CHICAGOLAND ASTRO-ADS

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Current Listings

12 inch Meade Lightbridge
Asking Price:$ 650
Seller:Thomas L Mesich
Email:tomthecro@yahoo.com
Phone:630 605 8972
Street Address:926 Brainard St.
City:Naperville
State:IL
Posted:11/6/2017
Description:
12 inch Meade Lightbridge truss tube.Very good condition . Used about 15 times.

Standard features include: Cooling fan, Mirror dust cap, red dot finder, and users manual.

Add ons include; laser collimator, handles on base and body, collimation thumbscrews on both mirrors. I painted the truss tubes and interior body rings black with high quality paint. They were originally silver and white, which created some glare. This improved the quality quite a bit. Also included is an Astrozap light shroud. Ther are a few other things I added on for ease of use. If you call me on the PHONE I can explain them to you.
 
CELESTRON 6" / 150MM NEWTONIAN TELESCOPE OTA
Asking Price:$150
Seller:Javier Silva
Email:loejavlis@aol.com
Phone:7738169835
Street Address:3737 W. Montrose, 1 fl
City:Chicago
State:IL
Posted:10/26/2017
Description:
COMES WITH RINGS AND DOVETAIL PLATE.

Pics here: https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/for/d/celestron-6-150mm-newtonian/6361003188.html
 
TELESCOPE MOUNT : SKYWATCHER NEQ6 PRO FOR ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY
Asking Price:$1300
Seller:Javier Silva
Email:loejavlis@aol.com
Phone:7738169835
Street Address:3737 W. Montrose Ave.
City:Chicago
State:IL
Posted:10/26/2017
Description:
LIKE NEW!
 
Celestron CPC 800 (8") TELESCOPE WITH GPS + ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY WEDGE !
Asking Price:$1700
Seller:Javier Silva
Phone:7738169835
Street Address:3737 W. Montrose, 1 fl
City:Chicago
State:IL
Posted:10/26/2017
Description:
FOR VISUAL AND ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY!

YOU GET EVERYTHING YOU SEE IN THE PICTURE EXCEPT THE THE ITEM ON TOP(GUIDER/GUIDE SCOPE). INSTEAD, YOU GET A STANDARD FINDER SCOPE.

THE DEEP SKY IMAGES YOU SEE ARE AUTO-GUIDED LONG EXPOSURE IMAGES TAKEN WITH THIS TELESCOPE USING A DSLR CAMERA AND IN SOME PICS A CELESTRON CORRECTOR/REDUCER.

Pics here: https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/for/d/celestron-cpctelescope-with/6361002864.html


 
Celestron DX Mount & Meade ETX 125
Asking Price:mount: $1200, ETX: $200
Seller:Larry Vincenti
Email:larryvincenti1@gmail.com
City:Wheaton
State:IL
Posted:9/9/2017
Description:
I have a Celestron CGEM DX mount, with GPS. The mount is in mint condition, as it has only been out about 15-20 times. I also have a brand new StarSense auto align system, brand new in the box. It has never been used at all. I just wanted to get a mount that was a bit lighter than this set up.

I am asking $1200 or best offer for the mount.

I also have a Meade ETX 125, with hard case and some accessories. It is in need of an altitude gear replacement. Other than that it is in great shape.

I am asking $200 for that scope.
 
4.5" Orion Skyview Deluxe
Asking Price:$100
Seller:Matt Furlong
Email:mkefurlong@att.net
Phone: 708-588-1536
City:Lagrange Park
State:IL
Posted:9/9/2017
Description:
skyview 4.5 deluxe eq mount Orion reflector telescope with 9mm plossl, 25mm plossl, baby barlow and extension tube excellent telescope but needs alignment.
 
10" Apertura Dobsonian reflector telescope package
Asking Price:$ 500
Seller:Troy Greenwald
Email:tgreenwa@comcast.net
Phone:630-881-5789
City:within 30 miles of Chicago
State:IL
Posted:7/27/2017
Description:
10" Dobsonian reflector telescope in pristine condition having been lightly used and always stored in a climate controlled environment.
This is the same telescope as a Zumell Z10. This is the AD10 model made by Apertura.
All original components, and parts.

Extras: Orion precision centering 1.25" eyepiece adapter; Cheshire eyepiece for precise collimation; Explore Scientific 1.25" 82 deg. wide field 11mm eyepiece; Catseye collimation system (mirror is spotted for Catseye); Apertura laser collimator; Telrad reflex finder with pulse upgrade, 4" riser, and dew shield.

Features:
* Hand-adjustable knobs on primary mirror for easy, no-tools collimation
* 2 inch, dual-speed Micro 10:1 Crayford style focuser, with 1.25" adapter
* Battery operated primary mirror cooling fan * Dobsonian base with roller bearings for azimuth and sealed ball bearings for altitude. The base is especially nice. It uses a ball bearing (lazy-susan) system instead of the typical Teflon pads. This makes moving the scope in azimuth effortless.
* Plastic molded snap-in dust cover
* Hand-adjustable secondary collimation knobs
* 35mm Extension Tube (used with low-power eyepieces to extend the focal length, making it possible to focus at low magnification.)
* 9mm, 15mm 1.25" Plossl eyepieces
* 30mm 2" wide field Superview eyepiece
* Filter set with Moon, Orion #21 Orange, and Orion #25 red 1.25" eyepiece filters.
* GSO 2.5x 1.25" Barlow lens

Full Specifications:
Primary Mirror Diameter: 10"; Primary Mirror Details: 34.2mm, Parabolic, 1/12 wave
Primary Mirror Coating: Aluminum and silicone dioxide (SiO2); reflectivity = 93%
Optical Design: Newtonian Reflector
Mount Design: Dobsonian, clutch mounting with tension knobs
Focal Length: 1250mm
Focal Ratio: f/4.92
Focuser: 2 inch, dual speed Micro 10:1 Crayford style
Finderscope: Right-Angle, Correct-Image 8 x 50 viewer
Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14.5
Optical Tube Length: 48.5"
Fully Assembled Height: 54"
Optical Tube Assembly Weight: 34.8 lbs
Base Height: 25.625"
Base Diameter: 22"
Base Weight: 31.4 lbs
Fully Assembled Weight: 66.2 lbs
 
Meade 12" Lightbridge and accessories
Asking Price:$ 1100
Seller:Peter Birren
Email:peter@birrendesign.com
Phone:773-654-3950
City:Chicago
State:IL
Posted:7/23/2017
Description:
Wonderful 1 year old 12" Lightbridge f/5 truss tube reflector on dobsonian base. I've had it out to the dark site twice. It provides wonderful views and is a snap to assemble. Reason for selling this almost new package is that a very close friend recently passed away and willed me his 15" Obsession. Otherwise, I'm completely satisfied with this telescope.

Here are the basic details:
. Open truss tube design with new anti-reflection coatings on trusses and castings
. 12-inch aperture and a focal length of 1524-millimeters
. Focal ratio is f/5
. Laminated base features roller bearings on the azimuth axis

The package for sale here includes:
. Mounted handles on the base and main mirror tube for easier carrying
. Meade Light Shroud with custom stiffeners
. Celestron Collimation Eyepiece 1.25"OTA cooling fan
. Deluxe 4-Reticle Red Dot Viewfiner
. 2" Crayford-Style Focuser with 1.25" Adapter
. Exposed MDF edges of the pressboard base and tube are coated with clear silicone
. Original owner's manual
. Signed copy of my book, Objects in the Heavens
. EYEPIECES:
- Teleview Panoptic 2" x 27mm
- Explore Scientific 18mm waterproof - 82ยบ view
- Meade 2" x 26mm QX Wide Angle

Will not ship but willing to meet anywhere in the Chicagoland area.
 
Meade 10" LX 200 EMC Excellent condition with many accessories
Asking Price:$ 2800
Seller:Ken Hodonsky
Email:kmh2go@gmail.com
City:Bolingbrook
State:IL
Posted:5/22/2017
Description:
INCLUDES: Meade Super Wedge, Fork mount, Tripod, Meade Dew Shield, Sliding Weight Bar, Eyepiece Diagonal 2"and 1.25", Meade Reducer / Corrector (F6.3), Camera mount.

Eyepieces (2"): Tele Vue Nagler 22mm type 4, Tele Vue Panoptic 35mm, Meade Plossl 56mm.

Eyepieces (1.25"): TeleVue Nagler 7mm , Meade Plossel 26mm.
Kendrick Dew Heater Controller With Heating Bands, plus other supporting accessories.
Appointments can be scheduled to view entire setup.
 
Orion SkyQuest XT8
Asking Price:$ 275 or best offer
Seller:Roger Merel
Email:rmerel@gmail.com
City:Naperville
State:IL
Posted:5/15/2017
Description:
Orion SkyQuest XT8 (8" Dobsonian) in excellent condition. Supports both 1.25" and 2" eyepiece and includes TelRad laser finder.

Includes a truly useful set of eyepieces:
* 25mm Orion (standard with the scope),
* 2x Barlow Shorty,
* 8mm TMB Planetary II, and
* 40mm Meade 5000 Plossl 2" with wide FOV which is super useful eyepiece.

Plus a nebula filter, city light filter, and a home-made solar filter (great for viewing planetary transits and sun spots).
Excellent light collection.
Successful for viewing planets, moon, star clusters, splitting doubles, nebula, transits, and more.
Easy to transport in a car.

Note: This is only being sold because we're downsizing into a city condo with no room to keep it; otherwise, would never part with it.
 
Celestron Super C8 (~1987)
Asking Price:best offer
Seller:Karl Adlon
Email:kmja79@yahoo.com
Phone:309-230-6429
City:Downers Grove
State:IL
Posted:10/18/2016
Description:
INCLUDES: optional Starbright Coatings, finder scope, fork mount with Byers worm gear drive, wedge and field tripod, aluminum case, includes 3 eyepieces, each in a container: 26mm Plossl (77 power), 12.5mm Plossl (160 power), 7mm Orthoscopic (285 power); a camera adapter; a 1.25" diagonal; a battery pack able to run the scope and a 12v cable to plug in a car outlet.

ACCESSORIES: a Thousand Oaks brand full aperture Solar Filter; a JMI Motofocus electronic focuser drive; off-axis guider with 0.62X reducer and set of six color filters
A Minolta film camera and cable releases are included for free, considering their vintage.
The scope can be sold with or without Accessories, should you not desire any of them.
As a point of reference, I believe the scope and all accessories are worth about $600.
All reasonable offers will be considered.
Photos and an observing report are available.
I live in Port Byron, IL but have a condo in Downers Grove, so seeing the equipment can be arranged.
 
20" Obsession Classic F/5 Telescope
Asking Price:$ 4500
Seller:Patrick Sutton
Email:rps6005048@gmail.com
City:McHenry
State:IL
Posted:10/18/2016
Description:
I live close to the Wisconsin border and am a member of the Milwaukee Astronomical Society ( MAS ). I am selling my 20" Obsession Classic F/5 Telescope. It is in very good condition and I am the second owner. This particular telescope has 2 features you cannot get any longer - a mirror done by John Hudek of Galaxy Optics (according to their website they are only re-coating mirrors now http://www.galaxyoptics.com/reflectivecoatingservices.html) and genuine ebony star formica on the altitude bearings (its no longer being made -the current "ebony star" is not anywhere near the same texture).
 
Home Brewed 10" Dob
Asking Price:$ 250
Seller:Charles Hartman
Email:hartman0004@hotmail.com
Phone:815 970 5763
City:Sandwich
State:IL
Posted:10/10/2016
Description:
Built as Astronomy class project. Primary is a Meade 10" x F4.8, secondary and spider came with first mirror from Ebay (Meade also I assume.) Rocker box and cradle made from marine grade epoxy coated plywood. Rocker box and ground board ride on a delrin sheet with nylon bearing pads. Altitude bearing is Formica on nylon. Stainless steel hardware throughout. Tube cradle is adjustable (tube can move within cradle and locked at different heights).
Requires painting inside and out. Come with a High Point right angle correct view 8x50mm finder scope, Orion basic 1.25 rack-and pinion focus-er,also comes with 3 eyepieces, 1. Meade 4000 series Super Plossl eyepieces @ 9.7mm 2. Meade MA 17.5mm 3. Meade MA 25mm.
The scope knocks down quickly into the three components for transportation, facilitated by large stainless steel handles. I've had only had one opportunity to use the scope, didn't know that lunar observation requires filter.. do now! I just don't have the time for this toy and tired of cleaning around it.
 
Celestron 6 inch f/8 Refractor OTA with Upgraded Focuser and Hard Case
Asking Price:$ 650
Seller:Jim Erwin
Email:istjimerwin@yahoo.com
Phone:630-487-1574 cell/text
City:Romeoville
State:IL
Posted:8/23/2016
Description:
Celestron C6R Refractor (retail $500) is very nice, but it's big and heavy for me. Achromatic refractor. Pinpoint stars. Some violet fringe on bright objects like the moon and Jupiter. 2 speed Moonlite refractor was added on, (retail $375), 50" hard case keeps the refractor secure. (retail $125).
No diagonal included.
Great scope, just isn't used in my normal rotation.

Photos located here

Cloudy Nights review located here

Shipping: Will not ship, but I'm willing to meet someone in the Chicagoland area.
 
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Meade LXD75 EQ Mount/Tripod/Autostar Controller
Asking Price:$425 firm
Seller:Marilyn Pry
Phone:847.526.8661
Street Address:209 Oak St
City:Tower Lakes
State:IL
Posted:9/26/2017
Description:
Never used, has been sitting in a sunporch holding small scope, never outside. Includes the following:
Meade LXD75 dovetail bar
Instructions
Tripod
Head
497 hand controller polar finder
weight bar
1 10# weight
A/C adapter
Keystone cable to connect to PC serial port

Can email pics
If questions email me at mepry5@yahoo.com so my smartphone doesn't think you are a robot call.

Price $425 firm, cash is good.
 
Orion XT10i Dobsonian Reflector with Intelliscope Controller
Asking Price:$ 700
Seller:Jim Erwin
City:Romeoville, IL
State:IL
Posted:8/23/2016
Description:
This was my first dob and I loved it, but I bought a bigger one and this one sits unused night after night. The 10" dobsonian is the largest dob that can fit across a back seat of a car without needing a truss tube design. I had this at our dark sites many times, and at 10" it's large enough to see a lot of objects in the night sky.
The XT10i (retail $849) comes with a Telrad finder (retail $40), Bob's knobs (retail $21), a Padded Telescope Case (retail $121) and a custom cooling fan, and I flocked the tube around the primary and secondary mirrors. There also is a removable eyepiece tray on the base that will hold 4 x 2" eyepieces.
I only tried using the Intelliscope DSC a few times, and it was before I knew a lot of stars so it would almost always timeout before I could complete an alignment, but I became pretty good at star hopping because of this scope. I'd personally say it's an excellent scope for a beginner, intermediate, or an expert that doesn't want the hassle of lugging out a giant scope. If you are board when waiting on your astro imaging to finish it's exposure this dob will be your best friend. I did drop the lens cover about 3 days after I bought it, so it has 2 external chips that don't impact the view, but it's worth noting.

Photos located here