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I have a Celestron Astromaster 70AZ (70mm refractor on a simple AZ mount) which has a red dot finder that I have found impossible to get on with. I am considering a right angle finder but my main concern is the mounting. Would I need to add a set of rings to my scope? Currently it attaches to the mount with a dovetail and has no rings or anything to attach any accessories to. The red dot finder seems to be fixed into the focuser housing so I don't think it would be possible to remove it without causing damage to the scope, but I could be wrong.

So far I have been pleased with this scope, once I manage to get something in the eyepiece! But it's been mostly trial and error and just scanning the sky with a low power wide angle eyepiece. It would be helpful to have some sort of usable finder.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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Not familiar with the scope but I had a similar issue recently. I purchased a Skywatcher finderscope shoe from Flo for £5.50. Using 3M double sided tape I attached this to my refractor which then held a weighty 8 x 50 finderscope without any problems. May work for you.

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