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Finders that are Keepers

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by Pleiades, Jun 7, 2018.

Finders that are Keepers

Started by Pleiades on Jun 7, 2018 at 11:29 AM

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  1. Pleiades

    Pleiades Well-Known Member

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    Okay, Seriously love my Orion SkyQuest-XT6, but about to file for divorce with the cheapo finder. I just don't know what kind of finder I want next, or if maybe different finders equal different finds. Who knows? I am considering either or both:
    My "come with" finder, was dropped before the batteries were even installed, and it's pretty useless. I sight down the scope like a pirate aiming a 14th century canon and start out with a 25mm or a 40mm. So I don't have any real experience with a finder at all.
     
  2. Mak the Night

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    Get one of these and have the best of both worlds.

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    Pleiades Well-Known Member

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    Sold!! Now that is a really good idea. Thanks.
     
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    Mak the Night Well-Known Member

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    Unless you do this with it! :eek:

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    Did you put on your second finder? What did you do?

    On my XT8 I have a 9X50 RACI and the second slot alternates between a RDF and a Laser pointer.
     
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    Is that the new heavy fighter in Star Wars? the XYZ wing?
     
  7. Mak the Night

    Mak the Night Well-Known Member

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    ROTFLMAO! I think I was going for an asymmetrical Fireball XL5 look.

     
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    I've used many finders in my life, and many that cost considerably more than the GSO, and in all honesty - none were better than the GSO you linked at the beginning of this thread. I currently have 2 of the GSO's on 2 of my telescopes - my 150mm Maksutov F/12 and my ST80. When I need another - it will be another GSO RACI 8 X 50mm. My Orion 200mm F/4 Rich-Field Newtonian came with an Orion 9 X 50mm that's still going strong, and my Meade 127mm F/9.3 had an Antares 8 X 50mm that's still fine. But should this ever change, it'll will be the GSO.

    My Meade 12" F/10 LX90 has a Meade 8 X 50mm straight-through finder, which, being a quite tall drink-o'-water, shall remain as is.

    The GSO RACI does take a bit of getting used to, this as it can feel loose in it's mounting. But I view this as an asset as it's easy to fine-tune it without risking putting the telescope off-target during viewing. It's a win/win cost-wise, clarity, and light-gathering ability. And that's my opinion - and I'm stickin' to it! :p

    D.
     
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    I have an Orion 9x50, I'm pretty sure they aren't GSO, they may be Synta.
     
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    I agree. This is not a GSO.
     
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    The original Sky-Watcher RACI reticule was + shaped, I have one, but the later ones are x shaped, just like the Orion reticules. I'm guessing they're all from the same source.
     
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    I went with the Orion 6x30-RA finder. It's ok. I'm not used to it yet. I'm going to add a duel bracket with the RA finder on one side and a red dot on the other.
     
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    I've had problems with a few of Meade's red dot finders.
    I got an ORION 6x30 RA Finder that I'm planning on trying on my 80mm refractor but haven't got around to it yet. It is wrapped in bubble wrap sitting in an ammo can.
     
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    Do not pop the bubble wrap that is where they hide the cloud seeds...
     
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    On that RDF I like that you have to use a tool for sighting it in and that its not knobs that resemble other knobs that are on the unit. I have mistakenly taken my RDFs out of alinement already by turning the wrong knob. :rolleyes:
    Which of the multiple reticles do you prefer?
     
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    I leave it on the circle with crosshairs. It makes it very easy to center objects.
     

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