This weekend I decided that I'm not an astrophotographer. I'd much rather slew around the sky and enjoy as much as I can see in a night. I just don't have the patience for long exposure astrophotography. So, I'm selling my autoguider to help finance another project.
This Pictor 201XT is just over 2 months old. It's like new in the box and in perfect condition. It has been used three times; twice to test its operation for about an hour and once to guide for photography, about 2 hours. (The reason it was tested twice is because I tested it when I first purchased it to learn how to use it, then it was 2 months before I got the time and clear skies to use it again, so I had to re-learn how to use it.) I tracked M42 for about 2 hours on 12.01.2002. It kept the guide star dead center in the illuminated 8mm reticle on my wedge mounted Nexstar 11. The Pictor was looking through a Celestron wide field 80 mounted onto the Nexstar 11 as a guide 'scope. Before I purchased this autoguider I contacted Meade to make sure it would work in the autoguider port of my Nexstar 11. They assured me that it would, and they were right, of course it's a simple "plug and play" in a Meade 'scope too.
I paid over $400 for this 201xt but in researching the market here on Astromart, the going price seems to be in the $300 range. It seems like a lot of depreciation for a 2 month old LNIB autoguider, but I suppose that's the going rate. This unit is complete: autoguider, T-thread to 1 1/4" nose piece, parfocal ring and extender, cigarette lighter power cord, guider to 'scope cable, manual, original box, foam and plastic bags.
Meade 201xt Autoguider....LNIB..........$290
I prefer PayPal and, as always, I pay for overnight shipping (I get a good rate through my company). If you can PayPal before 3 p.m. CST today, this will be in your telescope tomorrow. If you have any question please e-mail me or call (day time) me at 281.798.4666.
Thanks for looking,