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2 years 1 month ago #103752 by Calibos
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Long time no chat lads and lassie's : cheer:

House move, renovation and some health issues made me drop off the radar for years. Haven't observed in years other than the eclipses. Invested a lot in gear thats just gathered dust. For example I bought a stellarcat drive for my 16" Meade Lightbridge dob in 2009 that I never got around to fitting. I was mid mod so rendered the scope unusable until finished and circumstances prevented that from ever happening. Crikey its nearly 6 years!!

I let the lot gather dust but hoped that I'd eventually have the time and energy to get back to it but its at least 4 years since I last even moved it at this stage.

I've not totally given up hope of ever observing again because things have improved a good bit but I don't think I can accept some of the high value stuff just sitting there unused year after year when I could use the money elsewhere.

For example, I've got all Ethos EP's and a 31mm Nagler (except the 4.7mm Ethos) and I have used them 'ONCE' in 4 years since I got them. On the one hand I am reticent to sell them despite that because I'll never afford them again should I have the time or energy to get back observing in the future. On the other hand, is it right that nearly €5500 worth of EP's is sitting in a case figuratively not literally gathering dust?

If I were to sell some or all, given they are effectively brand new and unused, how much should I sell them for?? Is now a good time to sell with the current exchange rates or would I be better holding off longer. Maybe I should wait till I finally get the 16" Dob usable again and finally fit the servocat drive (been saying that for years though), Get out on a few observing sessions with both and then decide whether my enthusiasm is renewed and keep the lot or accept I don't have enough enthusiasm anymore and its not likely coming back and sell the whole lot, Scope, drive, Eyepieces, the lot!

Keith D.

16" Meade Lightbridge Truss Dobsonian with Servocat Tracking/GOTO
Ethos 3.7sx,6,8,10,13,17,21mm
Nagler 31mm
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2 years 1 month ago #103754 by lunartic
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Hi Keith

It's been a while alright.

For what it's worth, here's my opinion, feel free to tell me to get stuffed. :D

Over the years I have also fallen out of love with observing, at this moment I have no observing equipment, concentrating on the photography end of things. I have always gone back, after selling all my gear and had to buy new gear, something I like doing. ;)

Perhaps you can sell the scope and servo cat, keep the eyepieces and buy a smaller scope like a four inch refractor on an alt-az mount, perfect for grab and go, easier to get out without lugging around too much gear when the mood arises.

I know you are in a tricky situation and no decision will be easy.

Hope to see you again soon.

Paul

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2 years 1 month ago #103755 by michael_murphy
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Hi Keith,

Long time no see,

How long do you think it would take to complete the mod to the lightbridge?
If having a few more hands would speed things I'm willing to lend a hand.

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2 years 1 month ago #103759 by Seanie_Morris
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Hi Keith,

Nice to see you back. :)

Micheal's suggestion is a nice one. Paul's is wise, but unpractical for going in and out of the hobby! (sorry Paul!). Although I would expand on that and aim for even a 6 inch refractor. It will obviously be heavier and a bit bulkier, but the views would be stunning.

Other than that, you can use my shed rent-free to put the gear, including the eyepieces, into it. I will only have one condition... ;)

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2 years 1 month ago #103761 by lunartic
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That's just me Seanie :laugh:

Michael's idea is first class, and I'm sure that Keith would have no end of people willing to lend a hand.

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2 years 1 month ago #103906 by Calibos
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Thanks for the kind words and offers lads. Sorry I didn't post back sooner. Tried to log in a few days ago and the website was down.

Its not so much observers fatigue or funk, but pulling myself together and getting the job started funk. I'm sure once I start working on the scope again I'll wonder what stopped me getting stuck in and get really into it again. The observing will then follow. The big modding job I set for myself with all its replacement base shrinking and lightening, counterweight eliminating and hybrid String Truss/Skywatcher Flextube goodness will ultimately mean a big scope thats a breeze to transport and setup and teardown.

I'll get there eventually, hopefully before Jupiter is back in Sagittarius ~:D

Keith D.

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Ethos 3.7sx,6,8,10,13,17,21mm
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2 years 1 month ago #103907 by Frank Ryan
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Welcome back Keith.
From my experience.
I was in the exact same boat and I actually sold (nearly) nearly everything I had.
Now I'm 'back' so to speak & I totally regret selling the stuff.
It sounds like you are right on the cusp of getting back into it.
it's been this long. wait at least until you've the scope fitted with the servocat and then see.
in my experience replacing a previously bought collection of eyepieces is MUCH
more difficult / expensive to replace over a scope.

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2 years 1 month ago #103914 by kevinb
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Hi there,
One point that you should consider is that the 'China effect' means that used prices for used gear have collapsed. I tried to sell some stuff recently and I couldn't sell it for even 40% of what I paid for it. A friend of mine bought a 4 inch refractor on an equatorial recently for 70 Euro. The chances of getting back the 2000 plus on my Sky 90 from Takahashi are zero.
Here is an idea that worked for me when my enthusiasm waned. . Get on to astrobuysell and get a really small telescope on an alt-az. ....you may have one already. I bought a C90 for 120 quid. Put it in a corner and pop out for 10 minutes every clear night. Pretty soon, I was hauling out my large scope.
One last thing, if you really have lost interest, read a little about the concept of 'sunk cost' in Accountancy. Forget what you paid for your gear, sell it and don't look back. You can use the cash to fund another activity.....If Astronomy is a chore.....move on and do something else you enjoy! Why not?
Just my tuppence...I am no 'life coach' ....but that might be a good thing :-)
Best of luck
Kevin
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2 years 1 month ago #103915 by dave_lillis
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Hi Keith,
How times flies by, can't believe it was 6 years ago we were reading about your exploits of modifying the scope.
IF you decide to take up some other hobby and want to still sell your stuff, I might be interested in some of those ethos eyepieces, again thats IF you decide to head off to astronomical oblivion.
I've also got some bits'n pieces, they're almost impossible to sell...

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but what a way to go. :)
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2 years 1 month ago - 2 years 1 month ago #103921 by johnomahony
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Its tough to sell gear. I was seriously thinking of selling my CGE mount and C11. Since I got my 12" dob and a camera tracker I have only used it twice in the past two years. I would be lucky if I got a third of what I paid for it new. I now plan to put it in a permanent observatory once I settle in somewhere" permanently". I had always promised I would have an observatory since I was a kid.
I found the dob so easy to take out at a moments notice that I use it all the time. However I just bought a new grab and go scope this week, a 90mm Mak Cass from Skywatcher for those moments when I want a quick peek at the moon or planets .Should be here on Monday. It should also make a nice portable eclipse scope for the next US total solar eclipse.

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2 years 1 month ago - 2 years 1 month ago #103924 by Calibos
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Was talking to my brother about it and he was in agreement with you guys. That if it was observer fatigue he would advise selling but seeing as the lack of observing is partly down to an unusable scope he reckons I need to finish the scope and give it a chance and if after a year with a working finished scope, I haven't used it much, then sell.

Its more of a catch 22 type funk over the last few years. As I said all those house moves and renovations a few years ago depleted my financial, physical and mental reserves for a good while. Without the funds and energy to finish the scope and get it working again, there was no observing, with no observing there was no spark or impetus to drive the motivation to bite the bullet and push forward with fixing the scope.

Now I understand why Philip Lardners Observatory took so long. Gearheads seem to have a habit of biting off more than we can chew. :laugh:

[EDIT] Browsed Cloudynights and Telescope House and Teleskop Service for the first time in about 3 years just now. Surprised how little has changed in the Dob and EP scenes since the major purchases from 2009-2011....and the prices!!! Higher if anything. €2450 for a 16" Lightbridge!! €3200 for the 16" Flextube Goto!!! If I remember correctly I managed to make all my major purchases in the Goldilocks zone of limited time big discount special offers, coinciding with fantastic exchange rates and/or avoiding customs. LB16's for €1080-v-€2400, Servocats for €1200-v-€1650, Full set of Ethos for €2200-v-€5000 etc. Yep, I'd never be able to get the same level of equipment again at 2015 full prices. I'd almost forgotten how much I'd saved with well timed purchases when I originally purchased the gear. I also needed to be reminded that not even the electronic stuff has become outdated and obviously the scope and eyepieces in all the years they gathered dust. Its a slowly advancing industry it seems. All parts are as capable 6 years after I should have started using them. ie. Its not like buying an expensive PC and mothballing it for 6 years by which time you really need a new PC :D

Im just trying to psych myself up here :D

Keith D.

16" Meade Lightbridge Truss Dobsonian with Servocat Tracking/GOTO
Ethos 3.7sx,6,8,10,13,17,21mm
Nagler 31mm
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