Monday, December 5, 2011

The Barter System

Yesterday I picked up my Meade ETX 125 UHTC telescope. In 2006 I sold it to my previous boss with expectations his kids would get a lot of use out of it. 4 years later the wife and I buy an RV and find so many perfect skies for using a telescope but give up the idea of ever buying one again because the cost for a good one, let alone a $1,200.00 plus ETX 125 set up is now beyond our reach since we are avoiding credit cards like the plague.

He contacted me and asked me if I was interested in buying back the telescope because it never got touched after he bought it. I told him I couldn’t afford it. He told me he had several laptops that needed work and I asked if we, wait, maybe he asked, can’t really remember but a deal was struck to trade. My skill/time for the telescope and all accessories that came with it. This included the series 4000 eye pieces, 2x-Barlow, moon filter(s), upgraded controller, computer connector cable, software, books, dew shield and upgraded deluxe field tri-pod. 

master_MEAD133 etx125petelescope

Series4000 DeluxeTripod

I think the wife is as happy about this as I am, she knows how much I missed having the telescope. Even if I only looked at the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter.

My dream was a home based observatory but I never felt smart enough to be able to build one let alone afford one. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m no dummy but running one of these properly requires patients and smarts of a different level that I don’t have. Which doesn’t matter because I could never hope to afford my dream telescope, the Meade MAX 20 ACF. A truly monstrous  $35,000 20 inch telescope that has to be seen to understand the size, it’s unreal.

MAX 20 ACF

For an idea on how truly massive it is here is the previous version 20 RCX. Can you imagine the photography possibilities? Simply unreal. Click either picture to read about this spectacular telescope the size of a garbage can and weighing in without the mount at over 200lbs!

MAX20RCX

MAX20RCX_2

Since our ultimate goal is to down size, telescopes like this are out of the question unless we become very wealthy and establish a home base some place with excellent night skies. We can dream right? Smile with tongue out  Until then reality is the thing we have to live in so I think the ETX 125 UHTC will do. I can’t wait until we get a clear night so I can dial it in! I know I haven’t talked about telescopes before but after I sold mine I had no reason to, now that I have it back I have to keep the urge to accessorize in check. For instance, in order to take photographs using the ETX and Canon T3i I’d have to get a T mount and camera adapter, about $60.00, oh want to take pictures of real bright objects like the moon? Need filters for that, the filters I have are for the eye piece, not for the camera…

Help….  Disappointed smile

5 comments:

~~Sue and Doug~~ said...

good luck with the telescope..nice to have it back since you will have a use for it in the near future!!..keep on dreaming!..we are too!!

Big Matt said...

I'd have to build a tower onto my house and dome it if I ever got one of those, simply have to have it high above to watch the nights sky :).

Rae said...

Great deal. I think you are on your way to doing a lot of sky watching. Sounds like fun.

Sunny said...

Wow, Erik! So happy for you guys.... what a wonderful way that worked out. My 2 cousins go camping to star parties and love it. Glad this part of your dream is coming true!

Sunny said...

PS Congrats on staying away from those horrific credit cards!