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Vario Finder

 

The innovative Baader Vario Finder is capable of much more than a simple 'finderscope'.  Baader started with a real telescope objective - a 61mm aperture doublet based on the renowned Carl Zeiss C Lens.  The superb optics are housed in a telescope that incorporates features which enable it to be used as a high-end Finderscope, Guide Telescope, Spotting Scope, or small travel companion Astro-Telescope.

  • Optical design based on Carl Zeiss C Lens, Optics tested to provide sharp images at up to 120X

  • 250mm Focal Length (f/4)

  • Baader Phantom-Group Multicoatings™

  • 1¼" eyepiece holder with non marring internal brass clamp ring and multiple knurled thumbscrews

  • 45degree Erect Image Star Diagonal (1¼"), accepts T-2 threaded accessories

  • 25mm Dual-Crosshair Measuring Reticle Illuminated Eyepiece (variable brightness)

  • Objective Housing permits 12mm of coarse focus adjustment, w/ knurled lockring

  • Sliding focuser drawtube with 35mm travel and multiple lockscrews for rigidity (guidescope use)

  • Integrated/Removable Dovetail Bar (EQ/Vixen), with 1/4-20 tripod thread

  • T-thread Modularity (compatible with Baader Astro T-2 Accessories)

 

- Baader Vario Finder  (#VARIO) Weight:  29oz  (824gm)

- Baader Vario Finder, with MQR IV Quick Release Finder Bracket  (#VARIO-MQR)

 

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Vario-Finder Accessories

The following Baader accessories make the perfect compliment to the Vario Finder:
  • MQR IV Quick Release Finder Bracket (#MQR-IV)
  • T-2 Extension Tube, 40mm (#T2-25B)
  • T-2 Focusing 1¼" Eyepiece Clamp (#EYEHOLD-2)
  • Stronghold Tangent Mount (#STRONG)

 

 

 

 


Baader Zero Power 'Red Dot' Finders

We now offer two new zero power red-dot finders.  Locating objects using a standard magnifying finder telescope presents an awkward challenge, particularly for novices.  Even experienced users have found that these zero-power sights enable a ridiculously simple method of quickly and accurately pointing your telescope.  These finders superimpose a small red dot (focused at infinity) on the night sky, showing you exactly where your telescope is pointed.  Our Sky Surfers incorporate a number of unique features which set them apart from other red-dot finders. 

 


 

Sky Surfer III

 

 

It seems everyone offers some type of low-cost red dot finder these days.  The relatively low cost and intuitive ease of locating objects make these finders  the perfect companion to telescopes, large and small. Baader Planetarium has taken this basic concept another step forward.  Finding objects in dim star fields or light polluted skies is now easier than ever.  The Sky Surfer III offers several advantages over the typical low-cost red dot finders.  The extra-large 30mm optical aperture, and improved optical quality delivers a much larger undistorted view and razor-sharp red dot. Unlike many red-dot finders, the Sky Surfer III incorporates optimized anti-reflective lens coatings which deliver proper locator dot brightness with virtually no image dimming.  One other new feature you will really come to appreciate is the extra-long lens housing, which acts as a shield to effectively prevent dewing.

Mounting and adjustment of the Sky Surfer is simple.  Elevation and Azimuth adjustment is accomplished by turning the two knurled adjustment knobs.  The red locator dot intensity is adjusted by a knurled adjusting knob.  Attachment to your telescope is also straightforward, with all necessary parts included.  Simply attach a base to your telescope, slip on the finder, and tighten the two dovetail clamp screws.  Three bases are included (see the Sky Surfer V image below).  The short base works best for large tubes.  It includes two mounting slots (for screw mounting) and may also be attached with commonly available double sided foam tape.  The taller base fits smaller diameter tubes (as well as large tubes using the included spacer plate) and the  slotted holes accommodate the factory hole pattern of popular SCTs.  The third base fits the Vixen finder dovetail standard used on many import refractors.  Each Sky Surfer includes a replaceable 3V lithium battery for extra long life.

"Just to let you know, the order arrived on Saturday. Thanks so much for the quick service! Had a chance to test out the Sky Surfer a bit; no question, it totally outclasses the Tele Vue QuikPoint that was mounted on my grab-and-go scope. It's simply much easier to use in every respect. It mounted onto the base for the QuikPoint w/o a problem. I will definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an inexpensive RDF." Jack Beuthin

"I got the sky surfer Thursday. Wow! Thanks for the fast shipment. I have tried many units currently on the market, and this looks to be the best designed red dot finder I have seen so far."  John Miele

 

 

- Baader Sky Surfer III  (#SSIII)

 

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Sky Surfer V

 

 

The Sky Surfer V is Baader Planetarium's premium red dot finder.  Made of black anodized aluminum, the Sky Surfer V is an elegant match for any telescope.  Its large large clear aperture makes finding objects easy (outside diameter of the SSV is 45mm).  As with it's smaller brother, the Sky Surfer V avoids the dew problems of other finders, thanks to it's integral (and removable) dewshields.  The new optimized visual coatings result in virtually transparent views of the sky (unlike many other red-dot finders).

Each Sky Surfer V now includes Baader's new machined aluminum quick release dovetail system, consisting of an aluminum dovetail riser (mounts to the finder) and dovetail base that mounts to your scope. 

Mounting and adjustment of the Sky Surfer V is simple.  Elevation and Azimuth adjustment is accomplished by turning the two enclosed adjustment knobs.  The red locator dot intensity is adjusted by an 11 position adjusting knob.  Attachment to your telescope is also straightforward, with all necessary parts included.  Simply attach the machined dovetail base to your telescope, slip on the finder, and tighten the two dovetail clamp screws.   Each Sky Surfer includes a replaceable 3V lithium battery for extra long life.

 

- Baader Sky Surfer V  (#SSV)

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Last Update 07/05/10

 

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