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    Default Cheap laser finder



    I bought a $5 green laser to use as a star pointer. I wanted to point out the locations of DSOs so friends could start finding things with their new scope. The laser is great for that purpose, giving the effect of pointing to the stars, but I discovered another use for it. My finder scope is useless on objects directly overhead or nearly overhead. I'd break my neck trying to look into it! So, I held my laser atop my long refractor and used it as a finder. It's fantastic, lol! From Albireo to M92 to you name it, it's almost an instant find using the laser. Most objects are right in the field of view when using the laser, and those that aren't are within a 5 to 10 second search. It sure beats breaking my neck trying to find stuff overhead. Give it a try if you haven't done so. My laser has a 2 mile range. Most are 10 milers. Mine uses a pair of AAA batteries that I prefer over the rechargeables.

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    Default Re: Cheap laser finder

    Just be aware of any aircraft in the area and what your local laws and regulations are about using these lasers.
    Most areas are getting very strict about their use.
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    Default Re: Cheap laser finder

    Excellent words of caution. I don't use it if I see a plane anywhere. I got the quick on/off button too, so I don't accidentally shine it at a house. I also like a 2 mile range, as it stays below commercial aircraft. My cheapo has light-scatter coming off the top of the beam. You can't see this when pointing to a star, but it would have made the laser worthless as a finder tool if the scatter had been beneath the beam or in multiple directions, as it would have reflected off the top of the scope in blinding fashion. This scatter is why I can't recommend the $4.99 shipped laser you see on eBay.

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    Default Re: Cheap laser finder

    You can also point your green laser through the finder and see exactly where it is pointed.
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    Default Re: Cheap laser finder

    I never thought of pointing through the finder. I'll give it a try and thanks for the tip!

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    Default Re: Cheap laser finder

    I am glad you have discovered what for me has been the best accessory for aiming.
    I tried the RACI finders and Telrads etc. but the green laser for me was the Bee's Knees.
    My laser has a very hard button for actuation as probably yours does, so it is not easy to keep the laser on for more than a few seconds without discomfort.
    You may find that for about $20 you can pick up a 2 ring 3 point adjustment mount to slip into the finder dovetail.
    Pointing through the finder "kinda" works but there are never enough hands to perform the prestidigitations well.
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    Default Re: Cheap laser finder

    My laser actually has a fairly light button, easily held down. It's still a pile of junk, but it does work, lol! No luck with pointing through the finder though. Didn't work at all. It reflects off the glass and nearly blinds me! Tonight, I pointed it straight up at the Ring Nebula with the scope aligned with it. I looked in the eyepiece and the Ring was dead center!

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