Discussion in 'All Other Observing Equipment' started by Mak the Night, May 18, 2018.
Started by Mak the Night on May 18, 2018 at 5:52 AM
Perhaps it is 12v?
That's a feature I like about the 9x50, no batteries, no funny games, only the sharpness of the achromatic and a torticollis. I have good success with it so far, it's doing the job many DSOs are visible in it..
I have these ...
I didn't buy any of them, they all came included with scopes.
I used to give those to the nieces and nephews to play with when they were small.
Personally I really dislike straight through finders. When mounted on Newtonians I like them even less.
Great idea, Gabby! I have a 9y/o grandson who would love the one I have. Time for it to quit collecting dust!
The top one came with my 150mm Newtonian, as it is used predominantly for lunar/planetary the straight through is fine. Low maintenance and no batteries!
The second one came with my 127mm Mak, I actually bought an RACI for it, but it gets used on the Mak now as that's really for lunar/planetary and a straight through is all I need.
The third finder came with my Sky-Watcher ST80. I'm still trying to find a use for it lol.
I had one smaller like your picture with the 3 finder, mine was coming with my 130mm Newtonian (which I sold to finance the new telescope). But I can't tell the difference with my current one which has more aperture now, the new one can probably reveal more faint objects, more DSOs
You still have the 2 size Mak do you see any obvious differences?
There must be some difference with the larger finder. With my 127mm Mak and 150mm Newtonian the targets are usually easy to see with the naked eye anyway. I used to have a 9x50 RACI on my 130mm Newtonian which was a bit easier to find some DSO's with I thought. Although I mainly used one of the TSRADC's on that. When I have the 40mm Plossl in the ST80 it's weird to look in a 9x50 finder and see an image only 1x larger in the eyepiece itself lol.
I think I saw some people using the ST80 has a finder directly installed over a monster of some sort.
With 2" eyepieces an ST80 is a finderscope!
I like the StarPointer Pro okay. Over the Telrad it is easier to look through (bigger window, small housing framing it), lighter weight and smaller. The lowest setting is brighter than it should be, but my finder is usually fogged or frosted so the brightness is mitigated. My biggest complaint about the StarPointer Pro is that it flexes and wobbles greatly when aligning it due to a) lack of rigidity in the unit, and b) stiffness of the alignment screws. The latter might be helped with lubrication. Overall, I have found the StarPointer nicer to look through but the Telrad more reliable and accurate. So I tend to use only the Telrad on my bigger scopes, and reach for the Starpointer for the smaller widefield scopes.
The additional mounting options for the StarPointer Pro lends it to some intereting possibilities, like applying a finder foot to the dew shield of refractors (where a 1x finder should be). I have not tried this yet.
I think that this is a very good point. Overall though, I find that when it is finally aligned it stays more or less true. Which did kind of surprise me.
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