Upgrading a scope's finder is an easy way to improve the usability of any telescope. When we started looking into what was available, we discovered quite a few potential options, the three main ones being: a better finder scope, a red-dot finder, and a laser finder.
It is still unclear which option we will go with in the end, but a useful change to make is the finder mount. We found a good dovetail base for the finder scope from Orion. It is made of metal, designed specifically for SCT, and very simple to install.
Most finder accessories can be mounted using this dovetail base. The quick-release screw on the base enables accessories to be easily swapped. Note the notch at the front of the base. For mounts with an appropriate tab, it will act as a safety to prevent the mounted item from accidentally sliding off when the main OTA is at an angle.
The Orion EZFinder and the Wicked Laser mounted without any problems. The HoTech Laser was too large for the mount we had, but it did fit onto the OEM mount which came with the Meade 2045.
While we are not sure yet which one will work best with our "grab-n-go" scope, the smart money is on the HoTech AstroAimer. It is multi-functional, compact, and ruggedly built. Regardless of which one finally makes the cut, we will have a lot of fun finding out :-) [Permalink] - Finders for the Meade 2045