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- Celestron Polar Finder for CG-5 Advanced, CGEM, and Advanced VX Mount # 94224
Please note: This is the NEW version of Celestron's # 94224 polar finder. It no longer has the silver aluminum ring that the previous version had and that you will see all over the internet. The old version was modified by Celestron very recently to also work with its latest Advanced VX mounts. The item we ship will match the photo above.
- Polar alignment reticle for both Northern and Southern Hemispheres
- Eyepiece focus adjustment to achieve sharp focus on reticle
This useful accessory speeds accurate polar alignment by providing a means of visually aligning your German equatorial mount with Polaris and true North. As a result, you can spend more time observing and less time setting up. The finderscope has an easy to use cross hair reticle. For use with CG-5 (Advanced) and CGEM mount. Also works with Celestron's new Advanced VX mount.
Product carries two year factory limited warranty (within US/Canada only).
User Manual: Polar Axis Finder Scope (PDF format)
Easy to Use,Accurate,Compact,Quality Lenses,Strong Construction,Lightweight
Difficult to Use,Poor Lens Quality,Unstable
The alignment procedure, according to the directions included, are awful. Must have lost something in translation. I never did get it aligned properly. Not a quality instrument.
Rust belt state
Accurate,Easy to Use,Strong Construction,Compact,Quality Lenses,Lightweight
I read a number of reviews in various places before getting this polar scope for my CGEM-DX mount with Celestron C-11... and this polar scope is so good it should come with the mount as standard ... This is the fastest and easiest way to nail down polar alignment. It does work well, even though the reticle is not "illuminated", as some reviews say it may be hard to see the reticle, I found that not to be a problem. If it were illuminated, it would have to cost double or triple. You CAN see the reticle perfectly well enough to get the alignment setup, and then you're done. The way it gets used is that once you pop it in the bore of the polar axis, (you can leave there all the time as I do), you look at where the big dipper is in the sky, and rotate the polar scope until its schematic figure of the big dipper in the reticle, are opposite each other, ie at the right rotation position in the polar axis. Then one the circle at the center of the reticle, you move the adjustments on your mount, until Polaris is right on the circle in the middle of the reticle. Then lock the mount adjustments, and you are done. The key is to put Polaris on the center circle, and have the polar scope rotationally adjusted according to the actual big dipper compared to the big dipper figure on the reticle. Then you are truly good enough for tracking for visual purposes. However if you are doing astrophotography, you will still need a guide-scope system, but you would still use this polar scope to get everything in the right neighborhood of alignment. The alternative of "drift alignment" is more accurate, but that takes HOURS to do, and it's tediously iterative. This polar scope nails it quickly to a very close good alignment.
Pittsburgh area, Pennsylvania
Lightweight,Quality Lenses,Easy to Use,Accurate,Strong Construction,Compact
This is a must have for me. It allowed me to align my scope the first time I used it in much less time with better accuracy than I have ever achieved. I went on to take my first acceptable astro-images that night. Very happy.
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