Is it worthy or not to spend some money on it
In my opinion, two tools are of essential importance for the star hopper no matter how bright the sky is: a “pointer” finderscope and an optical finderscope. The first one will be like the compass and the second one the map.
Any “pointer” finderscope works basically the same: you have to align it with the celestial object you can see with your naked eye. It does not magnify the image. It is only a guide to aim your scope in the sky. After you have that departure point on your finderscope you can start your journey through the stars.
Some folks can point the telescope to a bright star without a finderscope’s aid and some others use a green laser to point the scope. If for any reason you can’t point your telescope easily or you can’t use a green laser in your zone, this post is for you.
Average price is less than 17 US dollars
It shines a unique red dot that has to
be aligned with the celestial object. Simple!
It uses a CR2032 Lithium Battery
easy to get anywhere
You may say that you don’t have a way to attach it to your scope. That is valid excuse so I have a second option. The easiest way to attach to any tube is with a Telrad. With just double sided tape you can have a strong attachment plus the bull’s eye in the Telrad works much better than a simple dot that you have to superimpose on a star.
Thanks for letting me share some pictures and information based on my personal experience. I’m looking forward to your comments and opinions about it.