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Title: Anyone have opinions on Telrad and Rigel Quick Finders on SCT
Post by: Allen Fenderson on December 04, 2019, 02:58:50 pm
Hi

I have a 10" LX200 Classic with a finder.  A novice and have trouble finding alignment stars.  Trouble finding any star for that matter! I know the stars naked eye but under the 100X crosshairs, I'm lost a lot of the time.

Would a Telrad or a Rigel Quick Finder work as an aid?  Any member experience? 

Allen Fenderson
Title: Re: Anyone have opinions on Telrad and Rigel Quick Finders on SCT
Post by: Ed McDonough on December 04, 2019, 03:05:31 pm
Hi Allen. I've never used either of these but in my opinion nothing beats an 8x50 right angle finderscope, properly aligned to the main telescope optics.
Title: Re: Anyone have opinions on Telrad and Rigel Quick Finders on SCT
Post by: George B Grimm on December 04, 2019, 03:45:53 pm
A Telrad is the best ever money you could spend. And I have had mine since 2000. In fact I have 2 Telrads and 4 bases so all my scopes can use it. They work great on an SCT as they fit nicely. They cost about $45.
Title: Re: Anyone have opinions on Telrad and Rigel Quick Finders on SCT
Post by: Jim Rutenbeck on December 21, 2019, 12:34:28 pm
I own both the Telrad and the Rigel (on different scopes) and find them useful in getting the telescope placed close to your target.  If you can, leave the 8x50 in place and add the Telrad to your SCT.   Then use the Telrad first and if the object is not in the field of the SCT check for it in the 8x50 finder and center as needed.  The Telrad is a minor investment to try it.
Jim