This Agena universal Laser-Finder Bracket seamlessly converts your green laser pointer into a pointing device for your telescope. A key advantage of this unit is that it uses the common Vixen/Synta-style mounting design which very few other laser brackets do. With this, you can mount this bracket in the Vixen/Synta-style dovetail base you may already have on your telescope (although you may need a longer locking thumbscrew), or you can buy one separately for your telescope (note that no dovetail base is included with this bracket).
A Variety of Applications
- For manual star hopping, you'll find that having a laser to visually guide you across the night sky will bring the target object to your eyepiece without craning your neck meticulously looking through other types of finders.
- For goto scopes, this pointer can reveal exactly where your scope is pointed, much to the benefit of crowds at star parties, alignment routines, or simply to satisfy curiosity.
- For easy to overlook naked eye objects, this bracket will help you reveal their exact location in the night sky if your telescope is already pointed to them. Once the location is revealed, you may finally be able to notice those objects unaided!
- For any scope, you'll continue to find many uses and benefits to having the ability to mount a green laser pointer directly on your telescope.
Ease of Setup and Installation
- The bracket comes equipped with a foot that can be attached to Vixen/Synta-style dovetail bases already found on many telescopes (see foot specifications below). With the base attached, the bracket itself can be removed or replaced without unmounting the green laser. With the dual-rings each equipped with 3 knurled alignment screws, repeatable alignment with your telescope's optics can be reached intuitively and quickly.
- With careful storage, this bracket will even maintain its alignment with your telescope even after removal, making this both a seamless part of your setup routine and a joy to use.
- Inside bracket diameter is 30mm. It can be used with laser pointers (not included) up to 24mm (0.95") in diameter
- Constructed with black anodized aluminum
- Weight = 3.8 oz.
- Height (excluding screws) = 84mm
- Inside distance between rings = 43mm
- Outside distance between rings = 63mm
- Foot dimensions: Maximum width (at bottom) = 28.4mm / 1.12"; Minimum width (at top) = 20mm / 0.79"; Foot height = 8.1mm /0.32". Note that this is smaller than the clearance available on most Vixen/Synta-style bases. As a result, the existing locking screw on your base may not be long enough to reach this item and lock it in place. This issue can easily be resolved by inserting a shim or using a longer locking thumbscrew.
May 22, 2018
well donePros: Cons: Comments:
At last, a decent all metal laser ring set. For larger diameter lasers, you may want to replace the screws with something shorter to minimize the snag hazard. I use 2 of these and the later one seems to have a slightly wider dovetail which minimizes the issue described on the Agena product page. This component is well thought out and well made.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comNov 19, 2017
I found this on Agena AstroProducts and my search was overPros: Cons: Comments:
I recently purchased two laser pointers, one for my telescope and the second as a backup. The laser pointers are about six to seven inches long and 24 mm in diameter. To accompany the laser pointers, I needed a telescope finder bracket that would accommodate my telescope mount bracket and the laser pointers. Since I had bought the laser pointers first, I expected that it would be easy to find a compatible finder bracket in searches on the Internet. I found it difficult to find a compatible finder scope brackets in many searches on the Internet until I came across Agena AstroProducts. Many searches resulted in finder scope brackets that were designed to accommodate 50 mm to 60 mm diameters which are way to big for the 24 mm diameter that I needed. I finally found exactly what I needed and purchased this finder scope bracket from Agena AstroProducts. I tried the finder scope with my 24 mm diameter laser pointers and the match is excellent. The base of this finder scope bracket is smaller in width than the mounting bracket on my telescope but this will be fixed with a simple shim. Thanks Agena AstroProducts for carrying this bracket. I don't think I would have found another one that accommodates 24 mm diameter laser pointers after searching exhaustively on the Internet. As the subject states, once I found this bracket on Agena AstroProducts, my search was over. Great bracket! Thanks again!
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comFeb 17, 2017
Agena Large Laser Pointer BracketPros: Cons: Comments:
I am a Senior (= 'older') Astronomer and the Red Dot Finders just do not work for me. I tried the small 0.5” diameter, 5mW, Green laser pointers that use 2 AAA batteries, but they are dim and die in Cold weather.
The Large Agena StarGuider Laser Holder is excellent for the larger (7/8” to 1” O.D.) lasers that use a CR123A or 18650 (3.7V, 2.5Ah) battery. These Green Lasers come from Asia in higher power and last much longer.
I have two complaints: 1) The base of this bracket is much smaller (1.1”) and doesn’t fit tight in ‘standard’ Finder Telescope brackets (1.25”) from Celestron & Meade.
2) The 6 Holder screws are nice in that they have a small plastic tip, that tightens against the Metal of the Laser, without damage. BUT they are way too long. They screw all the way inside the 1.2” collar, to touch each other (See photo). But Holding a Large 1”OD Green Laser, the screws stick out an extra inch above the collar. They should be much shorter. Or Agena should offer a shorter set of screws as an accessory?
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comDec 24, 2016
Finderscope BracketPros: Cons: Comments:
This is an excellent laser holder; all metal, rigid, easy to use thumbscrews, plastic tipped thumbscrews to prevent damage to the laser body, and it works with just about any laser because it accepts a wide range of laser diameters. Set it and forget it. It costs a little more and was worth it to me.
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