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Equipment for Sale/Trade / Re: FREE Observatory!
« Last post by Sean McDonald on May 24, 2022, 06:34:41 AM »
Andy Harrell and I scooped this baby up! Thank you for posting this Johnathan - we will put it to good use
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Equipment for Sale/Trade / FREE Observatory!
« Last post by Jonathan Sabin on May 03, 2022, 03:44:39 PM »
FREE OBSERVATORY DOME!
Yes.... FREE!

Jason Mocherman, the head of Riverview High School's planetarium, has alerted me that the Sarasota Military Academy is looking for (hopefully!) a Local Group member who would be interested in acquiring their observatory dome. (Pictured)

It measures 6' in height, and the base is 9' x 12'.

The ONLY catch is that if you want it, you'll have to go get it yourself... or make arrangements to have it delivered to you.

If you're interested, please contact Jason via e-mail at
Jason.Mocherman@sarasotacountyschools.net
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Equipment for Sale/Trade / SOLD 9x50 finder scope
« Last post by Jim Mack on April 27, 2022, 11:53:00 AM »
Celestron 9x50 finder scope plus mounting bracket and hardware.
New Never Used. $40.00
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Equipment for Sale/Trade / For sale Celestron 2 diagonal
« Last post by Jim Mack on April 27, 2022, 11:46:10 AM »
New never used, Celestron 2 mirror right angle diagonal with 2 to 1.25 adapter. Works with SCT or 2 attachment to telescope.  $125.00
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Equipment for Sale/Trade / SOLD 2 eyepiece
« Last post by Jim Mack on April 27, 2022, 11:41:10 AM »
Celestron Luminos 23mm eyepiece - 2.  New never used. $200.00
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Equipment for Sale/Trade / Meade Super Wedge for Sale
« Last post by Jonathan Sabin on March 14, 2022, 07:56:10 PM »
Meade Super Wedge for Sale
$150


It will be listed on Cloudy Nights for $250... if an LGDSO member doesn't snap it up first for $150.

For all inquiries, please contact
Chris Mugrage
941-284-5575
or e-mail: astro2724wife@yahoo.com
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I know it is short notice but, ( If weather conditions are good ) I am thinking of going to Duette Preserve on March 4th or 5th with my scope and accessories. If you would like to come contact me on my cell 941-735-4629 before the 4th.

      March 5th     I will be at Duette Preserve tonight if anyone wants to join me. Call me on my cell phone before coming out so I can let you in.
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New member just getting back into the hobby. I live in LWR and the light pollution is terrible.  Can you recommend some nearby places that are good for observing.  Thanks
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Astronomy Questions and more for LGDSO members and visitors alike! / dew heaters
« Last post by Raymond Locke on February 05, 2022, 03:48:50 PM »
Does anyone know how to make/reguate a dew heater for a Celestron 9.25?  I dont mind spending 80$ for the heater but not $500 for a controller and power supply??
My plan is to buy the ring dew heater from Celestron or HIgh Point and run it to a small 12vdc power pack of 2.8MAh.  I could put  one of my a variable resistors in line to control the voltage.

Any other suggestions as to how to control dew?  I do have and use the long dew shield.
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Thanks for the suggestion.  Don't think I'll need it as I was very careful to use register marks and put the collector plate back exactly.  But I will check again if we ever get a clear night,...over50 degrees.
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