The AAQ owns a number of telescopes and other equipment for member hire to meet a short term need, learn how to use a telescope or try out equipment prior to purchase.

  • First contact the Equipment Director who can advise you on the conditions for borrowing, if or when the equipment is available, and provide other information such as how and where to collect the item.  A form is available on the page showing the equipment details.
  • Hirers will be required to complete an Equipment Hire Form, which outlines your responsibilities.
  • The current hire fee for telescopes is $10 per month, with some or all of the hire costs to be paid upfront.

Current equipment list (details are available to members)

12″ GOTO Dob Kit

Skywatcher flex tube (collapsible) 305mm Newtonian Dobsonian telescope.

8″ GOTO SCT Kit (Paul Lapalud)

Meade 200mm LX10 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and mount.

8″ GOTO SCT Kit (Albert Zwart)

Meade 200mm LX10 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and mount.

10″ GOTO Dob kit

Skywatcher flex tube (collapsible) 250mm Newtonian Dobsonian telescope.

ETX-90 Kit

Meade ETX-90 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain.

13″ Truss Tube Dobsonian

Odyssey 13.1″ Newtonian with truss tube and dobsonian mount.

Coronado SolarMaxII Solar Telescope Kit

Coronado SolarMax II 90mm Hydrogen Alpha solar telescope and mount (restricted hire).

PST Solar Scope Kit

Coronado Personal Solar Telescope (PST) and mount.

8″ Dob Kit

Skywatcher flex tube (collapsible) 200mm Newtonian Dobsonian telescope.

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Other Equipment & Accessories

Eyepieces, laser pointer, software and torches