RAC Loaner Scope Program

The Raleigh Astronomy Club owns several telescopes that are available for use by club members. Information about each of these loaner telescopes is shown below. Club members in good standing can borrow one of these loaner telescopes for a period of 3 months. To borrow a telescope,please complete and submit a Telescope Loaner Request form.

If you have any questions please contact the Loaner Telescope Coordinator at telescope@raleighastro.org.


Club Owned Loaner Cassegrain Telescopes

IDPictureDescriptionBorrowerLast Loan DateAvailable Date
C1Celestron-Celestar-8Celestron Celestar 8 f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain (SCT) on Equatorial Wedge

Accessories: 6x30 finder, 40mm, 25mm 12.5mm eyepieces, dewshield.

Recommend that members requesting this scope understand polar alignment in order to properly set up and use this scope

  Manual-Celestron-Celestar8.pdf - Celestron Celestar 8 User Manual (PDF)

Richard White – rywhite40@yahoo.com02/05/201605/05/2016
C2Celestron-NexStar-8Celestron NexStar 8 f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain (SCT) with GOTO

Accessories: Telrad finder, 40mm, 17mm, 7.5mm. Eyepiece case, 12v car power adaptor, 12v battery power adaptor, Celestron scope case


Recommend that members requesting this scope have some knowledge of skies in order to properly set up and align for GoTo functionality

  Manual-Celestron-Nexstar8.pdf - Celestron Nexstar 8 Manual (PDF)

Letisha Lam – letishamc@gmail.com12/15/201503/15/2016
C3Meade-ETX105peMeade ETX-105 f/14 Maksutov-Cassegrain (MCT) with AutoStar GOTO

Accessories: Red-dot finder, Meade Super Plossl set (40mm, 20mm, 9.7mm & 6.4mm) with Meade EP Case, tripod bag and AutoStar hand controller. User will need to provide 12v battery with lighter adaptor or 8 AA batteries to power the scope.

Recommend that members requesting this scope have some knowledge of the skies in order properly set up and align for GoTo functionality.

  Manual-Meade-ETX_90_105_125_ec.pdf - Meade ETX 90/105/125EC Manual


Colin Woolard – cwwoolar@ncsu.edu
Currently loaned as scope #8
03/31/201506/30/2015
C4Meade-ETX90Meade ETX 90 Maksutov-Cassegrain (MCT) on ALT-AZ mount

Accessories: Meade 25mm Plossl, Celestron 15mm Plossl, Mead 9.7mm Plossl, 2x Barlow, soft case

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.

  Manual-Meade-ETX_90_105_125_ec.pdf - Meade ETX 90/105/125EC Manual

Catalina Del Risco - cdelris@ncsu.edu12/15/201503/15/2016

Club Owned Loaner Dobsonian Telescopes

IDPictureDescriptionBorrowerLast Loan DateAvailable Date
D1Zhumell-Z10Zhumell Z10 10″ f/5 Dobsonian Reflector

Accessories: 8x50mm right angle finder, dust cap, 1.25″ adapter, 32mm, 25mm, 12.5mm, 10m eyepieces, Collimation Cap, soft case for EPs.

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.

  Manual-Zhumell-Z10-Dobsonian.pdf - Zhumell Z10 Dobsonian Telescope Manual (PDF)

Britton Upchurch - tobritton@gmail.com 02/02/201605/02/2016
D2Zhumell-Z10Zhumell Z10 10″ f/5 Dobsonian Reflector

Accessories: 9x50mm right angle finder, dust cap, focuser plug, 1.25″ adapter and primarty cooling fan (battery operated – 8AA – user supplied), 32mm 2″ eyepiece, Meade 12.4mm Plossl, Meade 9.7mm Plossl, High Point 2x Barlow and soft case for EPs.

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.

  Manual-Zhumell-Z10-Dobsonian.pdf - Zhumell Z10 Dobsonian Telescope Manual (PDF)

Hariram Mani - mhariram@gmail.com04/24/201607/24/2016
D3D3-Orion-Classic-XT8
Orion XT8, Classic 8″ f/5.9 Dobsonian Reflector

Accessories: 32mm EP, 15mm EP, 12.5mm EP, Orion EZ Finder II reflex sight, Orion blue padded case for OTAG.

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.

  Manual-Orion-XT8.pdf - Orion XT8 Manual (PDF)

Paul Bonnett - pebonnett@yahoo.com04/24/201607/24/2016
D4Coulter-Odyssey-10Coulter Odyssey 10.1″ f/4.5 Dobsonian Reflector

Accessories: 12.5mm Plossl Eyepiece, Telrad finder, Sirius 25mm, Sirius 12.4mm, Sirius 10mm, Shorty 2x Barlow, Soft case for EPs,

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.

  Manual-Coulter-Odyssey.pdf - Coulter Odyssey Manual (PDF)

Dave Buck – dbuckjr@gmail.com
Currently loaned as scope #15
09/18/201512/18/2015
D5Dobsonian-8in-f68″ f/6 Dobsonian Reflector

Accessories: Telrad finder, 9x50mm right angle finder; 32mm, 25mm, 13mm, & 10mm eyepieces; 2x shorty barlow; eyepiece case; moon filter

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.
Ronald Monti – montiron@aol.com
Currently loaned as scope #4
09/11/201412/11/2014
D6Dobsonian-6in-f106″ f/10 Dobsonian Reflector

Accessories: 6×30 straight-through finder, Meade 32mm, Meade 26mm, Celestron 12.5mm, 2x Barlow and Soft Case for EPs.

This scope is recommended for all skill levels; however the tube is almost 6ft long.
Chris Patrick – ncstatefan13@nc.rr.com
Currently loaned as scope #6
05/27/201509/24/2015
D7Dobsonian-6in-f66″ f/6 Dobsonian Reflector

Accessories: Red Dot Finder, 6×30 stright-through finder, Criterion 30mm, Celestron SMA 25mm and Soft Case for EPs.

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.
Onur Uman – onur.uman@yahoo.com
Currently loaned as scope #7
09/01/201412/01/2014

Club Owned Loaner Refractor Telescopes

IDPictureDescriptionBorrowerLast Loan DateAvailable Date
R1Meade-RefractorMeade 90mm Refractor f/10

Accessories: 6×30 Finder, Meade motor drive controller, Meade Autostar controller, accessory tray, battery pack, Meade 9mm, 12mm and 25mm eyepieces, black toolbox

Recommend that members requesting this scope have some knowledge of skies in order to properly set up and align for GoTo functionality

  Manual-Meade-Starnavigator_Series.pdf - Meade Starnavigator Series Manual (PDF)

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Terms of Loan

  • Equipment can be checked out only by RAC members in good standing.
  • The check out or loan period is 3 months, however the RAC member in possession of the loaner equipment may choose to continue to use the equipment after the 3 month period until another member wishes to check out the equipment.
  • While in the care of a RAC member, the equipment on loan must be stored in clean, sheltered environment with all dust caps, covers, etc. in place.
  • No fee is charged to check out equipment however the RAC member agrees to replace any missing or damaged equipment.
  • Loaner equipment may be checked out at RAC monthly indoor meetings, RACOBS or by appointment with a Telescope Loaner Committee member.
  • RAC members with equipment on loan should be prepared for prompt return of the equipment once contacted after the 3 month period has expired.
  • By checking out any equipment listed on this page, the RAC member agrees to these terms.

Club Owned Scopes Removed from Loaner Pool

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