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This is a free service where TAAS members can post equipment for sale or trade or post ads to find used equipment. Just send your ad text and a photo to Be sure to include the price and your contact information in the ad.

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For Sale: Meade LXD55, 8-inch Schmidt-Newtonian Telescope
Posted: September 9, 2017

Condition: excellent
Make/manufacturer: Meade LXD55
Model name/number: Schmidt Newtonian

OTA is in very good condition. Focal Ratio=f/4, Focal Length 812mm. Includes 26mm Plossl eyepiece and 9mm eyepiece. The goto mount is not functioning but it can be operated manually.

Price: $250

Contact: Mike A. Salazar
Phone: (505)291-8143

For Sale: Meade LX200 12-inch Telescope Package
Posted: September 7, 2017

The TAAS Telescope Loan Program is offering a 12-inch Meade LX200 telescope system for sale. This telescope was donated to TAAS and has been infrequently used in the Telescope Loan Program. It is in very good condition. Any reasonable offer is welcome. Items included are:

Optics: 12-inch f/10 (3048mm focal length)


  • 8x50mm Finderscope
  • AutoStar II Handset
  • 2-inch Diagonal w/1.25-inch adapter
  • Microfocuser
  • Microfocuser to read cell adapter
  • 2-inch to 1.25-inch Microfocuser adapter
  • 25-foot power cord
  • Heavy duty tripod
  • Instruction manual
Price: $2000

Contact: Jim Fordice
Phone: (505) 803-3640

For Sale: Losmandy Gemini 1 L4 mount
Posted: August 31, 2017

Offered is my trusty old Losmandy Gemini 1 L4 mount. Originally a CG-11, it has seen many upgrades including:

  • Ovision worm block on RA - very smooth tracking
  • Correctly etched reticle polar finder scope
  • Tri-lobe lock knobs for RA and DEC
  • Gemini Level 3 -> Level 4
The mount is being sold without a tripod, but comes with:
  • Long and shorty weight bars
  • 11 lb. and 21 lb. counterweights
  • Polar scope illuminator
  • Spare parts, bearing plates, Gemini printed manual.
Let me know if you have questions.

Price: $2200

Contact: Peter Lipscomb
Cell: (505)577-7141

For Sale: Telescoping ramps for your ... telescope
Posted: August 27, 2017

Seeking a good home for these telescoping telescope ramps. When extended they are approximately 10 feet long and are in good to very good condition. They include solid aluminum ends, aluminum guides and are suitable for a large Dob. The boards are pressure treated, which means they are very durable but heavy.


  • Boards: 2x8
  • Collapsed thickness: 4 inches
  • Collapsed length: 73 inches
  • Extended length: 120 inches

Price: $50, firm

Contact: Jim Roucis
Cell: (719)651-9663

For Sale: 11-inch Cassegrain Telescope
Posted: August 15, 2017

Telescope is a Vintage 1960s 11-inch Cassegrain made by John H. Ransom Laboratories, LA.

Price: $800

For Sale: Le Sueur Astro Pier and adjustable wedge
Posted: July 30, 2017

This very heavy duty pier and wedge will suport any fork mount telescope up to the 16" Meade LX200.

  • Adjustable in Alt and Az.
  • Will deliver as far as 150 miles from Edgwood.
  • Will drill hole pattern in mounting plate as desired.

Price: $150

Contact: Jim Seargeant
Phone: 505-227-4630

For Sale: Extra Heavy-Duty Paragon Field Tripod
Posted: July 22, 2017

This Paragon XHD field tripod provides support for giant binoculars, cameras, spotters, and small telescopes.

  • Adjustable aluminum-tube tripod legs with twist locks for quick and easily repeatable setup
  • Tripod legs are tri-braced to center elevator for enhanced stability, fully extended height is 68"
  • Two-way fluid pan head with tension adjustment knobs on both axes for smooth, controlled motion
  • Includes 1/4"-20 quick-release shoe, cushion/spike feet and bubble level

Price: $100

Contact: Dee Friesen
Phone: 505-856-1593

For Sale: MEADE LDX75 AR 5AT 5-inch Achromatic Refractor Telescope Optical Tube
Posted: June 14, 2017

Focal Length = 1143 mm Focal Ratio = f/9 Very good condition. Collimation screws on main objective lens. Upgraded Moonlite single speed focuser, 1.25/2.0-inch ($275 new). Accessories: Meade 8x50 viewfinder; Meade 25 mm Plossl eyepiece; 1.25-inch diagonal; Orion dovetail mounting plate; Meade tube rings; and padded carrying case.

Price: $200 OBO

Contact: Jeff Boggs
Cell phone: 505-328-2682
Home phone: 505-867-5848

For Sale: Star Testing Astronomical Telescopes: A Manual for Optical Evaluation and Adjustment, by Harold Richard Suiter
Posted: February 11, 2017

First edition, 2003 - Hard Cover, like new. Abe Books has copies in the $17 to $30 range.

Price: $15

Contact: François-Marie (FM) Patorni
Phone: (505)984-9125

For Sale: Orion StarShoot Deep Space II Color Video Camera
Posted: September 17, 2016
  • Orion StarShoot Deep Space II Color Video Camera
  • Orion StarShoot LCD/DVR 2.5" Scteen
  • Orion Video Capture Device
Paid about $760 all total, asking $400

Richard Brown
Phone: 505-679-3554