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#1 nicklane1

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:29 AM

I'm not particularly interested in red dot finders.

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#2 Doug D.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:04 AM

The Baader Vario 10x60 with the AP finder mount and quick release - can't do much better than that I'd say... Its also pretty versatile down the road (e.g., as guidescope)

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:23 AM

What is your budget? Right angle or straight through?

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:13 AM

Don't make it hard, what ever finder you get, use an AP finder bracket and base!
That being said, I used an AP 8x50 finder bracket with a Tak 7x50 and a Stellarvue 8x50 RACI finder on my AP130 GT. Both work fine on a 820mm FL scope.
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 12:34 PM

What is your budget? Right angle or straight through?


Up to $1K. Preferably much less.
Either RA or ST.

#6 PeterR280

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 01:10 PM

I bought a straight through correct image ES 8X50 with an illuminated reticle used for $95 for my AP 130GT, I got it in white.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:48 PM

The Baader Vario with A-P bracket and base can be had for about $500 straight from A-P. Straight out box you can use it as right angle finder with amici prism and with an extension tube/adapter (and a baader focusing 1.25" clamp), it will convert to straight through quite easily. For a little more you can get the A-P Vario QR guider bracket version should you ever want to use it as a guidescope (also should work for straight through finder orientation) - very sturdy and will match your scope well.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 06:23 PM

It's not the most expensive, but I bought the Baader Vario AP carries for my AP 130 EDFGT. It works absolutely beautifully. I can't imagine a better finder- it even has a cute little sliding glare shield like the main scope. The AP bracket is very easy to use, and once the Finder is dialed in, you can use it and break the scope down over and over and still come back to perfect alignment every time you set up.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 06:53 PM

Baader Vario on the AP bracket is a great suggestion.

What I have on my AP 175 is the AP 8x50 quick release finder bracket with a Explore Scientific 8x50 finder upgraded with the EF60 60mm lens from Kokusai Kohki with a Rigel Pulseguide illuminator.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:31 PM

I use a Pentax 40mm XW with my GT. 3.4 degrees...never needed anything more.

#11 nicklane1

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:53 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll prob go with the Baader. Although Mark's AS is such a looker. I think a bigger finder scope would be better for me.

B.T.W. where can I get nylon screws to prevent marring the finderscope body?

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:10 PM

I have the Baader Vario as well. The Bracket already has non-marring screws.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:13 PM

The AP bracket has felt on the bottom so it won't marr the scope's paint. They think of everything.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 04:37 AM

Hmmm ... I have three AP finder brackets and they do not have felt.? In any case they are light smooth and well made of course.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 07:52 AM

Why is it necessary to buy a $1,000 finder? If the goal is guiding then a guide scope should be chosen. if the purpose is to find a point in the sky, then I don't see the need to spend $1,000. Unless, it doesn't feel right to put a $200 finder on a $6,000 scope.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:14 AM

I have the Baader Vario as well. The Bracket already has non-marring screws.

cool!
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:18 AM

Why is it necessary to buy a $1,000 finder? If the goal is guiding then a guide scope should be chosen. if the purpose is to find a point in the sky, then I don't see the need to spend $1,000. Unless, it doesn't feel right to put a $200 finder on a $6,000 scope.



No need at all.
mgwhittle asked for my budget and I made up an uber upper limit that I could afford.

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 04:26 PM

Don't make it hard, what ever finder you get, use an AP finder bracket and base!
 

 

That's basically what I did. I found out a Telrad can fit on the AP base. I usually use a Telrad + a finder scope.  The finder scope would either be a Takahashi 7x50 straight through, or a WO Zenithstar 66 with right angle finder.  In the photos below, I have all three installed.

 

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 05:07 PM

Interesting setup.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like some people would smack their head into the WO when they look in the GT eyepiece if they aren't careful.  Has that ever happened?  At star parties I have to constantly remind people with baseball caps to take off the cap or turn them around.



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Posted 06 April 2016 - 05:29 PM

I do have some leeway in WO Zenithstar 66 position to avoid any head collisions.

 

And if you notice, the Telrad is on a slider and the slider is pushed forward as much as possible, to make the Telrad much easier to use without any major neck straining.

 

Also, note the finder locations are all interchangeable with each other since the 3 finders all have the same base.  I always like to have options. :)


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 11:38 AM

Tub

 

 

Baader Vario on the AP bracket is a great suggestion.

What I have on my AP 175 is the AP 8x50 quick release finder bracket with a Explore Scientific 8x50 finder upgraded with the EF60 60mm lens from Kokusai Kohki with a Rigel Pulseguide illuminator.

 

As an aside, I don't think the Rigel Pulsequide Illuminator is much of an upgrade. After all this time I can't believe it still comes in a cheesy easily broken plastic tube with all-thread nylon 'knobs' that stick out over half an inch just waiting to grab an errant sleeve and a junky twist style on-off switch. There has to be a lot better available.

 

As to a finder, I find (pun fully intended) that a decent 1x red-dot works great. The 130 is a small scope with a wide field and at almost any reasonable magnification, the red dot will put the object somewhere in the field.

 

PulsGuide Tube is machined and black anodized aluminum NOT plastic. blink knobs (plastic) stick out 3/8 " at most. 


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