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finder,in law. Ordinarily the finder of lost property is entitled to retain it against anyone except the owner. It is larcenylarceny,
in law, the unlawful taking and carrying away of the property of another, with intent to deprive the owner of its use or to appropriate it to the use of the perpetrator or of someone else.
..... Click the link for more information. , however, for the finder to keep the property if he knows or can easily determine who owns it. In some places the finder must deliver the lost object to the police; if it is unclaimed within a prescribed period it becomes his property. Lost objects that are embedded in the soil, e.g., a deeply buried ring, belong to the landowner even if another finds them. On the other hand, objects found in a privately owned place to which the public has the right of access, e.g., a hotel, belong to the finder and not to the owner of the realty. The purchaser of an article that, without his knowledge, has something of value concealed in it, e.g., money in a desk, is legally the finder, not the owner, of the valuable. See treasure-trovetreasure-trove,
in English law, buried or concealed money or precious metals without any ascertainable owner. Such property belongs to the crown. The present practice in Great Britain is for the crown to pay the finder for the treasure-trove if it is of historic or artistic
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finderA low-power telescope with a wide field of view that has its optical axis aligned with that of the main telescope. It is used to locate an object to be observed and facilitate the training of the main telescope on that object. Because the field of view of the average amateur astronomer's telescope used at its lowest power is only about half a degree, some means of pointing it in the correct direction is needed. Setting circles enable this to be done with a permanent equatorial mounting but for a portable or a simple altazimuth mounting a finder is essential. It should have a field of view of at least four to eight degrees and be provided with illuminated cross wires or a graticule.
in astronomy, an auxiliary wide-angle tube immovably attached to a larger telescope and used to locate a celestial object and fix the larger telescope on it. The optic axes of the finder and the telescope are parallel; the cross hairs are placed in the finder’s field of view for more precise aiming of the telescope.