Produced by John Small

Note: charts replaced with PDF versions 23-Aug-99

The Telrad is perhaps the single most useful tool to the beginning amateur. It is a simple 1 X finder scope that mounts to almost any telescope. It allows you to aim the telescope with both eyes open, and without reversing the image. It is a cinch to align with your telescope, a task that can take most of the night with cheap finder scopes. It projects three red circles into space, allowing you to center the scope on bright stars or planets. Because it has no magnification you see the sky exactly as your charts show it. In many cases it is the only finder scope you'll need. (in bright city skies, it will be more difficult to use).

Place the Telrad circles between the bright stars shown around the Messier object you wish to view, and with you widest field eyepiece (usually the lowest power) you should find the Messier Object very easily. All files ar ein Adobe Acrobat format (.PDF files). You can get the reader from Adobe.

Object summary table.

Map Region Objects
Map1 Auriga M1, M36, M38, M45
Map2 Orion M1, M35, M41, M42, M43, M44, M45, M46
Map3 Pegasus M47, M48, M50, M67, M78, M79, M93
Map4 Leo M65, M66, M95, M96, M105
Map5 Ursa Major M40, M51, M63, M81, M82, M94, M101, M102, M108, M109
Map6 Bootes M3, M5, M53, M63, M64, M94
Map7 Map7A Virgo M3, M49, M53, M58, M59, M60, M61, M64, M65, M66, M84, M86, M87, M88, M90, M91, M98, M99, M100
Map8 Cygnus M27, M29, M38, M56, M57, M71
Map9 Hercules M13, M57, M92
Map10 Sagittarius M6, M7, M8, M9, M11, M14, M16, M17, M18, M20, M21, M22, M23, M24, M25, M26, M28, M54, M55, M69, M70
Map11 Capricorn M2, M15, M30, M72, M73, M75
Map12 Ophiuchus M9, M10, M12, M14, M80, M107
Map13 Scorpius M4, M6, M7, M9, M19, M62, M80, M107
Map14 Corvus M61, M68, M83, M104
Map15 Aries M77

The Telrad was developed by Steve Kufeld of Pine Mountain, CA. Steve has saved countless telescopes from ending up in yard sales from frustrated beginners. Steve passed away earlier this year, but leaves a great legacy to those who enjoy the stars.

These maps were originally produced using SkyMap 3.0 (www.skymap.com) by Chris Marriott. They were converted to the files you see here from BMP files by the webmaster. They are made so that you can print them and use them in the field. Chris has an evaluation copy available at his website. I encourage you to download it and try it out. Your maps will look much better from the program, and you will learn more by making your own set.