Telrad Finder Scope

Telrad Finder Scope
$39.95
Item # TR-TELRAD
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  • The Telrad unmagnified LED screen produces 1/2, 2 and 4 illuminated red bulls-eye circles.
  • The Telrad finder includes user adjustable brightness controls.
  • A Telrad Finder makes star hopping fast, fun and simple!
  • Easy mounting with included bracket and hardware.
  • Compatible with almost any size and style telescope.
  • The Telrad Finder circles provide easy reference to star charts.
  • Use with additional finder scope or other astronomy equipment.
  • Measures 8 x 1.75" and powered by two AA batteries (not included).
Description

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The Original Telrad Illuminated Red Bulls-Eye Finderscope



There's a reason the original Telrad Finder is often called a reflex sight - because that's all it takes to aim! When mounted on a telescope, the Telrad provides a non-magnified window on the sky and projects 1/2°, 2° and 4° illuminated red bullseye circles on the screen which can be brightened or dimmed for user needs. Simply place the star in the center of the bulls eye and start star hopping! Both beginning astronomers and seasoned veterans alike enjoy the Telrad's red circle view, because it makes it easy to compare to star charts and find objects. For example, a galaxy located 4° southeast of a star becomes simple to locate because your visual reference points are clearly defined. No wonder the Telrad reflex finder is one of the most popular astronomy accessories!

Adding a Telrad Finder to your telescope is equally easy. Simply connect the included Mounting Base using either provided screws or double-sided tape, align, and you're ready to begin. Additional mounting plates can be purchased and your Telrad bullseye can moved from scope to scope! Indispensable for accurately centering alignment stars for Go-To telescope models and a "must have" for dobsonian users, the Telrad finder is so easy that even the youngest stargazer can use it... Even special star charts have been designed to work with this ingenious piece of equipment! Measuring 8x1.75-inches, the Telrad reflex finder requires two AA batteries and supplies hours upon hours of service. Simply switch it off between objects to conserve battery life - or leave it on and share with others where you're aimed!

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU TR-TELRAD
Manufacturer Telrad
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Reviews

Customer Reviews 14 item(s)

Great feature
Not long ago I have bought a great device Telrad finder. With its help I could easily find galaxies with my star atlas just in a couple of minutes whereas my previous finder couldn't let me do it at all. I would definitely suggest this device either for beginners or for professional astronomers for its user-friendly system and light weight. It is a really gorgeous thing.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Esquire / (Posted on 4/27/2014)
Best money spent in this hobby
After months of frustration I bought a Telrad and have never looked back since.

Best value for money in astronomy by FAR
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Pieter / (Posted on 1/9/2014)
LOVE my Telrad...
Don't know how I did without one before. Finder scopes that are upside down, left-right shifted are hard to use, where as the Telrad is intuitive. I love how you can see the whole sky, and focus on just the part you're aiming for. Sure, it's large, a little heavy, but it's cool!
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by THC / (Posted on 6/26/2013)
A life-changing accessory
The Telrad allowed me to find objects by myself right away, even if I didn't know what I was looking at. The ease-of-use is amazing, and I believe it really did allow me to think I could be an amateur astronomer someday. Early success is always nice, and the Telrad is like your very own astro-assistant!
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Copper / (Posted on 5/23/2013)
Who need Go-To?
If you have the room on your telescope tube to fit a Telrad I highly recommend one. The utility of the 4, 2 and 1 degree circle projections plus the ability to see the wider view, far surpasses any simple red dot or cross-hair finder, making star hopping a breeze. I have no problem finding ANY object I want when referring to a good star map.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Justin / (Posted on 5/10/2013)
Best. Thing. EVAR!
I have a Celestron 114EQ. Before receiving the Telrad, I was using the supplied red-dot finder provided with the scope. It was nearly impossible to find objects in the sky. I struggled with aligning the red dot placement and with my vision, I always felt I was struggling.

The Telrad solved all of these problems. Place the object inside the rings and I can find objects in seconds. It literally takes seconds to locate stars, planets etc. To make it even better, I can purchase seperate mounts and place the Telrad on other scopes with just the lessening of two screws.

I highly recommend this product and say that you will NOT regret this purchase. It's amazing.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Casteel / (Posted on 4/3/2013)
Best way to align a scope
I agree with all the users who feel that the telrad is just too big. On the other hand, it used to take me hours to align my Gemini II mount on cold start before I got the telrad. After I go the telrad, It takes me a maximum of 10 minutes to go through the alignment process. Easiest way to set up your Goto mount model.

4 stars because its as big as my truck. If it was to be updated to a smaller size with the option to raise it further from the body of the scope, I would give it 5 stars.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Hilmi / (Posted on 3/13/2013)
Best finder
Best laser finder !
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Nadir / (Posted on 11/18/2012)
Just works.
It's not very small and doesn't have smooth corners but it does its job perfectly. It's very easy to use and so far it hasn't let me down. My only recommendation would be to buy a dew shield for it as it can dew up rather quickly. Other than that it's one of the best tools one can ever buy to make their stargazing life easier.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Chris H. / (Posted on 9/12/2012)
Telrad
I wish there was a higher rating. This finder is so superior to any other product. It makes a red dot obselete. You will not be disappointed.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by doverman / (Posted on 12/8/2008)
size matters
I have owned a Telrad for years, but decided to get a small red dot reflex finder for a new, small Maksutov. It was simply too small for my old eyes to use. The big screen of the Telrad is a dream compared to the tiny alternatives.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by / (Posted on 1/9/2008)
Who doesn't love a Telrad?
The Telrad has been around a long time...way before the smaller red dot finders started making their appearances. Over the years, I have talked to hundreds of people who own a Telrad, and they love it.

Over 20 years ago, I used a telescope for the first time and it was fitted with a Telrad. In minutes, I learned how to use it and how to move the telescope around the sky (old Odyssey 13.1 Dob. The Telrad made star gazing so easy and so fun, that I can honestly say it is the reason I am still in astronomy today. No foolin'.

The only downside to a Telrad is it's size. There are some telescopes that just don't have the room, and if that is the case, there are some decent red dot finders out there, so I am not knocking them. But if you have an SCT, a Dob (it would be a sin to not have one on a Dob! or other reflector, or a larger refractor, the Telrad is perfect.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Penny D. / (Posted on 8/17/2007)
Who doesn't love a Telrad?
The Telrad has been around a long time...way before the smaller red dot finders started making their appearances. Over the years, I have talked to hundreds of people who own a Telrad, and they love it.

Over 20 years ago, I used a telescope for the first time and it was fitted with a Telrad. In minutes, I learned how to use it and how to move the telescope around the sky (old Odyssey 13.1 Dob. The Telrad made star gazing so easy and so fun, that I can honestly say it is the reason I am still in astronomy today. No foolin'.

The only downside to a Telrad is it's size. There are some telescopes that just don't have the room, and if that is the case, there are some decent red dot finders out there, so I am not knocking them. But if you have an SCT, a Dob (it would be a sin to not have one on a Dob! or other reflector, or a larger refractor, the Telrad is perfect. Review by Penny D. / (Posted on 8/16/2007)
A requirement for all non-computerized scopes
The Telrad is one of the best purchases I have ever made. Easy to use and cosnsistantly accurate, the Telrad has made my other finderscope on my dob little more than a counterweight to keep the scope balanced. A must own for dobs!
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by HC / (Posted on 7/27/2007)
Included Items

Included Items

  • Telrad Mounting Base
  • Mounting Hardware
  • 2 - AA Batteries
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

If I wished to install a dew heater where exactly should it be positioned on the Telrad and what length should I purchase?  With a heater would you also recommend a dew shield or would the heater alone do the job?
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Hi, I see that you mentioned this would be too wide to fit on a 90mm maksutov. How about a 130mm one? I was hoping to pick something like this up, but if it's too wide I guess I'd have to go for the Rigel.
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I lost a screw for my telrad base, can you recommend a replacement or source. Also, my adhesive mounting material has dried out. What can I use to replace it?
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Would it be too big for a 90mm Mak?
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