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    Default Illuminated Reticle EP/Finder



    Can anyone recommend me any useful EP and/or Finder Scope with an illuminated reticle that'll work good with the C11 EdgeHD.

    The reason I am asking, and maybe if someone has any suggestions, having an EP and Finder together will make it easier to align the two together and also to help polar align.

    I am under a bit of light pollution and I also don't have a polar scope to use with polaris. However I do use the polar align feature on my CGEM where it moves the scope and points to where the star would be if it were properly aligned and then adjust the mount accordingly using the azimuth and alt knobs.

    Having those illuminated reticles will allow me to get those spot on and I guess help with the drift alignment (which I'll eventually learn).

    I'm sure you see where I am going with this. Unless there are any recommendations I am all ears, but I'd like to look around for some of those illuminated reticles for this reason.

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    You want to read carefully there is a Meade that is sold often that says it is for CDD.. it has squares for framing cameras.. no cross hairs.

    For now I have one that is 25mm so I can use it in initial alignment and it helped I use to sometimes change to a 9mm to do the fine visual.

    Mine cost $60 off brand.. the EP is average quality but don't care.. not using except to line up scope.
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    Meade has several different illuminated eyepieces: a plain reticle and an astrometric one in addition to the one that fogfire mentioned.

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    If you have that much LP you won't need illuminated crosshairs. I have them in my 9x50 finder and never turn them on. You can see the dark crosshairs perfectly.

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    I have a 90 deg finder with replaceable eps. It came with a 26 mm illuminated reticle without the illuminator, just a plug. But I had a Meade 12 mm (?) ep with illuminator. It appears the illuminators are standard, thus interchangeable.

    Off brand is fine. Who cares what the edge of the field looks llike?

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    I am a C11 Edge owner and I like the Orion 20mm model (for lower power work). The Meade MA Astrometric eyepiece KeithBC mentions is a very nice 12mm model, the higher magnification provides (IMO) a better alignment...quite nice actually, and you can do other cool things with it. For the record, I own and use both

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    I have the meade with the cross hairs and also the meade with the astrometric ..Both are interchangeable with my Modded ETX 60 finder and antares 80mm finder ..Both are good illuminaters but in light pollution skys you dont need them ..
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    Ok perhaps I should explain a little bit

    I have light pollution but my backyard does face out of the city where I do most of my pointing. This case I don't see the crosshairs very well.
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    Hi guys,

    This post helps me out somewhat,

    I have a 8" Edge HD and am looking for an illuminated recticle for drift alignment. I see Meade has a 9mm and a 12mm version. Which would be best? I see a comment re: higher magnification means better alignment.....so the 9 would be the best choice?

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