Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby Supercooper » Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:15 pm

Hi all,

Done it again. When people list telescopes on eBay, they often don't give a postage option. So, really you're selling to a handful of people instead of the whole country. As a buyer, as long as you're prepared to go and get - You can win big. This telescope was twenty five miles away from lucky me.

The latest bargain is a Celestron XLT 120mm Refractor on Driven Eq. Three eyepieces and an achromatic 2x Barlow. Three filters. A real five star telescope for peanuts (New price, undriven with two eyepieces only = £599).

Last night's first light proved it's a brilliant scope. Pinpoint stars and the detail on Jupiter was phenomenal...

£128

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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby dave.b » Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:48 pm

Now that is a bargain! Well done.
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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby Supercooper » Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:38 am

Thank you Dave. I am very pleased. I hope it doesn't come across as showing off - I'm hoping to inspire others to have a look around and find their own bargains. I don't do anything special - I just keep an eye out all the time.

Now I've had time to sort it out a bit I'm even more pleased.

(I swapped the SkyWatcher Eq2 mount that the 120mm came with with a Bresser 70mm refractor's Eq3 unit and sold the Bresser telescope on the S/W Eq2 - Which looked much more at home!)

Cheers, Barry

(I just found out that if you click on a picture it goes full size! Doh - I've been scrolling about in pictures manually for weeks!)
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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby Supercooper » Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:52 pm

Here's another one:

I bought this SkyWatcher StarTravel 102mm f4.9 wide-field refractor for £51.

The star images are superb and with a 4mm eyepiece I can reach 125x Plenty of detail on Jupiter!

Cheers, Barry
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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby Supercooper » Mon May 09, 2016 5:22 pm

Hi all,

Today I bought a 250mm (10") f6 Dobsonian telescope for £72.
Made by Beacon Hill Telescopes in Grimsby,it's in pretty good condition.
Came with 10x50mm finder and 10mm and 8 - 24mm zoom eyepieces.
Looking forward to having a look at Jupiter later... :o)
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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby Aratus » Mon May 09, 2016 7:26 pm

My 6" reflector was a 'Beacon Hill'. I recognised it as soon as I saw the photograph. The aluminium rings and 'Hammerite' finish were very distinctive. In the early 1990s they were made to order by Barrie Watts in his workshop in Cleethorpes. Mine was originally on an equatorial mount, but you could just buy the 'tube'.
I use an 11" Celestron SCT (CPC 1100) on an equatorial wedge, housed in a 2.2m Pulsar observatory. I use a ZWO ASI1600MC and Canon 500D for imaging.
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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby Supercooper » Mon May 09, 2016 10:12 pm

Thanks for that, all information gratefully recieved :o)
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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby Supercooper » Mon May 30, 2016 4:42 pm

Here's my latest acquisiton:

Excellent Phenix 127mm x 1,200mm f9.5 Refractor. I paid just £79.99

Worst auction description I've seen since the Mak90 above. This one said:
"T127 Telescope. I know nothing about telescopes and I'm selling this for my brother. Sorry the picture is so bad. Pick Up only due to weight." (15kg - Would be £10 by Hermes!)

I had a look at Jupiter and Mars last night with a slight haze in the south below 30 degrees, which proved ideal in cutting down the glare of Mars. Excellent view including the polar cap and a dark marking at the southern end.

Jupiter was phenomenal with hardly noticeable chromatic abberation at 185x with just the 6.5mm Plossl. Good steady view even at 370x with 2x Barlow.

Fantastic star images with a pair split at 1.1 arc sec and theoretical mag limit of 13.4.

Happy Cooper
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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby Supercooper » Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:55 am

The Celestron XLT120 OTA: Sold with the guidescope and dovetail for £257 (No finder, No 2" reducer, No diagonal, No eyepieces, No Barlow, No motor or mounting) - Did I mention I'm a good salesman?

Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive, but people are happy to take your cash if you're daft enough to pay! :o)

Have a look at the different styles of describing the same instrument.
EBay listing nos.
Buying> 391400704385 (£128 Complete).
Selling> 222135945439 (£257 OTA and Guide only).

Cheers, Barry
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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby Supercooper » Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:41 pm

Got the 150mm Helios f8 refractor. Included 10x50 finder. 2" to 1.25" Adapter. Metal Meade diagonal. Mounting rings and Dovetail. All caps. Has a nice 2" adjustable draw focuser.

Very nice clean condition. Only 3cm longer than the 127mm f9.5, due to longer dew cap) but a much bulkier thing! The object glass looks beautiful. A full 150mm of optical glass has a beauty all of its own. :O)

Absolutely fantastic! The first scope below 250mm inwhich i've clearly seen the Cassini Division. Polar cap on Mars and the GRS. Beautiful star images. Tiny little points with no flare or spikes (no spider, eh!) and the chromatic abberation is virtually non existant, except on the moon!

Very pleased with the scope.

Happier Cooper :o)
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