Telrad verses EZ Finder

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toothferry

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Compared to a regular finder scope the EZ finder definitely has its advantages, for instance during star hoping, and making sure that your aiming at the same location in the night time sky that you think you're aiming at. <br /><br />But its a little difficult to adjust at times. Its difficult to get the red dot to points accurately where I need it to.<br /><br /> While in the dark I kept twisting and turning knobs and the dot would go every which way, but the knob turning would play out before It ever reached the location I was aiming for. Eventually it was close but not perfect. Plus the field of views seems a wee bit small.<br /><br />I've seen the Telrad by another manufacturer, and it seems to me that you look at it through a right angle (more convenient on a Dobsonian), and that the field of view is greater, and that instead of just a dot you get an entire "bullseye" range of circles.<br /><br />Does anyone actually have the Telrad? What's your experience? Have you compared it to Orion's EZ finder and which do you like better? <br /><br />I've been thinking about an "upgrade"
 
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I've used both a bit during my stints as a volunteer at an observatory. I love Telrads, more than finderscopes for sure, and I like finder scopes more than the single dot EZ finders.<br /><br />The bullseye also allows for some "precision" star hopping, as it's got a fixed degree size. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p align="center"><font color="#c0c0c0"><br /></font></p><p align="center"><font color="#999999"><em><font size="1">--------</font></em></font><font color="#999999"><em><font size="1">--------</font></em></font><font color="#999999"><em><font size="1">----</font></em></font><font color="#666699">SaiphMOD@gmail.com </font><font color="#999999"><em><font size="1">-------------------</font></em></font></p><p><font color="#999999"><em><font size="1">"This is my Timey Wimey Detector.  Goes "bing" when there's stuff.  It also fries eggs at 30 paces, wether you want it to or not actually.  I've learned to stay away from hens: It's not pretty when they blow" -- </font></em></font><font size="1" color="#999999">The Tenth Doctor, "Blink"</font></p> </div>
 
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tfwthom

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I like either a Telrad or the Rigel Quick Finder. Both are bullseye type.<br /><br />Rigel http://www.buytelescopes.com/product.asp?t=&pid=2389&m=56<br />Telrad http://www.buytelescopes.com/product.asp?t=&pid=2386&m=57<br /><br />The Rigel seems to be better with the refractors because it sits higher. The Telrad I have on my SCT. The Rigel is lighter then the Telrad and takes up less room on the scope. <br /><br />I sold the a TeleVue Starbeam that I had on the TV85 to SkyJim at the GCSP last year. Starbeam http://www.buytelescopes.com/product.asp?t=&pid=2737&m=3 He likes them<br /><br />The Starbeam would be close to the same as the EZ Finder (better because of the flip mirror)<br /><br />I don't use the finder scopes that came with the Tak or the LX90. They just sit in my scope accessorie case. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font size="1" color="#3366ff">www.siriuslookers.org</font> </div>
 
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kyle_baron

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My suggestions in this order for a Dobson:<br />1. Right Angle Correct Image Finderscope.<br />2. Telrad: Sky Atlas 2000 comes with Telrad laminate.<br />3. Rigel Quick Finder: Not as precise as Telrad, but <br /> lighter.<br />4. Orion EZ Finder: Threw it out when I got my Telrad.<br /><br />I use the Telrad and Right Angle Correct Image Finderscope on my Obsession 18". And the Rigel Quick Finder on my XT-8. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="4"><strong></strong></font></p> </div>
 
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toothferry

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thanks everyone <img src="/images/icons/cool.gif" />.. for awhile I thought it was just me. ..Im going to plan on ordering a Telrad.. and perhaps a right angle 50mm finder as well.
 
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