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This is a free service where TAAS members can post equipment for sale or trade or post ads to find used equipment. Just send your ad text and a photo to Be sure to include the price and your contact information in the ad.

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For Sale: Amateur Telescope Making by Albert G. Ingalls
Posted: February 11, 2017

3 volumes, hard cover - like new

Amazon best price (for just "good" condition) is $25 per volume + shipping.

Price: $50

Contact: François-Marie (FM) Patorni
Phone: (505)984-9125

For Sale: Star Testing Astronomical Telescopes: A Manual for Optical Evaluation and Adjustment, by Harold Richard Suiter
Posted: February 11, 2017

First edition, 2003 - Hard Cover, like new. Abe Books has copies in the $17 to $30 range.

Price: $15

Contact: François-Marie (FM) Patorni
Phone: (505)984-9125

For Sale: Canon T3i (600d) Astro Modified
Posted: February 11, 2017

I'm selling my Canon T3i. It's been modified for astrophotography by having the LPF-2 removed. This leaves it drastically more sensitive to the longer red wavelengths, especially Hydrogen alpha. Also, because the LPF-1 filter is intact, it still blocks the majority of incoming UV/IR. This makes it a perfect modification for all-around astrophotography. It will work great with camera lenses as well as telescopes. No need to purchase other filters. Autofocus is still possible by using the Live View feature within the camera.

The 18.0 megapixel sensor is great, and the articulating screen is a lifesaver for framing and focusing. The camera has right at 11,000 shutter actuations, and is in fantastic shape. There's one tiny scuff on the bottom of the screen hinge, but otherwise the camera looks new. I've taken the pics in harsh, direct flash so that you can see any possible imperfection. It also includes a battery grip and extra batteries. Here's a list of everything:

  • Canon T3i
  • Battery Grip (w/ LP-E5 tray and AA tray)
  • 3 x Batteries
  • Battery Charger
  • Neck Strap
  • AV Cables
  • Manual
  • Original Box

Price: $375

Contact:Austin Grant
Phone: (318)469-9003

For Sale: 12-inch Meade SCT
Posted: January 18, 2017

Includes a Losmandy dovetail with radius blocks, original finder scope, original visual back, an upgraded Astro-Physics visual back and an AstroZap dew shield.

The optics are in excellent condition, and this scope provides some excellent views. Minimal mirror shift, and smooth focusing. I bought this from a local member, but have decided that it's too big or I'm too small to consider it portable. It's simply not being used.

If you'd like to buy this with my Paramount MX+ I'll make you a ridiculous deal!

Price: $900

Contact: Austin Grant
Phone: (318)469-9003

6-inch f/8 Astrophysics Apochromat
Posted: December 25, 2016

Description: In very good condition, upgraded with a 2" MoonLite electronic focuser and stepper motor, and a rotating focuser assembly that allows one to smoothly rotate the 6x50 right angle finder and the eyepiece into a comfortable viewing (or photographic) position. The 6" lens is in excellent condition. The tube has a few paint dings. The scope has a Losmandy D-style dovetail mounting bracket. The total weight of the optical tube and accessories is about 25 pounds. See picture.

Includes Losmandy G-11 Equatorial mount and tripod with Gemini 2.0 go-to system (bought 2008.) Note: the website shows a folding tripod. My tripod is nearly identical but doesn't fold. The G-11 and Gemini control is in perfect working condition. The previous owner upgraded the declination gear with a high precision Ovision brass worm and an Ovision spacer on the RA shaft to provide a few more hours of imaging past the meridian before needing to flip the mount. The G-11 will support equipment up to 60 pounds. I have one 21 pound counterweight (weights should be at least 80% of equipment weight.)

For a history of Astrophysics telescopes, see here: For an Astromart review, see here:

To encourage a local buyer, I'm asking $6,000 OBO for the whole setup. As those who might consider such a toy, this is an amazing price!

François-Marie (FM) Patorni
28 Arroyo Calabasas
Santa Fe, NM 87506
505-231- 4191

For Sale: Losmandy Side by Plate with mounts
Posted: November 27, 2016

Losmandy D-Series Side By Side Plate with camera mounts and locking plates.

I believe this is an older version of the DVSBS with 2 DVCM and 2 DVMM.

Some small nicks and scratches but in otherwise great condition.

Total weight is 10 lbs.

Price: $200 OBO

Contact: Paul Grunwald
Phone: 505-379-8683

For Sale: NexStar 11" GPS
Posted: September 30, 2016

I have a NexStar 11 GPS in brand new condition. I would be happy to show it to someone interested in purchasing.

Price: $1,500

Contact: Jonathan Stewart
Cell: 1-505-450-9698

For Sale: Orion StarShoot Deep Space II Color Video Camera
Posted: September 17, 2016
  • Orion StarShoot Deep Space II Color Video Camera
  • Orion StarShoot LCD/DVR 2.5" Scteen
  • Orion Video Capture Device
Paid about $760 all total, asking $400

Richard Brown
Phone: 505-679-3554

For Sale: Meade ETX90
Posted: July 21, 2016

Meade ETX 90mm with case, motorized focus, and hand controller. $200.

Joel Montoya
(505) 614-5104

For Sale: Celestron Celestar 8" f/10 SCT- Price Reduced
Posted: May 3, 2016
  • 25mm SMA Eyepiece
  • Star Diagonal
  • Visual Back
  • 6x30 Finderscope
  • Celestron's Unique Wedgpod
  • RA Clock Drive
  • 8" Dew Zapper - 12vDC
  • Meade 2x Telenegative Barlow
  • Meade Series 3000 Plossl 16mm Eyepiece
  • Orion Skyglow UltraBlock Filter
  • Orion Skyglow SC RD Broadband Filter
  • Nylon Bag (to cover scope)
  • Doskocil Case for Lenses (foam interior)
Weight: 41 lbs. (Including Wedgpod)
Made in the U.S.A.
Very lightly used. Time to find it a new home.

Asking $600

Sylvia Whitaker
Albuquerque, NM

Orion XT12 Intelliscope For Sale
Posted: February 19, 2016

I have an Orion Skyquest XT12 Intelliscope with an upgraded Baader focuser and Telrad. Four eyepeices; 8mm, 12mm, 7-21mm, 56mm, and an O-III filter. Also comes with laser collimator. Worth close to $1700.
phone:Please call Justin at 505-603-8708