Category Archives: Classifieds

Small Observatory Building Available For Free In Baldwinsville, NY

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

Passing along a note from the CNYO Facebook Group about a dome and building available for free in Baldwinsville. The owner, Bob Hayes, remarks that:

“…the observatory is still available to anyone that wants to disassemble and remove it. I must add that it is not a kit. I designed and built it. I’ve had people ask if it would fit in a mini-van. It’s an 8′ diameter dome setting on 5′ tall walls.”

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For contact information, please send an email to info@cnyo.org and I’ll pass along your contact information to him.

For Sale In CNY – Meade Instruments 8″ LX90 EMC – $1000 or Best Offer

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This in from the CNYO Classifieds section. To provide a level of privacy to the seller, please send me an email directly to info@cnyo.org and I’ll make the connecting email to the seller in a reply email.

The Meade 8″ LX90 is the first full capability, computer-controlled 8″ Schmidt-Cassegrain ever offered in its price range. The LX90 Schmidt-Cassegrain is not only a high-resolution visual observing instrument but also is fully qualified for the more advanced areas of astronomy, including long-exposure CCD-imaging and astrophotography.

Special features of the 8″ LX90 include: (a) a die-cast-aluminum double-tine fork mount that rigidly supports the optical tube in all sky orientations; (b) worm gears of 4.9″-diameter on both telescope axes that permit smooth sidereal-rate tracking of celestial objects as well as precise guiding corrections during longexposure imaging; (c) a chromed-steel variable-height tripod that provides all the rigidity required in sensitive field applications — in fact, the same tripod as provided with the Meade 8″ LX200GPS.

Autostar Computer Controller: The LX90’s standard-equipment Autostar controller connects to the telescope’s control panel and permits an incredible array of telescope options:

• Automatic GO TO capability at 6.5°/sec on both axes, simultaneously, to 30,223 database objects, including: 13,235 deep-sky objects sorted by named objects; galaxies; diffuse nebulae; planetary nebulae; star clusters; including the complete Messier, Caldwell, IC, and NGC catalogs; 16,800 stars sorted by name, SAO catalog numbers, double and variable stars; the centroids of the 88 constellations; plus 200 memory locations for user-defined objects. 50 objects in the solar system: 8 major planets from Mercury to Pluto; the Moon; 26 asteroids; 15 comets; 50 Earth satellites, including the International Space Station and Hubble telescope

• Automatic GO TO capability to any object of known RA and Declination. Nine selectable slew speeds: 6.5°/sec, 3°/sec, and 1.5°/sec, plus 128x, 64x, 16x, 8x, 2x, and 1x sidereal. • Control of the telescope through your personal computer, using the RS-232 serial interface. (Requires optional #505 Connector Cable Set.)*

• Fast alignment of the telescope in either equatorial or altazimuth modes using any of three alignment functions, including the Meade-proprietary Easy Align.

• Unlike the hand controllers included with competing 5″ and 8″ SCT’s (and which require disassembly of the telescope electronics for memory upgrade), Autostar is fully upgradeable over the Internet: add the positions of new comets, update the positions of Earth satellites,even add new software as it becomes available.

For Sale In Groton, NY: Meade DS-10 And Brandon/Celestron Eyepieces

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

From the Classifieds Department – I was just contacted by Leonard LoParco in Groton (google map), whose looking to sell his Meade DS-10 for $300 o.b.o. The DS-10 is a 10″ Newtonian Reflector with a motor drive attached. Additional details and links below.

For interested parties with questions, feel free to contact him directly at (607) 898-5759.

Meade Telescope, Model DS-10
10″ Newtonian Reflector With Motor Drive

For some info about the DS-10, see the following links:
* deltos.com/reference/astronomy/meademanual.html
* deltos.com/reference/astronomy/Meade_DS-10.html
* excelsis.com/1.0/entry/meade-ds-10-12-181.html
* cloudynights.com/topic/497480-meade-deep-space-telescopes-ds-10-and-ds-16/

Comes with 2 eyepieces:
* Brandon 8 mm EFL Vernonscope (info link 1 | info link 2)
* Celestron 25 mm Ortho 1.25″ Fully-Coated