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#1 Fernando134

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

Dear all,

The factory finderscope that came with my CPC800 is literally "killing my neck" . Recommendations of a nice right angle one would be more than helpful! :jump:

Thanks, Fernando

#2 dragonslayer1

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:36 PM

I have a telrad on my CPC 9.25 and really like it

#3 MikeBOKC

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:34 PM

I got the Orion 9 x 50 RACI. You will need the SCT-style mounting shoe also, which easily attaches in the stock screw holes once you remove the stock shoe. It works very well for me on a CPC1100. Some also tout the Stellarview RACI finders, which are a bit more expensive.

#4 Bob Griffiths

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

Well I ran 3 different finders on my CPC1100 for close to 4 or 5 months ...(Telrad..8x50 RACI...and a Green Lasser.

The laser got used 95 percent of the time...the RACI only served as a small low power "scope"... The telrad maybe was used once or twice..

I removed the Telrad...and I honestly could have also removed the RACI finder...


These are GoTo scopes and you only need to align on 2 or 3 stars and a Green Laser POINTER does the job (aligning) faster and easier then the other two ... and once aligned you do not need a finder the rest of the night ( you may need a low power small scope a few times ..hence I kept the RACI for that purpose..

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#5 zippeee

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:57 PM

I use my Telrad more than my laser or RACI finder but it still doesn't help with the neck issue.

#6 Larry F

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:22 PM

RACI is the only way to go. I use a Telrad to find the stars for the initial alignment but when I'm refining the alignment, I use the RACI. I've got the Stellarvue F50 illuminated. I put a dovetail shoe in place of the stock finder mount.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

My Telrad was initially hard on my neck also. I added the 2" Riser base (about $18-$20), which raises the Telrad up off of the OTA 2". It made all the difference in the world. Alignment is so much easier without having to tilt my head back so far. The Riser just fits in between your current base and the Telrad. 1 minute installation and is very sturdy. There's also a 4" Riser, but the 2" worked great for me.
I also added the optional pulse module. Another easy install. Now I can control the brightness of the reticle and also pulse it at a variable rate or stay on continuously. A dim slowly flashing reticle helps to center on those fainter targets.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:41 AM

I bought a Telrad and removed the stock finder on my CPC 1100. I only use the Telrad for initial alignment and it works great. Much faster for me than a finder scope.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:00 AM

I use a Stellarvue RACI with lighted reticule on my CPC800.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:55 AM

Like the others I went the orion RA finder. I have a telerad mount too but don't care for it on the C11 (love it on the dob so there you go). Couple years ago I was introduced to the Orion red dot (heads up sight you see on pistols) and I've used that (again, mostly on my refractor and not the C11 but I find it slightly more useful than the telerad).

#11 Arizona-Ken

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:31 PM

I also use a Orion 9X50 RA finder on a C11.


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#12 JayTee

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 05:55 PM

I also vote for the green laser. Have used the stock finder, Telrad, and Red Dot. The laser is attached to my CPC 1100 along the bottom Losmandy rail with Velcro. Easy to attach and even easier to use.

#13 Fernando134

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:25 PM

I also vote for the green laser. Have used the stock finder, Telrad, and Red Dot. The laser is attached to my CPC 1100 along the bottom Losmandy rail with Velcro. Easy to attach and even easier to use.


Dear JayTee,

I am sorry but what is, how I identify the "bottom Losmandy rail"?

Regards, Fernando

#14 Koen Dierckens

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:07 AM

Dear JayTee,

I am sorry but what is, how I identify the "bottom Losmandy rail"?


It is an optional piece that is used for attaching counterweights or other stuff at the OTA. OP refers to the brandname Losmandy. Others like me have one of the brand ADM.

Most people attach the laser, just like a finderscope, in a specific holder that is screwed on top (or top-side) of the tube. When mounting extra stuff to your scope always keep in mind there are two types of screws on the tube:
  • the sunken ones that never should be used/loosened as you risk to cause bolts falling off at the inside of the tube (no good!!).
  • The raised ones , for attaching a various number of accessories
Please inform yourself before attaching additional gear.






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