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18-04-2012, 11:05 AM
I currently count around 40 telescopes for sale on IIS classifieds, most getting little interest if the discussion level is any indication. I think that makes it a buyers market :) Perhaps the weather has created a kind of GFC amongst telescope owners.
18-04-2012, 12:10 PM
That and the high AUD.
18-04-2012, 12:23 PM
We're prob at saturation, the high Aud meant people could all get what they want, meaning there are few left to buy
18-04-2012, 02:46 PM
But the level of interest and discussion is hard to judge, when many advertisers, for some reason, only want enquiry by PM.
18-04-2012, 03:09 PM
I must admit Astrophotography took a back seat over the last 5 months with constant cloud cover and rain in the Sydney area. I used the CDK17 for the first time in what seemed like several months recently now there is the occassional clear night.
18-04-2012, 03:26 PM
Good point , Allan.
Still there are a lot of 'scopes there available. They are certainly not being 'snapped' up.
18-04-2012, 10:37 PM
Six months ago I would have jumped at a number of those scopes.
But the ones I'm looking for now aren't coming up.
I guess a lot of people put their unused models on the market with all the weather.
18-04-2012, 10:43 PM
I myself just recently bought a 10" SW Collapsable DOB that had been on the market for several weeks.
I was actually waiting for something a bit bigger, but gave in, in the end.
Of course, the bigger scope (14" Orion) came on the market 2 days later but was snapped up within an hour. (I know because i tried to buy it too, just as the new buyer was leaving with it).
So the right stuff still goes very quick.
19-04-2012, 06:18 PM
Of course there’s also this place.
Not sure how popular it is though
19-04-2012, 07:38 PM
I've got people banging the doors down to get to my two scopes but I haven't found a suitable buyer yet - good homes only :) ............ and you have to also buy a washing machine and food processor as part of the package - I won't split :P.
19-04-2012, 09:11 PM
I'll take the food processor if it has a 20" f/3.3 quartz mirror :D
19-04-2012, 09:15 PM
What's the Washing machine like?
19-04-2012, 09:47 PM
There you go - more interest in the white goods than the scopes - the astro market really is soft :)
19-04-2012, 10:11 PM
23-04-2012, 12:28 PM
I've sold a few things there but only about 1/3 of the Oz Astro community seem to see stuff up there :)
23-04-2012, 12:28 PM
Astrobuy/sell that is
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