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Old 09-03-2018, 03:05 PM
jimmyh1555 (James)
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Why I like my Telrad

I reckon that the best finder scope of all is the tried and trusted Telrad! I have all sorts of finders - starting with those little finder scopes that come with most telescopes - to various red dot finders. They all pale into insignificence compared with the Telrad.....
Why????
First of all, you can actually adjust the brightness of the red circle from nothing to dazzling red. Most of the red dot finders are useless because when they switch on, they are much too bright and swamp most stars. Who would ever use the brightest setting?
Second, the Telrad is solid box construction and doesn't bend , and seems to fit into its fitting nice and solidly .
Third, You can easily adjust the red circle to line up with the main scope by just twiddling three little knobs situated on the rear of the unit. On one red dot finder I have, I have to go into my workshop to find an Allen key before I can adjust it!
On the fancier finder scopes, you have no less than 6 - yes - 6 knobs to twiddle/loosen/overtighten etc . in order to accurately align the scope!!
Another absolutely crazy disadvantage with standard finders, I discovered last night.....
Looking to polar align my scope, I told the scope to point to Alpha Cen . It swivelled round and pointed in the general direction of A Cen, but I could not see it in the pointer scope. I moved the scope around a bit, saw a bright star and centered on that! All my subsequent operations with the scope were hopeless. What had gone wrong? Simple, I had - with the help of the guide scope - centered on Beta Cen instead of Alpha Cen! All because the view through the finder scope was no good. In the Telrad (and I might add the other red dots) you can see the sky and the red dot and the star, and you can easily tell which way to point the main scope.
So Newbies beware, even the finder scope can stuff things up for you
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Old 09-03-2018, 04:22 PM
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Another thought I meant to say..........Most of those finder scopes that come with the telescopes, have a wonderful brilliant idea incorporated in their design....namely cross hairs. Only one problem.......The cross hairs are black, so is the night sky, so they are totally useless when lining up a star at night. The only way is to go and buy an expensive finder scope that takes proper eyepieces, and then buy an illuminated recticle eyepiece. Cheaper to get the Telrad!
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Old 09-03-2018, 05:57 PM
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+1 for the Telrad Jimmy, I ditched the finder scope that came with my Newt many years ago and only use the Telrad now.

However I did modify mine, to run off a power pack instead of batteries. I also installed some resistors to function as a heater to eliminate dew, that gets power from the same power pack. The dew heater has an on/off switch and I must admit its mostly switched off since I started imaging.


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Old 09-03-2018, 09:12 PM
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that sounds like a great idea with the power and dew control. I unfortunately sold my telrad with my scope a while back and thinking about getting another one ...

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+1 for the Telrad Jimmy, I ditched the finder scope that came with my Newt many years ago and only use the Telrad now.

However I did modify mine, to run off a power pack instead of batteries. I also installed some resistors to function as a heater to eliminate dew, that gets power from the same power pack. The dew heater has an on/off switch and I must admit its mostly switched off since I started imaging.


Cheers
Bill
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