For the beginner telescope, a Stellarvue Red Dot Finder will help get you in the general area a lot faster! You can even use the Stellarvue Red dot finder on a spotting scope, astronomy binoculars, or in conjunction with an optical finder scope. The standard CR2032 battery (one is included) provides hours of easy targeting! Choose one of three bases to mount your red dot finder on your telescope.
Please note, this red dot finder uses a smaller sized dovetail mount than our multi-reticle finder. Only use F001 bases for the F001 finder. Use the wider F002 bases only for the F002 Multi-reticle Finder.
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I use this finder on all of my scopes where I can't fit a Telrad - it does the job well.
All Plastic, so it is equal to the price. It does a nice job for telescope alignment.
I've had this for about 2 years and while it works, it's so wobbly that turning the switch on/off upsets the alignment. The problem isn't the base - it's the adjustment mechanisms. The plastic threads holding the adjustment screws are so sloppy that the entire unit rocks/wobbles, and turning one screw often moves the OTHER axis. It's a disappointment - but it was cheap and you get what you pay for,
Inexpensive and looks it (all plastic). However, it works as advertised once you take the time to align it with the scope (5-10 minute job, depending on your familiarity with such things). After aligning, I was able to see distant objects centered in the field of view of my scope at 60X, with repeatable, precise results. The accompanying instructions are not vey helpful for a novice, but in the end were sufficient.
* Large CLEAR glass
* Dims way down
* A little built-in dew protection would be nice for those of us in wet climates.
* There's a little play in the (horizontal) alignment mechanism, so that even fully tightened down it still wiggles a little, but in the "accuracy context" of a red dot finder, it's hardly a factor. My aesthetic side sort of wishes for a more refined build, but that would jack up the price, so...
All in all, it's probably my favorite RDF right now.
I like this RDF better than others I have used (e.g., the Baader Skysurfer III, the stock Celestron ones, and even the metal multi-reticle finders sold under different brand names). The window is larger than the others I've used and it's clear making it easier to see the stars you're trying to align to. No tools are required for removal or adjustment. Best of all, the red dot gets dimmer than the others. It's also cheap! I have 3 of these now.
Very basic, simple and easy to use RDF. Mounted on my Stellarvue rings it makes for comfortable viewing with my medium focal length refractor.