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Celestron CGX Mount




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CGX Mount manual

CGX NexStar+ manual




NOTE: Telescope in photo NOT included




Celestron CGX Mount Details

  • Tripod

  • NesStar+ GoTo System and controller.  FIrmware updated to latest version as of 08/10/2023

  • Mount Review

  • Product Webpage

  • NOTE: Mount does not have 12V power supply, this must be purchased.


Celestron NextStar 8" SCT Package




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Telescope Manual

Old Style Celestron NexStar GPS mount with Celestron C-8 Starbright coating

Included in this package:

  • Mount: Celestron NexStar GPS Dual Fork Mount

  • Heavy Duty Tripod

  • C-8 Optical Tube Assembly (OTA) with StarBright coating (8" Aperture)

  • Starizona Landing Pad

  • 50mm Finder Scope

  • Starpointer Pro Finder Scope

  • Star Diagonal

  • 25mm Kellner eyepiece

  • 9mm Plossl eyepiece

  • Power Supply (120v -> 12V)

  • Level

  • Carry Case for Optical Tube Assembly (OTA)


Observations: Tested telescope and after alignment GOT works quite nice

Condition: Telescope is in good condition with minor scratches that will not impact functionality.  Optical system is in good condition and are collimated. Did not get a chance to verify GPS is working on mount.  This is a very heavy mount compared to most GOTO systems, but the dual fork should add stablility to the OTA.


Comments: Bolts used to secure mount to tripod are not original but work fine.  Also Optical Tube Assembly (OTA) is not part of the original mount system, but works fine.  Updated Mount and control pad Firmware to latest version.

Technical Specifications

  • Tripod Weight: 26 lbs

  • Weight of Telescope (Mount and OTA): 42 lbs

  • Optical Tube Assembly

  • Optical Design: Schmidt-Cassegrain

  • Aperture: 203.2mm (8")

  • Focal Length: 2032mm (80")

  • Focal Ratio: f/10

  • Focal Length of Eyepiece 1: 25mm (0.98")

  • Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 81x

  • Finderscope: 6x30

  • Star Diagonal: 1.25" Star Diagonal

  • Optical Tube: Aluminum

  • Highest Useful Magnification: 480x

  • Lowest Useful Magnification: 29x

  • Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14

  • Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.69 arc seconds

  • Resolution (Dawes): 0.57 arc seconds

  • Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 843x

  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 64mm (2.5")

  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 31%

  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 9.77%

  • Optical Coatings: StarBright


Meade 8" SCT



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Classic Mead SCT on Equatorial Fork Mount.

I did check the clock drive, and it appears to work fine (you will need to supply a 12V power supply).


Basically what you are getting with this package is a 8" SCT on an equatorial Fork with clock drive and 8x50 finderscope.. Hard to beat this price.  A great scope for visual observation and capable of supporting planetary imaging.


Also included (for free) visual back, Star Diagonal and 22-7mm zoom eyepiece.  It should be noted the Star Diagonal and Zoom eyepiece are of low quality and should be replaced ASAP.


Star Test

Meade 4.5" Newtonian



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Telescope Manual

Optics Check

Meade Model 4500

  4.5" Equatorial Reflecting Telescope



  Diameter: 114mm

  Focal Length: 910mm

  F-Ratio: f/8


Included Items

  • Optical Tube Assembly

  • Equatorial Mount

  • Tripod

  • 6x30 finder scope

  • 17mm eyepiece

  • Book: The Stars by H.A. Rey

  • Planisphere


Telescope seems to be in good condition.  Collimation has been performed on telescope.  Missing original 25mm eyepiece.  Addition of 17mm eyepiece.  New owner may want to consider getting 40mm & 10mm eyepieces.   All other original parts present except for a few screws/knobs that have been replaced.

Orion 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain




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Orion SkyMax 90mm TableTop Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope (PN 10022)


Telescope is in excellent condition.  Scope would be fine for Lunar and multiple star system observations.  May be okay for viewing Jupiter and Saturn.  



  • Use: Best for viewing Lunar & planetary

  •   Optical design: Maksutov-Cassegrain

  •   Optical diameter: 90mm

  •   Focal length: 1250mm

  •   Focal ratio: f/13.9

  •   Optics type: Spherical

  •   Eyepieces: 3-Element 25.0mm,10.0mm (1.25")

  •   Magnification with included eyepieces: 62x, 125x

  •   Resolving power: 1.29arc*sec

  •   Lowest useful magnification: 13x

  •   Highest useful magnification: 180x

  •   Optical quality: Diffraction limited

  •   Finder scope: EZ Finder II

  •   Focuser: Internal

  •   Diagonal:  1.25" 90 Mirror Star

  •   Secondary mirror obstruction: 30mm

  •   Secondary mirror obstruction(Diameter): 33%

  •   Secondary mirror obstruction(area)11%

  •   Mount type: Altazimuth

  •   Polar-axis scopeNot available

  •   Tube material: Aluminum

  •   Tripod material: Wood

  •   Length of optical tube: 11.1 in.

  •   Weight, optical tube: 3.3 lbs.

  •   Weight, mount/tripod: 2.9 lbs.

  •   Weight, fully assembled: 6.2 lbs.

  •   Additional included accessories: Orion 1.25" Moon filter

Meade ETX-60



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Telescope Manual

Package includes:

  • ETX-60 Refactor telescope

  • AutoStar Goto mount

  • 25mm eyepiece

  • 9mm eyepiece

  • 3x Barlow lens

  • Carry Case

Various Small Scopes




Assortment of small telescopes with tripods

We have a selection of small telescopes with tripods we are selling for $55 each.  Contact us for more details as to what is available.

Finder Scopes




We have a selection of finder scopes we are selling for $35 each.  Contact us for more details as to what is available.

Spotting Scopes




We have a selection of spotting scopes and tripods for $35 each.  Contact us for more details as to what is available.

Cheap Tripods




We have a selection of cheap tripods for $15 each.  Contact us for more details as to what is available.



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1.25" Celestron Star Diagonal (94115-A)




No visible defects


Celestron Dovetail Bar for 8" CGE Sytyle Mounts




Minor Scratches and ware


Celestron SkySync GPS




Compatible for all non-GPS celestron computerized telescopes


Orion CT80 Refractor.  Finder/Guidescope, mounting Rings and Bracket




Diameter = 80mm | FL = 400mm | f/5 |


Heavy Duty Tripod



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Very heavy duty


Williams Optics 2" Dielectric Star Diagonal




Older model 2" in excellent condition. Eyepiece holder uses copper ring to hold eyepiece. Comes with 1.25 adapter (no copper ring, set screw).








NON-EVAC Equipment for Sale (PICK UP ONLY)









Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ



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This unit is in near new condition.  This is a great beginner telescope reasonably priced and with your smart phone added to the system you have a push-to system where directional arrows on the telephone application show you where to point your telescope.  This makes locating objects much easier than other methods like star-hopping.  The learning curve on this telescope is probably the best of all beginner telescopes.  I highly recommend this scope for someone who wants to experiment with astronomy, but not ready to shell out thousands for a higher end telescope.


Want to know how StarSense works?  Check out this video/review (23 minutes)



130mm (5) Newtonian Reflector telescope

Alt/Az mount with dual axis slow motion controls

20mm and 10mm eyepiece

Motor Drive

Red Dot Finderscope



Optical Design: Newtonian Reflector

Aperture: 130mm (5.11)

Focal Length: 650mm

Focal Ratio: f/5

Optical Tube Weight: 8.8 lbs


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Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD



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This unit is in near new condition with a couple of exceptions.  First the original counter weight seems to have gone missing, so I have adapted one from another telescope for this one.  Second the accessories tray has a flake of plastic missing, not an issue as far as function goes.



Adjustable Stell Tripod with accessory tray

20mm and 10mm eyepiece

Motor Drive

Red Dot Finderscope



Optical Design: Newtonian Reflector

Aperture: 130mm (5.11)

Focal Length: 650mm

Focal Ratio: f/5

Optical Tube Weight: 7.7 lbs

Mount Type: CG-3 Equatorial

Tripod Weight: 9.3 lbs


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iOptron MiniTower Pro



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Mount: AltAzimuth

Payload Limit: 33lbs Primary, 10lbs Secondary

Weight with tripod: 48lbs

GPS: No GPS on this unit (not that you need one)


Also include:

  • Case for mount and accessories (See image)

  • Carry bag for Tripod

  • 12V power adapter

  • Tripod Vibration Suppression pads

  • Battery Counterweight (Note: This does not hold a charge, so if you want to use this as a power source you will need to replace the batteries).


Unit works well.

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iOptron 80mm Refractor






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iOptron 80mm Refractor Telescope/Finderscope


Telescope came as an accessory to a purchased mount and I have no use for it.  Used once to perform Star Test.  Like new condition.  


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Technical Specs


  Optical Design    Achromatic Refractor

  Clear Aperture    80 mm

  Focal Length      400 mm

  Focal Ratio       f/5

  Resolving Power   1.4 arc sec

  Focuser           1.25 rack-and-pinion

  Eyepiece adapter  1.25 inch

  Eyepiece 1        25mm

  Eyepiece 2        9mm

  Diagonal          45 erect

  Weight            2.2 lbs