This a good finder scope that works well but has a few issues that make a last resort choice for me. Too tall to be put away still attached to the scope, this is not a deal breaker and it can be removed for storage but it's still a negative. Can not be used during the day, aligning with scope after dark is going to be an issue for beginners. Works fantastic when it is dark! Great last resort!
I am a beginner( at age 70)but it was easy to set up and easy to use.
Exactly what I need for a very short Newt.
I’ve used these finders at a local college on an 11” Dob. It works great. Because it is used by students, things can happen. Once the base was dis- lodged and I couldn’t figure out for a while why I was s far off. But, they’re fairly easy to align which makes it great. The laser pattern can be intermittent and that is good as well when you need to find the faint ones. The laser pattern can overpower the faint target. So just set the blinking to the timing you like. Great! Also, the height of the finder makes it easier to get behind to view. There is nothing worse than trying to push your face against the side of the scope and turn your neck in an uncomfortable position just to find a target. It does not solve the zenith neck scrunch, but it is better.
This is a very easy finder to setup and use for beginners.
I rarely need a visual finder since I have an ST80/SSAG piggyback as a finder scope. But occasionally, due to operator error, my first alignment star may be outside its FOV so rather than just search around, I prefer to simply adjust the goto using the visual finder. I've used other red-dot style finders in the past (won't mention them here) but the QuikFinder is by far the best I've ever used. Well-built, easy to align - and keep aligned - and the concentric circles are much easier to use than placing a red dot on top of the star. More than adequate brightness at night although some have complained about it being too dim in daylight - to which I say: it's used at NIGHT! Might be a bit cumbersome to remove from its base when I need to replace the battery but since I rarely use it, the battery should last a long time - assuming I remember to turn it off after use - but that's an issue with any red-dot finder. Comes with two bases so you can move it to another scope if you wish. Overall - highly recommended!