Hello CloudyNights! I recently purchased an 8" reflector (Apertura AD8) and I am ready to sell my other telescope, which is a 102mm Meade refractor that I purchased from the Walmart website one year ago. I was planning to keep both scopes so I can have both a reflector for real observing & a refractor for quick & easy observing. Well I have become obsessed with my new Apertura AD8, it's not a huge difference but definitely worth it to me, all objects seem so much brighter & sharper now than they did with my Meade. I have no desire to use my Meade now after I've seen through this much better 8" aperture, & I have not touched it in months. Although I wanted to keep it for an extra & easier alternative, I could really use a little cash at the moment. I have decided to attempt to sell my Meade because I really only want to use my reflector, and I do not think that I can enjoy the views through my refractor anymore now that I've seen through double the aperture & light-gathering power. Globular star clusters, planets, nebulas, etc. are awe-inspiring through my reflector, whereas with my refractor I could barely see a faint fuzzy & no detail at all on planets & it was quite frustrating to me.
I have thought much about this and I am ready to sell my refractor because my awesome reflector is all I need for the moment & I love it. This will be my first time selling anything myself; I've never sold anything on ebay or Craigslist or anything, so I'm not sure how to go about this and I certainly do not want to make any mistakes or let the scope go for too underpriced.
I would simply post it here in the classifieds, but I will not be able to pay for shipping or anything (money is my biggest problem as I have no income of my own at the moment), which is why I want to get the most out of this scope.
I did not use it very often, and it never went further than my porch when I did use it, so it is still in great condition, like new. It looks exactly like it did when I bought it and there is no damage or scratches whatsoever, and I will include two eyepieces (26mm & a 9mm) and a Barlow lens, & was thinking of throwing in my extra moon filter made by Meade as well. I paid around $280 for it, the original price was around $250 and altogether it was more like $280. What should I ask for it? I was thinking maybe around $200? I'm not sure that I want to sell it for half the price because it is like new & only a year old. What do you more experienced astronomers think? I am very open to any & all advice, I have no one else to ask about this so I thought that some of you might be able to lead me in the right direction here. Thanks in advance! I have the link below of the page that I bought it from, with all the details, photos, reviews, and info about it.