Quote:Telrad charts for Messier objects really help as well...http://www.atmob.org/library/member/skymaps_jsmall.htmlone example. There were links in the stickied section of the beginner forum for these, but the site appears to be dead. Google or Bing search for it.
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Quote:Telrads are non magnifying so for myself personally I find it easier to find things. That being said for small objects the other finder will help. Use the Telrad to get in the vicinity, and the 9X50 to fine tune it.
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Quote:Terry I use both. How is the light pollution in your area? The more light pollution you have the less a Telrad will help you. Can you see the big dipper. At our clubs viewing site I can see the big dipper and most of the little dipper a Telrad is very useful there. It is also easier to keep track of where you are in the sky with the Telrad. You can use this to find out how dark your skies are. link
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Quote: do you guys think it would be advantagous to have both the 9 X 50 and a Telrad mounted on my scope?
Quote:I have an 8" Newtonion on a DOB mount with a 9 X 50 right angle finder scope and I am having more trouble than I thought finding things ... Do you think the Telrad would help in that regard?
Quote:Also do you guys think it would be advantagous to have both the 9 X 50 and a Telrad mounted on my scope?
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Last but not least, telescopes.
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Quote: Thanks in advance for your thoughts and advice.
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Quote:Quote: do you guys think it would be advantagous to have both the 9 X 50 and a Telrad mounted on my scope? If your telescope can stay in balance, I recommend having both a Telrad and an optical finder. The Telrad will get you close, and the optical finder will give you a telescopic image, making the view at the eyepiece much easier to identify the object you are looking for.
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Quote:When using a straight-through finder, you are looking in the direction the scope is pointing, this is much more intuitive.
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However, any way you slice it, looking upward through a telescope requires a certain degree of contortion, especially when the scope is pointed high in the sky. There's a reason that almost everyone in the U.S. who owns a refractor or SCT uses a star diagonal!
Quote:If a straight through finder is awkward and uncomfortable, the Telrad is equally so.
Quote:invaluable attachment is the mirror/dew cover. Keeps the dew off when in one position, flip it open and use the mirror for viewing without contortion.
The difference is eye relief. With a finderscope, you need to press your eye right up against the eyepiece. With a Telrad, you can have your eye close to the Telrad, six inches back, or even six feet back. That extra degree of freedom makes a huge difference as far as comfort is concerned.
Quote:Who's gonna come out with a finderscope where the "eyepiece" can flip up to become either right angle or straight thru?????