This simple, functional and accurate finder for a telescope is much easier to use than a conventional finder-scope.
It projects a set of circles, 0.5 degrees, 2 degrees, and 4 degrees, that enable you to align your telescope on objects in the sky.
You can also use the circles to star-hop from one object to another. I.e. if a galaxy is 8 degrees away from a star, you count two 4-degree circles.
It is supplied with a universal base plate that can be attached via screw holes or the included sticky pads.
"We loved the view through the Telrad and everything worked without fuss" BBC Sky at Night Magazine.
The Telrad finder is also popular with those working with stage lighting because, using a Telrad, follow-spot light operators can point with precision.
|Average Rating (67 Reviews):
31 August 2023 | Paul
Definitely a love it or hate it finder. I like it, it's great, despite it looking like a shoe box! Trying to find a visual object in a right angled 9x50 finder with the scope on high mag is a pain. With this you can lock onto the target in seconds. The double sided Scotch tape mounting is not ideal. I've not used it... want to keep the OTA clean and the Telrad resaleable. It's fine with just masking tape if mounted on top of the OTA, the angled Scotchtape pads are a stable platform. No, the battery holder is not ideal and it's long but for me its a brilliant bit of kit. Fast delivery as usual.
Blimey, talk about high expectations and hyperbole!
06 August 2023 | James
Maddeningly disappointing. It's talked up everywhere, I can only assume most people have not used anything else? Poor build quality, very weak light to the point you can't use it to line everything up in the day, and the light is essentially too bright for night time... or off, the dimmer doesn't seem all that effective.
It appears to have been built to extract maximum profit. It might have been great once, I accept that.
I have a celestron star pointer pro and a no name £9 reflex off of my over and under shotgun, both are cheaper and better. Also, why is it MASSIVE?
The only positive is the field of view and using normal batteries - you can do better for much cheaper, there are so many decent red dots and reflex sights.
11 June 2023 | Andrew
Second purchase from FLO now and very happy both times. Fast delivery and product arrived in perfect condition.
Telrad is a great product, easy to fit to my scope and easy to set up, adjust and use.
11 June 2023 | Kevin
The 3 concentric circles in the viewfinder are great. Being asked to glue the finder on my expensive telescope was not great. You can buy a different shoe which allows you to attach the finder to the scope with screws but that costs an extra £10. I have no idea why they think sticky pads is an acceptable attachment method.
10 June 2023 | Paul
Makes telescope alignment really easy.
Can't be without one for a Dob
07 June 2023 | Robert
I will write this review even before this Telrad has arrived. Why? Because I have a few of them already. I'm only buying this one to replace one with a broken brightness knob, lost clamp screws and a corroded battery holder! They are a fantastic device for finding objects in the eyepiece from a star atlas - or even software - most will put Telrad circles onto the screen as an overlay to assist finding faint fuzzies. I've used them to hunt down all sorts of DSO's in my 18" Dob, I had one on my 12" Dob, and this one (when it arrives) will go on my latest little 10" f4.7 grab and go Dob. They've been around Donkey's years, but they still continue to be unbeaten.
08 May 2023 | Mark
Not had chance to use it due to bad weather however, easy to install, very sturdy mount, I wear glasses and I don't need to remove them to use it as I do with a regular finder scope, very good item and very useful
27 April 2023 | Paul
As a newbie to astrophotography I found it hard to align my finder and main scope and find my way around the sky so the telrad really helped me it's a great piece of kit,it was posted out to me within 2 days and well wrapped,i will definitely buy from first light optics again. Thankyou. A+
08 January 2023 | Colin
This really does make finding things in the sky easier, excellent product.
Great Finder with Junkiest Battery Holder
30 December 2022 | Ivan
It's a great finder.
3 stars because of how crappy the battery holder is. No reason to have it flapping around on two wires and held by random piece of foam, when there is enough room to mount it properly. There is also a risk of the wires breaking off eventually.
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