I purchased the Telrad as a replacement for the red dot finderscope pre-installed on my Celestron Nexstar Evo 9.25". Once set up, which takes only a few minutes, you can easily bring any target to bear in a matter of seconds, thus saving a lot of time. I set mine up several min ths ago and have never had to realign it. The light on the concentric circles is variable, and the scope works much better with the light as faint as possible, thus not obscuring the target object. The scope is supplied with double sided tape to mount it - or you can mount it on an optional dovetail rail. I mounted mine using the tape, which I retrospectively regret, as I now want to move it. I wish I had purchased the mounting rail as well. Notwithstanding this, I am very pleased with this product.
An absolute must for beginners.
Review by soniC
on 12.06.2013 22:17:49
( 5 / 5 )
I got an 8 inch Skyliner dobsonian and read on astronomy forums that a Telrad is invaluable in finding celestial objects like stars and planets. It is a must have, and can save many hours of misery from the Skyliners quite inaccurate finder scope. And you know what? They were absolutely RIGHT. I am SO happy I got this upgrade right off the bat, and I use it every time. And every time it works wonders, from the Telrad I can go straight to my 20 mm EP and sometimes even my 8mm EP. Incredible! I can be star gazing in my highest magnification eyepiece in a matter of 30 secs!
The base has some sticky tape which sticks on to your scope. Works fine. Only minus is that fainter objects can be hard to see on the telrad. For that a finder scope can help, but ulitmately the Telrad can get you close to where you want to go from bright to faint objects because it has rings on it.
Highly, highly recommended as it has saved me much frustration under the starry nights! As you can hear I am quite enthusiastic about this product, and if you find reviews on the Telrad you will find similiar stories to mine :-)