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larkspur
2006-Mar-08, 04:17 PM
Can anyone recommend a good place to find used scopes for sale? What should I watch for when buying used equipment?
Specifically OTAs

Thanks!

ottUp
2006-Mar-08, 05:24 PM
Your best bet would be the local astronomy club in your area. You'll find used gear, good advice, and an opportunity to try things at star parties, including possibly the used gear you're thinking about buying.

Online,
http://www.astromart.com is the standard swap-shop for amateur gear.
In canada, http://www.astrobuysell.com is also good

eBay can be OK, but beware: there are far more frauds and junk than good scopes, and there are rarely "bargains" -- the community is so large that scopes are quickly bid to (or sometimes above) their market value. In particular, stay away from the many brands of scopes that exist *only* to be sold on eBay. They are toys and will disappoint. Here's a good article on the junk-eBay scopes:
http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=1105&pr=2x6x26

Hope this helps,
Richard

Fr. Wayne
2006-Mar-09, 02:59 AM
Hey, you two! Welcome to BAUT. Excellent question, even better answer. We need people just like you, so keep BAUTing!

larkspur
2006-Mar-09, 02:18 PM
Thanks to both for your replies!:clap: