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8x40 Orion Illuminated Finder Scope

Dec 21 2009 11:20 AM | Guest in Finderscopes

Focusing is accomplishing by unscrewing a lock ring and turning the objective lens. The last step is installing the

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Orion 9x50 Finderscope

Dec 09 2009 07:48 AM | Zamboni in Finderscopes

Sometimes an equipment purchase is forced upon you by urgent necessity. Such was the case when I was forced to obtain a replacement for my home-built 10x50 finder made from an old vinyl sports bottle, electrical tape, s****s of wood for the

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Multi-Reticle Reflex Finders

Jul 18 2006 03:17 AM | mcoren in Finderscopes

I have been interested in astronomy since I was 7 or 8 years old, and actively pursued this interest throughout high school and college

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Mini Borg 60ED as a Finder

Dec 20 2005 02:23 AM | Guest in Finderscopes

The finder may be the most under-rated item in the amateur astronomy toolkit

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Multi-Reticle Finder

Nov 19 2005 02:31 AM | GeezerGazer in Finderscopes

MRF, Multi-Reticule (or Reticle) Finder, a telescope aiming device that takes red dot finders one step further

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Making the case for the Laser Finder

Aug 05 2005 12:28 PM | Guest in Finderscopes

Making a case for using the laser finder as your sole telescope finder.

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Bigha Jasper Laser Pointer

May 01 2005 04:51 AM | Frank Dement in Finderscopes

Laser pointer shootout

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CN Report: The Reflex Finder Shootout

Mar 11 2005 09:54 AM | CN_Admin in Finderscopes

Unit Power Finders, Reflex Finders, Reticule Finders and Red Dot Finders or RDF’s call them by any name you like, many amateurs today have one of these units on their scope. For some, it replaces the traditional optical finder scope, for others it supplements it. Depending on the size and the focal ratio of the telescope, I personally find that I

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Orion 9x50mm Finder

Mar 10 2005 01:41 PM | StarStuff1 in Finderscopes

On several occasions I had the opportunity to look through the 8X50 finder on an observing buddy’s Orion XT10. The views through this finder were impressive. When I built a 10-in f/5 newtonian with a dobsonian mount last summer I decided to purchase an Orion 50mm finder scope for it. Orion has changed the finder a little. It is now 9X and is physically shorter by nearly an inch. The finder cost $59.95 plus shipping. This does not include the dovetail base which is an additional $9.95. The price for the finder seemed reasonable for the quality and features advertised. The objective lens is fully coated. The inside of the aluminum tube is baffled and blackened.

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Author name: Terry Alford
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Rigel Systems Quick Finder

Mar 27 2005 01:00 PM | StarStuff1 in Finderscopes

For a long time I have enjoyed the use of "unit power finders". I purchased my first TelRad almost two decades ago and have been modifying BB-gun red dot sights to use with telescopes for several years. The TelRad is especially useful on scopes with a focal length of 1000mm or more. The red dot sight is much more compact, much less expensive and works just fine with shorter focal length scopes and big binoculars.

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Rigel Quick Finder and Telrad

Mar 27 2005 01:02 PM | Oldfield in Finderscopes

Since I found that my Celestron Star Pointer (see another article) is inadequate for my C8, I proceed to search for better alternatives. The Telrad and the Rigel Quick Finder are the natural choices, I bought both of them since the shipping cost is too high if I order only one item. I have a 6x30 finder which comes with the C8 OTA, but since the bracket cannot be removed from the OTA easily, I found it not so portable. At the same time, I'm used to use a unit finder, and that's why I go for these two infamous unit finders. P.S: I sold my 6x30 Celestron LER finder soon after I got my Rigel Quick Finder. The Package and the Options The Telrad comes with a single base, variable brightness control, no battery, and 3 concentric circles of 0.5 degree, 2 degree and 4 degree. It is longer and heavier than the Rigel Quick Finder. The Rigel Quick Finder comes with two bases, variable brightness control, Lithium battery included, and 2 concentric circles of 0.5 degree and 2 degree. The blinking reticle is a standard feature in the Rigel Quick Finder. It is shorter and lighter than the Telrad, but since it stands on its base, it is actually taller when in operation. The switches on the Telrad are larger and better placed, so it's easier to use and more accessible. The switches on the Rigel Quick Finder are located on the opposite side when it is in operation, however, I have to say, both are very easy to use. The Telrad uses standard AA battery and the Rigel Quick Finder uses CR2320 Lithium battery. With the Telrad, you have to provide your own battery and with the Rigel Quick Finder, you have them included in the package. There are three alignment switches for both of them for alignment.

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Rigel Systems Quick Finder

Mar 11 2005 05:25 AM | StarStuff1 in Finderscopes

The first thing that you notice about the Quick Finder is that it is so small compared to the TelRad. Think of a TelRad reduced to one third of it's original size and standing on it's end. The Quick Finder is also extremely light, weighing only 3 oz complete with 3-volt button battery and base. There are two reticle rings spanning 1/2 degree and two degrees. Any object visible in the smaller ring will also be visible in a low power eyepiece on most any amateur's telescope.

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Author name: Terry Alford
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Rigel Quick Finder and Telrad

Mar 11 2005 05:27 AM | Oldfield in Finderscopes

Since I found that my Celestron Star Pointer (see another article) is inadequate for my C8, I proceed to search for better alternatives. The Telrad and the Rigel Quick Finder are the natural choices, I bought both of them since the shipping cost is too high if I order only one item.

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Author name: So King Yan Oldfield
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