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Rigel Systems QuikFinder

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Brand Rigel Systems
Part Number OFIN-RS-QUIKFINDER
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Product Info

Manufacturer Description

Perfect for binoculars & small and large telescopes; Makes starhopping easy; Pulsed reticle.

  • One tenth the size and weight of the competition's "reflex" sight, makes aiming your telescope easy with its wide-open right-side-up view.
  • Projects 1/2 and 2 degree red circles onto the night sky in focus with the stars - what you see in the red circles is what you get in your telescope.
  • Pulsed or continuous illumination of reticle - at your behest. A standard feature on QuikFinder, a $20 option on the "competition's" reflex sight.
  • Compact design - Lets you use both eyes to see fainter than with the competition's "reflex" sight.
  • Two baseplates - Lets you use it on two telescopes. Easy clip-on/clip-off mounting to baseplate (no screws to fumble with).

Features:

  • Rugged construction, an ultra-efficient LED and lithium battery (included) for long life.
  • QuikFinder attaches without drilling and is easily removed from its baseplate for storage. Additional baseplates are available for using QuikFinder on more than one telescope.
  • Baseplate is 2.5 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1/2 inch high.
  • Quikfinder is 4.5 inches tall, 1.4 inches square.

Reviews

4.8 (Based on 36 Reviews) 97% of reviewers recommended this product.
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      Review by Fred P.
      1533784621
      Aug 8, 2018

      5.0 excellent

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      Big time-saver.

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      Review by Xprtmarksman
      1529641819
      Jun 21, 2018

      5.0 Great addition to magnified finder

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      My dobsonian came with a decent RACI finder, but being a newbie I was still having trouble finding the correct objects in my finder. I ordered this finder to compliment my RACI, and it was a great decision.

      It took me 30 min to find M92 the first time, and I went to find it with my new Rigel finder for just the second time ever. It was in the Rigel, in the RACI, even in the eye piece in just a few minutes. I don't think I'm being overly dramatic by saying I think the amount of objects I will be able to find now have tripled.

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      Review by Alan K.
      1522179895
      Mar 27, 2018

      5.0 Love Rigel for This Finder

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      I've had several over the years on everything from C8s to big binos, and now a 10" DOB and 6" Cat.

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      Review by Pete H.
      1517756343
      Feb 4, 2018

      5.0 Rigel Quickfinder

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      Good product, shipped well.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by jason l.
      1517175077
      Jan 28, 2018

      5.0 does job great

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      Worth it

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Joanne G.
      1516673433
      Jan 22, 2018

      5.0 Works great on giant binos

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      I bought the Rigel to use with my Oberwerk BT70-45 binos. I didn't want to remove the handle from the binos as would have been necessary if I had purchased the finder offered on the Oberwerk website. The Rigel works great--the small footprint works well on the binos, and the pulsing red bullseye makes finding objects a breeze. It has improved my experience using my Oberwerk BT70-45's tremendously. I couldn't imagine observing without it now.

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      Review by WAYNE B.
      1506397356
      Sep 25, 2017

      5.0 Beginner

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      I added a battery pack and attached the finder to an Oberwerk 20X80 Deluxe III binoculars with engaging results.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Jean c.
      1482601416
      Dec 24, 2016

      5.0 Rigel quick finder

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      Light weight, easy to collimate and use. The blinking function is very usefull. A stargazer's must have !

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by mark d.
      1482584240
      Dec 24, 2016

      5.0 Excellent upgrade for Celstron 114EQ

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      The star finder that comes the the 114EQ is worthless. This makes it SOOOO much easier to find objects with the scope. It’s very easy to adjust and very easy to use.

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      Review by Starship of La Verne, CA.
      1475280000
      Sep 30, 2016

      5.0 Excellent alternative to a Telrad

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Accurate,Compact,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Uses a special battery,Smaller sight rings than a Telrad

      Comments:

      I am an avid visual astronomer with several telescopes. I enjoy using a zero-magnification finder in conjunction with a low magnification finder for star hopping. I had been using only Telrads for my larger scopes, but when I bought my first small refractor, the Telrad was much too large and bulky for it. Looking for a smaller alternative, I decided to try the Rigel QuikFinder. After using it for over a year, I have become a big fan. It is small, lightweight, well-made, easy to use, and accurate. The brightness of the ringed sight is adjustable and can be made to blink at a variable rate. The collimation knobs allow easy alignment with the telescope. I like that the height of the finder allows me to keep my face a comfortable distance from the scope. There are only a couple of nitpicky downsides to the QuikFinder. The sight rings are only 1/2 and 2 degrees compared to a Telrad, which offers rings of 1/2, 2, and 4 degrees. Also, due to its small size, the QuikFinder takes flat, round batteries like you would see in a watch, whereas the much bulkier Telrad uses standard batteries. Fortunately, I have remembered to switch off the QuikFinder after each use and have not had to replace the battery in over a year. In all, this is an excellent alternative to the much bulkier Telrad, especially on smaller telescopes, and I recommend it highly.

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      Review by Tom of Providence RI.
      1436140800
      Jul 5, 2015

      5.0 Good for align the scope

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Lightweight,Compact

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      I use this finder with a optical finder, aim use this finder first, then optical finder. Optical finder has narrower FOV, this finder just help that.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Hilbily of VA.
      1427760000
      Mar 30, 2015

      5.0 Works great

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Accurate,Compact,Easy to Use

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      Works great, very lightweight, love the blinking function. A little harder to acquire the red circles than on a telrad.

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      Review by Strehlboy of Palm Bay, FL.
      1427500800
      Mar 27, 2015

      4.0 A good finderscope

      Pros:

      Strong Construction,Accurate,Priced Right,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Tricky To Install

      Comments:

      I sent this to my nephew as a gift, and can only go by what he has told me. It is being used on a 4 inch refractor, and was not easy to install. It is also a bit complicated at first to use. Once you learn how to, it works adequately to locate celestial objects.

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      Review by willyj of Eastern Mass.
      1402704000
      Jun 13, 2014

      4.0 Easy and convenient star aiming

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Easy to align,Lightweight,Easy Sharing,No Gymnastics To View,Quick set-up,Compact,No Squinting,Accurate

      Cons:

      No Power-on Indicator,Not Sturdy

      Comments:

      Has proven very useful as quick alignment sight on several mounted telescopes. Just as accurate as low power finder scopes, and much easier to set and view through. Can be quickly installed, removed and exchanged between multiple scopes once base plate is attached (must be realigned each time). Alignment and intensity controls are convenient to use, but must remember to turn-off after each session (no power-on indicator).

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      Review by Yuri K. of Israel.
      1402704000
      Jun 13, 2014

      5.0 Good and Accurate finder

      Pros:

      Compact,Easy to Use,Lightweight

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      Very good finder, accurate, compact, light weight, adjustable brightness.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by t buzz of Rockport, TX.
      1396051200
      Mar 28, 2014

      5.0 Rigel systems quick finder

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Blinking Sight For Dim,Easy to Use,Adjustible Brightness,Strong Construction,Compact,Positive Onoff Switch

      Cons:

      Alignment Knobs Small

      Comments:

      Product was well thought out. The aiming knobs were a bit small for my hands but everything worked as designed. I especially liked being able to dim the target acquisition circle to a dim level and then make it blink. Very effective. Removes and stores easily and it compact enough to fit right in the ota box. A very nice piece of gear and well worth the price.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by kimdaewon of South Korea.
      1394323200
      Mar 8, 2014

      5.0 Finder is very good.

      Pros:

      Easy to Use

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      My dopsonian Takahashi ... very good to use on any telescope.
      Easy-to-use, performance over me.
      Highly recommended to all.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Balu of Bloomington, IN.
      1390780800
      Jan 26, 2014

      5.0 Needed accessory for small telescopes

      Pros:

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

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      I was searching for a small, light weight finder for use with my 80 mm apo refractor. I considered various options including some red dot gun sights and finally settled on the Rigel Quickfinder. I am happy with my decision as it is light weight and rugged and also has a high profile which is perfect as I do not extend the mount tripod legs fully when imaging. I found that this helps in more stability for the mount and the scope. It is a perfect little accessory for small telescopes, I am sure it will be as good for larger scopes too. And I really like Agena service. Fast and efficient and very courteous and helpful.

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      Review by Cappio of Dallas, Texas.
      1390694400
      Jan 25, 2014

      4.0 Great and Accurate finder

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Accurate

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      Great finder, accurate, adjustable brightness. One drawback is it stands upright and is easily bumped. A little bulky.

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      Review by Howie of Los Lunas, NM.
      1382227200
      Oct 19, 2013

      4.0 Serves the purpose on smaller scope

      Pros:

      Compact,Lightweight

      Cons:

      Odd Battery,Small Display,Lightly Constructed

      Comments:

      I purchased a Celestron Omni 127XLT telescope for my travel scope. My other scopes are a Celestron CPC800 and a six inch Orion Dob. I use Telrad on both of the larger scopes. I decided that the Telrad footprint was just a little large for the Omni 127 so I purchased the Rigel QuikFinder. On the plus side of the equation, the Rigel doesn't take up much room on the scope and doesn't add much weight. The minuses are it's light construction, dinky display, and the button battery power source. Perhaps I'm just spoiled by the Telrad's large display and the AA battery power. I'll give the Rigel the benefit of the doubt for now. Maybe it will grow on me with use. It does look good on the little Celestron telescope.

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      Review by Karonte of Coslada (Madrid).
      1380412800
      Sep 28, 2013

      5.0 Comfortable and Simple.

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Compact,Comfortable,Accurate,Lightweight

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      Along with Telrad finder is the best I've had in terms of comfort. Only to be mounted on the telescope base with the included double-sided tape, and attach the form. Is collimated and can easily adjust the brightness of the illuminated circle.
      The best thing is your comfort in not having to hit the eye to search.

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      Review by c318cuin of Tennessee.
      1348790400
      Sep 27, 2012

      4.0 Works great on small scopes.

      Pros:

      Accurate,Long battery life,Easy to Use,Small Size,Lightweight

      Cons:

      The Latch Seems Weak,Dews Up Easy

      Comments:

      I mounted it on my R80 telescope. Makes alignment very easy and accurate.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? No
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      Review by tezster of Canada.
      1342310400
      Jul 14, 2012

      5.0 My favorite illuminated reticle finder

      Pros:

      Accurate,Lightweight,Easy to Use,Compact

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      The QuickFinder offers the best combination of price and functionality in a light-weight, compact design. I've used a Telrad, as well as other red dot/illuminated reticle finders: the QF is the one I prefer on my scopes.

      The small footprint makes it perfect for compact refractors, and it's light enough that it doesn't cause any balance issues. The finder's height also makes it easier to view through while moving the scope, which makes it great for a dob as well.

      The reticle intensity is infinitely adjustable, and the option to have it flash can be useful.

      The only slight complaint I have is the plastic tab that snaps onto the base of the finder doesn't seem to be designed for frequent removal - a lot of force is required to remove or snap back in place, that I'm sometimes worried it will just break off.

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      Review by telescope tom of Tucson.
      1324944000
      Dec 26, 2011

      5.0 I REALLY LIKE THIS FINDER

      Pros:

      Compact,Quality Lenses,Lightweight,Easy to Use

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      This is a great finder. Position way up on tube end and is easy to view thru back by eyepiece end so best for sct's and refractors.

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      Review by coolhand luke of Philadelphia.
      1320451200
      Nov 4, 2011

      5.0 Great way to find stars

      Pros:

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

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Can't be used in daytime with spotting scope

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Tiebreaker of Maine.
      1320451200
      Nov 4, 2011

      4.0 Happy With This Finder!

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Accurate,Compact,Lightweight

      Cons:

      Dew

      Comments:

      I spent quite a bit of time trying to decide between the Telrad, a multi-reticle red dot finder or this Rigel. I'm glad I decided on the Rigel. It's much smaller than the Telrad and stands higher off of the OTA than either the Telrad or the red dot making it easier to sight in. The blinking reticle makes finding and centering the alignment star very easy. Installation was very easy. The knurled knobs makes alignment to the OTA a breeze.

      Dew does form on the lens easily but if you just use the finder to locate alignment stars at the beginning of your viewing session with your GoTo scope, it's not a problem but if you use it for star hopping throughout your session you'll have to find a solution.

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      Review by rocketman of Port Chester, NY.
      1307145600
      Jun 3, 2011

      5.0 The best thing I purchased for my scope

      Pros:

      Strong Construction,Compact,Accurate

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      Comments:

      I have four scopes and I use it on each one. It makes findings objects a lot easier the the regular finder,s, also it is great for centering stars for alignment when using the computerized telescope makes it quick and easy.

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      Review by DB of Alabama.
      1294012800
      Jan 2, 2011

      4.0 Great little finder

      Pros:

      Accurate,Compact

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      The quickfinder is a great compact stright through finder. It sits up high on the scope so you don't have to crane your neck as much when using it. It is a great tool to help find objects quickly.

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      Review by Planevanilla of Louisville, KY.
      1243641600
      May 29, 2009

      4.0 It's A Big Help

      Pros:

      Compact,Accurate

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      Beginning Astronomy. It's a real help in trying to get your telescope aimed at the right star. Things can get pretty confusing looking through an eyepiece when you are new to all this. Being able to see the whole sky while aiming your scope is a real help. I am really pleased with it so far and happy I got it. I also got the accessory AA battery pack. Haven't needed it so far, but it seemed like a good idea and you need to order it at the same time (don't understand why it couldn't be an add on later). All in all, highly recommended.

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      Review by Stargazer of Michigan.
      1241827200
      May 8, 2009

      5.0 A "quick" QuikFinder

      Pros:

      Low Profile,Inexpensive,Lightweight,Usable extra features

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      I had always used either a right angle or a straight through magnifying finder scope. Problem was, I still had to get into my "contortionist's mode"

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      Review by John Love of Texas.
      1237852800
      Mar 23, 2009

      5.0 Rigel QuickFinder

      Pros:

      Low cost,Flashing reticle,Low weight,2 mounting plates

      Cons:

      Build not very solid

      Comments:

      It seems nowadays that I can't get by without a 1x finder. I was hooked from the first time I ever used one. I've owned and used many Telrads and they work beautifully. However, they suffer from one slight drawback... weight. That's were the Rigel QuickFinder comes in. With it's light weight and high profile, it's perfect for my dobs. It does not cause any balance issues and it's high profile makes it easier to sight through. It also comes with a flashing reticle... It's a very nice feature that I've grown to like very much.

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      Review by chicagoastro of Chicago, IL.
      1228176000
      Dec 1, 2008

      5.0 How did I ever get along without it?...

      Pros:

      Makes targeting simple,Mobile,Light

      Cons:

      Display screen plastic

      Comments:

      For many years now, I have been using the screws on the outside of my tube for alignment purposes in locating objects. It worked ok, but for objects high up...at zenith, it gets rather awkward. If I'm going to be that close to the ground, I'd better be drunk...:P. So I decided to purchase a zero mag finder apparatus.

      I researched quite a bit and settled on the Rigel QuickFinder. Telrad is the leader of the pack and does the job well, but I don't like the bulkiness of the unit..and it's 1/2 pound to boot! The reviews for both units were good, with Telrad edging out the Rigel just a tad. But the benefits of the Rigel sold me over the Telrad. It's lighter, and the battery and the blinking targeting circles is the norm, not an additional purchase like the Telrad. It's also a vertical unit as opposed to Telrad which is horizontal. This way, I can place the Rigel right next to my eyepiece for efficient sighting. I am tired of sighting objects from the end of my tube, sighting over the top and capturing my object.

      The Telrad has three concentric rings and the Rigel has only two, but that's ok. I don't have the dark skies here in Chicago, so it really doesn't make a difference. The circles are spaced 1/2 and 2 degrees outward. The Telrad has the additional circle at 4 degrees. The clear projection plate on the Rigel is plastic, while the one on the Telrad is glass. I figure if it ever breaks on me or gets damaged, I can easily cut a piece of glass and replace it. The Rigel also has a built in dew shield.[...].

      It wasn't until around 11:00 pm that I had the opportunity to install it on my tube. It's rather light, came with a lithium battery and two bases. I wanted it close to the eyepiece as I could, but it meant that I needed to relocate the finder scope. So be it. One looks into a slanted projection screen and displayed onto it are two red concentric rings. When I first got it, I turned it on and peered thru it around my house...and was rather disappointed in how it was not that bright. But now, in the darkness of the night, the brightest setting is TOO bright. I need to turn it down to get a comfortable view sight. I like this location, as it is close to the focuser and it's just a quick five inches between the two.

      Before...I was using screw heads on top of the tube to align my targets, and had to sight it from the end of the scope. Those days are now over! In front are the five controls. The top three adjusts the position of the screen and aligns it to the tube. It was a matter of seconds to accomplish this as I focused on a distant chimney. I set the screen dead center in the Rigel, and...there it was, dead center in my focuser!! Too Cool! The next control adjusts the brightness, and the final one is the pulser. It adjusts the interval of the pulsations of the reticle circles. This feature is indeed well worth the entire cost of the device. I found out that keeping the reticle constantly on, even at it's lowest setting, was rather obtrusive. But as it flashed on and off, at my desired intervals, it allows one to see the field of view unobstructed. With final micro adjustments both the tube and Rigel were as one. I was jumping to roof peaks, chimneys, distant trees...and was greeted each time by the sight of them centered in my eyepiece. It was cold, quite cold out, and I attempted now to align my finder scope, but not this morning. It will be for a warmer day. But I am extremely pleased on the Rigel Quickfinder. It is highly recommended and I encourage all my associates to obtain one.

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      Review by chicagoastro of Chicago, IL.
      1226966400
      Nov 17, 2008

      5.0 How did I ever get along without it?...

      Pros:

      Mobile,Light,Makes targeting simple

      Cons:

      Display screen plastic

      Comments:

      For many years now, I have been using the screws on the outside of my tube for alignment purposes in locating objects. It worked ok, but for objects high up...at zenith, it gets rather awkward. If I'm going to be that close to the ground, I'd better be drunk...:P. So I decided to purchase a zero mag finder apparatus. I researched quite a bit and settled on the Rigel QuickFinder. Telrad is the leader of the pack and does the job well, but I don't like the bulkiness of the unit..and it's 1/2 pound to boot! The reviews for both units were good, with Telrad edging out the Rigel just a tad. But the benefits of the Rigel sold me over the Telrad. It's lighter, and the battery and the blinking targeting circles is the norm, not an additional purchase like the Telrad. It's also a vertical unit as opposed to Telrad which is horizontal. This way, I can place the Rigel right next to my eyepiece for efficient sighting. I am tired of sighting objects from the end of my tube, sighting over the top and capturing my object. The Telrad has three concentric rings and the Rigel has only two, but that's ok. I don't have the dark skies here in Chicago, so it really doesn't make a difference. The circles are spaced 1/2 and 2 degrees outward. The Telrad has the additional circle at 4 degrees. The clear projection plate on the Rigel is plastic, while the one on the Telrad is glass. I figure if it ever breaks on me or gets damaged, I can easily cut a piece of glass and replace it. The Rigel also has a built in dew shield. It wasn't until around 11:00 pm that I had the opportunity to install it on my tube. It's rather light, came with a lithium battery and two bases. I wanted it close to the eyepiece as I could, but it meant that I needed to relocate the finder scope. So be it. One looks into a slanted projection screen and displayed onto it are two red concentric rings. When I first got it, I turned it on and peered thru it around my house...and was rather disappointed in how it was not that bright. But now, in the darkness of the night, the brightest setting is TOO bright. I need to turn it down to get a comfortable view sight. I like this location, as it is close to the focuser and it's just a quick five inches between the two. Before...I was using screw heads on top of the tube to align my targets, and had to sight it from the end of the scope. Those days are now over! In front are the five controls. The top three adjusts the position of the screen and aligns it to the tube. It was a matter of seconds to accomplish this as I focused on a distant chimney. I set the screen dead center in the Rigel, and...there it was, dead center in my focuser!! Too Cool! The next control adjusts the brightness, and the final one is the pulser. It adjusts the interval of the pulsations of the reticle circles. This feature is indeed well worth the entire cost of the device. I found out that keeping the reticle constantly on, even at it's lowest setting, was rather obtrusive. But as it flashed on and off, at my desired intervals, it allows one to see the field of view unobstructed. With final micro adjustments both the tube and Rigel were as one. I was jumping to roof peaks, chimneys, distant trees...and was greeted each time by the sight of them centered in my eyepiece.It was cold, quite cold out, and I attempted now to align my finder scope, but not this morning. It will be for a warmer day. But I am extremely pleased on the Rigel Quickfinder. It is highly recommended and I encourage all my associates to obtain one.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
      Was this review helpful? Yes / No

      This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.com

    34. Stargazer

      Stargazer New Member

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      1210509720
      May 11, 2008

      5.0 A "quick" QuikFinder

      Pros:

      Lightweight; Low Profile; Inexpensive; Usable extra features

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      I had always used either a right angle or a straight through magnifying finder scope. Problem was, I still had to get into my “contortionist's mode” to point the OTA in the general direction of the intended target. I then tried a 5mw green laser mounted on the OTA. This works fine for getting the object into the field of the finder scope but I do have a couple of airports in the vicinity and I was getting a little nervous about using the laser in the area.

      I had been thinking of a red dot finder but never had the opportunity to use one. Well, I researched a bit and decided to give the Rigel Quik Finder a try. The high profile and the lightweight of the unit appealed to me.

      The RQF comes with 2 bases to accommodate different tube diameters, but I chose to make my own base to fit the bracket on my Celestron C80ED. Aligning the finder is a snap with the three small knobs provided. Another larger knob is used for off-on-intensity of the illuminated reticles and yet another smaller knob to “pulse” the reticles at varying intervals, if desired. All this in a $40 finder. Not bad!

      I prefer to use the “both-eyes-open-method” when looking through a straight through finder and I find myself using the Rigel Quik Finder the same way.

      If you are looking for a zero mag finder that is “quick” to set up, won't add a lot of extra weight to your mount, and is a breeze to use...this unit can't be beat.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
      Was this review helpful? Yes / No
    35. johnlove

      johnlove New Member

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      1190759280
      Sep 25, 2007

      5.0 Rigel QuickFinder

      Pros:

      Low weight, low cost, comes with 2 mounting plates and a flashing reticle.

      Cons:

      Build quality could be a little more "solid".

      Comments:

      It seems nowadays that I can't get by without a 1x finder. I was hooked from the first time I ever used one. I've owned and used many Telrads and they work beautifully. However, they suffer from one slight drawback... weight. That's were the Rigel QuickFinder comes in. With it's light weight and high profile, it's perfect for my dobs. It does not cause any balance issues and it's high profile makes it easier to sight through. It also comes with a flashing reticle... It's a very nice feature that I've grown to like very much.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
      Was this review helpful? Yes / No
    36. chicagoastro

      chicagoastro New Member

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      1168470000
      Jan 10, 2007

      5.0 Rigel Zero-Mag Finder - How did I ever get along without it?...

      Pros:

      Light, mobile and with the built in flasher/dimmer makes targeting simple

      Cons:

      Display screen plastic

      Comments:

      For many years now, I have been using the screws on the outside of my tube for alignment purposes in locating objects. It worked ok, but objects high up...at zenith, it gets rather awkward. If I'm going to be that close to the ground, I better be drunk...:P. So I decided to purchase a zero mag finder apparatus. I researched quite a bit and settled on the Rigel QuickFinder.

      Telrad is the leader of the pack and does the job well, but I don't like the bulkiness of the unit..and it's 1/2 pound to boot! The reviews for both units were good, with Telrad edging out the Rigel just a tad. But the benefits of the Rigel sold me over the Telrad.

      It's lighter, comes with two bases, battery and the blinking targeting circles is the norm, not an additional purchase like the Telrad. It's also a vertical unit as opposed to Telrad which is horizontal. This way, I can place the Rigel right next to my eyepiece for efficient sighting. I am tired of sighting objects from the end of my tube, sighting over the top and capturing my object.

      The Telrad has three concentric rings and the Rigel has only two, but that's ok. I don't have the dark skies here in Chicago, so it really doesn't make a difference. The circles are spaced 1/2 and 2 degrees outward. The Telrad has the additional circle at 4 degrees. The clear projection plate on the Rigel is plastic, while the one on the Telrad is glass. I figure if it ever breaks on me or gets damaged, I can easily cut a piece of glass and replace it. The Rigel also has a built in dew shield.

      The cost of the Rigel QuickFinder was cheaper than the Telrad, and it comes complete. The UPS guy finally brought my much awaited package this afternoon. It wasn't until around 11:00 pm that I had the opportunity to install it on my tube.

      It's rather light, came with a lithium battery and two bases. I wanted it close to the eyepiece as I could, but it meant that I needed to relocate the finder scope. So be it.

      One looks into a slanted projection screen and displayed onto it are two red concentric rings. When I first got it, I turned it on and peered through it around my house...and was rather disappointed in how it was not that bright. But now, in the darkness of the night, the brightest setting is TOO bright. I need to turn it down to get a comfortable view sight. I like this location, as it is close to the focuser and it's just a quick five inches between the two. Before...I was using screw heads on top of the tube to align my targets, and had to sight it from the end of the scope. Those days are now over!

      In front are the five controls. The top three adjusts the position of the screen and aligns it to the tube. It was a matter of seconds to accomplish this as I focused on a distant chimney. I set the screen dead center in the Rigel, and...there it was, dead center in my focuser!! Too Cool!

      The next control adjusts the brightness, and the final one is the pulser. It adjusts the interval of the pulsations of the reticle circles. This feature is indeed well worth the entire cost of the device. I found out that keeping the reticle constantly on, even at it's lowest setting, was rather obtrusive. But as it flashed on and off, at my desired intervals, it allows one to see the field of view unobstructed.

      With final micro adjustments both the tube and Rigel were as one. I was jumping to roof peaks, chimneys, distant trees...and was greeted each time by the sight of them centered in my eyepiece. It was cold, quite cold out, and I attempted now to align my finder scope, but not this morning. It will be for a warmer day. But I am extremely pleased on the Rigel Quickfinder. It is highly recommended and I encourage all my associates to obtain one.

      A full narrative with images can be found at the Chicago Astronomer:
      http://astronomer.proboards23.com/index.cgi?board=Equipment&action=display&thread=1110828464

      Respectfully,
      Chicago Astronomer Joe
      Administrator
      www.chicagoastronomer.com
      Telescope/Observatory Operator
      Adler Planetarium & Museum

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
      Was this review helpful? Yes / No
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