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Spyke
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Is it sacrilegious...
      #5645852 - 01/27/13 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...



Ant


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Asbytec
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Spyke]
      #5645866 - 01/27/13 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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Spyke
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Asbytec]
      #5645874 - 01/27/13 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...

Ant


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Sarkikos
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Spyke]
      #5645926 - 01/27/13 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.

Rigel QuickFinder

Mike


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Sarkikos
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5645936 - 01/27/13 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.

Mike


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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Spyke]
      #5645961 - 01/27/13 12:24 PM

Quote:

...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




For me, telescopes are tools not holy relics.

Anything that makes my tools work better gets used.


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zawijava
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Spyke]
      #5645971 - 01/27/13 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

Quote:

...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




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EdZ
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: rmollise]
      #5645974 - 01/27/13 12:31 PM

Quote:

Quote:

...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




For me, telescopes are tools not holy relics.

Anything that makes my tools work better gets used.




good answer


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maknewtnut
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Spyke]
      #5645975 - 01/27/13 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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Eric P
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: rmollise]
      #5645995 - 01/27/13 12:43 PM

Quote:

For me, telescopes are tools not holy relics.




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


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Eric P]
      #5646045 - 01/27/13 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.

David


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Spyke
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #5646063 - 01/27/13 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!

Ant


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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Spyke]
      #5646106 - 01/27/13 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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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Spyke]
      #5646108 - 01/27/13 01:44 PM

Quote:

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!

Ant




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.


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Spyke
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: rmollise]
      #5646121 - 01/27/13 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?

Ant


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Edwin
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Spyke]
      #5646126 - 01/27/13 01:58 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

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.

Edited by Edwin (01/27/13 02:19 PM)


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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: rmollise]
      #5646181 - 01/27/13 02:38 PM

Quote:

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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dfell
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: orion61]
      #5646209 - 01/27/13 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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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Spyke]
      #5646213 - 01/27/13 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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Mike E.
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Re: Is it sacrilegious... new [Re: Eric P]
      #5646240 - 01/27/13 03:12 PM

Quote:

Quote:

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 !


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