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Explore Scientific - 8x50 illuminated Correct Image Finder Scope with Bracket (Base Sold Separately)

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The illuminated reticle of the 8x50 Viewfinder with its scale markings and open center not only helps you center objects precisely, but gives a reference of the exact field of view in degrees. The deep red illumination is continuously variable to provide the desired brightness. LIFETIME WARRANTY

SKU: EXP-VFEI085001
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Explore Scientific 8x50 illuminated Correct Image Finder Scope with Bracket (Base Sold Separately)

The illuminated reticle of the 8x50 Viewfinder with its scale markings and open center not only helps you center objects precisely, but gives a reference of the exact field of view in degrees. The deep red illumination is continuously variable to provide the desired brightness.

The Explore Scientific 8 x 50 produces a wide 6° field of view and allows precision focus of both main objective and eyepiece illuminated reticle. A precision polished roof prism produces images that are right-side-up, left-to-right correct. In other words, things are not upside-down and backwards like most viewfinders. Our illuminated reticle is truly designed for finding objects with its open center (so you don't mask the object you are centering with cross hairs) and scale markings for 1.5°, 3°, and 4.5° (the edge of the field of view is the 6° boundary).

All Explore Scientific telescope accessories are covered under our standard U.S.A. One Year Limited Warranty against defects with proof of purchase, but you can extend this limited warranty to five years by simply filling out the product registration and submit it to Explore Scientific within 60 days. This program is also available to the person who receives your gift of an Explore Scientific telescope. You don't need to give them the purchase receipt, just remind them to fill out the registration and submit it to Explore Scientific and we will take care of the rest.

Specifications

Name Explore Scientific - 8x50 illuminated Correct Image Finder Scope with Bracket (Base Sold Separately)
Manufacturer Explore Scientific
Model EXP-VFEI085001
UPC 812257011971
Manufacturer Part # EXP-VFEI0850-01
Warranty Explore STAR Transferrable Unlimited Lifetime Product Warranty

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I bought this because I live in a suburban location (on the red/orange border sky) and wanted to learn the sky by manually finding objects. There aren't enough stars here to star hop with a red dot/laser 1x finder. This finder has been a real delight. The large aperture brings almost the entire Messier catalog into view.

I'm not a great reviewer of optics because I am a novice and have bad astigmatism, but to me the scope provides pleasant views. No one is going to confuse it with a premium travel APO, but it's on par with my inexpensive 10x50 binos, which I enjoy. It's fun to split the double double into two in this finder, and then four in the eyepiece. Albireo and similar colorful, easily-split doubles are very colorful and pretty in the finder--it's almost superfluous to look through the telescope. This was not something I'd really planned on, but the nice views are almost giving me finder aperture fever!

The correct image makes using charts more natural for star hopping. Even moreso, if I've spotted something in my 10x50s, the correct image makes it much easier to find a nearby asterism and star hop the same way I just did in my binos. It's an ergonomic improvement for sure, and it's easily worth the extra money.

Weight-wise, it is a bit heavy, but the 10" dob I'm using maintains balance with almost all eyepieces--using it with the optional tall rings (see below), the ES82 30mm refuses to balance. Maybe this is more of an eyepiece issue, but be prepared for this finder to possibly tip the balance if you use heavy eyepieces.

Two issues:

#1 The dovetail is Meade/Explore Scientific style, which is great if you happen to have a scope with one. For the other 90% of us, you have to get an adapter, adding to total cost of ownership.

#2. The included rings are pretty short, making it hard to get your eyeball/head in the right place. I bought the tall 4" rings from ES, which solve the problem at the cost of yet more weight and substantially more money. I really wish ES shipped it with these rings or at least offered a choice of configuration at purchase time.

All in all, this is a really unique piece of equipment that makes suburban star hopping a real thing. If it were 60 or 70mm, it would probably negate the desire for a short refractor altogether. (Posted on 9/8/2017)
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