Second hand for sale and to give away

Scope mounting rings listed on eBay

HI Folks,


I’ve just listed two sets of scope rings that Andy gave me some time ago to sell on eBay

If anyone is interested, let me know and I’ll end the auction early These are 5″ tube rings for a 12″ SCT . These are Generic 5″ tube rings

All funds will go to the Observatory Fund



For sale – Acer Aspire One 10.1″ nextbook £50

Hi Folks

I’m selling a nice little netbook if anyone’s interested.

The Spec is as follows:-

10.1″ display . 1024 x 600 resolution

148GB hard drive

1.33GHz Dual Core AMD CPU

2GB RAM (upgradeable to 4GB with Windows 7 64 bit, or Windows 10

Currently has Windows 7 64-bit installed, along with Sharpcap. It will happily run Sharpcap, iSpy, Stellarium etc. Obviourly it won’t handle much post-processing work, or rather it will but you’d have plenty of time to go and make a cup of tea. I was going to fit a SSD but I’ve bought another netbook

3 USB 2.0 ports

1 HDMI port

1 VGA connector

LAN connector

Mains charger

I’m asking £50 for it

I’ll bring it along to RAG on Friday

Skywatcher Startravel 102 refractor plus AZ3 mount for sale

HI folks

I recently acquired this scope as I know a couple of RAG members were looking for one.  It’s a 4” widefield scope that’s very versatile for everyday use and is a great ‘light bucket’. I bought one for myself just a couple of weeks ago for use as a solar scope and a widefield astrophotography scope. It’s very light and manageable and will also take 2” eyepieces which makes the view amazing

In summary, It’s a 102mm doublet refractor with a short focal length of F4.9 and the whole lot including tripod only weighs just over 3kg

It’s in virtually new condition with barely a mark on it. There’s a very minor paint scuff on the dew shield as if someone has leant it against a wall. I’ll clean that off though. The objective lens is as new

The scope owes me £90 and that’s what I’ll let it go to a genuine RAG member for their own use. If there are no takers, I’ll be putting it on eBay for over £100. I’ll put a better eyepiece or two with it

Here’s a good review of this mode that backs up my own experience of itl:-


I’ll bring it along to the meeting on Friday


Ed Mann

07802 350187

Free to RAG members – Hard suitcase for possible ATM telescope case

Hi Folks

I have a Tripp hard suitcase that would make a good travel case for a scope. I made one for my Celestron 8″ SCT some time ago, using some furniture foam. The approx. sizes are 64 x 43 x 26 cm.

A hard scope case costs about £500. Mine cost about £45 plus a £20 suitcase I had lying around (and so didn’t cost me anything)

If anyone wants it (free of charge), let me know. I can also help with cutting the foam etc. if needed. I’m going to throw it away if no one wants it. It’s just taking up space here