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Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer V Finderscope with Quick Release Dovetail Bracket

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  • Premium red-dot finder
  • Black anodized aluminum
  • 45mm aperture
  • Built-in dew shield that is removeable
  • Red Dot illumination intensity is adjustable
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Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer V Finderscope with Quick Release Dovetail Bracket
 
4.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Great optics (6)
  • Strong construction (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid adventurer (3), Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Reviewed by 7 customers

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    5.0

    Great product.

    By James

    from FORT SMITH,AR

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Optics
    • Strong Construction
    • Widely Compatible Adapter

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Bright Conditions
      • Terrestrial Viewing

      Comments about Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer V Finderscope with Quick Release Dovetail Bracket:

      Very nice and a profession product. Fast service also. Thanks

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Easiest Red Dot Finder I've Used

      By Ben

      from Kansas City, MO

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Great Optics
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Terrestrial Viewing

        Comments about Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer V Finderscope with Quick Release Dovetail Bracket:

        This is easily the best red dot finder that I've used. I'm particularly a fan of the alignment screws. They have a small click as they rotate so dialing it in was very easy. The best part is I don't have to realign after removing the scope! It just goes right back to where it was the last time I attached it.

        The dot also does a good job staying fixed on target when moving up/down and left/right. Not right to the edges but well enough that you don't have to worry about being directly behind the scope.

        Brightness on the dot was easily adjustable and the see through caps and dew shields were a huge extra bonus.

        Only issue is with the description listed above. The finder comes with the single vixen style base, as seen in the picture. The base curves back outward at the edges so should be attachable to any size scope (I have it on a C9.25) but won't make perfect contact in the center on larger tubes.

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        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very nice improvement

        By Starhuckster

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Strong Construction
        • Widely Compatible Adapter

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer V Finderscope with Quick Release Dovetail Bracket:

          This thing is great! I put it on my Celestron 8" SCT, which already had a decent (not-stock) red dot finder and it was immediately clear this thing made it look like a joke. The pics on the site don' make it clear, but this is basically a giant non-magnifying dot finder that has some nice clear covers on the ends and removable dew-shield-like extensions on both sides. It's much, much nicer to look through than any of the little ones.

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          4.0

          great item

          By ryan

          from dallas, tx

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Optics
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Poor Directions

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer V Finderscope with Quick Release Dovetail Bracket:

          add better installation and centering directions

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Time Saver

          By ICit2

          from Black Hills, South Dakota

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Optics
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Astrophotography

            Comments about Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer V Finderscope with Quick Release Dovetail Bracket:

            Time is something I never seem to have enough of during an imaging session. Clear nights are few and every moment spent in the set up is less time spent imaging. The Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer V is fast to put the target in my 9mm eyepiece using a 120mm F5 refractor. German made, imagine that something not made in China, and very well built. After the initial adjustment it stays put even after repeated removal from the scope. It comes equipped with see through lens caps; a real plus in heavy dew situations as you can wipe the caps with your fingers without damaging the actual lens or coatings. Unlike my stock red dot finder the glass lens is completely see through with no visible mirrored finish, coatings or loss of brightness. I can see faint objects that my other RDF would lose due to its coated mirrored surface. For me this was money well spent.

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