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

IDPictureDescription
C1Celestron-Celestar-8Current Borrower:Dave Buck – dbuckjr@gmail.com
Loaned On: 06/12/2016
Available: 09/12/2016

Celestron 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)

C2Celestron-NexStar-8Current Borrower: Letisha Lam – letishamc@gmail.com
Loaned On: 12/15/2015
Available: 03/15/2016

Celestron 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)

C3Meade-ETX105peCurrent Borrower: Colin Woolard – cwwoolar@ncsu.edu
Currently loaned as scope #8
Loaned On: 03/31/2015
Available: 06/30/2015
Meade 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



Club Owned Loaner Dobsonian Telescopes

IDPictureDescription
D1Zhumell-Z10Current Borrower:Terri Lane - leglbt@yahoo.com
Loaned On:07/06/2016
Available:10/06/2016
Zhumell 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)

D2Zhumell-Z10Current Borrower:Hariram Mani - mhariram@gmail.com
Loaned On:04/24/2016
Available:07/24*2016
Zhumell 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)

D3D3-Orion-Classic-XT8
Current Borrower:Paul Bonnett - pebonnett@yahoo.com
Loaned On:04/24/2016
Available:07/24/2016
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)

D4Coulter-Odyssey-10Current Borrower:Justin Farris – justin@farris.email
Loaned On:05/23/2016
Available:08/23/2016
Coulter 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)

D5Dobsonian-8in-f6Current Borrower:Britton Upchurch - tobritton@gmail.com
Loaned On:07/06/2016
Available:10/06/2016
8″ 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.
D68in dobCurrent Borrower:In Storage
Loaned On:N/A
Available:N/A
6″ f/10 Dobsonian Reflector

Accessories:

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.
D7Dobsonian-6in-f6Current Borrower:Onur Uman – onur.uman@yahoo.com
Currently loaned as scope #7
Loaned On:09/01/2014
Available:12/01/2014
6″ 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.

Club Owned Loaner Refractor Telescopes

IDPictureDescription
R1Meade-RefractorCurrent Borrower:In Storage
Loaned On:N/A
Available:Now
Meade 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)


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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