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Started by bobinmn60, 08/08/2018 02:00PM
Posted 08/08/2018 02:00PM Opening Post
Are there other sites to buy and sell astronomical equipment than Astromart  & CloudyNights?

Wondering if anyone has used either of the Orion Lithium Dynamos, and what they think of it?
ALSO, HAS ANYONE USED THE CELESTRON INSPIRE 100AZ 100MM F/6.6 ALT-AZ REFRACTOR? IM WONDERING IF THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD CHOICE FOR MY 10-YR-OLD GRANDSON FOR A FIRST TELESCOPE, BEING IT APPEARS EASY TO SET UP AND USE.
tHANK YOU
Posted 08/09/2018 06:04PM #1
I mean USED equipment....

Wondering if anyone has used either of the Orion Lithium Dynamos, and what they think of it?
ALSO, HAS ANYONE USED THE CELESTRON INSPIRE 100AZ 100MM F/6.6 ALT-AZ REFRACTOR? IM WONDERING IF THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD CHOICE FOR MY 10-YR-OLD GRANDSON FOR A FIRST TELESCOPE, BEING IT APPEARS EASY TO SET UP AND USE.
tHANK YOU
Posted 08/10/2018 08:06PM #2
Originally Posted by Robert Fiedler
Are there other sites to buy and sell astronomical equipment than Astromart  & CloudyNights?

There are a couple more I have seen but nothing near the volume of either, didn't bother saving links so I cant call the names..... 90% of all my purchases have been used via Astromart. Perhaps 2 or 3% via Cloudy Nights with the remainder being new equipment.

20" MidnighTelescopes f/5
8" f/16 Muffoletto Achro
Meade 6" AR6 f/8.0 Achro
Celestron C11
Parallax PI250 10" F/5 Newt
Vixen FL102S,NA140SS,R200SS
80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk with WO APOupgrade lens, 90mm f/16.67 Parallax Achro
LXD75/LX200, Mini-tower, GP-DX, CG5 ASGT, LXD650, GM-8, G11, GM-100, GM-150EX, GM-200 and a Gemini G40
4" portable AP convertable 44" or 70" pier
Stellarvue M7 Alt-Az, TSL7 Pier/Tripod
12.5" f/5 MidnighTelescopes DOB Swayze optics
Statham GA
Posted 08/18/2018 03:56AM #3
Astromart provides a level of service that is unparalleled in the used equipment market. 99% of my used gear came from here. If you buy "used" from any other source you are taking a much greater risk with your discretionary funds. Do your homework! 

That stated, the other places I have occasionally purchased used gear from include eBay, astrobuysell, and craigslist. 

-Gary
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    Losmandy Titan 50 GEQ, G11, AP800, Denk BVs, 7x50 Fujinons, 10x50 Nikons, 15x70 Astrophysics,
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Posted 08/18/2018 01:12PM #4
Thank you to each of you who responded to my request concerning buying and selling used astronomical equipment. I have always been happy with what I've gotten on Astromart, and Cloudy Nights as well. Craigslist scares me a bit because of all the news about them but I did sell there on one occasion. I asked for other places to buy because I'm not finding the Celestron Ultima eyepieces that I put in an ad for. Just can't be in a hurry I guess!

Wondering if anyone has used either of the Orion Lithium Dynamos, and what they think of it?
ALSO, HAS ANYONE USED THE CELESTRON INSPIRE 100AZ 100MM F/6.6 ALT-AZ REFRACTOR? IM WONDERING IF THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD CHOICE FOR MY 10-YR-OLD GRANDSON FOR A FIRST TELESCOPE, BEING IT APPEARS EASY TO SET UP AND USE.
tHANK YOU
Posted 08/18/2018 01:12PM #5
Thank you to each of you who responded to my request concerning buying and selling used astronomical equipment. I have always been happy with what I've gotten on Astromart, and Cloudy Nights as well. Craigslist scares me a bit because of all the news about them but I did sell there on one occasion. I asked for other places to buy because I'm not finding the Celestron Ultima eyepieces that I put in an ad for. Just can't be in a hurry I guess!

Wondering if anyone has used either of the Orion Lithium Dynamos, and what they think of it?
ALSO, HAS ANYONE USED THE CELESTRON INSPIRE 100AZ 100MM F/6.6 ALT-AZ REFRACTOR? IM WONDERING IF THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD CHOICE FOR MY 10-YR-OLD GRANDSON FOR A FIRST TELESCOPE, BEING IT APPEARS EASY TO SET UP AND USE.
tHANK YOU