Tom Karpf (tkarpf) Vice President, Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford www.asgh.org
Selsi 60mm f/13 Lunt 35mm Solar Scope Stellarvue SVR70ED
Astronomy Technologies AT6RC Home-built Dobsonian with home-made mirror -
8" f/6.8 Unistar Deluxe on a surveyor's tripod
Antares 12" Dob Stellarvue 10*60 finder Telrad Meade 25mm Plossl, Orion 10mm plossl, Celestron 6mm plossl, Paradigm 18mm,15mm,12mm, 8mm, Knight Owl 20mm, Shorty 2x barlow, Celeston Ultima 2x Catseye Triple Pack Collimation 4.5" Tasco 11TR Frankenscope 60mm Tasco 9TE-5 60mm Tasco 7T Oberwerk 12*60 binos
Everyone knows that the universe is expanding. This is why we constantly need to buy bigger scopes!
Orion 10x50 binos, 25x100 binos
Coronado Solarmax 40
Orion 102mm ED refractor
B&L Criterion 4000
Orion 120mm f/5 refractor
Celestron Omni XLT 150
AT 152mm f/5.9 refractor
Levenhuk 8" f/4 reflector
Meade 12" Lightbridge
The USPS has an edge on small items. Very small items (up to 12 oz) can be mailed at the first class rate (45 cents for the first oz and 20 cents for each additional oz). The real savings comes in Flat Rate Priority Boxes and Envelopes. The Flat Rate means anything that will fit in the box or envelope ships for one low rate. I have shipped 40 lbs counterweights for under $15, FL to CA. The boxes and envelopes are free and you gcan have them delivered to your home at no cost. You can print the postage and label online and attach it to the free box and the USPS will come to your door and pick it up for free. The price includes delivery confirmation (a simple type of tracking) for free. There is a neat way to insure your item is delivered. Signature Confirmation can be purchase at a low price and the USPS will only deliver the item if a person is at the address to sign for the item (no just leaving it at the door). You can also purchase insurance. You can do all that online and print the label and postage without leaving your house and they will pick it up for free. Just go to USPS.com and check it out.
Takahashi FS128, TSA 102, FSQ106N, Losmandy GM-8, Baader Mark V, Leica ASPH, Takahashi, Ethos and Panoptic eyepieces.
Ken Fiscus Stargazing since 1980 Now observing from a green zone. Z12 on custom mount, Atomic EQ platform, 100% flocked, OMI primary, Astrocrumb filter slide with O-III, NPB, Skyglow filters. Focuser & spider rotated 45 degrees, new springs & Bob's Knobs, Telrad & 9x50 straight finder 35 & 24 Pans, TV 13,7,5 T6s Custom Orion XT10 with piggyback XT4.5 Round Table EQ Platform
Home made 16" f5 Terry Ostahowski optics - ArgoNavis/ServoCAT ES 30 mm, Ethos 21, 13 and 10 mm Paracorr II Antares Barlow 2" 1.6X 2" DGM NPB (UHC) filter 2" Catseye Cheshire/Sight tube 2" Howie Glatter laser + Tublug
Ex Oriente, astrum ---------------------- From the day you are born 'til you ride in a hearse, There's nothing so bad that it couldn't be worse!
8" Criterion Dynamax 6" Homebuilt F/10 Newt 6" F/8 Jaegers 127mm F/5.5 SS Assembly Various 60 mm scopes in many states of repair 8' Dome Observitory
Quote:I'm going to need to ship a couple of small items (an Astrotrac plus polar scope, and [separetely] an Astrotrac Wedge).What would be the most economical (but trackable) way of shipping these items from one US address to another?
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Ed Thomas Deep Space Products www.deepspaceproducts.com
Quote:Quote:I'm going to need to ship a couple of small items (an Astrotrac plus polar scope, and [separetely] an Astrotrac Wedge).What would be the most economical (but trackable) way of shipping these items from one US address to another? For something small, USPS Priority is the way I go. For anything larger, FedEx ground... USPS does offer tracking. When I check the status, it seems to follow the progress reasonably well and provide an accurate delivery date.Jon
Too much astronomy junk, the CFO is getting irritated.
Quote:The USPS has an edge on small items. The price includes delivery confirmation (a simple type of tracking) for free. Bill
Quote:Here is an interesting twist. Earlier this week I ordered a diagonal from Orion. They sent it via UPS. I tracked it's progress. It was supposed to have been delivered yesterday (Friday) but instead the tracking information shows they handed it over to USPS and tracking ceased. I hope it is delivered today...
Adam AP Mach 1, Rob Miller TRI36L, Celestron 8" Edge HD Hyperion 17mm, Celestron 40mm Plossl, TMB 7mm & 9mm WO 66, Lunt LS60/B1200 PT, CG-5 Clone STF-8300m Pro Package, Honis-Modified Canon XS, Un-modded T1i, SSAG, TSOAG9, SX Lodestar
Lackawanna Astronomical Society
Quote:I raise the money I use for my astronomy habit by buying, re-furbishing, and re-selling old Press cameras and lenses on eBay. Over the past twelve years I've shipped more than a thousand items all over the world using USPS. Only once was an item damaged (and I'm convinced this was done by a buyer who 'changed his mind'; the package -- a pretty expensive lens -- looked like it had been stabbed with an ice pick, and the buyer was not a pleasant person to deal with, even before the package was received). No item has ever been lost.As others have said, USPS recently changed their tracking, and it is now excellent.The one problem I've had is with International insurance. The maximum amount allowed by USPS is usually pretty low (usually under $1000), and it varies from country to country. My Postmaster says that the limit is not set by them, but by each country. It's not often that I sell something for that much, but when I have, and buyers wanted to pay the extra cost (usually more than double), I've used another shipper.