Who made the first commercial RDF designed for telescopes? Was it the TeleVue Starbeam, the Telrad or something else. It seems that I remember the first one I ever saw was an early Starbeam without the mirror. Apogee also marketed a Mars Eye back in the 90s and Scopetronix had one. I forget exactly when the Telrad came out. IMO, Telrads work great but are uglier than a one-eyed, swayback horse. I’ve had three Telrads in the past but none presently. I’ve also had a Starbeam that I sold. Both were just too big and heavy to suit me. I like small, light, compact RDFs. The Baader is a bit bigger and is a favorite of mine. And at some point there could definitely be another Telrad in my future. After all, I’ve fallen for them three times before. Another Starbeam, probably not. Anyway, what do you remember as the earliest one, and do you like them.
My dirty little secret: I really enjoy RDFs and GLPs on my scopes, paired with handheld binoculars over telescopic finders.
Edited by Terra Nova, 03 June 2021 - 12:11 PM.