Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope.
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- Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope.
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|Item Dimensions||6.69 x 5.12 x 5.51 inches|
|Item Display Weight||300 grams|
|Item Weight||0.2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.4 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Here's how it works: You turn it on and a little red laser light shows up in the glass, then with both eyes you are able to adjust your telescope so that your target star (or object in general) gets behind your red laser and that's it! It is definitely easier than looking through the traditional Finderscopes with one eye and trying to match the star to a black dot that might not even be visible. The brightness of the laser pointer is adjustable so for fainter stars you can still use it.
The only complaint I would have is the description. It mentions it can fit easily any telescope while it is not true, in the instructions it mentions it would fit any 6 in or bigger Celestron Telescope. I have a 5 in Celestron Telescope and I couldn't make it work (at least not without some tweaks). The problem is that the mount has the holes too wide for my telescope (Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope if you were wondering) so I drilled some extra holes to the mount so it would fit. In the end I think it worked fine, but it would have been great if someone had indicated that before.
Overall it is a great product, easy to use and highly recommendable!!
So far, so good, but it feels that it could brake any time. I allways remove it when I go to somewhere with my telescope, I'm afraid to live it on the bracket while transportation, but every time I remove it I'm afraid that is going brake in my hands.
It was cheaper than the finderscope, but sometimes cheaper is more costly.
...A YEAR AFTER:
The plastic is not so fragil, but I still remove for transportation.
I strongly recomend you not to forget the finder ON, when you put it away.
And whenever I want to ajust the luminosity I aways mess up the alignment, because in the dark, the first nob on the right is for alignment and the second is for ON-OFF-LUMINOSITY.
But hey! It is light, cheap and good enough for the price.
Thankfully, it comes with a handful of plastic bases and connectors to attach it to a number of different (I'm assuming) Celestron telescopes. I wasn't sure what I was going to get since the exact quantity and styles of bases aren't listed here or on any other site that I could find. Even though I was attaching the finderscope to a flat wooden surface and not the barrel of a telescope, once of the bases worked perfectly, and a pair of #10-24 screws were a perfect fit - though keep in mind that no screws actually come with this product.
As some others have stated, the red dot itself can be a bit overly bright even at the lowest setting, especially when used to align with Polaris, which is fairly dim in light polluted skies, but it's still perfectly serviceable. Particularly for the price, I'm quite happy with this product.
I purchased this for my celestron astromaster 114, the finderscope that comes with this telescope is better quality but in functionality it's pure junk. Now with this new plastic toy all I can say is WOW it works perfectly no matter what angle you look the point stays centered what took me 15 to 20 minutes to find now it's less then a minute. Fyi I did have to drill into the scope as the adapters don't work with this model. Only time will tell how long it will last but I give it 5 stars because it just makes it so easy to find stars and even if it's cheap plastic the price is right. This with the Skyguid App makes the hobby so much fun.
Note when I received the finderscope I thought it was a knock off as it dose not look like the picture, but I verified this on the celestron site and it's legit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used 3 times and broke. Can't figure out how to contact yet. If they make it right I will post a better reviePublished 3 days ago by james one
bought this because the Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope came with a crappy one
and by crappy I mean you could line up the moon all you want in the finderscope and never... Read more
This tool is very helpful for lining the scope up with a star. i don't even use my finder scope anymore.Published 1 month ago by ken the crazy Ohioan
I needed a small, lightweight finder for my Celestron FirstScope. I have Telrads on my two larger scopes, but the Telrad would be rather cumbersome on something as compact as the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Higginson
Everyone starts out with one of these things so i picked one up as a gift for a newbie. The item works, for a while, until it doesn't. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It works very well, better than I expected. The only bad thing is that I had to drill holes in my eq130 even though description said it would fit that telescope. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mr william choueiri
Got this for my 8" SCT which came with a different finderscope. However the inverted images drove me crazy so I got this as a 2nd finderscope. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TK Khoo
This is a really awesome, inexpensive star pointer. I used it on my AstroMaster 114EQ to replace the standard one that comes with the telescope. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matt F.