Last updated: 17 June 2002
Sent: Friday, June 14, 2002 7:13:50 From: email@example.com (BILL & SYDNEY ROSE) Thank the stars for your website. I hope you can help me. I would like to remove/replace the finderscope and mount on my 125. Considering that I am NOT a rocket scientist, I would like to know if it is possible without a major hassle. Thank you for your time, Billy D. Rose (in The Lone Star State)And from the hardware expert:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Clay Sherrod) It can be done, but it IS a major hassle; it is quite easy if you know how to get into the scope (voiding warranty, of course) to remove the OTA from the rear cell of the scope. There are two major steps to separating the large rear plastic section from both the 1) tube and, 2) the primary mirror and its holder which remains intact when the tube and rear cell come off. Once it is off, you can drill into the back cell to mount a ring mount for a 6 x 30 finder (or whatever) til the cows come home. But I strongly discourage this if the scope is fairly new and under warranty. How about one of those great small RIGEL finderscopes that allow quick polar alignment and a nice red illuminated finder field without all the drilling and mess? After all, a finder is just to FIND with and does not have to be large and impressive.....the RIGEL really does the job and can be removed and put back on perfectly aligned with a snap!! Clay SherrodMike here: Several finderscopes are discussed on the Accessory Reviews - Finderscopes page.
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