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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

    Mak the Night Well-Known Member

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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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    Mak the Night Well-Known Member

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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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    Mak the Night Well-Known Member

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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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