Loaner Telescopes

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 [email protected].


Club Owned Loaner Cassegrain Telescopes

IDPictureDescription
C1Current Borrower: Available
Loaned On: NA
Available: 06/14/2019

Celestron Celestar 8 f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain (SCT) on Equatorial Wedge

Accessories: 6x30 finder, 40mm, 25mm 12.5mm eyepieces, dewshield & soft case for EPs.

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

  Celestar 8 User Manual (947.1 KiB, 155 hits)

C2Current Borrower: Unavailable
Loaned On: NA
Available: Being Repaired

Celestron NexStar 8 f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain (SCT) with GOTO

Accessories: Telrad finder, 40mm, 17mm, 7.5mm, soft case for EPs, 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

  Nexstar 8 User Manual (3.4 MiB, 126 hits)


Club Owned Loaner Dobsonian Telescopes

IDPictureDescription
D1Current Borrower: Unavailable
Loaned On:
Available: Being Repaired
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.

  Zhumell Z10 Dobsonian Manual (723.5 KiB, 272 hits)

D2Zhumell-Z10Current Borrower: Albert Haines [email protected]
Loaned On: 7/20/19
Available: 10/20/2019
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, moon filter and hard case for EPs.

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.

  Zhumell Z10 Dobsonian Manual (723.5 KiB, 272 hits)

D3D3-Orion-Classic-XT8
Current Borrower: Hewitt Trinh - [email protected]
Loaned On: 06/20/2018
Available: 09/20/2018
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 OTA & soft case for EPs..

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.

  Orion XT-8 Manual (416.1 KiB, 144 hits)

D4Coulter-Odyssey-10Current Borrower: Available
Loaned On: NA
Available: Now
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.

  Coulter Odyssey User Manual (1.1 MiB, 140 hits)

D5D5-Dobsonian-8in-f6Current Borrower: Clay Coor - [email protected]
Loaned On: 08/31/2018
Available: 11/31/2018
8″ f/6 Dobsonian Reflector

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

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.
D6D6-Orion-Classic-XT8Current Borrower: Will Binkley - [email protected]
Loaned On: 08/04/2018
Available: 11/04/2018
Orion XT8, Skyquest 8″ f/5.9 Dobsonian Reflector

Accessories: 9mm EP, 25mm EP, Orion EZ Finder II reflex sight & soft case for EPs.

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.

  Orion XT-8 Manual (416.1 KiB, 144 hits)

D7D7-Orion-Classic-XT8Current Borrower: Steven Kolins - [email protected]
Loaned On: 11/19/2017
Available: 03/19/2018
Orion XT8, Skyquest 8″ f/5.9 Dobsonian Reflector

Accessories: Meade 32mm, 20mm & 12.4mm, Meade 2x Barlow, Orion EZ Finder II reflex sight & soft case for EPs.

This scope is recommended for all skill levels.

  Orion XT-8 Manual (416.1 KiB, 144 hits)


Club Owned Loaner Refractor Telescopes

IDPictureDescription
R1Meade-RefractorCurrent Borrower: Available
Loaned On: N/A
Available: 07/01/2018
Meade 90mm Refractor f/10

Accessories: 6×30 Finder (broken), 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

  Meade Starnavigator Series Manual (2.1 MiB, 177 hits)


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.

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