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Telrad - Reflex Sight w/Mounting Base - 1001

by Telrad
SKU 1001


The legendary Telrad was designed by Stephen Kufeld who in the late 1970's, designed an innovative new "finder scope". Inspired by vintage bombsights and a love for astronomy, his new device was based on reflex technology and the result was the Telrad Reflex Sight. The Telrad is not only the original, but became the standard in heads up display finders for all types of telescopes, including large telescopes in research observatories.

The Telrad mounts to almost any telescope and when turned on, it projects deep red concentric circles (4 degrees, 2 degrees, and one-half degree in diameter) against a tilted glass that you look straight through. The result is that when you are looking at the stars through the Telrad you see the circles as if they are projected on the sky, which makes finding objects with your telescope amazingly easy.

Once the Telrad is mounted on your telescope, collimating knobs at the back of the Telrad allow you to adjust the finder with your telescope optics. The on/off switch and continuously adjustable brightness control sets the Telrad's target reticle to the perfect brightness for your observing session.

The sight attaches to the telescope tube using a mounting base with a block configuration. The unit easily separates from the mounting base and extra bases are available for use with more than one telescope.

The Telrad uses two 1.5V AA batteries (not included), which will give extraordinary long life. Rugged and built to last for many years, the Telrad is 8" long x 5" high and weighs 11 oz.


Some of the advantages of the Telrad Reflex Sight are:

  • Correct real sky view.
  • No magnification. You can keep both eyes open when using the Telrad.
  • No parallax. Three collimation screws tilt the illuminated reticle to center with the telescope optics.
  • Illuminated & graduated reticle image that corresponds with many star maps and sky software.
  • Extraordinary eye relief.
  • Includes mounting base.


Here is an informative video on the Telrad Reflex Sight from Learn Astronomy HQ:

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Exceptional Mount

A couple of years ago, I wanted to replace my old VMA200 mount with something more modern.
While visiting the Paris Astronomy show (RCE 2012) I noticed the Nova120. At that time, it was a brand new offering that I have not seen before, hence my hesitation to purchase
I wanted to purchase a E.U product to guarantee the quality and ease of access to support in my own language. I checked the forums and heard nothing but good things about the Nova120 so I decided to purchase it.

I have used enough astronomical instruments in the last 30 years to know what great quality is. The Nova120 coupled with the PRISM v10 and a CDK20 (508 mm) helped me pull off 900s unguided images with great ease. (Raw FITS File here). Payload of this setup is about 80 kg (160 lb).

The dizzying slew speeds, excellent accuracy and painless tracking makes this hobby easy and enjoyable again.
After using this setup for a year and a half, the only problem I had was rebalacing the gear after changing scopes. The superb electronics and software included make this tasks even more easier that just eyeballing the scope for movement due to unbalance.

You can very easily watch the motor consumption and know where the unbalance is....that easy. I have so much data that it is becoming difficult yo keep up.
I have absolutely zero regrets, this purchase has made everything easier: No summer/winter worm-gear adjustments, no guiding... just start imaging night after night after night.

Eric Barbotin

Imaging Made Easy

Prism is my GoTo program for observatory control and imaging. Prism's many features make imaging taking a breeze.

I was concerned about giving Prism a try , especially as its quite expensive. So far Im very impressed and glad of my decision.
Im a beginner at all this so haven't tried other more recommended software, Prism appealed as it seems to do everything instead of using several programs 👍🏻

Great lightweight guide scope

This guide scope replaces a 400/80 that was waaay too heavy for what it did. The smaller 60mm scope does a great job guiding and I can RA balance with just one counter weight now - much better - and it looks like something Ferrari designed

Still learning Prism using Wireless links...

I have much of your software working at this time... I have it parked on my main computer, and a notebook... My main computer is a OverClock computer with 32 Gigs of RAM Clocking presently at 4400MHz with software parked on SSD drives... The rotation dome by NexDome is still not working... Most problems like this have to do with ASCOM Drivers... There is not very much detail information on how to use this software... I have to feel my way to a total operational staus... Second issue... The rain in the San Francisco Bay Area this year has limited my access to my larger telescope (12 inch SCT)... This rain has been so significant, I was force to weatherize my observatory... My goal here is,,, I am trying to remotely control my observatory totally. I have used Netgear Powerline 2000 to handle camera images and discover controlling rules to do that... High speed is vital for images with cameras over 3 Megs... I have both 12 Mega sensors and 24 Mega sensors... I am also using Netgear Nighthawk router and its mating extender to increase control signals to my observatory that is about 100 feet on the side of hill... I am also using Virtual Here software on a Raspberry Pi inside the observatory to solve the USB interface requirements... I started out using Model B and B+ on level 3 raspberry Pi's... I have moved to Level 4 Raspberry Pi to gain access to USB 3.0 technology... Big difference! I hope by early spring to have everything working... Bob Ritter MicTechS