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For Sale: Almost New Celestron AVX Mount

I bought this mount new in May 2015 to replace my aging ASGT mount.  The AVX is a significant improvement on that mount. See my first impressions of the mount here ( The mount has performed well these six months so why am I selling?  I got the upgrade fever and replaced my long serving C8 with a C9.25.  The 9.25” is 50% heavier than the 8”.  This mount is rated for a 30 lb payload for visual work and it has handled the 20 lb C9.25 fine for visual but I am now doing photography again and 20 lbs not counting the camera itself is too much for photography. The mount did handle the lighter C8 for photography successfully so I’d say its limit for photography is between 15 & 20 lbs.
Follow this link ( to see Celestron’s page about this mount.
The AVX mount sells for $799 new, I am asking $700 plus shipping if needed. I will deliver it within a couple hours drive of Little Rock.
If you are finding your Orion SkyView Pro or Celestron Omni GEM to be under powered for your scope this is the mount for you.  Those two mounts are rated at 20 pounds while this has a 50% greater capacity.
Included in the sale are the following:
  • The mount of course.
  • The original foam packaging for the mount head and a container to keep it in.
  • The 12 lb counterweight. You can see from one of the pictures that this was enough to balance the C8 without anything else.  If you need more, I have two more smaller counterweights that I’m planning to sell separately.
  • Not only the DC power cord that is standard equipment but an AC power supply as well.
  • The instructional manual and a CD.
  • A padded Orion bag to keep the tripod and counter weight in.
  • Vibration suppression pads.
The Orion bag and the vibration suppression pads are not almost new like rest but are not in bad shape and still do their jobs.
This does not have a polar alignment scope, I didn’t buy one with the mount.
The mount came with a 2 year warranty. I don’t know if that is transferrable or not but if so it will be under warranty for about 18 months.
 20151115_201002_resized_120151115_201401_resized_120151115_201835_resized_1AVX mountThe optics above the mount in this picture are of course not included.

Meade DS2130 5.1″ Goto scope for sale

Meade DS2130 5.1″ Goto scope.  Can’t get the goto to work.  Replaced smart finder with a reddot finder and now it is a neat little manual scope.  $100.   Includes the smartfinder and everything that came with the scope including two eyepieces.  May have fixed the smartfinder and persistence may get the goto to work (but don’t count on it).
130mm (5.1″) 1000mm f7.7 9mm and 25mm eyepieces.
Includes original smartfinder and a Celestron Red Dot Finder.
Scope is in Heber Springs, but can be brought to club meeting or Little Rock. For more information, contact

For Sale: Celestron C8 on Orion GOTO mount

Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain telescope with Orion SkyView Pro GoTo Equatorial Mount.  8 inch Mirror Fastar compatible with fully computerized GoTo system finds and automatically tracks any of  42, 900 celestial objects.  Includes: Polar Axis Finder, 7 x 50mm Finder Scope, 1.25″ visual back, 90º prism star diagonal (1.25″), AC to DC 12 V adapter, 12 V DC power cable , computer interface cable (RS-232), padded case for mount,  padded case for optical tube, light shield, dust cover.  $1,000    Call 479-229-2418.  Located in Dardanelle, AR


Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain telescope with Orion SkyView Pro GoTo Equatorial Mount


Polar Axis Finder Scope


Padded Cases and Accessories durbin_c8_a

Dust cover, 12 V DC power plug, A/C to DC adapter, computer interface cable

Padded case for optical tube

Padded case for optical tube

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Visual Back and 90º Prism Star Diagonal