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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby Supercooper » Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:03 am

So: DON'T SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON TELESCOPES!

To put this into some kind of perspective. Here's a simplified version of events.

I started off in late Feb with £60 borrowed from my savings account.
I bought a Mak90 telescope for £44 which I spent £15 on and sold it for £95 (£36 profit. Total= £96)
I bought a SkyWatcher 130P Newt. for £30 which I spent £17 on and sold it for £95 (£48 profit. Total= £144)
I bought a Tasco 60mm for £12 which I spent £10 on and sold it for £22 (£0 profit. Total= £144) Won't buy a tiny telescope again!
I bought a SkyWatcher 130P Flex-Tube Newt. for £28 which I spent £11 on and sold it for £89 (£50 profit. Total= £194)
By now it's March...
I bought 3 Skylux 70-s for average of £30 each which I spent £17 on total and sold them for £72 each
At this point I chose to pay back my savings account with the original £60. The Bresser profit was £109. (Total = £303) £303 - £60 = To date Total= £243
By this time it's April! All this in eleven weeks...
I bought a SkyWatcher ST102 for £64 which I spent £17 on and sold it for £155 (£74 profit. Total= £317)
I bought a Celestron XLT120 A/R refractor for £130 which I spent £55 on and sold the OTA and guidescope for £257 (£72 profit. Total= £389)
It's May...
I bought a Beacon Hill 250mm Dob. for £72 which I spent £0 on and sold it for £97 (£25 profit. Total= £414)
I bought a Tal 127mm A/R for £80 which I spent £20 on and sold it for £220 (£120 profit. Total= £534)

Finally in mid-June after sixteen weeks of trading up:
I bought a fabulous Helios 150mm Refractor for £270 which I spent £0 on and I'm keeping.

The remaining £264? I have invested in another Skylux 70 (Bought for the mounting [removed] for £25, sold OTA for £32 ... I'm working toward a fancy EQ5 for the Helios, to replace the 'adequate' Bresser EQ3+ that I have it on at the moment. Then I'll buy an OTA (I know a lady selling 70mm x 400mm good quality telescope OTAs for around £20) and sell the Bresser EQ3 with the telescope on it for £75 and put it toward my holidays!)

The moral of this story is that the 150mm Refractor I'm using, and the EQ5 mounting that I'm buying will have cost me NOTHING.

I repeat my former statement - Don't spend a lot of money on telescopes!

You don't have to... If you're a bit of a salesman, they're FREE!

Nevertheless, I am grateful to all my customers for making my trade-up so successful!

I never stop looking for bargains (Real ones not imagined!) and I'm always trading up. Not everyone can do this, or has the aptitude, I apreciate that - But it can be done. I won't ever stop making money for nothing and having better telescopes for free. I'm tired of reading, 'I can't afford any better'... yawn. Or worse, You have to spend over £1000 to get a good telescope' What!
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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby Supercooper » Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:00 am

This week I have been mostly buying 120mm Helios refractors on EQ5 for £83.

I have swapped the mounting, moving the 120mm onto the Bresser EQ3+ that I've had the 150mm on, and moving the 150mm to the EQ5 SkyScan (Of course) and the 'Stjerneborg kæmpe øje' is now more sensibly mounted.

Of course I have now sold the 120mm on Bresser EQ3+ and made a £93 profit... So now I'm better off equipment wise and financially! Who says astronomy is expensive?

The SkyScan EQ5 mount is a robust affair with polarscope and many fine adjustments. Very smooth operation with no binding at all and super smooth slow motions.

One thing that has changed very much for the better is the declination control knob. With the Bresser it can only go on one way and finds itself pointing away from the eyepiece most of the time! With the SkyScan It's mounted so it moves with the telescope and is always near the eyepiece. A much better solution.

Barry
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Remounted Helios 150mm f8 on SkyScan EQ5
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The remounted Helios 120mm on Bresser EQ3+
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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:56 pm

Short answer is it doesn't have to be expensive and I have a limited budget, as many of you know.

Just find me a 60mm solar hydrogen alpha telescope for a fiver!
How can I be one with the universe when we don't know what 96% of it is.

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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby Supercooper » Sat May 19, 2018 1:22 pm

I didn't keep the 150 f8 refractor - I sold it for £550... Bought a SkyWatcher 150P on SkyScan2001 EQ5 for £100 and now I'm happy - Right back where I started in the foirst place! With a S/W 150P - Brilliant scope :o)
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The Helios 150mm f8 was fab but reaching the slow motions could br tricky!
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Re: Astronomy doesn't have to be expensive!

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:37 pm

Back to the original point, if you have a few spare bob it helps. Unfortunately, the sort of 'scope I REALLY like is not sold on eBay for a tenner!
How can I be one with the universe when we don't know what 96% of it is.

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