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#1 tedkord1968

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 01:05 PM

There was another amazing deal on Craigslist last night, but I was at work and couldn't get it. I've lucked into two great deal in my life, this might have been better than either.

Someone was giving away, free, a Meade SCT. It looked like an LX-200, but the pictures were very close up and didn't reveal a lot. Couldn't see the corrector or mirror, to tell if they were damaged. It included (IIRC) the tripod. Needless to say, it didn't last very long.

Did anyone here get it?

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 01:10 PM

Holy smokes! Where in NJ? I checked in on the NJ CL site a couple times yesterday when I was in north jersey. 



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Posted 14 October 2019 - 01:16 PM

I'm not generally a fan of Meades, but dang I'd take it for free. Interestingly, my local shop is selling a 12" Meade SCT OTA for $849 and I just acquired an EQ6-R pro. Decisions, decisions...

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:45 PM

I saw it too. Didn’t last long. It also looked in bad cosmetic shape. The fork mount had chipped paint, possibly rust. I’d assume the same for the tripod. It was a 12” LX200

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:49 PM

I saw it too. Didn’t last long. It also looked in bad cosmetic shape. The fork mount had chipped paint, possibly rust. I’d assume the same for the tripod. It was a 12” LX200

I assume you mean Skies Unlimited and yeah it sold... Meh. It is what it is. Honestly if I throw a bigger scope on my EQ6 some day it'll probably be an edge 11 or I could always endeavor to be the subject of many raised eyebrows at star parties and put a fat Newtonian on it lol

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 07:37 AM

Holy smokes! Where in NJ? I checked in on the NJ CL site a couple times yesterday when I was in north jersey.

I'm not sure where. I looked at it briefly, went to another ad, came back and it had been deleted by poster. Since I was at work, and it stated first to pick up gets it, I knew I wasn't getting it, so I didn't pay much attention on first read.

As a lesser, but still pretty good deal, I'm picking up an old Orion XT8 today for $100.
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Posted 15 October 2019 - 10:04 AM

Back before I got my maks, I had previously seen a great ebay deal from a guy in NJ for a practically brand new C5 complete with mount and everything. I live in southeast PA so I had planned to just pick it up to save the shipping cost. He was asking $275 if picked up and I bought the auction, then got no contact from him for two weeks. Had to get a refund on ebay and left him negative feedback. Sucks...

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 04:17 PM

Back before I got my maks, I had previously seen a great ebay deal from a guy in NJ for a practically brand new C5 complete with mount and everything. I live in southeast PA so I had planned to just pick it up to save the shipping cost. He was asking $275 if picked up and I bought the auction, then got no contact from him for two weeks. Had to get a refund on ebay and left him negative feedback. Sucks...

Sorry to hear that. In all the years of buying/selling astro gear, the worst issue I've had is coming to a deal with someone, then they sell to someone else before I get there.

Twice I've scored amazing deals locally (links below). And today I picked up a like new Orion XT8 for $100, which isn't in the same ballpark as the first two, but it's pretty nice.



Celestron C6-RGT


Vixen/Orion 102ED f/6.5

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