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Jaimo!
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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5656018 - 02/01/13 10:19 AM

Wow, 100 posts on THIS thread?

Let me see if I can summarize... Some people like using Telrads and some do not. Some prefer to use other types finders.



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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5656042 - 02/01/13 10:26 AM

Yes, but why do they have these preferences? I hope it is more than just fan-boy product support.

We are not sheeple. Are we not men?


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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5656065 - 02/01/13 10:35 AM

Well Mike, has your initial question been answered and how would you summarize? The Telrad has it's pluses and minuses...


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Edited by Jaimo! (02/01/13 10:43 AM)


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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5656133 - 02/01/13 11:03 AM

The devil is in the details, and those details are among my posts and the posts that others have submitted here.

I'd hate to think, though, that any observer would choose a piece of equipment through sheer random chance, fan-boy support, mindless sloth or a good feeling. But then again...

For the time being I've decided to keep the Telrad. I'll continue to use it on my 10" Dob in tandem with a 15x70 optical finder when I go to the dark site. That is the only place I'll use the Telrad, and the 10" is the only telescope I'll use it on. Even for the 10", when I'm here at home, I'll remove both the Telrad and 15x70 finder and replace them with a simple and light-weight straight-through 6x30 for the Moon and planets.

After I've gotten a chance to try out the ES finder on my C6, I might give it a go on my 10", as a direct replacement for the Telrad. As I've said in my posts, the ES finder will give me magnification and a deeper limiting magnitude, but retain the straight-through erect-image non-reversing orientation of the Telrad. But I'll still keep the 15x70 on the 10" OTA as well, because it gives me the ergonomic comfort of RACI and is a good little RFT.

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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5656243 - 02/01/13 12:11 PM

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Yes, but why do they have these preferences? I hope it is more than just fan-boy product support.

We are not sheeple. Are we not men?


Mike




I use Telrads because they are effective in helping me find what I am looking for. I have yet to see any fan-boi responses in this thread but I have seen some who are not fully aware of the capabilities of the Telrad.

Jon


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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5656314 - 02/01/13 12:51 PM

Yea, behold the mighty Telrad. Greatest advance in astronomy since the sextant!


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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5656323 - 02/01/13 12:59 PM

Hmmm... Something's missing. What this Dob needs is a Telrad!

What's missing here? Aha! Slap a Telrad on that 'fractor!


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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5656396 - 02/01/13 01:42 PM

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Yes, but why do they have these preferences? I hope it is more than just fan-boy product support.

We are not sheeple. Are we not men?


Mike




No, it isn't "fan boy" support. As has been explained numerous times, the Telrad is a very useful tool with a number of advantages over some other finder systems. End of story.


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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: David Knisely]
      #5656400 - 02/01/13 01:45 PM

I just now submitted two posts of fan-boy support for the Telrad, in case no other posts in this thread would qualify. So there is some fan-boy support after all.


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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5656469 - 02/01/13 02:23 PM

Actually Mike over 40 posts in this thread have been yours... Besides your initial question.

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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5656478 - 02/01/13 02:31 PM

But only two have been fan-boy posts for the Telrad!

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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5656660 - 02/01/13 04:09 PM

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But only two have been fan-boy posts for the Telrad!

Mike




As I said previously, it took me a while to warm up to using a Telrad, it was only when I bought a used scope with both a magnifying finder and a Telrad that I began to recognize what a powerful tool the Telrad was.

Jon


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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5656662 - 02/01/13 04:11 PM

I love my Telrads, call me a fan boy if you will. (Doesn't hurt that they're made in California.) I am not sure I understand the nature of your constant bumping this thread. Are you trying to ruffle feathers? Just wondering!

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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: smallscopefanLeo]
      #5656797 - 02/01/13 05:13 PM

My Telrad changed my life! It cleared up my acne, helped me to lose 50 pounds, got me dates with the hottest girls, caused my truck to get an extra 5 miles per gallon, and its mere presence in my house raised the value of my home by $10,000.

Howzat ya'll?


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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5656889 - 02/01/13 06:08 PM

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I just now submitted two posts of fan-boy support for the Telrad





Mike I'm not sure what you mean. Like, submitted them to the anti-telrad police?

Eric


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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: beatlejuice]
      #5656921 - 02/01/13 06:31 PM

Like the Terms of Service says, be nice.

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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? *DELETED* new [Re: tecmage]
      #5656945 - 02/01/13 06:46 PM

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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: beatlejuice]
      #5657024 - 02/01/13 07:40 PM

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Sorry for my ignorance, please explain what is thought to be offensive in replying in jest to a jestful post. In fact a post made by the OP himself.

Eric



Eric, my post was not aimed at you. It was a general shout out to the thread. Some people are sensitive to joking about their equipment choices. If you'll excuse me, I have to order a Telrad.


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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: Tom Polakis]
      #5657056 - 02/01/13 08:01 PM Attachment (3 downloads)

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Man, you'll really cringe when you learn that there's a Telrad on the 48" UK Schmidt at Siding Spring Observatory, and on the 60" at Mount Wilson, shown below. I have seen Telrads on other observatory scopes, and they are only installed for the case when the pointing is not established or working correctly.

Tom




Great pic. I was surprised to see that the 24" Clark refractor at Lowell Observatory also has a Telrad. I'm sure Percival Lowell found it handy for tracking down Mars.


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Re: Should I Get Rid of the Telrad? new [Re: turtle86]
      #5657095 - 02/01/13 08:38 PM

Those pictures of Telrads on such legendary instruments say it all.
And beauty being in the eye of the beholder, I happen to think it looks the business. Pure function..


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