Baader Sky Surfer III Red Dot Finderscope

  • Easily find objects in dim star field or light polluted skies
  • Larger undistorted view and razor-sharp red dot
  • Locates properly without any image dimming
  • Quick and easy mounting and adjustment
  • Perfect to use with all telescopes

  • Sky Surfer III User Manual
    SKU: BAA-2957300
    Stock Status: AVAILABLE (3 - 7 days)


    Retail Price $38

    Product Description
    It seems everyone offers some type of low-cost red dot finder these days. The relatively low cost and intuitive ease of locating objects make these finders the perfect companion to telescopes, large and small. Baader Planetarium has taken this basic concept another step forward. Finding objects in dim star fields or light polluted skies is now easier than ever. The Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer III Red Dot Finderscope offers several advantages over the typical low-cost red dot finders. The extra-large 30mm optical aperture and improved optical quality delivers a much larger undistorted view and razor-sharp red dot. Unlike many red-dot finders, the Sky Surfer III incorporates optimized anti-reflective lens coatings which deliver proper locator dot brightness with virtually no image dimming. One other new feature you will really come to appreciate is the extra-long lens housing, which acts as a shield to effectively prevent dewing.

    Mounting and adjustment of the Sky Surfer is simple. Elevation and Azimuth adjustment is accomplished by turning the two knurled adjustment knobs. The red locator dot intensity is adjusted by a knurled adjusting knob. Attachment to your telescope is also straightforward, with all necessary parts included. Simply attach a base to your telescope, slip on the finder, and tighten the two dovetail clamp screws. Three bases are included. The short base works best for large tubes. It includes two mounting slots (for screw mounting) and may also be attached with double sided foam tape (supplied). The taller base fits smaller diameter tubes (as well as large tubes using the included spacer plate) and the slotted holes accommodate the factory hole pattern of popular SCTs. The third base fits the Vixen finder dovetail standard used on many import refractors. Each Sky Surfer includes a replaceable 3V lithium battery for extra long life.

    Baader Planetarium Sky Surfer III Red Dot Finderscope Features
  • Easily find objects in dim star field or light polluted skies
  • Larger undistorted view and razor-sharp red dot
  • Locates properly without any image dimming
  • Quick and easy mounting and adjustment
  • Perfect to use with all telescopes
  • Additional Information
    Additional Information
    Product Weight (KG) 0.1
    Model 2957300
    Aperture 30mm
    Illumination Red Dot, Adjustable Intensity
    Battery 3V Lithium
    Video Link No
    Customer Reviews (7)
    A very impressive product
    Overall Score
    My first encounter with Red Dot finders,(not a Baader) was a disaster, the finder could not cope with the dew forming on it and would not work after that.
    This one doesn't seem to mind the dew.
    Once aligned its in a firm position and only may require realigning if removed from the telescope.
    The red Dot is sharp and its intensity is controlled.
    The windage and of on switches are on opposite sides so there is no confusion as with other finders.
    Having two tubes it makes for accurate viewing.
    I think this is superior to the optical finders on my Celestron CPC and Dobsonion and am looking at replacing them with this product.
    Review by Alfred (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Baader Sky Surfer III Red Dot Finderscope
    Overall Score
    Overall performs as expected. Power switch was intermittent at first turn on but actuating it a few times seems to have fixed it. Multiple mounting options a bonus. Review by Kevin Sharp (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Best Value RDF On The Market
    Overall Score
    I don't think you can go past this RDF for price vs quality. Not only does it come with a variety of mounting options out of the box, it boasts convenient adjustment dials (rather than the screw adjustments that others have). I have it mounted on an Explore Scientific refractor to compliment the RACI finder scope. It's an unbeatable combination for star hopping. If you're in the market for a red dot finder, stop looking at the expensive ones and buy the Baader Sky Surfer III. I did a lot of research before buying this one and now that I've used it for a while can say that I'm completely happy with my purchase. Finally, the level of service from Oz Scopes was excellent. Review by Dean (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great finderscope
    Overall Score
    Easy to fit lots of mounting options supplied with it.
    Works perfectly just as described.
    Very handy for zeroing in on brighter objects.
    Review by Chris Hunt (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    For beginners this really is a must .
    Overall Score
    I was very much put off the idea of a sighting scope type finder as usually it means standing on ones head to look up the thing while trying to move the telescope in the right direction.
    Taking into account that many give an inverted vision this can be quite tricky.
    This red dot finder might not find all the some what dimmer stars, but as a beginner
    I don't think many of us actually go looking for the small dim objects to start with.
    This for me is a much better idea and is easy to set up with the telescope to begin with,
    there is even a video to assist!
    The idea of the videos are also worth a mention because they are usually well thought out and simple to follow, like the one on setting the telescope mirrors up with a laser,
    I found this very helpful but had l little trouble with an over sized oriental person who had tightened one of the screws up that tight one needed a crowbar to shift it!!!
    Review by John Laccohee-Joslin (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Overall Score
    Received the goods in excellent order and as described. Great product at a very good price, great service, fast shipping and great communication.
    These Finder Scopes are brilliant, can't believe I struggled with a standard 5x24 Finder Scope for so long when these things are out there.
    We have bought from OZScopes before and will continue to deal with you.
    Well done, great Company.
    Review by Wayne Williams (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Good product, well priced
    Overall Score
    Easy set up ant simple to use. Review by David (Posted on 6/10/2017)
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