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About Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope.

The Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope is the way to go if you want the easiest way possible to locate an object and center it in your eyepiece.

A red dot finder, unlike an optical finder, has 1x magnification, displays a super wide field of view, and keeps the sky right side up and left-to-right correct, matching what you see with your unaided eyes. An LED creates a red dot, superimposed on a viewing screen, so you simply point the Star Pointer to the area or object you wish to observe, look through your eyepiece, and if properly aligned, the area in and around place you pointed the red dot will be centered in the field of view.

If you like the idea of having some magnification, try installing both a red dot and optical finder on your telescope. Schmidt-Cassegrain and EdgeHD telescopes have multiple mounting bracket holes so you can get the best of both worlds. Just make sure to align both of them correctly, and youll get the best use out of each of your finders.

How to Align the Star Pointer Finderscope

The first time you use your finder, you need to align it. This one-time setup procedure should be done during the day. Take the telescope outside and find an easily recognizable object, such as a streetlight, car license plate, or tall tree. The object should be as far away as possible, but at least a quarter mile away. Move the telescope left and right or up and down so that it is roughly pointing at the object. Look through the telescope using your low power eyepiece and move the telescope until the object you chose lies in the center of the view. Once the object is centered in your eyepiece, turn on the red dot. With your head positioned about a foot behind the finder, look through the round lens of the finder and locate the red dot. Without moving the telescope, use the two adjustment knobs located on the side and underneath the finder. One controls the left-right motion of the dot. The other controls the up-down motion of the dot. Adjust both of these until the red dot appears over the same object you are observing in the eyepiece.

Your finder is now aligned and should not require realignment unless it is bumped or dropped. You can even take the finder off the telescope and reattach it while preserving alignment.

The Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope. is commonly used for Astronomy and more.The Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope. is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual/ recreational among others.One reason why the Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope. is popular is because of its Easy to use

Summary of Customer Reviews

(8)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (4),Accurate (3),Lightweight (3)
Best Uses:
Astronomy (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual/ recreational (5)

Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope. Features

  • The Star Pointer Finderscope adds point & look functionality to any telescope!
  • This red dot finder keeps the sky right-side up, matching what you see with your unaided eyes.
  • The adjustable red dot is bright enough to see day or night.
  • Attaches to just about any telescope thanks to the small footprint, even works great with astronomical binoculars and spotting scopes.
  • Includes mounting base and a long-lasting CR2032 3V battery.

Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope. Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
2.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Star Pointer

I replaced the cheap optical tube star pointer on my Meade 114 reflector telescope with this inexpensive yet excellent star pointer. Made a huge improvement in alignignment and it came with 2 mounts!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not enough adjustment range!

This is a good idea, but poorly implemented. Not sure if I just got a bum unit, but the azimuth and altitude adjustments do not provide enough range to actually target what the scope is pointing at. Spend a couple more dollars and get something with better adjustability.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
3.0

It is for replace the samme piece

By

from Bogota, Colombia  -  Casual/ Recreational

very simple and fundamental for the telescope use but have a faible construction

 
4.0

Great Star Pointer

By

from Ballston Spa NY

I replaced the cheap optical tube star pointer on my Meade 114 reflector telescope with this inexpensive yet excellent star pointer. Made a huge improvement in alignignment and it came with 2 mounts!

 
1.0

Design/manufacturing problems

By

from The Great Northwest  -  Avid Adventurer

Used as a finder scope with telescope. The irregular dot image makes it difficult to determine when the telescope is aligned on target. The on/off knob will not turn the laser off. The knob rotates but the switch does not turn off. If you continue to rotate, the knob retention screw backs out. The depth of the molded rectangular indentation on the back of the knob designed to retain the switch shaft into the back of the knob appears inadequate on the Star pointer I purchased.

 
1.0

won't align

By

from Waipahu, HI  -  Avid Adventurer

I concur with Meatball. The adjustment limits are not adequate to properly align the finderscope.

 
3.0

works

By

from mn  -  Casual/ Recreational

Works well. Seems cheaply made

 
3.0

Good bang for your buck

By

from Fort Lauderdale, FL  -  Casual/ Recreational

Because is made of plastic, you should remove from your telescope before packing. It feels fragil, but so far, after 3 years of intence use, still is in exelent condition. Be sure to turn it off to avoid batery drainage! I even remove the batery because sometimes the finder turns itself on, accidentally, in my messy eyepiece case. In the dark, when I'm turning it on or off, or ajusting the light output, I often mess up the collimation. The dials for light and collimation are in the same side of the finder and they feel similar by the touch.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not enough adjustment range!

By

from Atlanta, GA  -  Casual/ Recreational

This is a good idea, but poorly implemented. Not sure if I just got a bum unit, but the azimuth and altitude adjustments do not provide enough range to actually target what the scope is pointing at. Spend a couple more dollars and get something with better adjustability.

 
4.0

Great finder scope for the price

By

from Texas  -  Casual/ Recreational

Great little finder scope, easy to use, and good for small telescopes.

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James M  how does this star finder attach to powerseeker 80eq; use current screws or have to drill new holes?
DAY J  I mounted mine onto a Vixen 70mm refractor(?) using double faced tape. Works fine for my objects I look at as compared to the spotter scope that came with it which was a pain from the word "Get Go"
Shopper  Does the unit come with two mounting plates?
CAROL B  no
David W. S  I peeled off the battery cover and the led light didnt come on?
JORGE V  After 6 months of use my Finderscope started failing, i guess because of poor contact. It randomly works when pressure is applied or hitting many times with my fingers.
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