Monday, December 12, 2011

Product Spotlight - The Celestron Green Laser Finderscope Kit

Written by Tammy Plotner

Now here's a product that's simple, easy-to-use and really adds to your relaxing observing nights. If you're like I am, you have a star chart imprinted in your head, but sometimes it's hard to aim your telescope at exactly where it needs to be. Sure, a red dot finder is nice, so are ones with an illuminated reticle. But there are times when I just can't get my head at the right angle to see through them - or the guide stars I need to use aren't bright enough to show up well. An optical finderscope has been my best companion over the years, but even with this time-honored method, I can run up against some problems - like too many stars in the field of view! Of course, I can always rely on setting circles or a computer program, but that's not what I want. What I want is to be able to point my telescope to a certain area in the sky - just like pointing my finger at exactly where I know something is at.

Enter the Celestron Green Laser Finderscope...

Just like using the green laser to point out certain stars, this clever device takes the place of your finderscope and delivers with point and shoot ease. When you take the time to line it up accurately, it will give you back amazingly accurate results. For example, if you know where M11 is located, just switch on the laser, put the beam on the mark and you're there. Not only does this aid you in pointing your telescope, but others around you can utilize your finding beam... from smaller telescopes using an optical finder, to someone using binoculars.

Celestron Green Laser Finderscope

The Celestron Green Laser Finderscope is small, neat and clean. It's not any larger than your average supplied finderscope and close to the same weight. It comes with a supplied bracket that fits almost any standard dovetail mount and one for your SCT, too. What's more, it can be detached and handheld for those moments when you need it. And yes, the "Off/On" switch is a little stiff, but it's worth it as a safety precaution. The battery life is about the same as a red dot finder and it is bright enough to cut through most situations. All in all, it's a fine product at a modest investment - and one that will make your observing nights - and aiming your telescope - a lot more pleasant!

You can get a Celestron Green Laser Finderscope at OPT today!

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