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Quote: One thing that has kinda been bugging me the few times I have been out is the stock red dot finder. It's so flimsy it's hard to adjust it when aligning the scope. Any suggestions on an upgrade? I have heard some good things about a Rigel Quickfinder but am also kind of thinking of maybe a raci. Not to keen on the uncomfortable contortions that the red dots require.
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Quote: Hello from Tomahawk! Every red dot finder I've used has been a bit flimsy except the all-metal one that came with my 16" Lightbridge. It's really solid and looks like this one from Orion (which is also all-metal) - I think it's just what you're looking for. Telrads always get a lot of votes when people ask about red dot finders, but they're pretty big (and a bit heavy) though - they might be overkill for your goto needs. When you align the finder to the eyepiece, try starting out with a low power eyepiece and gradually increase the magnification as you fine-tune the red dot finder. As others have said, use a far-away object during the daytime, or on Polaris at night.Good luck, and let us know how things work out, ok?