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Astro-Physics 10 x 60 Baader Planetarium Vario Finder Kit

Kit includes 10 x 60 Baader Planetarium Vario Finder with Illuminated Reticle Eyepiece, 45° Erecting Prism, and Quick Release Bracket (1060VQ).

The 10 x 60 Vario Finder is a fine replacement for our former 8 x 50 Straight-through Finder (discontinued). This new finder is produced by Baader Planetarium and introduces many new features and functionalities.

  • High quality coated 61mm f/4 objective (250 mm focal length)
  • Coarse focusing is provided by the sliding draw tube (35 mm travel), and fine focusing is performed using the threaded objective cell with lens-locking ring (12 mm travel).
  • 1 ¼” brass clamp ring with 3 thumb screws for interchangeable eyepieces and accessories
  • 45° erecting prism with 1 ¼” nosepiece and T-2 thread
  • 25mm eyepiece with variable brightness illuminated measuring reticle
  • Retractable dew shield

The Vario Finder system is unique in that it utilizes a high quality 2-element Zeiss designed objective and an interchangeable T-2 accessory system that will allow the included 45° prism to be switched with user-provided 90° prisms, or used in a straight-through configuration. Because of the exceptional quality of the optics, this finder will also be able to be used as a guide scope employing a variety of new 3rd party guide cameras.

This finder assembly includes a newly designed Astro-Physics custom bracket for mounting in either of our existing Quick Release Bases (QRBASE and QRBASES-A). The bracket slides into the dovetail base and then tightens quickly with two thumbscrews. This provides a secure and repeatable method of attachment. It may also be attached to either of our sliding bars (7” SB0800 and 10” SB1000). A tripod adapter is also included with the finder.

The bracket assembly includes the bracket ring, alignment screws, and male dovetail base. The nylon alignment screws provide a quick and easy way to align your finder without marring its finish. Note: A Quick Release Base (QRBASE or QRBASES-A), purchased separately, is required for attachment. The illuminator uses one CR2032 coin battery (included).


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