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For SALE: Astro-imaging Equipment including:

  • Software Bisque Paramount Mount w/extension bar and 6 counterweights  $13,500
  • Particle Wave Technology portable pier for above and permanent pier (never been used)  $3000
  • Losmandy G11 w Skywalker GOTO (company prototype) plus field tripod  $2000
  • Takahashi FQS with focal reducer and tube rings  $5000
  • SBIG STL1000m with 8 position filter wheel and filters  $4000
  • SBIG 8300M w 5 position filter wheel and filters, off axis guider and separate guide scope (used twice) $2500
  • Takahashi ED180 w Paul Van Slyke focuser  and tube rings  $6000
  • 12 inch f4.27 hyperbolic Newtonian Astrograph $8500
  • 20 inch f3.8 hyperbolic Newtonian Astrograph  $10,000
  • Prices are negotiable.


Contact Paul Zelichowski if interested:
See the equipment in use and images Paul has taken at his website:

For SALE: Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Binoculars

Specs from Celestron website:
  • 15x magnification porro prism binocular
  • Large 70 mm objective lens offers maximum image brightness in low-light and long-range conditions
  • Ultra sharp focus across the field of view
  • Multi-Coated optics for sharp, clear views
  • Suitable for terrestrial or astronomical viewing
  • Protective rubber covering for ultra-firm grip
  • Large center focus knob for easy focusing
  • Tripod adapter included
  • Long eye relief ideal for eyeglass wearers
  • Carrying case included for travel and safe storage
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty provides best protection and product support on the market

SkyMaster binoculars are a great value and these are a prime example of quality optics for a reasonable price. Almost all of the Messier objects are within range of these “beasts”. But note, they weigh 1.3 kg and work best on a tripod. This particular pair have been water-proofed (not just water-resistant as they come from the factory) and the compound used to seal cracks is evident in several places. This is only cosmetic, however and does not hinder viewing in any way. No case was provided with these.

This item was owned by an amateur astronomer who, due to health, is sadly no longer able to pursue the hobby .

Asking $50. Contact John H. or 519-379-7709 if interested.

“Table-top” Collapsible Dobsonian (5 inch) (SALE pending)
Skywatcher P130 “Heritage” mini-dob is a 5-inch (130 mm) aperture telescope that collapses into a tube only 14.5 inches long. New, this is a $300 purchase. It includes 25 mm Plossl (26X), a 10 mm Plossl (65X), and a 6.5 mm Plossl (100X) eyepieces, a Moon filter, and a 2X Barlow.

Specs (from the KW telescope listing) follow:

- Collectable International Year of Astronomy 2009 Special Edition. Perfect gift idea for the little astronomers or anyone curious enough to look up and wonder.
- Extreme portability: Tube collapses to only 14.5" long. Total weight less than 14lbs 
- Collapsible truss-tube design, no disassembling and collimation required between uses 
- Aluminized paraboloidal mirrors, providing sharp and detailed images 
- Enough light gathering power to provide outstanding resolution and bright image 
- Great all-around astronomical viewing performance 
- Diameter: 130mm, Focal length: 650mm, F/ratio: F/5 

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This scope is in excellent shape and owned by an amateur astronomer who, due to health, is sadly no longer able to pursue the hobby .

Asking $150. Contact John H. or 519-379-7709 if interested.

FOR SALE: 12.5 inch f/6 Dobsonian telescope
NEW PRICE! $789 !

Homebuilt by experienced telescope maker in 1980. The telescope tube construction is described in a previous SGN issue here: Building 12-inch Dob Truss tube design with professionally-made full thickness Coulter mirror -one of their best, recently re-aluminized by Normand Fullam (a $270 upgrade). Focuser and secondary mirror/spider is a Novak unit. Standard dobsonian alt-azimuth mount (3/4-inch ply) has a nice wood grain finish with coating of Varathane. This is a fairly heavy telescope and probably would be happy in a relatively permanent location, but is portable if you have lots of trunk space. Handling the tube is possible for one person but loading into and out of a car trunk is easier with two people. Telescope can be seen at the Fox Observatory (and at Starfest this year).

NEW PRICE $789.99 - make me an offer!. Contact John H. at 519-371-0670 or

For Sale: Celestron NexStar 102GT refractor (4 inch)

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Celestron product description follows: (contact Tim K. at phone # below for specific accessories included with this item )

  • High quality 102mm (4") refractor telescope with multi-coated glass optics.
  • Computerized hand control with 40,000+ objecs in its database and motorized altazimuth mount
  • Special set of 5 eyepieces allowing you to view objects up to 250 times closer than the naked eye
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for quick no-tool set up
  • Sturdy stainless steel tripod and accessory tray included
  • Includes erect image diagonal for great terrestrial observing
  • Includes TheSkyX First Light Edition Astronomy Software, which provides education about the sky and printable sky maps
  • 2 year manufacturer warranty
  • Requires 8 AA batteries (not included)

Asking $300.00
Contact Tim Keachnie at 226-434-2287 for particulars

FOR SALE: Filters (2-inch) 80A and 23A


Contact John H. at 519-371-0670 or

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Available directly from the author at

Her website has more information:

Zoe Kestler

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