Starbeam With flip mirror for TeleVue refractors

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The Starbeam non-magnifying red dot finder for TeleVue scopes seems to project a 10 arc minute diameter ball of red light wherever your telescope is pointing at night, making it easy to quickly center the scope on planets and deep space objects. The Starbeam is normally used as a straight-through finder, similar to the heads-up display in a military aircraft cockpit. However, the Starbeam has a pivoting light-weight first surface flip mirror that also allows the Starbeam to be used as a straight-through finder, a right angle finder for observing at the zenith, and at any angle in between. This standard flip mirror (also available as an inexpensive retrofit for older Starbeams) makes the Starbeam a truly universal finder.

A removable black metal base channel on the Starbeam fits into a dovetail slot machined into the mounting ring of all current TeleVue TV-85, TV-101, TV-102, and Renaissance-101 scopes. Screws thread through the base channel and into the telescope mounting ring to hold the base channel in place. The black and metal finder itself then slips onto the base and is held in place by one large knurled knob. Azimuth and altitude adjustment knobs allow you to line up the Starbeam with your main scope optics.

An on/off switch and integral rotary brightness control allow you to match the finder brightness to your eye’s dark adaptation. In addition, a rotary control in the side of the illuminator lets you gradually vary the blink rate of the illuminator from constantly on, to a rapid blinking, down to a slow half second on/half second off pulsing rate for more comfortable viewing. Uses a Duracell XL DL 1/3N lithium or equivalent battery (supplied, but not guaranteed by TeleVue to be at full strength).

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1. Rodney on 5/23/2013, said: AstronomicsAstronomicsAstronomicsAstronomicsAstronomics
I originally purchased a Starbeam with flip mirror to replace the small optical finder on my Celestron C5+. I had tried a red dot rifle sight but found the dot way too bright and the field of view way too tight for use as a telescope finder. Not having seen a Starbeam prior to ordering, I had no idea how large it was in relation to other unit power finders. Mounted on my C5+, it was simply too large and I found myself on occasion bumping into it with my head when attempting to view through the telescope eyepiece.
Don’t get me wrong, I really like the Starbeam. The build quality is much better than any other unit finder I have come across. It is made from machined aluminum and anodized black. It has a large 39mm aperture lens onto which a somewhat large (10 arc minute) variable power dot is projected. It is somewhat touchy to align, but once secured, I have not had to realign with the scope. I no longer use the Starbeam on my C5+. It has found a new home atop either my Celestron 8” or my Nexstar 9.25 GPS. I have absolutely no regrets on my purchase.

Rodney Sullivan
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TeleVue - Starbeam With flip mirror for TeleVue refractorsUnderside of Starbeam, showing base channel for TeleVue scopes and left/right collimating knobs.Starbeam from viewing end, with flip mirror down in straight-through viewing position.
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