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Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer III Red Dot Finderscope

Item# AAS006
 
4.5

(14 Ratings)

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It seems everyone offers some type of low-cost red dot finder these days. The relatively low cost and intuitive ease of locating objects make these finders the perfect companion to telescopes, large and small. Baader Planetarium has taken this basic concept another step forward. Finding objects in dim star fields or light polluted skies is now easier than ever. The Sky Surfer III offers several advantages over the typical low-cost red dot finders. The extra-large 30mm optical aperture and improved optical quality delivers a much larger undistorted view and razor-sharp red dot. Unlike many red-dot finders, the Sky Surfer III incorporates optimized anti-reflective lens coatings which deliver proper locator dot brightness with virtually no image dimming. One other new feature you will really come to appreciate is the extra-long lens housing, which acts as a shield to effectively prevent dewing.
Mounting and adjustment of the Sky Surfer is simple. Elevation and Azimuth adjustment is accomplished by turning the two knurled adjustment knobs. The red locator dot intensity is adjusted by a knurled adjusting knob. Attachment to your telescope is also straightforward, with all necessary parts included. Simply attach a base to your telescope, slip on the finder, and tighten the two dovetail clamp screws. Three bases are included. The short base works best for large tubes. It includes two mounting slots (for screw mounting) and may also be attached with double sided foam tape (not supplied). The taller base fits smaller diameter tubes (as well as large tubes using the included spacer plate) and the slotted holes accommodate the factory hole pattern of popular SCTs. The third base fits the Vixen finder dovetail standard used on many import refractors. Each Sky Surfer includes a replaceable 3V lithium battery for extra long life.
"Just to let you know, the order arrived on Saturday. Thanks so much for the quick service! Had a chance to test out the Sky Surfer a bit; no question, it totally outclasses the Tele Vue QuikPoint that was mounted on my grab-and-go scope. It's simply much easier to use in every respect. It mounted onto the base for the QuikPoint w/o a problem. I will definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an inexpensive RDF." Jack Beuthin
"I got the sky surfer Thursday. Wow! Thanks for the fast shipment. I have tried many units currently on the market, and this looks to be the best designed red dot finder I have seen so far." John Miele
CHOKING HAZARD - small parts may pose a risk to children under 6 yrs.

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Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer III Red Dot Finderscope
 
4.5

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Widely compatible adapter (11)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Strong construction (8)
  • Great optics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (13)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice finder scope and a great price

    This is a red dot scope. A red dot appears where the scpe is pointing. I feel that this allows more precise aiming. You have to pick a fairly bright object though. Even...Read complete review

    This is a red dot scope. A red dot appears where the scpe is pointing. I feel that this allows more precise aiming. You have to pick a fairly bright object though. Even with that I found I needed to turn the power on and off because the dot overwhelmed the object. It came with several different bases which made installation easy.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A bad Baader red dot finder

    The frustrating thing about this product is that it
    cannot do what it is supposed to do. It is poorly
    designed.

    The frustrating thing about this product is that it
    cannot do what it is supposed to do. It is poorly
    designed.

    Reviewed by 14 customers

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    5.0

    The Sky Surfer III Red Dot Finderscope

    By Ronald

    from PITTSBURGH,PA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Align
    • Easy To Use
    • Simple Attachment
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer III Red Dot Finderscope:

      This finderscope is the best I've ever seen! You can align it in minutes and it is very precise. The red dot moves slightly if you move your head, but all in all, it has perfect construction.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Line of Sight Issues

      By Paul

      from YAKIMA,WA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Optics
      • Strong Construction
      • Widely Compatible Adapter

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer III Red Dot Finderscope:

        This is a great finderscope! The dot is clear and precise and the brightness adjustment is nice. However, there is no way to line your eyes up with the dot consistently. This means that the red dot moves depending on where you place your eyes in relation to the scope. This makes calibration and sighting are a tad more tricky. But otherwise solid construction.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Less expensive is not always better

        By Charles

        from Portland, Maine

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Padding
        • Great Optics
        • Strong Construction
        • Widely Compatible Adapter

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Astrophotography

          Comments about Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer III Red Dot Finderscope:

          Baader Planetarium easy to instal and works perfectly. Also, the Celestron 25X100 Binoculars in same order arrived in perfect condition and I can not say enough about them, the construction, the optics all in focus, and the heavy duty tripod is strong enough to allow easy manipulation of the large Binoculars. All three items arrived at the same time and I am perfectly happy.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Product

          By Murraybob

          from SLC, Utah

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Widely Compatible Adapter

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer III Red Dot Finderscope:

            The red dot finders are easier than the finder scopes. I have a 10x50 right angle correct image finder scope(RACI)on my telescope but I always go to the red dot finder first if I have a visual on the target. It is just quicker.

            I had to buy the shoe attachment in order to mount it to my scope, but it was worth it.

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            • No
             
            5.0

            Simple and Functional

            By BobH

            from Colorado Springs, CO

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Strong Construction
            • Widely Compatible Adapter

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer III Red Dot Finderscope:

              I use this red dot finder on my Farpoint FAR-Sight binocular mount. Aligning the finder with the binocular view is quick and intuitive. Once aligned, pointing my binoculars at the right object in the night sky is easy.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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