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 Post subject: Bargin Equipment - used
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 2:24 pm 
I've just been looking around used astronomy websites when i came accross UK Astonomy Buy & Sell, They have lots of good priced telescopes and equipment, its worth checking there often - lots of people use it. link - http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/

I'm mentioning these because I just got a great deal from a used buy and sell site - Preloved (link - http://www.preloved.co.uk ) There's not many telescopes on there but it's worth checking, you may get lucky. I got a Celestron EQ80 refractor plus mount with 3 eyepieces, a moon filter, a solar filter, a baader neodymium filter, an eyepiece case and other accessories all in perfect condition for £25. And have just seen the sun for the first time through a telescope using it (through a lucky break in these never ending clouds :roll: ) :D Definately worth checking these websites for deals like this.


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 Post subject: Re: Bargin Equipment - used
PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 11:49 pm 
Well done on getting some equipment for little money. You mentioned that the scope that you got came with a "solar filter". What sort is it? If it is of the eyepiece type please resist the urge to use it. These can be very, very dangerous and permenantly damage your eyesight. The problem occurs because the heat and power of the sun is concentrated on the solar filter and can cause it to crack - with disasterous consequences!

http://stargazerslounge.com/astro-lounge/141268-these-should-not-sold-anywhere.html

You should only use a dedicated solar scope or a filter that covers the full aperture of the scope. It is easy and inexpensive to make one using Baader Solar film

http://stargazerslounge.com/equipment-reviews/105587-baader-solar-film.html


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 Post subject: Re: Bargin Equipment - used
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 9:55 am 
Thanks, it is one that covers the whole scope. Ross also explained this, I'm really glad to know the experts would say this, if it were an eyepiece one, because I may have bought one of them in the future for my reflector, but I'll take a look at the baader solar film instead now, thanks.


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