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#1 Spyke

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:17 AM

...to mount a Telrad on an Intes Micro M603?

I love using Telrads, even in combination with the optical finder, but I don't know... the M603 has such a "classic" look...

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:24 AM

Well, it's probably not sacrilegious, but you're very right about the clean looking, attractive classic look. Personally, I'd forego the Telrad even though I love them...on my Dob. Maybe you can get a hand held version of the Telrad and use that?

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:27 AM

I think what I need is a half-sized scaled down model Telrad, with less plastic (none) and a hefty build quality to match the scope. Perhaps made brom black steel or aluminium with a proper rotary "switch" to complete the look...

Hmmm.... where can I find one like that... :question:

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:02 PM

Why not use a Rigel QuickFinder? That's what I put on my smaller scopes. I never understood why folks insist on putting a long, bulky Telrad on a smaller scope. :shrug:

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

Here's another option:

The ES 8x50 Illuminated Finder is straight-through and true erect image (not image-reversed). With one of those, you could combine the function of a Telrad with an optical finder.

Explore Scientific 8x50 Erect Image Illuminated Viewfinder

You could probably fit it in the finder rings you already have on your scope.

I bought one for my Dobs, but I'm thinking about mounting it on my C6 SCT.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:24 PM

...to mount a Telrad on an Intes Micro M603?

I love using Telrads, even in combination with the optical finder, but I don't know... the M603 has such a "classic" look...


Ant :cool:


For me, telescopes are tools not holy relics. ;)

Anything that makes my tools work better gets used.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:30 PM

How bout a Baader Sky Surfer V mounted in a set of adjustable rings just like your straight through Finder? It might have a somewhat Classic look if mounted in 6 point rings. The rings would make the Sky Surfer a "no tools" adjustment RDF, which would be a welcomed relief from the small screwdriver needed for adjustment[the only gripe I have with it]. Otherwise I'm really liking mine! -Tim

...to mount a Telrad on an Intes Micro M603?

I love using Telrads, even in combination with the optical finder, but I don't know... the M603 has such a "classic" look...

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

...to mount a Telrad on an Intes Micro M603?

I love using Telrads, even in combination with the optical finder, but I don't know... the M603 has such a "classic" look...


Ant :cool:


For me, telescopes are tools not holy relics. ;)

Anything that makes my tools work better gets used.


good answer

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

Along with the other suggestions and opinions thus far, there are red dot finders with large reticles. Mounting can be accomplished using the existing bases with just a bit of sanding or filing on the sides of some still available mounting shoes. I used to obtain both from Stellarvue, but some European outlets might offer the same.

If you don't object, you can also drill your tube after removal of the optics, which on an I-M MCT, is rather easy (and often doesn't require recollimation after reassembly).

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:43 PM

For me, telescopes are tools not holy relics. ;)


Fine! I'll just go and remove the Questar from the tabernacle.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:14 PM

If you're going to use it for astronomy, then install the Telrad. If it's for the weekend home tour show, then leave it off.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:22 PM

You know, those are good points. Yes it's a tool for making things far away easier to observe, and a useful finder is a tool that makes that process easier to achieve.

(and besides, for the weekend home tour show I can take it off and leave just the base on ;) )

Still want my custom miniaturised Telrad to be produced though!

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:42 PM

There are plenty of "how abouts," but no zero-power finder I have used works as well as a good, old Telrad. ;)

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

You know, those are good points. Yes it's a tool for making things far away easier to observe, and a useful finder is a tool that makes that process easier to achieve.

(and besides, for the weekend home tour show I can take it off and leave just the base on ;) )

Still want my custom miniaturised Telrad to be produced though!

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There've been a couple of finders like that produced over the years, including the Rigel, which is "almost" like a Telrad, and the shortened "Telrads" the Galileo folks imported for a while...but...no...none work as well as the REAL DEAL. :cool:

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

Agreed. My thinking is this. I need the Telrad. I could mount it where the second unused mounting bracket is on the picture. Does anyone know if the screws that attach that mounting bracket to the OTA have nuts inside the tube, or is it safe to simply unscrew them without dismantling the OTA?

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

Yes !! No plastic on a Russian Mak !!

I've mounted a full alu RDF on my Intes MK67. Not as big as a Telrad and works fine. Astronomics sells them for $ 60.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:38 PM

There are plenty of "how abouts," but no zero-power finder I have used works as well as a good, old Telrad. ;)

I usually agree with Rod about 1/2 the time.. LOL well perhaps a little more..
But he is 1000% right about this, all the other red dots or projection finders block out so much light they are practically useless, Only thing they are good for is
bright star alignment for go to, even then YUK.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

Scopestuff has an adapter to fit the Telrad base to a synta shoe, you may be able to adapt it for yours, then it can be added or removed like any other finder.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:56 PM

I never hesitated for a moment with respect to putting a Telrad on my custom-painted 6" APO.

If you like Telrads, you should not hesitate either.

It isn't a kiddie fashion show.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:12 PM

For me, telescopes are tools not holy relics. ;)


Fine! I'll just go and remove the Questar from the tabernacle.


Eric, best post this year ! :) :like:

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:44 PM

If you don't tell anybody who is going to know?

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

Scopestuff has an adapter to fit the Telrad base to a synta shoe, you may be able to adapt it for yours, then it can be added or removed like any other finder.


Thanks, but I've already got one of those - and it's even uglier than the standard Telrad base! Useful though.

So if the screws are safe to remove, I'll just mount the standard base on the OTA... anyone?

Thanks, Ant :cool:

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

...to mount a Telrad on an Intes Micro M603?

I love using Telrads, even in combination with the optical finder, but I don't know... the M603 has such a "classic" look...


Ant :cool:


For me, telescopes are tools not holy relics. ;)

Anything that makes my tools work better gets used.


good answer


I agree ... But it didn't really answer the question. Should he use the Telrad on his Mak or not? :thinking:

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:18 PM

IME & IMO, a Telrad is too bulky for a 6" Mak or SCT. And putting it on a little Synta base is just an accident waiting to happen.

My used 6" Mak came with a Telrad base but I promptly took it off. Now I have two QuickFinder bases on the 6" Mak, one on either side of the focuser. Which base I mount the QuickFinder on depends on which mount I use for the OTA.

YMMV

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

Ant,

Still want my custom miniaturised Telrad to be produced though!


That's called a QuickFinder.

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