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#1 astrodoc71

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:36 PM

Hi folks,

I remember the first time I tried solar without a finder it took about 2 hours to find the sun! I mean how dumb can you possibly look! Anyway I realized you definitely need one and I made this simple indirect finder that I use all the time, even with my piggyback arrangement. I have  an excellent mount now but the pointing model is created for my larger scope so when I slew to the sun I still have to find it.

This can't get any easier. Go to your post office and get one of those 1-2$ mailing tubes, about a foot and a half long and 2 inches wide. They have a plastic cap on each end usually . Drill a 1/8" hole in the plastic cap and take the other end off. Put a piece of wax paper on the open end. And that's it! You can just tape the tube onto your scope. If you judge the parallel alignment with your scope by eye you will be close enough. See the finder in operation in the ed80 thread here

 

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Dave


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#2 steveward53

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 06:02 PM

I just removed the finderscope from the holder and use the shadow of the holder tube to get me lined up . . . simpler than a simple thing . . .  :rolleyes:


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Mak180Pro , 200PDS , ED80 Pro , ST120 , ETX105.

HEQ5ProSynscan , EQ3-2.

Canon EOS1000D(unmodded) , SPC900NC.Std , SPC900NC Mono-chipped.

SW Synguider thru Mercury 705 , "Scopium" Herschel Wedge.

13'-6" pier for Solar..... 


#3 astrodoc71

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:51 PM

Interesting! But what if you don't have a finderscope?  ;)


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#4 Starlock

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:12 PM

Both good ideas, I've never really bothered with solar viewing but if get round to giving it a go I'll try and remember this:)



#5 steveward53

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 02:31 PM

Interesting! But what if you don't have a finderscope?  ;)

 

Just use the shadow of the main scope to judge alignment , it's easy to tell when the shadow is at it's smallest in both directions. . . .  :rolleyes:


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Mak180Pro , 200PDS , ED80 Pro , ST120 , ETX105.

HEQ5ProSynscan , EQ3-2.

Canon EOS1000D(unmodded) , SPC900NC.Std , SPC900NC Mono-chipped.

SW Synguider thru Mercury 705 , "Scopium" Herschel Wedge.

13'-6" pier for Solar.....