Baader Sky Surfer V (Night & Day Design) Red-Dot-Finder - 2957315

Baader PlanetariumSKU: 2957315

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Dave Mills
Top quality reflex finder

The Baader Sky Surfer V is a quality piece of kit. I have had 3 C8s the first 2 I fitted with a Telrad (permanently glued to the telescope) and separate solar finder (using up a valuable hardpoint), this Baader finder neatly combines the the two in one tidy tube. This finder is heavy duty, well made and simple to use. The red dot sight is not as good as the Telrad's concentric rings IMO but with todays go to mounts they are no longer as required, getting in the FOV is close enough and the telescope eyepiece does the fine tuning for aligning, I would like one more dim setting below 1 but it works well as is. The built in solar finder is a bonus and works better than the stand alone finder on my previous scopes. All in all, this is not a plastic cheapo red dot finder but a sturdy well made instrument that would be right at home on a rifle out in the weather.

Description

Highlights

  • SkySurfer V works in dual function ("day &night"), as precise solar-finder as well as a classic Red Dot Finder.
  • LED withillumination with three bright settings for daylight use and eight much dimmer for nighttime use, so that no stars will be outshone.
  • Incl. RDM Red Dot Mount #2457010 (to mount onto most Celestron, Sky-Watcher and Vixen finder base) and Baader-Standard-Base #2457000 to mount on other telescopes. The SkySurfer V unit (without the RDM mount) also fits directly onto 11 mm Weaver micro gunrails and 20 mm Weaver/Picatinny rails
  • Water resistant and completely made of black anodized metal.
  • Weight of the Red Dot Finder: without adapter to the telescope 310 g; base: 55 g
  • Long dew shields are mounted before and behind the lens to prevent fogging
  • The 1: 1 objective lens is non-reflective and darkens the sky much less than competitive seekers. Cheaper RDFs used for guns are much too bright at night and will harm your dark adaptation.
  • The spacer itself is equipped with a mini-weaver-style dovetail so that it can carry a SkySurfer III or SkySurfer V red dot finder as well
  • Front Jump Cover for SkySurfer V (#2957311, € 14,-) with 0.7 mm through-hole to work as solar "camera obscura" when cover is closed and Back Jump Cover for SkySurfer V (#2957312, € 16,-) with yellow glass cover with opaque crosshair reticle and UV/IR blocking filter are also available separately, is suitable for upgrading for an older SkySurfer V model.

Demilitarized giant illuminated Red Dot Visor (RDV)

Originally this product had a military function, hence it is built like a tank.

With both jump covers flipped open, the unit works as a terrestrial as well as an astronomical Red Dot Finder for straight through aiming with both eyes open, featuring a sharp 2 MOA red dot with 11 brightness set points. The three lower light settings are intended for night work against the sky.

With both jump-covers closed, the unit works as a safe daylight solar finder, projecting the solar disc through a 1.5 MOA (minutes of arc) pinhole onto a 40 mm wide rear 2 MOA reticle. The reticle is applied onto a yellow UV-blocker for added safety against accidental straight viewing. The projected solar image can be centered onto the reticle without looking straight through the finder.

  • To not loose sighting stars, the view though the SkySurfer V is markedly brighter compared to regular gunsight red dot visors.
  • All lenses and optical windows of the SkySurfer V are fully multicoated for maximum starlight throughput
  • The optical body and all adjustments are waterresistant, fogproof and shockproof
  • SkySurfer V comes fully assembled with anti-dew extensions and jump covers mounted.
SkySurfer V: scope of supply

Features of the SkySurfer V

  • Fully multicoated lenses provide increased light transmission
  • Illuminated red dot reticle is highly visible in daylight and dimmable for unimpaired night vision
  • Unlimited eye relief
  • Use with both eyes wide open
  • Red Color does not impair nightvision
  • 35 mm deep added dew-shields on either side prevent fogging of the lenses and work as a perfect straylight shield.
  • 70 mm elevation of Universal Red Dot Mount enables effortless aiming – even when mounted onto the optical tube of a Newtonian telescope (most low profile red dot aiming devices don't provide enough "face-space" between telescope and finder.
  • Ready out of the box: Extension tubes and jump covers readily mounted
  • Front jump cover features a 1.5 MOA center hole to work as moisture release when closed after use and to work as daylight pinhole projector.
  • Rear jump cover features a 40 mm yellow UV-blocked window with integrated opaque reticle with 2 MOA (minutes of arc) center hole to catch the solar image projected by the front 1.5 MOA center hole.
0.7 mm / 1.5 MOA bore hole, prevents moisture and is used for solar projection

Technical Data

  • Magnification: 1x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 40 mm
  • Reticle: Illuminated, 2 MOA (minute of arc) Red Dot
  • Adjustment Gradation: 1 MOA per click / 48 clicks per revoution
  • Waterresistant and Fogproof
  • Battery: 1 CR2032 (included)
  • Fits directly on 11mm Weaver micro gunrails, and with standard adapter (not included) onto Weaver- und Picatinny rails
  • Length: 210 mm (8.5")
  • Weight: 310 g (base: 55g)

Sky Surfer V - scope of supply

  • Sky-Surfer V basic optical module (Fits directly onto 11mm Weaver micro gunrails. When reversing the clamping brackets, the SkySurfer V directly fits onto all standard rails (20 mm) of Weaver and Picatinny)
  • 2 pc. 35 mm optical tube extensions (mounted on optical body)
  • Front jump cover #2957311 with 0.7 mm through-hole to work as solar "camera obscura" when cover is closed (mounted on extension tube)
  • Rear jump cover with yellow glass cover with opaque crosshair reticle and UV/IR blocking filter
  • Baader Universal RDM Red Dot Mount #2457010
  • Baader Standard Base #2457000
2' (MOA) dot size. Diameter of Moon: 30'.

SkySurfer V Red Dot Reticle

  • Nocturnal Red Dot Size: 2 Minutes of arc (2 MOA), provides a most (unleserlich???) "vanishing point"
  • Daylight Red Dot Size: 3 Minutes of arc (3 MOA)
  • Use with both eyes wide open
  • Red Color does not impar nightvision
  • 11 variable illumination settings (3 settings for day vision)
  • Lithium battery with up to 4000 hours lifetime at #1 nocturnal dial

Test Review:

Read here a test review about the first version of the SkySurfer V on astro-baby.com

SOLAR OBSERVATION SAFETY NOTE

Before pointing the telescope towards the Sun make sure that both jump covers are securely closed and snapped into place. Now the solar image is being projected onto the rear-side reticle. The position of the bright solar dot on the reticle can be seen from any sideways angle. It is not necessary and not recommended for solar work to position the eye straight behind the line of sight and to eye the solar dot from straight behind. Now center the yellow solar dot into the middle of the reticle by using the telescope mount controls. If found convenient, indicate your own center mark onto the reticle with a pencil.

Pay utmost attention to safely cover the front aperture of your telescope (or any other optical device aiming at the Sun) with a suitable solar filter, for instance AstroSolar® film.

Specifications

Manufacturer Baader Planetarium
SKU (#) 2957315
EAN Code 4047825040220
Net weight (kg) 0.42
Magnification (x) 1x
Objective Lenses 40 mm
Finderscope Illuminated, 2 MOA (minute of arc) Red Dot
Adjustment Gradation 1 MOA per click / 48 clicks per revoution
Waterproof Waterresistant and Fogproof
Batteries 1 CR2032 (included)
Dovetail Compatibility Fits directly on 11mm Weaver micro gunrails, and with standard adapter (not included) onto Weaver- und Picatinny rails
Length (mm) 210 mm (8.5")
Colour Black

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