Telescope for sale – Meade LX200 GPS 12″

July 23 2010   6 Comments   

* SOLD! *

I have my Meade 12″ LX 200 GPS for sale.

The telescope is in like new condition, only used a handful of times.

It is just too heavy for me to carry out of the house when I want to do some star gazing, hopefully it will find a good home with someone that has an observatory

The following is included:

– The scope (in the box) with heavy duty field tripod (2010 model, bought a couple months ago)
– 8×50 finderscope
– Peterson Engineering mounting assistant (value R800)
– Astrozap Dew shield (flexible with felt lining) (value R600)
– Peterson Engineering EZ Clutch Kit (value R300)
– Bob’s Knobs (for collimation)
– Meade 24mm Plossl
– Power cable (5 meter)
Price – R35 000.00
Click the “Leave a comment” link to leave me a message if you are interested.

How To Choose a Telescope

June 7 2009   1 Comment   
  1. Why do you want a telescope?
  2. How much money do you want to spend on a telescope?
  3. Do you want a telescope you can carry around easily?
  4. Do you want to learn astronomy?
  5. Do you want a computerized telescope?
  6. What do you want to look at apart from stars and planets?
  7. Do you want to take photos of your observations?


June 7 2009   2 Comments   

It seems its quite difficult for any newcomer to amateur astronomy to choose a telescope.
Apart from that, its even more difficult to find a shop that sells telescopes (in South Africa)

Read this page if you plan on buying a telescope but have no idea what to choose.

If you are looking at buying a telescope, I can recommend the following places, having bought from them myself.
Technopro (they are in Johannesburg)
Photowebsa (also in Johannesburg)
Telescope Shop (Astroware) – in Edenvale
OPT (Oceanside Photo and Telescope – USA)
Astronomics (in the USA)

You will get good service at any of these dealers, and they stock a wide range of telescopes, eyepieces,
accessories etc etc.

I am not affiliated with any of the above companies, I list their names purely because I have
dealt with them and feel comfortable listing their names here because of great service.

Welcome – Backyard Amateur Astronomy in South Africa

April 30 2009   2 Comments   

This is my first post, just getting started in astronomy. Bought myself a couple of telescopes, photos here.
The aim of this site is to log my observations, most of which will be done from my home in the city,  in fairly heavily light polluted skies.

I am quite interested in Deepsky CCD imaging, have not decided which astrocam to buy yet, so far I am swaying towards the Meade DSI.

Sky/Star charts and eyepieces is my next project…

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) has a list of Best Sky Objects to view.  Click here to go to the page on their website.
The list contains 3 categories –

  • General Interest
  • Specialized to Binoculars and Small Telescopes
  • Specialized to Large Telescopes and Excellent Seeing

Its layed out in a table, so can be printed.

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