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    Oh, that's what that is! Picture is a bit dark, but I did notice that. So of the three, are you saying that the Telrad ranks above the GLP and the RACI?
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    The GLP works very well for me with my Nexstar 8; I also have the 9x50 RACI, which is good too, and a Telrad that is still in its box that has not yet seen the light of day, guess I didn't find the need to take it out of the box. (Maybe when I find time to spend star-hopping, but don't think that will happen any time soon.)

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    Mmmm....I think they both work just as conveniently, the Telrad and the GLP. I'm afraid the GLP is a bit too bright in a dark sky, so I favor the Telrad. When I'm in my backyard, with all the city LP, I use whatever is on. More usually than not the Telrad, as the GLP is easier to store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ibase View Post
    The GLP works very well for me with my Nexstar 8; I also have the 9x50 RACI, which is good too, and a Telrad that is still in its box that has not yet seen the light of day, guess I didn't find the need to take it out of the box. (Maybe when I find time to spend star-hopping, but don't think that will happen any time soon.)

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    Hernando, how do you have your GLP mounted on the 8SE?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferkijel View Post
    Mmmm....I think they both work just as conveniently, the Telrad and the GLP. I'm afraid the GLP is a bit too bright in a dark sky, so I favor the Telrad. When I'm in my backyard, with all the city LP, I use whatever is on. More usually than not the Telrad, as the GLP is easier to store.
    I'm trying to determine the best way to mount one should I decide to get one. If I do get one, I am leaning towards the Jasper Always. I my situation, I don't have very dark skies so that is not an issue. A chap on Cloudy Nights forum suggested two things to mount the GLP. 1) Jasper tele mount - Orion Style, 2) Scopestuff Orion/Synta Finder Shoe. The latter does not seem to be available. I see that Jasper sells a swivel mount and I wonder if that will screw mount to the OTA of the 8SE?
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    The best way to mount a GLP is by using the Synta/Orion finder shoe, here's my set:



    which is readily available from either Orion or Scopestuff:

    Schmidt Cassegrain Base for Orion Finder Scopes | Orion Telescopes

    Then get the Orion Skyline DeLuxe GLP mount/bracket which will fit exactly with the Orion shoe (on sale now).

    Orion SkyLine Deluxe GLP-to-Telescope Bracket | Orion Telescopes

    The advantage of using the standard Orion/Synta shoe/saddle is that you can easily switch/swap in the Orion 9x50 RACI finder which uses the same shoe, should you decide to get one too.

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    Hernando, thanks so much. That looks like a perfect setup for a 8SE! Here is a post that I did on the Cloudy Nights forum - how do you feel about this setup (assuming it works) compared to the above one which looks super!

    First of all, please excuse any questions with seemingly obvious answers - I plead total newbie status.

    Mission: Mount a Jasper GLP to the OTA of an 8SE at the 5 o'clock position. The 1 o'clock position will hold my finder scope. Dan has given me the list of the two things that I need, one of which is the Jasper Orion style Telescope mount, but unfortunately they no longer offer anything but their swivel mount which I believe is attached with tape - I hate attaching things with tape!

    Oz suggested the StarFinder mount at ScopeStuff:

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    Question: If I purchase the SFM2 model, will that in turn fit into the RDPS Orion/Synta finder shoe?

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    And if I understand it correctly, the shoe will screw into the 2 holes at either the 1 or 5 o'clock position of the 8SE OTA?
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    You know what, I also have the StarFinder GLP mount but have not used it either (just like my Telrad - I have astro equipment overload, some still inside the box, and I have like 60+ eyepieces! )

    Just like you, I'm reluctant to use the StarFinder because it uses tape underneath to get mounted, the advantage being you can position it wherever it strikes your fancy, but transferring it to another position may be tricky later. And also, I intended to use the StarFinder in my other scopes (have several).

    You can use either position for the GLP because you would not be sighting with it unlike the RACI finder, so that's right, the RACI should be in the accessible positon - the 1'oclock position.

    If you buy the SFM2 model, then its mounting bracket, I suppose, will be similar to the pic I posted above of the Orion GLP mount/bracket, and the package includes the standard Synta/Orion saddle too (as far as I can see from the description in the Scopestuff website link that you provided).

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    Hernando, it's good to know there are people like me who always windup with equipment overload!

    I guess the question then would be whether it would be best to get the StarFinder or the Orion holder for the GLP in that they would both mount of the Orion base. Which of the two do you think would be the easiest to precisely align/use?
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    BTW Hernando, I see that the switch for the Jasper GLP is on the bottom. It looks like with the Orion mounting the laser unit fits in a tube - I guess the same with the StarFinder. If the switch is on the bottom rather than the rear, how does one get access to the on/off switch when the laser is mounted?
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