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    Default Any easy fix to 5X24 finder on Travel Scope 70?



    Hello,
    The Celestron Travel Scope is a fun scope. Unfortunately I've found the stock plastic finder scope to be unusable. Is there a solution that isn't very expensive and is fairly easy to do? Looking for alternative and thanks for any help!!

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    Default Re: Any easy fix to 5X24 finder on Travel Scope 70?

    If you like DIY projects this link <http://www.scopemaking.net/smallens/smallens.htm> tells you how to make your own 7x50 finderscope. You might also keep an eye open for a used finderscope.
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    Default Re: Any easy fix to 5X24 finder on Travel Scope 70?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shelldrake View Post
    If you like DIY projects this link <http://www.scopemaking.net/smallens/smallens.htm> tells you how to make your own 7x50 finderscope. You might also keep an eye open for a used finderscope.
    Howdy Shelldrake,
    That is such a neat idea about making your own. Too much on my plate to do, so I will look for a used one as you suggest. Like and 80mm with a 90 diagonal !
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    Default Re: Any easy fix to 5X24 finder on Travel Scope 70?

    Quote Originally Posted by Walk7 View Post
    Hello,
    The Celestron Travel Scope is a fun scope. Unfortunately I've found the stock plastic finder scope to be unusable. Is there a solution that isn't very expensive and is fairly easy to do? Looking for alternative and thanks for any help!!
    My advice: Stick a $39 Rigel Quickfinder on the scope with double-backed tape.

    I've had one on my little scope for a long time. It is lightweight; the tape holding the base never lets go; the battery lasts seemingly forever; it's easily adjustable with the three white knobs; and the circle provides a basis for measuring angles... much like a Telrad.

    Just don't forget to turn it off at the end of your viewing session.

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    Default Re: Any easy fix to 5X24 finder on Travel Scope 70?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lowjiber View Post
    My advice: Stick a $39 Rigel Quickfinder on the scope with double-backed tape.

    I've had one on my little scope for a long time. It is lightweight; the tape holding the base never lets go; the battery lasts seemingly forever; it's easily adjustable with the three white knobs; and the circle provides a basis for measuring angles... much like a Telrad.

    Just don't forget to turn it off at the end of your viewing session.

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    Hey John,
    I've only seen it on your telescope. Have no idea how it works, what it shows, how accurate, but the price isn't bad !! Will look.

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    Default Re: Any easy fix to 5X24 finder on Travel Scope 70?

    Quote Originally Posted by Walk7 View Post
    I've only seen it on your telescope. Have no idea how it works, what it shows, how accurate, but the price isn't bad !! Will look.
    It super-imposes a red circle (adjustable brightness) on the clear, angled plastic view screen. This is a Telrad pattern, but it looks kinda like this:
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    Default Re: Any easy fix to 5X24 finder on Travel Scope 70?

    the tripod isnt up for much, tell you the truth- the 70mm is near a finderscope in itself- i added a cheap red dot to mine
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    Default Re: Any easy fix to 5X24 finder on Travel Scope 70?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lowjiber View Post
    It super-imposes a red circle (adjustable brightness) on the clear, angled plastic view screen. This is a Telrad pattern, but it looks kinda like this:
    That looks pretty handy, maybe a tad expensive, but a recommendation like your's is a good thing!
    Thanks John! I will ponder a while, just got my T-Ring adapter and trying to get Puppy Linux running.......... Oh got to see the moon this morning with the new diagonal, that aperture hole in the lenscap really works!!!! Thanks for that bit of info too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spit View Post
    the tripod isnt up for much, tell you the truth- the 70mm is near a finderscope in itself- i added a cheap red dot to mine
    Howdy spit,
    I had a pretty good velbon camera tripod I stuck her on. Haven't used the stock tripod. There is an old thread on how to hotrod the Travel Scope 70. The part I tried works, a craft foam dew shield. Tested it this morning!
    Take care and maybe I'll mount it on the mak or newt or dob I upgrade too {:-)) !

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    Default Re: Any easy fix to 5X24 finder on Travel Scope 70?

    Hello Walk7.,., I use a GLP as a finder on mine.,.,.no having to contort yourself to look through the finder.,.I even used the mount for the plastic finder to hold the GLP,,.I did have to buy longer screws to hold the laser.,.,but it works all good.,.,O+O

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