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COMPLETED - Meade 12" Lightbridge de-lux dobsonian. **Reduced £550**


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Hi all,

I have for sale my immaculate meade lightbridge 12" Truss dobsonian. It is less than 2 years old and comes with all the sensible upgrades. This is the latest version with dual speed crayford focuser and blackened truss supports. Everything is in pristine as new condition. The optics are in superb condition just a couple of tiny dew spots you would expect from normal use. 

It has been upgraded with Farpoint collimation knobs and heavy duty springs on the primary and holds collimation far better than the originals did. A full set of Farpoint balance weights 3x1lb and the additional 2 lb slip on weight. This honestly makes  getting perfect balance of the tube a dream no matter how heavy an eyepiece set up you use. I have owned several Skywatcher flextube dobs and the motion of my lightbridge with the balancing weights is so much nicer.  Astro engineering dew shield for main truss body  also a homemade but very effective lightweight dew/light shield for end of tube. Oh and a nice lightweight shower proof cover for the whole assembly.

I will include an as new 2" Hotech self centering laser collimator  to aid set up , it is incredibly accurate and easy to use.  Scope comes with all the original factory accesories , excellent quality RDF finder  ,  2" eyepiece and  35mm extension tube for focusser.

Built in fan on main mirror uses a small battery pack included.

The scope can easily be broken down for transport or if you struggle with too much weight , in one lump it weighs 80lb . I can put together in less than 10min but in reality I leave it assembled in an unheated conservatory and carry out rocker box and tube assembly in two parts. Please note if you are relatively new to this hobby and never seen a 12" DOB they are big !

But performance wise you just cannot beat aperture and it gives really pleasing views of  deep sky objects , globular clusters are stunning and Messier objects start to resemble what you think they are !  if you view the moon with it is absolutely jaw dropping!

Unfortunately for me even my back doth protest these days and I am reaching more and more for my small refractor in the not so dark skies that are my garden.

Originally over £1500 spent on this lot and I am asking **£550**collected from my home in Southport , Merseyside. First to see will buy as it is in better than new condition and all mods enhance the viewing experience.

Please note I am not in any particular hurry to sell and I would actually consider a swap for an immaculate neq6 mount as they would be of comparable value 2nd hand. If you have any questions please ask and you are of course welcome to come and view if local enough.

As always I will delay putting on astrobuysell as would prefer this fine bit of kit to go to an SGL member .

I attach some  images from my so so phone.

Cheers

Dave

 

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In case this is a reluctant sale- I recently started having similar concerns about my back after moving my 14", and invested in one of these:

https://www.screwfix.com/p/heavy-duty-hand-truck-300kg/3602p

It has made moving it around much easier and less likely to give me a hernia (just one smaller lift to slide the truck under the base prior to moving).

If not then very best of luck with the sale- someone will get a lot of scope for that money.

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Hi there,

I am very interested in the scope you have for sale. Would you take a deposit and can I possibly come to view the kit before purchasing? I am just wary of the visuals.

Also what messier/deep sky objects have you been able to view and was there detail you can discern in nebulae and galaxies?

Many thanks.

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3 hours ago, Sannerz said:

Hi there,

I am very interested in the scope you have for sale. Would you take a deposit and can I possibly come to view the kit before purchasing? I am just wary of the visuals.

Also what messier/deep sky objects have you been able to view and was there detail you can discern in nebulae and galaxies?

Many thanks.

You don't need to worry about the visuals!

I used to own a 12" Lightbridge. I was immensely stupid in selling it. 

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7 hours ago, cwis said:

Please tell me this wouldn't go on the back seat of a Ford Fiesta!


Sorry I have some bad news - a 12” Lightbridge is no problem in my 2008 Fiesta !! With the back seats down the fully assembled tube assembly fits in between the tailgate and front seats with the Dob mount alongside. 
Alternatively of course the tube assembly comes to bits......

The 12” Lightbridge belongs to my local club for loan to members.....

You have my full permission to purchase the one for sale on here 😁😁

Ed.

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18 minutes ago, NGC 1502 said:


Sorry I have some bad news - a 12” Lightbridge is no problem in my 2008 Fiesta !! With the back seats down the fully assembled tube assembly fits in between the tailgate and front seats with the Dob mount alongside. 
Alternatively of course the tube assembly comes to bits......

The 12” Lightbridge belongs to my local club for loan to members.....

You have my full permission to purchase the one for sale on here 😁😁

Ed.

My parents live directly between Dave and me, so I'd send them in their Fraud Siesta to go and pick it up. Otherwise it's a bit of a round trip!

Cripes it's tempting - I was only saying the other day I fancy a big Dob, and this crops up. A view of the Ring Nebula on my teeny weeny 130mm reflector gave me the idea...

Hopefully Sannerz will buy it and put me out of my misery and save my olds a big trip!

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HI Sannerz ,

Sorry for late reply !
No deposit needed . You are welcome to view the scope if you wish. Views are subjective anyway and fainter deep sky objects depend to  a great degree on how dark your sky is . You can see some hints of structure and detail in brighter galaxies but as I say depends entirely on your sky conditions . From my suburban garden the views of showcase items like Orion Nebula and globular/open clusters fantastic and can see hint of spiral structure in M51 but most deep sky objects are just brighter and still grey without colour . Unless you go really big on aperture 16" plus faint objects are still just that faint objects.!

 

cheers

Dave

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What a great looking and well cared for instrument that is. 
Also, the asking price is kindness personified, and If I didn't have scopes 
aplenty, I would have paid for this 60 seconds after reading the Ad.
I'm surprised Dave is selling it to be honest, he must have something he wants badly enough 😀.
Ron.

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Hi Ron,

Nah nothing on the horizon .I still have a nice 5"Apo . I am uncluttering my life a bit . I am happy with occasional short viewing sessions these days and  spend most of my time with double stars and lunar  onservation . I may spend the proceeds on a new mount although my old non goto (gasp) heq5 still performs well and after 45 years observing  I can just about find Polaris ☺.

But you cant beat aperture for the showstoppers !

Cheers

Dave

 

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29 minutes ago, DaveGibbons said:

Hi Ron,

Nah nothing on the horizon .I still have a nice 5"Apo . I am uncluttering my life a bit . I am happy with occasional short viewing sessions these days and  spend most of my time with double stars and lunar  onservation . I may spend the proceeds on a new mount although my old non goto (gasp) heq5 still performs well and after 45 years observing  I can just about find Polaris ☺.

But you cant beat aperture for the showstoppers !

Cheers

Dave

 

I got my reasoning quite wrong Dave 😁. However, I think the need to cut back on the amount of stuff we build up over time is a sensible move too. I could do with trimming down my own stock  also, one tends to become a hoarder over the years. 

I don't think your Lightbridge is destined to reside with much longer. It's a tempting offer that's going to be snapped up.

Ron.

 

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Hi all

Reduced to £550 !  An absolute bargain . If you want a 12"  light bucket what you waiting for ? It's  truly an as new scope!

I will run ad   just a few more days as really wavering on selling at all, I will just put away till dark skies arrive.

Cheers

Dave

 

 

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