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Bodkin

14 inch Darkstar dobsonian

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It is a solid tube scope made in the UK by Darkstar, probably in the mid to late 1990s. It comes with a Telrad finder and I can throw in a finderscope if you prefer.  Focusser is a Skywatcher dual speed crayford. The build is that of a traditional dobsonian with a plywood rocker section which provides a solid foundation and smooth movement. The mirrors could do with re-coating, but are still quite usable.

This scope could be well described as a light bucket; the optics are not great (maybe a half wave?) and are really only suitable for low power views.  However, it is pretty good for deep sky viewing.  From my pretty good location I have seen tricky objects such as three of Stephan's Quintet, the Flame nebula, M51's arms, NGC 5053, C17 and much more.  The previous keeper to me used it for galaxy hunting and amassed an impressive catalogue of observations. 

The scope is just too big for me to use frequently and I tend to get out the ten inch instead.  However, I hope it could make a good instrument for someone else.  Obviously this is too big to post, so it is pick up from mid Wales (Llanwrtyd Wells) or Penarth.

£250 or offers/trades.

 

 

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I tested the scope last night against my ten inch and it is really not good enough to sell as a working telescope. I will see if I can get the optics refigured, but if anyone is interested in a cheap solid dobsonian without optics I will throw in the porthole that masquerades as a mirror for free. 

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