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Looking for some buying advice
« on: April 10, 2017, 10:20:24 PM »
As you may know, I've been looking to upgrade to a 10" Dob and been saving my pennies towards it.  I'm almost at the point where I have enough for a 2nd hand one (~300) without selling my trusty wee Heritage.


I spoke to a guy on SGL about one he has up for sale in Glasgow;


https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/289801-skywatcher-skyliner-250px-dobsonian/


He posted some pictures though and the state of the mirror has put me off.  It looks absolutely filthy in the pics, much dirtier than I'd be happy using, and I've no intentions of attempting to clean it.  There's also no way of telling if there is any permanent damage under the dust and grime and I guess I wouldn't really know for sure til I got the mirror out and cleaned it.


Any thoughts on it?  Would it still be usable with that amount of dust?  It'd be ideal except for that one issue, but my head is telling me to just bide my time for another deal...
« Last Edit: April 10, 2017, 10:22:30 PM by BeerMe »
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Re: Looking for some buying advice
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2017, 08:38:22 AM »
Hi, the outer tube looks ok but to be honest I'd ask for better
pictures and some zoomed in of the mirror as its hard to tell whats its condition
is from those.

The inner tube looks supprisingly dirty, almost like someone's been rubbing their hand
on the inside but who knows.

If its just dirt though I wouldn't worry too much as mirror cleaning is nothing to be too afraid of.

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Re: Looking for some buying advice
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2017, 09:31:31 AM »
Thanks Katt, I actually just hit on an idea as I'm just a bit short of what he's asking for it.  He hinted that portability and space were an issue for him, so I've asked if he'd be interested in my Heritage plus cash.


If so, I'll just bite the bullet and go for it assuming the mirror is fine upon a closer inspection.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2017, 11:12:18 PM »
Well thats a good idea, if he's up for it you can get rid of a scope and actually get to see the scope
before you buy it. 


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Re: Looking for some buying advice
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2017, 09:55:45 AM »
keep looking bud..i got a Skyliner 300 for 300..had to collect from Preston but hey ho its a bargain
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Re: Looking for some buying advice
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2017, 04:34:05 PM »
He's agreed to the trade so I get to kill 2 birds with one stone :-)


The plan is to use it in its present condition until the short nights put an end to the season, then think about cleaning and flocking the tube and clean that mirror up a bit if need be.


Made the mistake of voicing my pleasure that I can now look for some nice EPs to complement it - the wife gave me a stern reminder that it's her birthday a fortnight today  ::)


Meeting him next week in Uddingston to trade...I'm just a tad excited  :)
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Re: Looking for some buying advice
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2017, 08:29:11 PM »
cleaning the mirror is easy, i now do it every year or 2 with no issues

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2017, 08:45:59 PM »
Good to hear blinky, I've been reading up on it and it doesn't seem as daunting as I first thought.  I want to get it flocked anyway and I'd need to remove the mirror to do that, so I might as well just go the whole hog.
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2017, 06:51:42 PM »
flocking a skyliner is easy too, you can get the material from Wilkinsons too
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2017, 11:53:14 AM »
Still waiting on the guy getting back to me about meeting, he's away for Easter weekend so I'm hoping we can get it sorted this week.


Thanks for the Wilkinsons info Gordon, I was going to just go through FLO but I'll check them out if there's one near enough.
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Re: Looking for some buying advice
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2017, 07:29:55 PM »
14 words and I managed to get the word 'too' in twice!..great grammar
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Re: Looking for some buying advice
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2017, 08:49:53 AM »
14 words and I managed to get the word 'too' in twice!..great grammar


 ;D


The guy hasn't been back on SGL since this time last week.  Starting to think that this might not happen now, which would be a bummer...
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Re: Looking for some buying advice
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2017, 08:55:44 PM »
suppose it just depends how far you want to travel for a 10" dob..there is a guy in Rotherham selling one and one in Barrow on Humber..both 400 but the guy in Rotherham has been selling his for weeks now..might get it for less..plenty of 8" ones tho..
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Re: Looking for some buying advice
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2017, 03:03:08 PM »
I'm back to square one if the guy doesn't get back to me as I need to sell or trade my Heritage, and he was agreeing to a part-ex.  He hasn't been on the forums at all since last Wednesday so I think he's found another buyer or just decided to not go ahead.  Would've been nice for him to get back to me though  :-\
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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2017, 01:03:35 PM »
yeah I don't like that..i always make a point in letting folk know if I'm selling on bumtree...although he could have tripped over and ended up in Hospital..you just never know. Put the heritage on bumtree and if you are on FB put it on the marketplace too..i have sold lots of stuff on those..even a Celestron 6se for the price I was looking for!
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