Available Loaner Scopes

Borrow one of our scopes for a 3-Month stretch.

Shown below are the telescopes the SDAA has available for loaning out to the membership. Details of the scope are listed to the right of the picture. If you are interested in borrowing one of these scopes for up to 3 months, please contact the SDAA Loaner Scopes Coordinator. Here are the Loaner Scope Procedures.

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10.1″ Coulter Dobsonian
Weight: 65 lbs.
Focal length: 950mm
Focal ratio: 4.5
Primary: 1.125″ thick, 1/8th wave
Secondary: 1.83″
Accessories: Mirror transport box, 6x finder, Galileo Red Dot
4.5″ Takahashi Newtonian
Focal length: 1000mm
Focal ratio: 10
Accessories: Telrad
Eyepieces: 40mm, 20mm, 18mm, 12.5mm, 10mm, 7mm, 5mm
Note: Non-driven equitorial mount with setting circles on a wooden tripod. Spectacular scope.
8″ Meade LX-90 SCT
Weight: 70 lbs.
Focal length: 2000mm
Focal ratio: 10
Accessories: JMI electric focuser, counterweight T-adapter, 1.25″ diagonal, 8×50 finder, Deluxe Pelican carry case, field tripod with eq. wedg
Orion SkyQuest XT10i IntelliScope Dobsonian Reflector.
Features a 10″ (254mm) parabolic mirror with a long, 1200mm focal length (f/4.7).
The reflective optics gather 56% more light than an 8″ mirror.
2” focuser. Telrad. Two eyepieces.
Setting circles have been removed.
Celestron 8” SPC8
The SPC8 was the first equatorially-mounted C8, using a Vixen Polaris/Super Polaris mount. Excellent optics. Corrector plate has been cleaned. Focal length is 2032mm (f10). Screw driven. An exceptional instrument.
Meade 2080 8” SCT (Circa 1982)
Tracking wedge mount. Visual accessories include finder, 40mm, 25mm, and 9mm, Modified Achromatic eyepieces. Photographic accessories include Tele-extender for projection photography, off axis guider, and a drive corrector. Old school film gear.
Zhumell 8″ Dobsonian
The Zhumell Z8 Dobsonian telescope features an 8” parabolic primary mirror with a f/6 focal ratio and 1200mm focal length. A very versatile scope: small enough to pack in compact vehicles, but large enough to observe the entire Messier catalog with ease! Sports a 2″ focuser and a 50mm RACI finder scope.
Beginner Astrophotography Rig
6″ f/5 Orion Astroview telescope mounted on a Celestron CG-5 AS-GT.  This fully motorized and GOTO mount sits on a sturdy 2″ steel tripod and includes three counterweights (only one needed for the included OTA). Vixen style saddle. The OTA has a 1.25″ focuser with T-threads to accept your DSLR or mirrorless camera.  T-adapters for common DSLRs are included.  With a good polar alignment, exposures of 2-3 minutes should be possible.  Fast f/5 optics and short 750mm focal length make for a forgiving astrophotography experience.
Bushnell Voyager 8″ Dobsonian
Easy to set up and easy to transport, the Bushnell Voyager features an 8″ parabolic mirror with a f/6 focal ratio and 1200mm focal length.  This is a great scope to borrow if you have kids who want to learn to use a telescope.  It is rugged and super simple to use.
iOptron Skyguider Pro with Accessories
Easy to use sky tracker that can accept your DSLR, mirrorless, point-and-shoot camera, or a small telescope.  Includes everything you need (except the camera and lens) to start shooting deep sky exposures up to 10 minutes in length.  Includes heavy duty 2″ steel tripod, upgraded William Optics alt-az base with polar scope, dual counterweights, heavy duty ball head mount for your camera, and a William Optics Vixen dovetail saddle for small telescopes.  Also includes a Bahtinov mask to assist with focusing.  The whole set packs up in two small boxes, plus the tripod: super easy to transport to dark skies.
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