If you like the idea of having some magnification, try installing both a red dot and optical finder on your telescope. Schmidt-Cassegrain and EdgeHD telescopes have multiple mounting bracket holes so you can get the best of both worlds. Just make sure to align both of them correctly, and youll get the best use out of each of your finders.
How to Align the Star Pointer Finderscope
The first time you use your finder, you need to align it. This one-time setup procedure should be done during the day. Take the telescope outside and find an easily recognizable object, such as a streetlight, car license plate, or tall tree. The object should be as far away as possible, but at least a quarter mile away. Move the telescope left and right or up and down so that it is roughly pointing at the object. Look through the telescope using your low power eyepiece and move the telescope until the object you chose lies in the center of the view. Once the object is centered in your eyepiece, turn on the red dot. With your head positioned about a foot behind the finder, look through the round lens of the finder and locate the red dot. Without moving the telescope, use the two adjustment knobs located on the side and underneath the finder. One controls the left-right motion of the dot. The other controls the up-down motion of the dot. Adjust both of these until the red dot appears over the same object you are observing in the eyepiece.
Your finder is now aligned and should not require realignment unless it is bumped or dropped. You can even take the finder off the telescope and reattach it while preserving alignment.
Unmagnified LED screen pinpoints stars with illuminated red dot.
Adjustable brightness levels for user comfort and on/off switch.
The StarPointer red dot finder is suitable for daytime use.
Includes mounting brackets and hardware and CR-2032 3V battery.
Excellent service Bought this to assist finder scope. Puts me in the right bit of the sky. Great service from Harrison Telescopes. (19/10/2018) Nigel Davenport - Burnley
Great Customer Service Replacement for the one that came with the scope which wouldn't align. This one did the trick. Prompt delivery, and helpful advice. (19/10/2018) Darren - Merseyside
Great red dot finder Perfect for use with astro bins or telescope. Easy adjustment. Cheapest I found. Well done Harrison's! (27/07/2018) Adrian Turner - Weston-super-Mare
Good simple unit Had a problem with the one supplied with my scope. This one did the job. (02/06/2017) Tom - S E London
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