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I want to use this for mostly star gazing and birding. Would this one do the job? Or can you recommend something better?

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NEVER buy a Bushnell telescope, or a Tasco, these are DEPARTMENT store telescopes.

Instead buy from a regular telescope retailer here are two:

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Have 46060525-cant see far?

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The 10x50mm binoculars would have been better for star gazing. Sorry.

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