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For Sale: Celestron Advanced Series GT German Equatorial Mount – SOLD


I’ve owned and used this mount for about 9 years now.  It has been a solid performer.  I still use it but am looking to upgrade to a mount that can carry a heavier load for astrophotography. The ASGT is officially capable of up to 30 lbs but that payload would be visual only. I’ve had an 8″ SCT with smallish guide scope, total of 20 lbs successfully. Celestron used to sell this with various OTA configurations including 5″ to 11″ SCT, 8″ to 10″ Newts and up to 6″ refractors.  This ASGT has very good GOTO capabilities, once you’ve gone through the alignment process it can find what you want with ease.  The hand controller has, I believe, 13,000 objects in its database. When I had a  camera with a 0.4 degree FOV attached and good alignment done the object would be in the view on the first try.  The periodic error is a limiting factor, I had to limit exposures to about 5 minutes and throw out a third due to the blip when I was imaging.  However, if you are not imaging or doing short exposures that won’t be a problem. The power switch started developing a problem a couple years back and, not being incredibly electronically skilled, I sealed the switch in the on position with silicone sealant. See the picture below.  The switch is probably easy to repair if you know how.  Other than this, the mount has the scratches you would expect from a mount this age but is in good shape.  Selling the items below for $450 with central Arkansas delivery or pickup.  Will be happy to assemble mount and demo it for you.  If interested, contact me at jamesdixonlr at or 501-258-1914.  Will deliver to central Arkansas or meet you halfway farther out in Arkansas.

The mount includes the following:

  • The mount itself.
  • A Nexstar hand controller.
  • Auxilliary port that allows you to connect your laptop among other things to the telescope. I’ve used this and planetarium software to drive the scope.
  • Tripod leg spreader.
  • 11 lbs counterweight.
  • Both an AC and 12 volt DC power cord.
everything controller
spreader, weights, power supply power switch
controller and aux port auxiliary port

For Sale: Orion StarBlast 4.5″ Dobsonian — SOLD!!!

Sold in 9 hours!  Thanks, Jeff!

I bought this years ago for the kids. They are mostly grown now and the scope is sitting idle in the garage. It is an f/4 113 mm diameter scope. It is a table top dob although I used a hand crafted wooden mount that was built for my fork mounted SCT when I had that. Many scopes like this have a simple spherical objective but this one has a true parabolic mirror that provides great wide angle views. It’s a great grab and go scope. What you’ll get is the scope itself, a laser collimater, and one 10mm Celestron eyepiece. I’m not sure what happened to the original Orion eyepiece so I am substituting this one.  Asking $120 and will deliver to central Arkansas or meet you halfway farther out in the state.  Contact me at jamesdixonlr at or 501-258-1914.  If you are interested in the wooden tripod too let me know.


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For Sale: 10″ Zhumell Z10 and Accessories — Sold!!!


Selling my Zhumell Z10 and accessories.  See pictures and item list below. I am asking $600. You can contact me at


Zhumell Z10 dobsonian
Zhumell plössl 9mm eye piece
Orion 2x Barlow lens shorty
Zhunell wide field 30mm eye piece
Orion 8-24mm zoom eye piece
Orion star shoot planet imaging camera
Polarizing filter #3
Moon filter
Laser collimator

I also have the telrad reflex sight in the picture but I haven’t been able to get it to turn on so I’m not sure if it works. The orion star shoot camera only works with imaging the moon. If you have another telescope with a longer focal length then it should work fine for that.

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