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Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope Red Dot Finder # 51630

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Brand Celestron
Part Number 51630
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Product Info

Manufacturer Description

Finding objects couldn’t be easier! A 1x, or unit power finderscope designed so you can point the telescope while scanning the sky with both eyes. A mirror lens projects the image of a LED illuminated pinpoint into the line of sight, providing you with a red dot of light to center on the object you want to view.

Something like having a laser pointer that reaches into the sky, it greatly simplifies finding objects. The brightness level is adjustable, and the Star Pointer can be used during daytime observing as well. Attaches to most telescopes easily.

Two plastic bases are included to attach this finder to most telescopes.

  • The larger base has a base curve diameter of approximately 9". It can accommodate mounting screws that are between 30mm (1.18") and 37mm (1.46") apart from center-to-center. This is typically used for 8" and larger telescopes.
  • The smaller base has a base curve diameter of approximately 7" and can be used with telescopes from 6" to 8" in aperture. The center-to-center hole spacing on this is 29mm (1.14").

Either base can be used with telescopes smaller than 6" in aperture, but be aware that the base will be a bit skewed on the telescope tube surface, although this will not be a problem in most cases. Mounting screws are not included and must be provided by the user.

Product carries two year factory limited warranty (within US/Canada only).

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4.4 (Based on 19 Reviews) 95% of reviewers recommended this product.
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    1. Guest

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      Review by Josue R.
      1547649597
      Jan 16, 2019

      5.0 Good product

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      Good product

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Dennis S.
      1523069478
      Apr 6, 2018

      5.0 Great red dot

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      Just what one needs to find that object in the sky. Easy to mount and use.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Erik S.
      1513657780
      Dec 18, 2017

      4.0 Works well

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      Nothing special but works as it should. Factor in the price and it's a no brainier.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Steve R.
      1512906990
      Dec 10, 2017

      5.0 RDF

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      Great finder st a great price!

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      Review by Anthony D.
      1512367320
      Dec 3, 2017

      4.0 Red dot finder

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      Simple, cheap & works well.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by george s.
      1508347155
      Oct 18, 2017

      5.0 I used it on a

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      I used it on a 415mm table top reflector. It works very well for that purpose especially at the price. The only improvement I would suggest would be to include a simple set of instructions.

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      Review by Michael S.
      1501170301
      Jul 27, 2017

      5.0 Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope Red Dot

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      Works excellent every time! Would defiantly recommend this red dot star pointer. Great quality product..

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      Review by Joseph M.
      1493205711
      Apr 26, 2017

      5.0 Celestron RDF

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      Best rdf I have used. Have 3. Identical to $40 rdf sold by others.
      All plastic, but well made. Battery cover. Attaches with or without dove tail.

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      Review by Chssby of Macon GA.
      1453593600
      Jan 23, 2016

      4.0 Easy to install, multiple bases for versatility

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      Easy to Use,Lightweight

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      Multiple bases included to fit variety of ota sizes

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Rover of Idaho.
      1436054400
      Jul 4, 2015

      3.0 It does the job

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      Lightweight,Easy to Use

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      I like star-hopping with my 8" dob but often had difficulty get a starting point(an identifiable bright star) lined up in the 8x50 finder scope. With this red-dot finder I'm able to get to the start in just a few seconds. This has eliminated an often frustrating part of observing. The Celestron red-dot finder looks kind of cheap but it has turned out to be a great low-cost accessory. I don't ask much from it but it handles the job I got it for.

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      Review by Chuck of Denver.
      1435536000
      Jun 28, 2015

      4.0 Excellent value finder

      Pros:

      Several Mounting Brackets,Inexpensive,Easy to Use,Lightweight,Compact

      Cons:

      Red Is A Bit Over-bright,Faint Stars Are Dimmed

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      It's a compact red dot finder, allows quick and easy pointing of the scope. Comes with several mounting brackets to fit various scopes, and mounts very quickly. The only flaws are the reflective coatings in the window dim or hide faint stars, and the red dot is somewhat over-bright even at the lowest setting. Works great under suburban skies, though, and also for daytime use, but might bother a bit under dark skies. In general it works well, and is an excellent value.

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      Review by JHolland of Abilene.
      1422662400
      Jan 30, 2015

      5.0 Cost effective finder

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      Easy to Use,Lightweight

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      I replaced the terrible finder on my 6" SCT with this. You can't beat it for the price. It is easy to calibrate, is not obtrusive, and has good battery life. The only down side might be you have to remember to turn it off. That is not enough to take away a star. It is my favorite 1X finder on the market.

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      Review by Greg of Wales, Maine.
      1385942400
      Dec 1, 2013

      5.0 Great product at a great price

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      Easy to Use,Compact,Lightweight,Strong Construction,Accurate,Quality Lenses

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      In my opinion, far better than some others offered at comparable prices. Easier to target specific objects, placement on the tube is user friendly.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Luke of Oz.
      1380585600
      Sep 30, 2013

      4.0 Celestron red dot findert

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      Easy to Use,Lightweight,Accurate,Compact

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      Excellent for centring scope on objects. Good red light. Fits Skywatcher Dobsonian perfectly

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Norbert of Ciales, P.R..
      1380326400
      Sep 27, 2013

      4.0 Compact ,easy to use

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      Compact

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      Unstable

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      Easy to use but low quality materials.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? No
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      Review by JimmyA of Gibraltar.
      1374969600
      Jul 27, 2013

      5.0 Wouldn't be with out it

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      Easy to Use,Lightweight,Compact,Strong Construction,Accurate

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      Great star pointer, wouldn't be with out it now that I have this one.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by AhBok of Lakeland, TN.
      1341014400
      Jun 29, 2012

      4.0 Great for the Ditty Bag

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      Compact,Inexpensive,Lightweight,Easy to Use

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      You can find a better finder and I have them, too. The Celestron Star Pointer is great for a spotting scope or as an inexpensive back up. I keep a couple in my ditty bag and share them at star parties when someone needs a spare. Great bargain.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by StarHunter777 of San Antonio, TX.
      1330128000
      Feb 24, 2012

      4.0 Celestron Star Pointer

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      Easy to Use,Lightweight

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      Can't beat it for the price a real upgrade from the older models as it has an adjustment for AZ and elevation

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Mr Universe of FL.
      1316131200
      Sep 15, 2011

      4.0 Does the job!

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      Lightweight,Easy to Use,Accurate

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      Great price for a star pointer. I use it along with my RA finder,for easy targeting of objects in the night sky.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Manufacturer Celestron