Celestron StarPointer Red Dot Finderscope
The Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope is the easiest way to locate celestial objects and centre it in your eyepiece.
A LED creates a red dot, superimposed on a viewing screen, so you simply aim the start pointer at any object you wish to view, and if aligned correctly, that object will appear centred when looking through your eyepiece. The red dot finder has 1 x magnification, a super wide field of view and keeps the sky right side up and left to right correct, matching what you see with your unaided eyes.
The Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope has 1 x magnification so if you like the idea of having increased magnification, we recommend installing an optical finder to compliment your finderscope. All Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain and EdgeHD telescopes have multiple mounting bracket holes to accommodate a range of attachments and upgrades.
How to Align the Star Pointer Finderscope
The first time you use your finder, you need to align it. This one-time setup procedure should be done during the day. Take the telescope outside and find an easily recognizable object, such as a streetlight, car license plate, or tall tree. The object should be as far away as possible, but at least a quarter mile away. Move the telescope left and right or up and down so that it is roughly pointing at the object. Look through the telescope using your low power eyepiece and move the telescope until the object you chose lies in the center of the view. Once the object is centered in your eyepiece, turn on the red dot. With your head positioned about a foot behind the finder, look through the round lens of the finder and locate the red dot. Without moving the telescope, use the two adjustment knobs located on the side and underneath the finder. One controls the left-right motion of the dot. The other controls the up-down motion of the dot. Adjust both of these until the red dot appears over the same object you are observing in the eyepiece.
Your finder is now aligned and should not require realignment unless it is bumped or dropped. You can even take the finder off the telescope and reattach it while preserving alignment.
Celestron was founded by Tom Johnson whose first telescope design was a simple 6-inch reflector, built for his young son. He gradually progressed to making larger scopes in more sophisticated designs. Today, the Celestron company is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing optical equipment including telescopes (computerised and non-computerised), binoculars, spotting scopes and its accompanying accessories. Celestron's legacy spans 50 years, and has grown to enjoy recognition from amateurs to serious astronomers globally. The company seeks to remain innovative by growing its product offerings, while supporting science education around the world.
Product Code: CLS-51630