Telrad Finder

Telrad Finder
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Model:  telrad-finder
Brand:  Telrad

The Telrad finder is the original and best selling reflex finderscope.

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 simply count two 4-degree circles. 

Two AA batteries will typically last 1-2 years. 

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

Astronomy aside, the Telrad finder is also popular with those working with stage lighting.  With a Telrad attached follow-spot light operators can point with precision. 




Features / spec':

  • Large unmagnified screen displays 1/2, 2 and 4 degree illuminated red circles.
  • Finder circles provide easy reference to star charts.
  • Makes star hopping fast, fun and easy.
  • Includes an adjustable brightness control
  • Easy mounting with the included detachable bracket
  • Compatible with virtually any size and make of telescope
  • Use with additional finder scope or other astronomy equipment.
  • Measures 20cm x 4.5cm, weighs only 266g and is powered by two user supplied AA batteries

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Q1. How wide is the Telrad?

The Telrad itself is 45mm wide, its base is 58mm wide.

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Thursday, 24 August 2017  | 

Just reiterating what's already been said. Get one!

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Thursday, 8 December 2016  | 

Just got this through the post took just over 1 day to arrive. I was really surprised at the size of the unit but fitted to my skywatcher 130 with no problems. Easy to attach using the sticky pads and so far is really solid. Alignment took minutes and now just waiting for a clear night to try it out.
Great item

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Friday, 19 February 2016  | 

The outer moulding of this product is solid but the inner workings look very cheap. Imagine the cheapest AA battery pack you used for a high school science project and thats what you will find when you open the cover. Image produced on the mirror by way of a flimsy sticker over the LED bulb which coincidently didn't work. Would have sent this product back even if it had worked.

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Absolutely brilliant
Wednesday, 9 December 2015  | 

I used this for the first time last night on my 11 inch SCT, simply to do the Nexstar align procedure before using the GOTO.

It took about a minute to adjust the Telrad so it was lined up properly to the scope. Once that was done I did the Nextar 2 star align plus a calibration star in under 5 minutes and it was really easy!

This was a huge step forward from using the 9x50 Celestron finder that came with the scope and which I find very difficult to use.

I read somewhere the Telrad is not accurate enough on its own for high powered scopes but that was not my experience. At 72 magnification the Telrad was placing stars pretty much centre of view and even at 300 magnification it was getting stars in the field of view with a 50 degree AFOV eyepiece, and I am pretty sure that will a bit more careful adjustment I can improve on that.

Best telescope accessory I have purchased

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Thursday, 16 July 2015  | 

Easy to fit, simple to adjust, a joy to use.

The Telrad is by far the best finder I have used, good ergonomics as the sight is large and the sharp red reticle is easily read.

It's also a very well priced, no complaints really.

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Simple Engineering at its best.
Friday, 24 January 2014  | 

We bought a telescope for our daughter (9) and of course I am the assistant by her side pointing at whatever she wants to observe that night. Since xmas we have been using the red dot finder with on the whole pretty good success, however we have been viewing objects that we can see, mainly Jupiter but the ones we can't see have been a problem to find so based on reviews here and on forums I opted to upgrade to the Telrad.
To say I was gobsmacked at how easy this is to use is an understatement, this really is simple engineering at its best. It took me less than 15 mins attach to the scope, go into the garden and align the bulls eye on Jupiter and that was it. I pointed the Telrad at Polaris and there was Polaris, I thought I would make it harder by using a barlow with a 10mm EP pointed at Jupiter and there was Jupiter in the eye piece. I cannot reccomend this enough, if you have the red dot on the scope upgrade to this, your enjoyment will increase 1000 times. FLO were great too, ordered Tuesday late pm and here safe and sound Thurs morning. cheers guys.

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Buy one.
Sunday, 17 March 2013  | 

The telrad is probably the best purchase i've made since buying my scope, I had real problems using the finderscope but with the telrad alongside it I can find so much more! Wish I'd bought one with the scope.

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Outstanding Product!
Tuesday, 15 January 2013  | 

I am genuinely amazed by the Telrad Finder. I am still in my first year with Astronomy and although I could fumble around long enough to find objects, I have had my fair share of fruitless nights. I simply don't feel skilled enough to use a magnified finder at the moment.

My first night with the Telrad - this evening - I had the following objects in the centre of my my eyepiece in a matter of seconds; Betelgeuse, M31, M42, M43, Horseshead nebula and Jupiter! The most productive night I have ever had.

Set up was straight forward. I chose to secure the base using electrical tape as opposed to the sticky pads provided. I focused on a fairly distant pylon and then adjusted the Telrad Finders circle till the rings were aligned. I lined up Jupiter in the Telrad, looked into the eyepiece and there it was. Not quite centred so I finely tuned the Telrad using Jupier as my target.

An amazing product. If your budget allows, get it! Well worth the money.

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thumbs up for telrad
Friday, 30 March 2012  | 

Can't believe quite how easy the telrad is to set up and use. Being a complete novice i was struggling to find things through the viewfinder on the scope. with the telrad you see clearly what you see with the naked eye. Once you have the target centered, look into eyepiece and there it is. I would say money well spent. I used cable ties to mount the base to my scope so if necessary i can easily change position in the future. Seems to stay perfectly alligned, even though i remove from baseplate after every viewing session.

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