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About Telrad Finder Sight

The easiest way to aim a telescope. The view seen through the window of the Telrad is continuous with the sky around it, not magnified or upside down. Three rings are lighted and appear to lie among the stars. The small ring outlines the Moon-sized area seen in the telescope. The large outer ring outlines the area seen in a standard Finderscope. To point your telescope, just look through the Telrad and move the telescope until the rings are centered on the object. The Telrad is 8 inches long. Weighs 11 ounces and mounts on any telescope without drilling any holes. It unlocks from its base for separate storage. Requires 2 AA batteries (not included).

The Telrad Finder Sight is commonly used for Astronomy, Astrophotography, Terrestrial viewing and more.The Telrad Finder Sight is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Avid adventurer, Casual/ recreational among others.The Telrad Finder Sight is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Telrad Finder Sight: Accurate, Easy to use, Great optics, Strong construction and Widely compatible adapter

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (18),Strong construction (16),Widely compatible adapter (8),Accurate (5),Great optics (5),Good padding (3)
Heavy / bulky (3)
Best Uses:
Astronomy (22),Astrophotography (6),Terrestrial viewing (6),Bright conditions (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual/ recreational (16),Avid adventurer (4)

Telrad Finder Sight Specifications

Window dimension
(from observers vantage): 1-5/8" x 1-3/8" (41.3mm x 35mm)
1x (Zero Power)
Black finish, ABS Plastic construction
Telrad length
8-3/8" (21.3cm)
Telrad Max. height (on Base)
5" (12.7cm)
Telrad weight
on Base with batteries: 11 ounces
Battery power
Two "AA" 1.5 Volt in series

Telrad Finder Sight Reviews

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(based on 24 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Still lighting 20 years later

After twenty years (I bought it in 1989) the potentiometer finally went, but it should be a cheap fix and I can get by with bypassing it for now. It's a really great finder, allowing you to see your field of view within the context of the sky as opposed to through a small scope. I wouldn't want to use anything else and will certainly replace mine if it ever does go for good.

Reviewed by 24 customers


A whole different ballgame in finderscop


from western pennsylvania  -  Avid Adventurer

The Telrad red bullseye system is so superior to a typical 8x50 crosshairs finder. It is also superior to red dot finders where it's often impossible to even find the red dot! It's easy to mount with two stickon strips, and easy to aim with adjustment screws. But the best part is using it. Just put the illuminated bullseye on your target, and you're done! I have purchased three of these finders, one for each of my scopes.


Second Time Around


from Howell, New Jersey  -  Casual/ Recreational

I'm sold on the Telrad finder. I have one on my scope and I purchased one as a gift. We mounted the finder and aligned it in about ten minutes. That evening we had Saturn and the Andromeda Galaxy spotted the first try. Available star charts make "star hopping" a piece of cake.


A Proven Winner


from Howell, New Jersey  -  Casual/ Recreational

Sighting my 6" reflector with the Telrad is a piece of cake! When I first used it there was a lot of light pollution in the neighborhood but the dimmable setting circles let the sky show through. Once the Telrad is aligned initially it's spot on every time.


This Should Be Your First Accessory


from Agua Dulce, CA  -  Avid Adventurer

Telrad Finder Sight allows you to quickly and accurately point your telescope without any gymnastics or theatrics! It mounts to your scope using double sided tape that stays where you put it so installation is so EASY. The adjustment knobs are all located at the near side, that is, the side that faces you and once again, setup couldn't be easier. The Telrad, despite it's size, is made from sturdy plastic and will not unbalance your scope. All of my scopes use this product for all the reasons I have mentioned. Get one, you will be so happy you did.




from Santa Cruz Mountains, CA  -  Casual/ Recreational

It's really the perfect finderscope. The image is not upside down or reversed or even magnified. It basically lays down a target onto your normal field of vision when you look in its direction. The brightness is adjustible and the cocentric circles are accurate measures of the distance between objects in the sky. It is far easier to use than any finderscope, and far more accurately centered.


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from Atlanta, GA  -  Casual/ Recreational

Use the product for astronomy. Makes alignment of scope with object much easier.


Where are the stars?


from Maryland  -  Casual/ Recreational

I was asked through this "forum" how to "use" this sight. Easy. You see the angled end? You line up the open end of the box to the open "star" end of the telescope when mounting. To view the star field, you look down, into, through the clear plastic view screen on the finder ("down" being along the axis perpendicular to the long central axis of the scope). Hope this helps.


just buy it.


from Sacramento, CA  -  Casual/ Recreational

I put this on my Celestron astromaster 114 eq. it is big, but not too heavy. It runs on AA batteries so replacements are cheap, available everywhere, and if you accidentally leave it on the thing will still be on a month later!!! the brightness of the cross hairs is adjustable which helps to see faint objects. the TELRAD is awesome, definitely happy with the purchase.


Great Product


from San francisco, CA  -  Casual/ Recreational

Living in an urban area, it is difficult to locate objects. Using the Telrad and Telrad charts, it is possible to find objects easier. Wish I had this a long time ago.


the name says it all


from Tulsa, OK

Great device for a different use - follow-spot operation in arena & theater show performances. It's easy to mount (& remove), align, & use, as well as to carry to/from the job site. The Telrad really shines in finding a performer in a blind pickup, as well as tracking the performer on a bright stage when you can't really see the beam of the spot on the floor. It's got a wide enough field of vision that you can easily find a location & track movement on the stage & the reticule can be adjusted for any lighting conditions. I bought an extra mount, so I also use it on my Meade reflector to replace the pointer that came w/ the scope.


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Shopper  How do you use this? Where do you look><
STUART M  The sight is like a heads up display in an airplane cockpit. It is generally mounted on top of the OTA with the glass window end toward the user. When turned on the electronics project a target-like display on the glass, you peer into the glass from the end and use the display to align the telescope to the star or object you are trying to sight.
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