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Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope

You Pay: $41.79
Product Highlights
  • For the CG-5 Mounts

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 crosshair reticle and is intended for use with the CG-5 mounts.

Non-illuminated, batteryless design
Clear aperture of 18mm
Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CelestronPolar Axis Finderscope
     
    3.9

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    70%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (9)
      • Astrophotography (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (6), Avid adventurer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      excellent

      Easy to mount
      Easy to set up
      Easy to use !

      Very nice and useful product

      Easy to mount
      Easy to set up
      Easy to use !

      Very nice and useful product

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Terrible

      This model is a replacement to earlier models and makes the appearance of being more rugged by screwing into the mount instead of being centered by the three screws that two free hands could...Read complete review

      This model is a replacement to earlier models and makes the appearance of being more rugged by screwing into the mount instead of being centered by the three screws that two free hands could operate. It takes an allen wrench to modify the position of the crosshairs and one really needs two allen wrenches at once to make things accurate. Two hours of complete frustration led me to give up on this waste of money. Turning the allen wrench all the way out or in never brought any change whatsoever to the results. I lost the receipt and can't return the lousy product. I slid the polar axis finder from my older non-GOTO CG-5 mount and had things operating in 10 minutes.

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      5.0

      Excellent

      By ohaganrh

      from Wellsville, NY

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Astrophotography

        Comments about Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope:

        Necessity for my setup, works as advertised... what can you say. Right product, good price beating out the dealer by $.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope

        By Kimo

        from Bend, Oregon

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Alignment
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Optics
        • Perfect Fitment

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Astrophotography

          Comments about Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope:

          Although this scope is advertised for for CG-4 & CG-5 telescope mounts, it's perfect for the Advanced VX mount also. Using the supplied alignment instructions, it was a very easy chore to align the scope with my Advanced VX mount.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Not really as useful as expected

          By SpaceSprat

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Astrophotography

            Comments about Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope:

            It is really hard to see the etched constellations in the dark. Makes it hard to really pin-point Polar North. Really probably didn't need the item since I have a CG5-GT that has a polar alignment process built in that I just learned about.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Polar finderscope for celestron mounts

            By neilson

            from pleasanton texas

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great Optics
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy
              • Astrophotography

              Comments about Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope:

              This is a very well made polar finderscope. Its very easy to install and easy to use. The only problem is there is no illuminated reticule so you have to shine a red flashlite to see the etchings, which is difficult.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Do the job

              By Bill

              from Baltimore, MD

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Adds No Function

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope:

              Do the job. Make polaris easier to spot. Some folks said the polarscope does not help to accurately align your mount with NCP when you have computerized mount function to do polar align. I use this to roughly align my mount to the North star during the initial scope set up.

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              • No

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Terrible

              By Robert

              from Arlington Hts, Illinois

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope:

                    This model is a replacement to earlier models and makes the appearance of being more rugged by screwing into the mount instead of being centered by the three screws that two free hands could operate. It takes an allen wrench to modify the position of the crosshairs and one really needs two allen wrenches at once to make things accurate. Two hours of complete frustration led me to give up on this waste of money. Turning the allen wrench all the way out or in never brought any change whatsoever to the results. I lost the receipt and can't return the lousy product. I slid the polar axis finder from my older non-GOTO CG-5 mount and had things operating in 10 minutes.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Very useful.

                    By Les

                    from Norman, OK

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy
                      • Astrophotography

                      Comments about Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope:

                      I am interested in astro photography. The polar axis finderscope should help with this process.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Useful? --- maybe.

                      By Mike in Tracy

                      from Tracy, CA

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Astronomy

                          Comments about Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope:

                          Yes, it does allow you to point the mount accurately at the NCP. "Accurately" enough for visual observing with the non-GOTO CG-5 mount.
                          For the computerized CG-5 AS GT, you can do without it for most purposes if you center the polar axis by just sighting through the hole and then use any star-alignment routine.
                          If you decide to buy one, you will have to figure out how to remove the useless ring supplied with the mount - the instruction sheet is no help. You will also need to buy a metric hex key (1.5mm I think) so you can align the reticle to the optical axis.
                          Summary: It does work.

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                          5.0

                          excellent

                          By yvan

                          from Rezé, France

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Astronomy

                            Comments about Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope:

                            Easy to mount
                            Easy to set up
                            Easy to use !

                            Very nice and useful product

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            excellent optical device

                            By JoeM

                            from Long Island, NY

                            About Me Avid Adventurer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate
                            • Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Astronomy

                              Comments about Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope:

                              Made alignment much simpler and accurate

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                              • No

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