2010
  • Loc: Bloomington, MN

Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:45 AM

Thanks Terra, I know that Bomber Bob had one of these and I seen one other on astromart quite a while ago.    Wish I could find some manuals on it.



#9 Bomber Bob

Bomber Bob

    Vanguard

  • *****
  • Posts: 2107
  • Joined: 09 Jul 2013
  • Loc: The Deep South, USA

Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:48 AM

I owned one for about 6 years.  Made by Mizar, IIRC.  Optics were OK -- used my Meade RG Orthos most of the time -- some color on brighter objects, but tolerable for my observing sessions.  After about a year, I broke down the mount, and regreased it -- improved tracking by the quartz drive.  In fact, the GEM was the best feature on mine, and it made me think twice before giving it away.  I have heard from some other owners that the worm gear assembly can break in normal use, but I don't know if they had left the original "sticky" gease in too long.



#10 Bomber Bob

Bomber Bob

    Vanguard

  • *****
  • Posts: 2107
  • Joined: 09 Jul 2013
  • Loc: The Deep South, USA

Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:50 AM

I would say, compared to the Chinese-made current offerings, it's a better buy -- if you can find one for $300 or less.



#11 DocFinance

DocFinance

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 670
  • Joined: 14 Jan 2014
  • Loc: Clear Lake, Texas

Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:49 PM

Good to know the tip about the worm gear.  I guess I'll need to tear mine down after all. 



#12 madeline

madeline

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 652
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2010
  • Loc: Bloomington, MN

Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:50 PM

Good to know the tip about the worm gear.  I guess I'll need to tear mine down after all. 

 

Doc, do you have one of these Astro 1000's.



#13 DocFinance

DocFinance

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 670
  • Joined: 14 Jan 2014
  • Loc: Clear Lake, Texas

Posted 07 August 2014 - 07:13 AM

 

Good to know the tip about the worm gear.  I guess I'll need to tear mine down after all. 

 

Doc, do you have one of these Astro 1000's.

 

Nope, I just have a Mizar mount like that.  From a Meade 2080 GEM.  I've never found a manual for it either.



#14 Bomber Bob

Bomber Bob

    Vanguard

  • *****
  • Posts: 2107
  • Joined: 09 Jul 2013
  • Loc: The Deep South, USA

Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:46 PM

Even though I'm pretty sure Mizar made the 1000, I just noticed that the focuser is like Royal Astro scopes.  In fact, I think the finder from my 6336 would fit on the 1000's block... curious!  IIRC, the gearing inside the polar drive housing is kinda flimsy -- that may be the place to check for any binding issues, before a component fails.



#15 madeline

madeline

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 652
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2010
  • Loc: Bloomington, MN

Posted 07 August 2014 - 03:57 PM

Bob, are saying that you think Mizar made just the mount or the whole 1000?   Interesting



#16 Bomber Bob

Bomber Bob

    Vanguard

  • *****
  • Posts: 2107
  • Joined: 09 Jul 2013
  • Loc: The Deep South, USA

Posted 07 August 2014 - 04:18 PM

I'm pretty sure Mizar assembled the complete setup, which looks similar to the Meade imports of the 1980's -- similar, but not identical.  As for which company made the optics, I can't say.  The 80mm lens on my 1978 Towa produced better images, but the 1000 was an acceptable performer overall -- especially with good eyepieces.  I think of it as a "last gasp" of the classic Japanese refractors from the Golden Era -- a nice looking integrated package with style.








Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics