This new updated Baader SkySurfer III features a modified rear section that enables it to also be used as a solar finder.
Other features include a 30mm optical window with anti-reflective lens coatings and an extra long lens housing that acts as an effective dew cover.
Red Dot Finders are the 'easiest' finders to use. Simply align the red dot over the star/object/area and... Job done!
Supplied with adapters to fit virtually any telescope, it can also be used with some binoculars and spotting scopes.
|Average Rating (23 Reviews): |
02 July 2023 | David
I wanted this red dot finder as slightly lighter, less bulky alternative for a standard 50mm finderscope. It is certainly lighter and smaller, and is easy to set up, adjust and use. For the price, one I can definitely recommend.
A Big Improvement On The Usual RDFs
19 November 2022 | Stephen
I like having a dual finderscope setup, an RDF and a RACI 50mm which gives me the x1 magnification that you really need to get into the general area and then switching to the 50mm for more precise target finding. This RDF is a big improvement on the mass Synta ones both in quality, flexibility and ease of use. This new version can also double up as a solar finder which is proving to be incredibly useful. The downside is that, like all RDFs, it is somewhat challenging to get these precisely aligned with the main telescope tube but that's not really where the strength an RDF lies.
Baader 30mm SkySurfer iii
21 September 2022 | William
Excellent bit of kit all round. Only bit of niggle was the button battery securing clip. which was not positive in securing the battery at all times. However a judious bending of the clip has appeared, so far, to cure the problem.
This has been the case with my previous cheaper finders.
12 August 2022 | A
I am a newbie to astronomy and found the RDF that cam with my Sky Watcher less than useless. This however, has a much higher perceived build quality and works a treat.
13 May 2022 | Neil
I've been using red dot finders ever since I started using a telescope. I've always used the cheap generic ones. This is way beyond what I expected.
A great addition and certainly worth I.
Baader 30mm SkySurfer III
12 May 2022 | Andrew
Excellent service and delivery a always.
A dream to navigate the skies
06 May 2022 | Christopher
Lovely item makes picking out things in the sky so much easier and much better than original red dot finder supplied with my scope. Excellent and fast service as always from flo would recommend to anyone.
02 May 2022 | Philip
Super quick delivery which sets FLO apart from others. The Finder is generally good construction the only negative I found was mounting this to my WO Zenithstar ii, as the only mounting plate the scope had that was similar to the handle on the WO was the one with the additional raised section for usual insertion into SW shoes, nothing that a little bit of alteration couldn't solve.
13 September 2021 | David
Nice big red dot finder which seems to work well. Fitted in addition to my optical one. Once they're all aligned these two finders and main scope work well together.
Baader SkySurfer III Red Dot Finder
21 June 2021 | Douglas
Another great product from Baader. I was looking for a better RDF for my 4” refractors and after acquiring the Baader Hyperion range of eyepieces, decided to order its RDF finder. Great service and back-up from FLO as usual. The finder is quite substantial and is much improved over the standard smaller RDF’s that usually seem to be modified shooting finders and usually far too bright at the lowest light setting. There are several different bases included that will accommodate attaching the finder to most telescopes. The finder is made from a semi-matte finished ABS type material and the 30mm diameter provides an improved FOV. The LED adjustment ranges from quite bright (daytime use) to quite dim for nighttime use. One anomaly I noticed was that the LED dimmed quite a lot when viewed slightly above the centre line in the FOV. At first I thought that this might be a defect but upon use at night, I found this provided a whole new range of lower light levels which against a dark sky were very effective without affecting night vision. Fortunately, this RDF has very little parallax issues and moving one’s head slightly above and below the centre of the FOV to ‘find’ the lower light levels does not move the aiming position of the red dot against the night sky objects. I believe that this dimming aspect is partially due to the increased size to 30mm and it is possible to see a reduced LED light level slightly above an imaginary horizontal line. A call to FLO confirmed that another unit displayed a similar dimming. The exposed battery is a non issue and blackening the edge and + side of the battery and the clip made it basically disappear. Because this Baader RDF is dedicated to astronomy, the reflective coating on the front glass element is much thinner than that found on most RDF's and therefore, there is no darkening of the view or loss of faint stars etc when looking through this finder. All in al a great finder at a reasonable price.
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