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How to Ship a Scope?

Started by davidpaulgreen, 11/17/2004 02:12PM
Posted 11/17/2004 02:12PM Opening Post
I have a Starsplitter 10" dob I'd like to sell. In fact, I listed it on Astromart last year. However, I picked the scope up in person at the factory and thus have no shipping boxes, etc. When I advertised it last year, I said I would only hand-deliver it in California, which of course was probably a huge stumbling block to a successful sale.

I'd like to try again, but I'm really worried about how to properly crate the scope -- especially the mirror -- so it doesn't get destroyed in shipping. Does anyone have any suggestions? I know insurance will protect me if the shipper breaks the scope, but I'd like to avoid that scenario as much as possible.

Also, and I hope this isn't a can of worms, if you've sold and shipped one or more scopes, who is your preferred shipping vendor? UPS, USPS, DHL, FedEx? Or do you let the buyer choose the shipping method?

Thanks in advance!

David

Posted 11/18/2004 07:08AM #1
David,

Here are excellent instructions for shipping a telescope mirror, particularly smaller ones (http://www.spectrum-coatings.com/packing.htm). I would then put this box inside a larger box filled with styrofoam peanuts and reinforced if necessary. This should be fine for a 10" mirror.

The rest of your scope will be the trickier part in my opinion.

You might try advertising the scope again, giving preference to local buyers. However, it seems that big dobs often take a while to sell on Astromart, so you'll likely have to be patient/flexible with your price.

Best of luck!
Tim
Posted 11/18/2004 11:56AM #2
Wow, thanks to all of you for the helpful suggestions! This is a great community. I owe you all a commission when I sell my scope. smile

Clear skies,

David