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Used Telescopes Buying Guide – The Complete Guide

26 Sep 2020, 15:37 UTC
Used Telescopes Buying Guide – The Complete Guide
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There are a lot of good reasons to buy a used telescope, especially right now. Given the current global economic crisis, many folks may not have enough money to buy the scope of the brand of their dreams new from the manufacturer.

There’s also the factor that buying used opens up a much greater range of products. If you want a manually clock-driven 8” Schmidt-Cassegrain, for example, the only way to get one is to buy used – Celestron and Meade haven’t made any since the turn of the millennium. Likewise, if you’re looking for a scope from your younger years such as a small Japan-made refractor, or an Edmund Astroscan, or a Coulter Odyssey. Some would say there’s little justification in buying new at all!

I buy a lot of used telescopes – it’s a bit of a mini-hobby for me. It’s allowed me to make a few bucks here and there, score great deals for friends, or add a piece of equipment to my collection that I otherwise might not have been able to. However, shopping effectively for a used telescope does take a lot more knowledge than simply clicking “buy” and entering payment information, and in this ...

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