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TELRAD Telescope Reflex Sight with Mounting Base

Item# TELR001
 
5.0

(259 Ratings)

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What's Included?

Reflex sight, Mounting base

Description

Don't hunt stars without it!


If you're searching for a TELRAD sight for your telescope, it must be because you either had one before or tried one at a local star party. If you just tried one, you probably said to yourself, "I've just got to get one of these."
This is what happened to us at Telescopes.com. We tried a telescope equipped with TELRAD's amazing instrument and said to ourselves, "Our customers really need this." Then we quickly installed TELRAD sights on our own scopes.


The TELRAD Reflex Sight is the best-selling non-magnifying star finder for celestial telescopes. Many astronomers simply will not own a telescope without one. Certainly any Dobsonian telescope owner should consider the TELRAD finder a "must-have" accessory, as it makes quick, easy work of locating and finding objects in the night sky.


How it works


The TELRAD projects three red rings spaced at 4 degrees, 2 degrees, and 1/2 degree in diameter. These rings are used to "starhop" to objects. If, for example, a galaxy is 10 degrees south of a star, you simply count two 4-degree jumps and one 2-degree jump, and you're there!


The TELRAD is a super-comfortable finder to use, because you don't need to look "into" it as you do a conventional finder. The projected, red circles are clearly visible if you're looking 2 inches behind the sight or 2 feet behind it. And because the sight doesn't magnify, you get the widest-possible field of view, making locating and centering alignment stars on GO-TO telescopes a breeze. Even better, your view is correctly oriented, so what you see will match what's shown on the star charts!


Easy Mounting

Connecting the TELRAD to your telescope is very simple. The included base can be permanently mounted with screws or with the included double-sided tape. Either way, mounting is an easy task.
The 8x1.75-inch TELRAD reflex star finder sight uses two AA batteries for powering the illuminated rings. It's best used on large-aperture telescopes with bigger optical tubes. Small wonder the TELRAD reflex sight is a must-have for Dobsonian telescope and SCT owners.

 


TELRAD SIGHT SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Window dimension: 1-5/8 x 1-3/8 inch
  • Magnification: 1x
  • Housing: Black finish, ABS plastic construction
  • Retaining thumbscrews (two on the Base): 6-32, ½ inch long
  • Length overall length: 8-3/8 inch
  • Height overall (on Base): 5 inch
  • Weight with Base and batteries: 10.9 oz.
  • Batteries required: Two "AA"
     


CHOKING HAZARD - small parts may pose a risk to children under 6 yrs.

Supplier Sku:
Telrad Sight w/Base

Dimensions & Specifications

Brand

Telrad

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Telrad Reflex Sight

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TELRAD Telescope Reflex Sight with Mounting Base
 
4.8

(based on 259 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (210)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (180)
  • Strong construction (95)
  • Widely compatible adapter (65)
  • Great optics (51)
  • Good padding (38)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (52)
  • Heavy (4)
  • Poor fit (4)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (206)
  • Astrophotography (32)
  • Terrestrial viewing (25)
  • Bright conditions (19)
  • Low visibility (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (156), Avid adventurer (50), Professional guide (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (97), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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Got this just recently to replace my Orion EZ Finder. I find it much easier to use the degree rings of the Telrad to jump across the sky than placing the dot and guessing...Read complete review

Got this just recently to replace my Orion EZ Finder. I find it much easier to use the degree rings of the Telrad to jump across the sky than placing the dot and guessing at the distance to move my scope next. It is a little large on my 8" Orion DSE dob but I have added weight holders to the lower end to compensate. I found it very easy to install and alignment was a very straight forward process.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

BIG VIEW BIGGER PROFILE

Great optical field but too big for a reflector telescope.

Great optical field but too big for a reflector telescope.

Reviewed by 259 customers

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5.0

Telrad finder scope.

By Stephen

from Sugar Hill, Ga

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about TELRAD Telescope Reflex Sight with Mounting Base:

This was a great purchase. I had the telrad attached to my Orion XT10 in just a few minutes. It was a much better finder scope than the one that came with my telescope. If you decide to buy, I believe you will be very pleased.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thank you Telrad!

By Nicholas

from Providence, RI

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Great Optics
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about TELRAD Telescope Reflex Sight with Mounting Base:

    I am an amateur astronomer and I have a 10" Dobsonian. I had so much trouble finding things in the night sky. My Dobsonian arrived with a broken finder scope. Rather than send the giant scope back, I took a small refund and purchased the Telrad. What an unbelievably simple device! I would recommend this to anyone, especially if you have a Dobsonian telescope. It's easy to adjust and is incredibly accurate. Buy one! You will not be disappointed.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A must have!

    By Sam

    from Pocahontas, IA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Optics

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about TELRAD Telescope Reflex Sight with Mounting Base:

    This reflex sight works wonders. For starters it is fast and easy to set up and calibrate. Once calibrated it takes little effort to put anything you want into the center of your eyepiece. The circular retical pattern makes it easy to see what your pointing at, and the light intensity adjusts down to the lower levels so that the retical can barely be made out as not to obstruct your view.

    It is rather bulky, it could be about half-its size and still function perfectly. But it fits nicely on my 8" DOB in between my eyepiece and finder-scope as is so I can not get to critical on it's size.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Love me a telrad

    By wadeh

    from Omaha, ne

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Widely Compatible Adapter

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astrophotography

      Comments about TELRAD Telescope Reflex Sight with Mounting Base:

      I love a telrad. This little guy makes finding things in the night sky a snap. IT is easy to use and I have mounted one on every kind of telescope I have had.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Must Have Accessory

      By Ken

      from Naugatuck, CT

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Padding
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about TELRAD Telescope Reflex Sight with Mounting Base:

        I went from spending a lot of time trying to find an object in the finder scope and not being sure that I had the right object.

        The telrad made it easy, took about 2 minutes to align it and the finder scope. Aim through the telrad to the object you want to see, maybe fine tune position in the finder scope, and it is in the center of the eyepiece.

        I found Jupiter using a 4mm eyepiece with a 1200mm FL 8" reflector in about 20 seconds.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        Customer Q & A

        Q1: What is the distance between the mounting holes in the base?

        A: The mounting holes in the Telrad's base are 4.5 inches apart.

        Q2: What is the best way to mount this finder to a new Celestron C8-S telescope OTA? Do I need to use tape, or does it attach with screws to existing holes? Can I keep the existing optical finder on the scope?

        A: The Telrad Reflex Sight comes with mounting tape on its base. It also attaches with screws. There are holes drilled 4.5 inches apart in the base.

        Q3: How long does Telrad Reflex Sight continuously run until the batteries run out?

        A: The Telrad has an on/off switch on the side of the unit so it will not run continuously. 

        Q4: Are their adjustment screws to align the sight on an object you wish to view through your telescope?

        A: Yes, there are adjustment screws to align the TELRAD Reflex Sight with your optical tube.

        Q5: Does this work on reflector or refractor telescopes?

        A: TELRAD Telescope Reflex Sight will work with Reflector, Refractor or Catadioptric telescopes.

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