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- The easiest way to aim a telescope. The view seen through the window of the Telrad is continuous with the sky around it, not magnified or upside down.
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I mounted my Telrad between the focuser and the finder scope and back just a bit. The Telrad allows you to easily find a bright star and locate other objects relative to it. The brightness of the red finder target can be adjusted easily.
All in all, this should be the first thing you add to a scope like this. It greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the scope and overcomes some of the inherent issues of using a Dob mount.
This is where the Telrad, and other so called "Red Dot Finders", come in. It is not a telescope. It only projects a red dot, or in the case of the Telrad, a series of concentric red circles, into the sky, letting you know where your telescope is pointed without restricting your field of view at all. This provides you with a much better idea of where you ARE looking and helps your get your telescope pointed where you WANT to look. Just move your telescope with Telrad mounted to it until the red circles are projected over the part of the sky, or object, you wish to view and then look through the telescope eyepiece. More times than not, you will find the desired object within your telescope's field of view on your first try. It gets you "into the ballpark".
The Telrad can be adjusted left/right and up/down so it is aligned with the telescope it is mounted upon. This is critical and a good feature.
It runs on a 9v battery which seems to last quite a long time (battery not included). There is a switch which allows the user to dim or brighten the red circles, making them easier to see.Read more ›
There are some things that someone really into skywatching needs to have. A planisphere, a decent pair of binoculars, and a red penlight will get you going, to be sure. Then after a while you might find yourself ready take the dive for a good telescope, and if you're on a budget you get the joy of deciding whether to get a smaller "go-to" scope or give up the electronics in favor of a bigger aperture, as in a Dob. Then if you're like me and you got a light bucket and find you have problems sighting through the tee-niny finder, well...take it from pretty much everyone who's posted to this product: The Telrad is just what you need.
It's simple. Mount it, align it, and you're in business. Sight in on what you're looking for through the Telrad and pow! There it is in your eyepiece. Yes, it really IS that simple. I've located lots of Messier objects with it I would've had fits with otherwise. And a lot of the work is done for you...just Google "Telrad Charts" and you'll find enough stuff--treasure maps, I call 'em--to keep you going for a lifetime or two.
Yes, it does fog when it's humid. So do the telescopes themselves. You learn how to deal with it, or you spend more money. I deal with it.
There you go. A genuine "essential". If you own a telescope, your enjoyment of it will increase exponentially with the purchase of a Telrad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The thing I like best about the Telrad, other than having three circles, the smallest really helping with fine alignment, is that it aligns by adjusting the mirror within the unit,... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Brad Bortner
Great for using on a follow spot. I only wish it had a green light to go along with it's features so I can see the target when the stage is completely red. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Celeste Essink
My telescope is an Orion XT10i. It came with a RACI finder. I like the finder but sometimes it is hard to locate objects with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Buddyjay
This instrument is well made, works great. I use it on my 12 Dob, nice, very nicePublished 1 month ago by Brucejean
For learning astronomy this is a great accessory... check that -- essential gear.
Factory supplied finders are often like small 8x50 telescopes, often providing a cross... Read more
Item is invaluable to locating stars and planets easily. A must have for any astronomer.Published 2 months ago by S. Morales