Pending to James - Explore Scientific 3" Carbon-fiber Dielectric Diagonal
I’ve got an Explore Scientific 3” carbon-fiber dielectric diagonal that needs a new home. I picked up the 3” diagonal recently, along with it’s partner – the ES 3” 30mm 100-degree eyepiece. However, the pair was intended for use on an APM 152 that’s mounted alongside a Tak TSA-120, and I just bought a C11 Edge which needs one of the two spots on the mount. I’ve decided to keep the Tak, and so the APM 152 has to go… thus, I don’t have a place to use the 3” ep or diagonal (the Tak has a 2.5” focuser).
I can’t tell you how the diagonal performs, because I never used it. The original owner, from whom I bought the 2 items, said that he was very happy with the performance, but he said he needed to sell to free up $$$ for other astro items.
The exterior of the diagonal has a few blemishes. The surface of the carbon fiber panels shows a few scuffs in spots, which I’ve tried to show in photos. There aren’t any horrible scars, just a few small-to-very small scuffs. There are a couple of very minor dings in the metal frame. The mirror had some dust on it, so I cleaned it. The cleaning went well, but revealed 3 scratches in the surface of the mirror that I could see. 2 of the 3 scratches, each about 1/4" long, I was able to catch in photos that are included in the ad. The 3rd was so slight that I couldn’t capture it in an image. I’ve got a couple of prism diagonals, and a couple of the 99% dielectric types, and it seems to me that the mirror diagonals generally seem to have some slight marks and/or scratches on them. Given the scratches that seem to be prevalent on mirrored diagonals, I’ve never noticed anything while viewing that I could relate to the minor scratches, and I believe the same would hold true with this diagonal.
I’ve priced the diagonal a bit lower, at around 60% of retail ($489), to account for the minor flaws.
The price of $295 will include UPS ground shipping throughout CONUS, and covers the Paypal Goods/Services fees. If you’d like to purchase both the diagonal and the ep (a total of $945), I’ll cut $25 off and make it a total of $920, CONUS shipping and 3% Paypal fees included. International buyers are welcome, but will need to cover the additional shipping costs and international and currency exchange fees.
Thanks for checking the ad, and Happy Holidays!
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