I've used a Telrad, a cheap Celestron red dot and a couple traditional 50mm finders. For an SCT, I love a Telrad. Most of my work now is with refractors and I'm fairly happy with either a red dot or a 50mm finder. Once the finder gets me in the ballpark, I like using a low power eyepiece, like a 32mm to center things up before moving on to higher powers.
But now I'll tell you a bit about how I cheat these days. I'm an imager and as such I'm more interested in getting on target as fast as I can. But my field-of-view is pretty small, like 66×48 minutes, and I used to spend an inordinate amount of time getting an object centered. First I use a goto (Hey, I can see you visual guys rolling your eyes). Second, I use Astrotortilla to snap an image, plate-solve it and then re-slew the mount if the coordinates are not correct. It's a thing of beauty to sit back and let the software do it's thing (image, re-slew, repeat) till the target is centered. Finders?
Star hopping? Hah! 😉