Used telescopes and telescope accessories can be a great option when working with a tight budget. When you purchase a High Point Certified Pre-Owned Telescope or Accessory you are investing in a used telescope or accessory that has gone through a rigorous inspection process. Open Box or Demo items include the full manufacturer's warranty, while products rated Excellent, Good and Fair come with a full 90 Day Warranty offered by High Point Scientific.
High Point Scientific Condition Scale
Open Box - Refers to a product that was opened at our warehouse for the purposes of showing a customer. Additionally, this product could have been sent to a customer and upon arrival, they determined the item did not fit their needs. All open box products come with a full manufacturer warranty.
Excellent- Refers to a used telescope or accessory with slight wear that is only visible under close scrutiny. All optical elements are flawless void of scratches or fingerprints. All original accessories, software (if applicable), instruction booklets and packaging is present. Covered by a 90 Day High Point Warranty.
Good - Refers to a product with visible signs of wear that can include minor scratches, smudges, and dings. Comes with fully protective packaging that may or not be original. Original accessories are present. Covered by a 90 Day High Point Warranty.
Fair - Refers to a product that is worn but continues to be fully functional. Signs of wear can include multiple scratches, smudges, and dings. Optics may have dust but function at a high level. Original instruction manuals may be missing. Protective packaging will be supplied to ensure safe shipment of the used telescope or accessory. Covered by a 90 Day High Point Warranty.
Each Certified Pre-Owned Telescope or Telescope Accessory offered by High Point Scientific passes a rigorous, multi-point inspection that covers optical elements, electronics and exterior moving and weight bearing parts. During this process, each Technician notes the wear areas associated with each piece of equipment and assigns a corresponding grade.
All Certified Pre-Owned Telescopes come with a High Point 90 Day Warranty. Demo or Open Box items come with a full Manufacturer's Warranty.
We buy used telescopes and used telescope accessories! Typically, we purchase mid-range to high-end used telescope equipment. To receive a quote for High Point to buy your used telescope equipment fill out our Used Telescope Quote Form.
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Color or Monochrome Camera?
One of the main considerations when choosing an astrophotography camera is whether it comes with a color or monochrome (black & white) sensor. There is a large selection to choose from either way, although a good number of relatively inexpensive beginner imaging cameras often come in color only.
While a color camera may be easier to master, a monochrome astro-imaging camera is nice because you can shoot in black and white, or you can add an external color filter wheel to the system and image in color. In fact, some monochrome cameras come with an internal filter wheel! Regardless of whether the filter wheel is internal or external, most of the time you will need to buy the filters themselves separately. That is usually best, however, because there is a huge selection of imaging filters to choose from, including the basic LRGB (Luminance, Red, Green & Blue) filter set as well as narrowband filters that allow you to explore particular wavelengths of light alone or as a group.
While this is a huge subject, here is the takeaway: A color camera is a good choice if you want to end up with color images but don't want the added expense and learning curve of a monochrome camera and filter wheel. However, a monochrome camera will grow with you as you add accessories to expand its capabilities.
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