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fatwoul last won the day on January 8 2013

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  1. Yes, very. And almost certainly not insured against damage, only loss.
  2. Hi. No, not sold, still available. I do have someone interested, but since no deposit or agreement has been reached, I am still happy to entertain other offers. :-)
  3. After several years excellent service, I am now selling my Takahashi E-180ED, along with the rest of my observatory. You may have seen this telescope for sale previously both on AB&S and here as part of a complete observatory sale. After a couple of time-wasters and a house move, I am once again in a position to advertise this scope for sale. This astrograph is in very good condition. There is one small mark in the exterior paintwork (caused by a snail being dropped by a bird!). The secondary collimation screws have some paint missing. As with any Tak of this type, that is common, following any adjustments. There is the usual amount of dust on the primary, which is to be expected of a scope that has been used for a while. However, the mirrors are years away from needing a clean, and it does not affect the performance of this excellent instrument. Included in the sale are the E-180, a pair of tailor-made Parallax tube rings (in my opinion more versatile, than the Takahashi ones, and a better colour!), an ADM Losmandy plate (length depending upon what is required). An Altair Astro finder-guider can also be included on a home-made mounting plate, by negotiation. Most importantly of all, the scope is fitted with a Moonlite CRL 2.5" motorised focuser. Anybody familiar with the Epsilon knows that the original focuser is the weak link in the chain, and is underengineered for the scope. The Moonlite CRL addresses this problem, providing a rock-solid platform for mounting any manner of DSLR or large-format CCD worthy of this incredibly fast, very flat-field reflector. A HitecAstro Mount Hub Pro (MHP) is included to control the focuser. The original Takahashi focuser is also included, together with the optional 7:1 geared mechanism for it. Lastly, a cut-down Astrozap dewshield and a homemade fabric cover is included. The original metal telescope cap is of course also provided. The telescope will come in its original triple-box. The outermost box is scruffy from being stored, but the interior boxes are good. The original manual and toolkit are also included. I'll be sorry to see it go, but the weather and time constraints are forcing me to scale back my astrophotography significantly. There is no other reason for the sale, and I am in no hurry to sell. I want this scope to go to someone who will enjoy it as much as I have. I am asking £3,000 for all of this, which is a very fair price for what is being included. I will entertain sensible offers. It is possible that this telescope could be delivered, but it would depend on location, and cost would need to be discussed. Collection would be preferred. Along with the accompanying photos, you can see images taken using this wonderful instrument on my Flickr (and in my previous threads on SGL): https://www.flickr.com/photos/valleyobservatory/ Thanks for looking.
  4. fatwoul

    Complete Observatory For Sale

    Thank you :-) you wouldn't happen to have a link, would you?
  5. fatwoul

    Complete Observatory For Sale

    Hi Gus, I've not given much thought to selling things individually yet, but if I do, I'll be looking for the usual 60-65% of new price for things depending on condition. The Trius and filter wheel originally cost £3,800 and £700 respectively, if that gives you any idea. Drop me a PM if you're interested, and thanks for looking. :-)
  6. fatwoul

    Complete Observatory For Sale

    Just to add, I would be able to transport to SWAF this summer, or entertain any visit from an interested party if they were planning to attend SWAF.
  7. fatwoul

    Complete Observatory For Sale

    Thanks for the kind words, Errol. It's a heartbreaking decision, as I've worked hard to put it all together and get it working well. But my enthusiasm has been eroded by various factors (weather, LED streetlights, council trees, personal reasons) and it just sits there unused. I'd rather see it getting used again by someone who has the enthusiasm I used to have.
  8. Please excuse the bizarre nature of this advert. I understand that it's a bit unconventional, but if you would indulge me I would appreciate it. Thanks for looking. COMPLETE OBSERVATORY FOR SALE £10,000 It's with a heavy heart that I have to start the process of selling the observatory. If I can find a single buyer who wants a complete system, then I'd like to sell it in its entirety, complete with the desktop full of all the software and calibration frames needed to start imaging immediately. If I have to start breaking things down to sell individually, then I will start asking the usual 65% or so for them. This is about £19,500 worth of equipment, so right now it's a bargain. Please message me with any specific questions. Thanks for looking Details are: Skyshed POD 1-Bay, White. Needs a wash. I may do this sometime this week. Homemade wooden desk fitted into bay. *Altair Astro Pier. Steel, full of sand. Very solid. *Skywatcher EQ8 Mount. The only really heavyweight mount you can get for under £5,000. Can easily carry the two scopes I have at once. Includes three main counterweights, and a small counterweight arm system I made up to counterbalance the polar scope (which is pointless and I didn't buy it). *Various ADM and other manufacturer bars and mounts, including a very good TS guidescope mounting system. *Takahashi Epsilon 180 ED f/2.8 hyperbolic astrograph. One of the fastest widefield astrographs you can get. This scope has served me very well for 5 years. Takes some fine tuning to make it sing, but once it does it behaves itself very well for a reflector. Together with Parallax tube rings and Moonlite motorised focuser (together with original manual focuser). *Altair astro 60mm finderscope. Good finderscope that can also be used as a guidescope. Homemade aluminium mount. *Skywatcher Startravel 80mm refractor. Just the scope and tube rings. *Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Mono Camera. Excellent guide camera. Very capable solar system camera, too. *Starlight Xpress Trius X-35 Mono Camera. Fantastic 35mm format camera. Very good cooling system, field flattener built-in. Including homemade window heater to combat condensation. Starlight Xpress USB Filterwheel. 5-position filterwheel containing Baader LRGBC 50mm round filters. *Astrodon 3nm HA 50mm round filter. The narrowest of narrowband filters, 3nm gives you a fighting chance to image even in fairly light-polluted skies. Works very well with f/2.8 scope. Celestron 9.25 XLT Schmidt Cassegrain. One of the most popular SCTs around...for a reason. Very effective scope for solar system viewing and imaging. Not as impressive as the C11, but a lot more portable! *Desktop PC. I can give the spec to anybody interested, but it runs the entire observatory system very well. Windows 7/64, dual monitor. If I have to start breaking it up and selling individually, I'll start asking going prices, but if someone is willing to offer me £10,000 to collect the whole thing, it's theirs. (Note that the pink hue of the anodised black elements is due to the camera's extended red sensitivity, and the anodising is mostly still nice and black - the equipment is kept under a mylar sheet when not in use for this reason)
  9. Now sold. Thank you for looking.
  10. fatwoul

    TeleVue StarBeam

    Now sold thanks for looking
  11. I'm in the process of selling almost all my visual gear, and concentrating on imaging. So I'm reluctantly selling my rarely-used 12mm Nagler Type 4. It's in excellent condition, having barely been used since new. Original box, caps on both ends. I'm asking £200, but postage will have to be sorted depending what sort you want and where you are. Thanks for looking
  12. fatwoul

    TeleVue StarBeam

    Sorry John yes it's £145 but I'm open to offers. I'll edit the listing above now. Thanks for pointing it out.
  13. I acquired this Televue Sky Tour several years ago as part of a job lot of bits I bought from a friend. I've never used it, as I don't have a mount it works with (Panoramic, Tele-Pod and Gibraltar I believe). It fires up, seems to work as best I can tell, and may be of interest to Televue fans. I THINK it has the cables it came with (someone feel free to correct me if they can see something is missing from the photos), but obviously no encoder kits or anything like that. £200 (I'll consider offers) and £5 postage Thanks for looking
  14. A slightly older pair of binoculars, but still optically very good. Rubberised finish, which is a little whitened in places due to age, but the binos have been kept in a very good Topper case with a chest rest (all included in the sale). I'm asking £375 o.n.o. Unfortunately I'll have to ask £25 postage due to size, weight and value, but of course they alternatively can be collected by the buyer. I am open to sensible offers and will negotiate postage too. I was given these some time ago (along with the other binoculars I am advertising) but after a brief dabble, I am selling as I am not a visual astronomer. I don't like the cold! Thanks for looking and clear skies

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