Telrad Finder

The Telrad is a one power (1X) sight that was originally designed for installation onto astronomical telescopes as an aid to locating deep sky wonders at night. While it was not developed as a tool for daytime use, some Telrad users have adapted the sight for uses the company never anticipated; for example many stage lighting technicians adopted the Telrad to help them point spot lights in the theatre.

The Telrad can be employed as the sole or primary sight of a telescope to help you "star hop" using visible stars to find and center objects that would be invisible to the naked eye or in other small finder telescopes. Or, you may choose to use a Telrad in combination with a second conventional magnifying finder telescope. The Telrad is the innovative, dominant choice of finder sights by the amateur astronomy community, and it is not uncommon to find a Telrad on professional observatory telescopes too! It is a particular favorite among experienced amateurs using deep sky telescopes (particularly the larger "Dobson" style telescopes) where aperture and the ability to find faint deep sky objects are concerns.

However, because of the Telrad's ungainly appearance and moderate bulk the Telrad is not generally selected for use on smaller, fork mounted telescopes. Customers who do not need the larger field of view of the Telrad, and seek a more compact sight for use with smaller telescopes may wish to consider a quickfinder.

SPECIFICATIONS: Window dimension (from observers vantage): 1-5/8 x 1-3/8 inch (41.3 x 35 mm)
Magnification: 1x (Zero Power)
Housing: Black finish, ABS Plastic construction
Retaining Thumbscrews (two on the Base): 6-32, ? inch long
Telrad length: 8-3/8 inch (21.3 cm)
Telrad maximum height (on Base): 5 inch (12.7 cm)
Telrad Weight with Base and batteries: 10.9 oz. / 308 g
Battery power: Two "AA" 1.5 Volt, in series
Packing box outside dimensions: 10-1/4 x 6-1/2 x 4 inches (26 x 16.5 x 10 cm)

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  • Model: Telrad
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs
  • Manufactured by: Telrad Inc.

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 11 September, 2005.