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    I am planning to buy an AstroMaster 130 eq. I have seen in lots of places that the finderscope ont the 130 eq is of very poor quality. Shall i buy a telrad along with it? will it fit onto the 130 eq ???
    Can u please tell me how to use a TelRad. I am new to this...

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    First and foremost, take the 130EQ as is. Make a judgement on the OEM finder once you have a chance to familiarize yourself with the scope, mount and all its supplied accessories.

    There is a good thread here regarding a member who's modified the Telrad/reflex finder for use on the 130EQ, I'll update this post with a link shortly...

    Having said that, astronomy requires patience. You can spend yourself into oblivion, one accessory or gadget at a time, or you can use patience and experience to spend your money wisely, incrementally for only those things that provide real benefit.

    It is true that many/most OEM telescope/mount packages provide inferior or otherwise substandard finders. But their are other options, or bigger-bang-for-the-buck things that you may find more necessary than a Telrad or reflex/red-dot finder...
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    Hi Luv,

    Welcome to the astronomy forum. I think that you will enjoy the AstroMaster 130. It has a built-in star pointer which sort of like a miniturized version of a telrad. I'd try out its finder first to see if it works for you. You can always add a better finder, like a telrad, later. A telrad is rather large and you will have difficulty finding a place for it but many people have. Perhaps one will join in here and give you some pointers.

    I moved your posting to keep from highjacking another persons thread.
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    Here's the thread I was recalling - slightly different scope, but near enough in principle:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv View Post
    I am planning to buy an AstroMaster 130 eq. I have seen in lots of places that the finderscope ont the 130 eq is of very poor quality. Shall i buy a telrad along with it? will it fit onto the 130 eq ???
    Can u please tell me how to use a TelRad. I am new to this...
    I am new to Astronomy too. I just purchased a Telrad last week. Once it was mounted and zero'd in, it has made life so much easier. The Telrad sight has three concentric circles. As some have mentioned on here the unit is zero magnification. What you see with the naked eye is what you get with the Telrad. You put the smallest circle on your target. In my opinion, it is much easier to find a target with the Telrad. My problem with using a magnified finder scope, I have a hard time putting it close to target initially. The Telrad lets you use both eyes and normal vision. (one eye thru the Telrad, the other looking past) It is also great for finding a target that may not be visible but is close to another visible object. That is where the target circles come in. There are books available for finding objects with the unit. Also, there are websites that have pages you can print out.

    I hope I haven't made it more confusing. The Telrad is a great finder. I don't even have my 6X30 mounted anymore...

    Good luck. Happy viewing...

    BTW I saw that this thread was started so I moved my post over here...
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