Maksutov Cassegrain NMC1900x152
152 > Viewfinder
THE RETICLE VIEWFINDER
The first thing noticed about the viewfinder after unpacking was how
dirty it was. The picture below shows exactly how it arrived with what
be described as the bottom of someone's pocket attached to the eye cup.
However, surprisingly, after having a good clean up this viewfinder
turned out to be one
of the best this reviewer had ever used! Much nicer than anything I've
ever had from Meade or Celestron. It's like a small 8 x 50
refractor telescope in it's own right, if only it had a standard
eyepiece, it could almost double up as a guide scope.
The glass in it seem to have the same blue tint of optic coatings
other parts of the scope. The front of the tube unscrews to provide
access to the inside.
It was a nice surprise to find it contained baffles inside to help
stray off axis light
reaching the eye. The rubber on the rear eyepiece can be removed which
might allow the attachment of a guide camera but it is a weird size of
28mm/1.1". The eyepiece can be removed by unscrewing it but
anything you replace it with will require an odd size 28mm/1.1" thread.
FITTING AND ALIGNMENT
The viewfinder is held in place by a very substantial and high quality
metal bracket with 6 adjustable screws. It makes aligning the viefinder
with the scope very simple unlike a Sky Watcher Pro Mak I once tried.
Looking through the view finder presents a nice sniper gun sight type
of view (reticle). There was a little colour fringing in the image but
enough for my 2 mega-pixel camera to pick up on. Please excuse the
quality of the images, I was using the horrible wobbly EQ3 mount and
hand holding the camera!
The view finder has a curious stalk protruding from it. This houses a
red light projector that illuminates the gun site (reticle). A dial on
allows the user to vary the strength of the
The picture above shows how large the moon appears in this in this
8 x 50 viewfinder.
An excellent finder scope that this reviewer would not hesitate to
recommend to anyone. It's much better than anything I've ever used be
it from well recognised names like Meade, Celestron or Skywatcher!