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So what is your favorite finder scope for a grab and go kit?

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#1 scadvice

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 07:35 PM

I use the WO right angle an older version of this one. Mine is white with some black of the diagonal. 

 

https://williamoptic...erecting-finder

 

So I'm looking for one for my grab and go scope but reluctant to spend 160 bucks for it.

 


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#2 WyattDavis

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 07:39 PM

https://www.telescop...ts?keyword=9x50


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 07:50 PM

A Telerad, light and bullet proof. Or the finder that came with the scope originally.

 

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 07:57 PM

I use the WO right angle an older version of this one. Mine is white with some black of the diagonal. 

 

https://williamoptic...erecting-finder

 

So I'm looking for one for my grab and go scope but reluctant to spend 160 bucks for it.

 

 

Which one is your "grab and go" scope?

 

If it's your 80 mm F/7, I just use a red Dot and a 2 inch widefield..

 

Jon


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 08:35 PM

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#6 Joe1950

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 08:36 PM

I just acquired via trade, a  c.1980, C-8. Very good condition and good optically as well. But it did not have a finder.

 

I’m thinking, with some aperture and a decent filter (UHC) I may be able to see some brighter nebula from my highly light polluted sky. Also I like to observe some doubles.

 

A unity dot finder like a Telrad is good, but only if you can see the stars near the objects, which I can’t. Limiting magnitude is anywhere between 3 and 4, the latter being rare.

 

So I opted, as my holiday gift to myself, to get a GSO 8x50, right angle correct image finder. Good price for 50mm, and for $2 more, I got a matching shoe that has holes perfect for the mounting screws on the C-8. How could I resist?

 

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The finder comes in black, white and silver-gray. Only the silver-gray was available and though a nice color, it just clashed with the orange. I got a can of Rustoleum Satin Rustic Orange which matches the C-8 orange very, very closely and painted the tube. Even though only a small area is visible, it looks really nice!

 

Around here for anything other than the moon and brighter planets, an optical finder is needed.

 

 

 


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 09:33 PM

So what is your favorite finder scope for a grab and go kit?


Just about any red dot finder - helps keeps things to a minimum.

Piggybacking on Jon, add a widefield, and there you go!


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 09:33 PM

Telrad, when the grab-n-go is a 10" Dob.


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 09:41 PM

If you are in heavy light pollution, I find reflex finders of minimal help.  I can see 50 stars, and looking through a reflex actually reduces that number.

I use either a 6x30 raci or a 9x50 raci. 

You can glue a red dot to the 9x50 ring so you have both.

A green laser can also be used to get initial bearings.


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:50 PM

30~40 EP, vari-ND to remove clutter stars.Works pretty solid once you get the hang of it - wife's gorram smart idea. Fallback for small GnGs (70~90 fracs) is red dot, fallback for large GnGs (114~150 flecs, 90~102 fracs) is Telrad. 


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Posted 13 December 2019 - 12:21 AM

I usually use a 50mm RACI finder, though for grab'n go I use a 30mm RACI.
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Posted 13 December 2019 - 11:50 AM

I call Joe1950....He told me I'm on his finder list, my time will come about the time my name comes up on the Astrophysics list.....which is odd as I didn't know I was on the Astrophysics list. wink.gif


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Posted 13 December 2019 - 02:38 PM

If I got on the Astrophysics list, I doubt I’d be around when my name came up! smirk.gif

I’m on enough other lists around home, anyway! crazy.gif  They all begin with the same word.


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:19 AM

Another Telrad user here.


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:51 AM

6x30 Tak finder on the 60, 76, 100 refractors.

 

8x40 & Rigel on the C8.

 

9x50 & Telrad on the C-Nine-two-five.

 

9x50 RACI & Rigel on the dobs


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 08:29 AM

My SV85S is my grab and go, so a Stellarvue RDF does everything I need.  I use one on my SV102V as well.

 

https://www.stellarv...ot-finder-f002/

 

 

 

For my TMB130SS an Astro Tech 8X50 RACI pulls finder duty.

 

https://www.astronom...e.html?___SID=U


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 08:37 AM

I use a laser pointer and a wide view ep.,works all good.,though lasers don't like LP.,and the cheap lasers on ebay don't like the cold.,cheers.,


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 08:45 AM

My SV85S is my grab and go, so a Stellarvue RDF does everything I need.  I use one on my SV102V as well.

 

https://www.stellarv...ot-finder-f002/

 

 

 

For my TMB130SS an Astro Tech 8X50 RACI pulls finder duty.

 

https://www.astronom...e.html?___SID=U

 

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That's just about exactly what I use on my refractors.  

 

A red Dot on the 80's, a MRF on the 4 inch and a 50 mm or a 70 mm RACI on my 120 mm Eon.

 

On my Dobs, all are equipped with Telrads and under dark skies, I use a 50 mm SV RACI finder fitted with a 24 mm TV WF eyepiece modified with cross hairs. In the city, I use the GSO 50 mm RACI Scott uses.

 

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 09:13 AM

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That's just about exactly what I use on my refractors.  

 

A red Dot on the 80's, a MRF on the 4 inch and a 50 mm or a 70 mm RACI on my 120 mm Eon.

 

On my Dobs, all are equipped with Telrads and under dark skies, I use a 50 mm SV RACI finder fitted with a 24 mm TV WF eyepiece modified with cross hairs. In the city, I use the GSO 50 mm RACI Scott uses.

 

Jon

Like you I find with a G&G 80mm refractor an RDF is all I ever need.  Turn it on, find your target, turn it off and get to observing.  ;)


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:12 PM

Bresser 102 F4.5

 

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 02:01 PM

Here is my grab-n-go on shoulder and walk to observing site setup.

 

RDF on camera flash ring attached to scope  RRS dovetail rail.

 

I usually don't need RDF.  

The slit lines on object hood is good enough most cases unless it is in totally dark environment that

I can't see the slit lines.

 

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You can rotate RDF on the sliding clamp.

 

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Tammy


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Posted 16 December 2019 - 02:07 PM

For me, a grab-n-go scope is one that I can carry outside in one trip, mounted and ready-to-go.  If you have to go back in the house for more gear, it's not grab-n-go. 

 

For these scopes I prefer an Orion 6x30 RACI along with a laser finder.  But I don't like the tall bracket that comes with the Orion 6x30.  Fortunately, I've found shorter brackets that work.

 

Mike


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Posted 16 December 2019 - 10:58 PM

Here is my grab-n-go on shoulder and walk to observing site setup.
 
RDF on camera flash ring attached to scope  RRS dovetail rail.
 
I usually don't need RDF.  
The slit lines on object hood is good enough most cases unless it is in totally dark environment that
I can't see the slit lines.
 
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You can rotate RDF on the sliding clamp.
 
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Tammy


That split ring with the sliding clamp is really cool. like-button.jpg


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Posted 17 December 2019 - 03:40 PM

I am using the cheapiest RACI, both for the spotting scope, and for my 6" F/5 achro.

Actually, the 6" is as well a grab-and-go.

 

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Best,

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 04:44 PM

I have three refractors that I regularly use as grab-n-go.  It takes about the same amount of time and effort to put any one of them on the Vixen Porta II and then begin observing.  I take down and store all of my gear indoors when I am done with an observing session.  So, for each session I need to take out (from my garage) and set up the Porta II, then go in my house to get a scope, attach a diagonal to it, and choose a shopping basket of eyepieces (usually around 7 to 9) that I can use for the night.

 

I just haven't been attaching a finder scope.

 

In fact, I haven't used a finder scope for grab-n-go in a long time, though I have several finder scopes.  Instead, with one of my longer focal length, wide-field eyepieces in the diagonal (most recently the ES 30mm 82-deg), I first eyeball the location in the sky looking at the stars naked-eye and then point the scope while looking parallel over the top and then along the side(s) of the scope.

 

If the target can be seen naked-eye such as a planet, the moon, M45, or a bright star, I then stand away from the scope to see if the nose of the scope is pointed at an approximately correct altitude angle toward the target.  I still need to scan the sky through the scope to find my target, so it takes longer.

 

I have enjoyed finding things this way, often even with my 180mm mak, which I don't use for grab-n-go.  I found comet Wirtanen this way last year with the mak, and even looked for the Ring Nebula this way, also with the mak.

 

I'm usually in no hurry to find things in the sky when I observe, so this has worked for me so far.  Part of the enjoyment and satisfaction for me is looking for and finding things with the main scope.  For some reason, it hasn't been frustrating for me when I can't find something, maybe because I get to enjoy seeing a lot of the other parts of the night sky.  I guess it's the challenge that motivates me.

 

I am sure I will still need to use a finder scope at some time, though.


Edited by Rock22, 17 December 2019 - 05:09 PM.

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