For Sale 12.5" F/6 Dobsonian Telescope.
This telescope provides excellent planetary views and outstanding visual deep sky images. It is a classic solid tube Dobsonian with excellent optics. It is well balanced. It moves & tracks easily and stays put after it has been moved. Selling because I bought an Obsession and I don't have room for both.
This Cave Astrola scope was built in the 60s, sold, and was neglected. I got it in 1999, restored it, and converted it to a Dobsonian. I used it for years and loved it.
Steve Swayze touched up the primary in 1/2000. He made it ABSOLUTELY FIRST RATE. Recoated with Clausing's excellent Beryl coating.
The F/6 optics are easy to collimate and give a great view. It has a solid open mirror cell.
The primary has a very very small side chip. The secondary has a very very small chip at one edge. Even with these chips the optical quality is excellent!
-JMI DX3 2" Crayford focuser, with 1.25" adapter
-Finder rings & 65 mm finder scope
-Custom dust covers for both ends
-All teflon and Ebony Star bearings
-Internally flocked for better contrast
The optical tube can be rotated in place. This is rare on a Dobsonian & makes viewing much more comfortable.
It is a big scope, but it is set up to make moving easy. Good handles, skid plates, & a custom storage & service cart. This cart makes it easy for a single person to get the optical tube in & out of a small pick up.
Please pick up in Santa Barbara, Ca.
This is a well used but quality scope with great optics. It is comparable to and better equipped than the Discovery Premium DHQ which sells for $1299, & $185 S&H, & tax. It is much higher quality than a Meade or Celestron Dob. I will sell it for the best offer over $1200. For $950, I will sell without finders and will substitute a Meade 2" focuser (you install).