Club Telescopes Available for Club Member Use

The Charlottesville Astronomical Society has a number of club telescopes available to active members. All scopes come with one or two eyepieces and finder scope. The telescopes can be reserved by contacting Wesley Epperly, Club Vice-President, by sending him a note using the form on the bottom of this page.

“The EYE of HORUS” 6″ Newtonian on a Dobsonian Mount

Eye of HorusThis is a John Avellone refurbished 6″ f/8 Newtonian telescope on a Dobsonian Alt/Az mount.  Has excellent quality old American optics, two nearly parafocal eyepieces for 55X and 140X magnification.  And a cool name!

Loaned/Stored by: Larry S.


 Orion 6″ SkyQuest Classic Dobsonian Telescope

orion_skyquest_xt6_classic_dobsonian_telescope1This brand new 6″ aperture, 1200mm focal length reflector telescope is ultra stable and comes with an easy to use Dobsonian mount.  This is a great telescope to novice observers to quickly, smoothly and easily learn their way around the night sky!

Loaned/Stored by: Ed H.

 


C90 3.5 inch Maksutov Telescope

A very portable telescope on an altitude/azimuth mount. This scope is great for lunar viewing!

Loaned/Stored by: Wes Epperly

 


Coronado 40 mm PST Calcium K Solar Scope

CaK Scope Image

This telescope can piggy-back on a scope with a ¼-20 adapter or be used on a heavy duty camera tripod. This scope views the sun at the short wavelength violet/blue end of the visible spectrum. Older observers may have difficulty seeing significant detail because the eye becomes less sensitive to this wavelength with age. The scope can be used with a webcam to image the sun.

Loaned/Stored by: Michael H.


 

Orion 100mm Refractor with H-Alpha Solar Scope

H-Alpha Solar Image

White Light Filter Image

The double telescope is piggybacked on German Equatorial Mount (GEM) w/ clock drive. This scope needs to be roughly polar aligned to track the sun or objects in the night sky. The 4″ refractor also has a removable white light solar filter. The refractor will give excellent images of the moon and planets.

Loaned/Stored by: Wes Epperly


 

Meade ETX 90 mm Maksutov GoTo Computerized Telescope

This scope comes with table legs or tripod and can be used in Altitude/Azimuth or Right Ascension/Declination mode. The scope is very portable but learning how to operate the computer control can take time. The scope is battery powered. The scope has the ability to find hundreds of objects but the size of the mirror limits what you will be able to see well.

Loaned/Stored by: ???

 


Dynamax 8″ Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope

The telescope comes with a sturdy tripod and wedge and uses an AC motor to track the night sky when properly polar aligned. The scope will fit in the trunk or back seat of a car. The scope is excellent for viewing the moon, the planets and most deep sky objects.

Loaned/Stored by: Wes Epperly


10″ Dobsonian Reflector

The scope and cradle are a little on the heavy side and will need to be transported in a van or station wagon. This scope is especially good with deep sky objects.  Comes with a visual finder scope and and Telrad finder scope.

Loaned/Stored by: Larry S.

 


6″ Long Tube Newtonian Reflector

This scope with an alt/az pier mount will fit in the trunk or back seat of a car.  The pier is meant to be set up on a firm flat surface.   The scope is excellent for viewing the moon, the planets and most deep sky objects.

Loaned/Stored by: ???


Dynamax 8″ Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope

The telescope comes with a sturdy tripod and wedge and uses an AC motor to track the night sky when properly polar aligned. The scope will fit in the trunk or back seat of a car. The scope is excellent for viewing the moon, the planets and most deep sky objects.  Yes, we have two of  this same telescope.

Loaned/Stored by: Rich D.

 


P1060230Celestron 6” Newtonian with Dobsonian Mount

Quick and easy to set up!

Loaned/Stored by: ???

 

 


 

P1060229Mead 2045 – 102 mm SCT

Great for the moon and planets! Set is up on a picnic table with the legs, align to north, and you have an equatorial mount that will allow you to track objects as they move across the sky.  It is a 102mm f/10. Sets up on a table, tracks well, has 32mm and 6.7 mm wide angle EPs and a 2X barlow.

Loaned/Stored by: Chris N.

This telescope should soon be able to be checked out from the Crozet Library.


Celestron 4.5” Newtonian with Dobsonian Mount

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Quick and easy to set up!

Loaned/Stored by: James Mc.

 

 

 


Tasco 80MM Refractor on Equatorial Mount

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Vintage, but very well maintained classic.  Great for views of the Moon and Planets. (Note  I did not fully attach accessory tray in photo, but everything works.)

Loaned/Stored by: Wes Epperly


Meade 114″ Reflector on Equatorial Mount

IMG_1369Meade Model 4000 114mm Newtonian Reflector on a portable equatorial mount.

This telescope is currently being cleaning and refurbished.

Loaned/Stored by: Chirs N.

 

 

 


 

Other Scopes and Equipment:

4.5″ Celestron Dob (Converted 4.5″ reflector to Dob).  Loaned to Nathan B.

8″ Orange Tube Celestron SCT, no mount.  Stored by Rich D.

Dynascope RV-6, SCT. Stored by Bill P.  Bill is currently rebuilding the drive.

    (1) Aluminum hard-sided pluck-foam eyepiece/equipment case
    (1) Plastic Orion eyepiece case
    (1) 26″ Plastic Toolbox with tray and built in storage bins
    (1) 26″ Yellow Plano Toolbox
    (1) Radio Shack 140 Watt DC to AC Inverter
    (1) TrippLite 300 Watt DC to AC Power Inverter
    (1) 12.5″ Aluminum Hartman Mask for Celestron C11
    (1 Set) Astrodon 1.25 True-Balance LRGB Filters

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