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Finder Bracket: Which Direction to Install?

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#1 *skyguy*

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 10:07 PM

There's no right answer to what direction the finder bracket should face, however I'm looking for opinions on what direction when installed will it "look right".

 

Two choices:

 

1.) Curved side facing to the front

 

2.) Flat side facing to the front

 

I'm leaning toward one choice, but I won't reveal my decision until I've received some responses to this earth shattering question. Maybe, I'll change my mind. 

 

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 11:50 PM

Personally I like the trigger grip position



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Posted 24 November 2020 - 11:52 PM

Leaning towards #1, but I'd want to see the whole mount before committing.  



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Posted 25 November 2020 - 09:37 AM

Seems like a lot of hardware to just mount a laser pointer pen, rings & a plate is a lot of unwanted weight forward, 

 

I'd just put a second shoe on the tube.

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Posted 25 November 2020 - 10:26 AM

Seems like a lot of hardware to just mount a laser pointer pen, rings & a plate is a lot of unwanted weight forward, 

 

I'd just put a second shoe on the tube.

The laser and mount weigh about 8 ounces (230 grams) and it's in line with the Declination axis, so only a slight adjustment of the counterweight is needed. I do have a red dot finder mounted directly onto the scope and I didn't want to drill any additional holes into the OTA.

 

However, what do you think about the bracket mount orientation ... flat or curved edge toward the front?


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Posted 25 November 2020 - 11:39 AM

A question slightly off topic, but what is that ring around the laser? Is it to prevent barrel from dropping backwards or a method of depressing the laser button so you don't have to keep your thumb on it?

I like method 2). Looks racier.



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Posted 25 November 2020 - 12:57 PM

Curve to the front.  Star burger the collar has a screw to depress the on/off switch.



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Posted 25 November 2020 - 01:16 PM

I had a finder scope slip out of the Newt tube shoe and destroy itself on the driveway, so now I always look at the shoe and see if it can be reversed so the finder slips on from the front, not the back 🙄
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Posted 25 November 2020 - 01:22 PM

I had a finder scope slip out of the Newt tube shoe and destroy itself on the driveway, so now I always look at the shoe and see if it can be reversed so the finder slips on from the front, not the back

This bracket doesn't have a stop on it.



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Posted 25 November 2020 - 03:42 PM

Curve to the front.  Star burger the collar has a screw to depress the on/off switch.

Nice idea. I have to say this as I implemented the same thing but with a screw with a wingnut head to bear on the button! Very lightly of course.

I have read that some laser pointers do not like to operate too long because of overheating damage. I guess I will find out if this is true when I forget to switch it off....



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Posted 25 November 2020 - 03:45 PM

My lasers came with a couple of O-rings to prevent accidental falls.

But in reality, my lasers aren't getting away that easily. They have my torque wrench fingers making sure they can't lose their aim.

 

I think I like #2 better.

But in reality, it doesn't matter a tinkers dam what I think.

Mine both have lanyard switches on them. Nice options.




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