BAS Telescope Rental

How to Rent a Telescope

Our equipment can only be rented by current financial members of Brisbane Astronomical Society (BAS).  BAS reserves the right to decline a rental request for any reason.

To rent a telescope kit, or specific equipment item, please follow the following steps:

1. Email our equipment officer, hire@bas.asn.au, and check the availability of the equipment and arrange how the physical hand-over might be best arranged.

2. Pay the Rental Fee and Refundable Deposit, as a single sum, directly into the BAS Bank of Queensland bank account.  The account details are: 

Account name: Brisbane Astronomical Society Inc
Bank: Bank of Queensland
BSB: 124030
Account Number: 10168155

3. Add a Reference to your transfer so we can identify and confirm the deposit.  Use a Reference such as your Last Name and Hire:  SmithHire   We will then email you once we have confirmed receival of your payment.

4. When the equipment is physically handed over to you, you will be asked to provide a current Driver’s License, as proof of identity and address.  Our Equipment Officer will photograph your license for reference in our equipment database. 

5. When your rental period is about to expire you must contact our Equipment Officer and arrange physical return of all of the equipment.  Make sure you provided us with your bank account BSB and Account Number so that we can refund your deposit.

6. Meet with our Equipment Officer and return the equipment.

7. Your Deposit will be refunded within a few days of satisfactory return of all equipment.

Please contact our Equipment Officer if you have any questions:  hire@bas.asn.au

Kit 1 - Celestron SE4 Schmidt–Cassegrain Telescope

Internal electronics with hand controller, celestial tracking telescope suitable for visual observing and perhaps basic astrophotography.
However, this kit is supplied with components only suitable for visual astronomy, not astrophotography. Substantial experience is required with this telescope before attempting astrophotography.
Rental Fee: $30 per month
Refundable Deposit: $50

What is "in the Kit 1 Box"


PDF Overview Document for Kit 1 - Celestron SE4 Schmidt–Cassegrain Telescope

To download a copy of this document, Click Here

Kit 2 - Celestron SE6 Schmidt–Cassegrain Telescope

Internal electronics with hand controller, celestial tracking telescope suitable for visual observing and perhaps basic astrophotography.
However, this kit is supplied with components only suitable for visual astronomy, not astrophotography. Substantial experience is required with this telescope before attempting astrophotography.
Rental Fee: $30 per month
Refundable Deposit: $50

What is "in the Kit 2 Box"

PDF Overview Document for Kit 2 - Celestron SE6 Schmidt–Cassegrain Telescope

To download a copy of this document, Click Here

Kit 3 - 200mm Sky-Watcher Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope
Non-tracking, manual push-to telescope suitable for visual observing. Not suitable for deep-sky astrophotography.
Rental Fee: $30 per month
Refundable Deposit: $200

Kit 3 - Accessories Included:
Fabric light shroud
Plastic carry case with:
- Two tensioning handles
- 50mm finderscope
- Single tube dust cover
- Focuser with base adapter ring
- 1.25” eyepiece adapter
Five eyepieces, all 1.25” diameter:
- Plossl 25mm
- Kellnor 20mm
- GSO 15mm wide view
- Wide Scan 13mm
- Meade 12mm

Plus Fabric light shroud.
PDF Overview Document for Kit 3 - Sky-Watcher 200mm Dobsonian Telescope

To download a copy of this document, Click Here

Kit 4 - Saxon 200mm Dobsonian Telescope
Non-tracking, manual push-to telescope suitable for visual observing. Not suitable for deep-sky astrophotography.
Rental Fee: $30 per month
Refundable Deposit: $200

Kit 4 - Included accessories:
Accessory carry case, comprising:
- Two tensioning handles
- 50mm finderscope
- Focuser with base adapter ring
- 1.25” eyepiece adapter
- 2” eyepiece adapter
Three eyepieces:
- UW80 20mm 2” eyepiece
- Meade 12mm 1.25” eyepiece
- SkyWatcher 5mm 1.25” eyepiece, with twist barrel focusing.

Also:
- EVA foam light shroud
- Single tube dust cover (second cover is foam)
PDF Overview Document for Kit 4 - Saxon 200mm Dobsonian Telescope

To download a copy of this document, Click Here




Kit 5 - Skywatcher AZ EQ6 GT Mount with Skwatcher 100mm ED Refractor Telescope
Electronic tracking mount and telescope with keypad hand control.
Suitable for visual observing and astrophotography, camera not included. 12V DC power source not included.
Rental Fee: $50 per month
Refundable Deposit: $200

What is "in Kit 5 "
- Sky-Watcher ED 100mm Refractor Telescope (with aperture cover)
- Attached telescope tube rings with dovetail plate (Attached to telescope)
- Robust Telescope Carry Case
- Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Mount and Declination Wedge
- Cardboard packing box for mount and counterweights
- Two white round counterweights plus connecting rod
- 12v Power Cable with cigarette lighter plug
- Skywatcher SynScan Controller & cable
- Skywatcher Tripod with spreader eyepiece holder
- 50mm straight-through Finder Scope (mounting bracket attached)
- Skywatcher 90 degree 2” star diagonal with 1 ¼” eyepiece adapter
- Eyepiece – 1.25” Super 25 Wide Angle Long Eye Relief
- Eyepiece 2” multi-coated 28mm
- Eyepiece MEADE 12mm WP HD-60 6 Element
- ¼ inch eyepiece adapter and sealing plug
- Three Allen Keys
- kywatcher AZ EQ6 GT Mount User Manual
To download a copy of the Kit 5 Overview document, Click Here

To download a detailed review of the capabilities of the AZ EQ6 GT Mount, Click Here

Kit 6: SkyWatcher 10" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope
Suitable for visual observing. Not suitable for astrophotography.
Rental Fee: $30 per month
Refundable Deposit: $200

Meade 8" LX90 Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
Electronic tracking telescope with keypad hand control.
Suitable for visual observing and astrophotography, camera not included.
Rental Fee: $30 per month
Refundable Deposit: $200
Included accessories:
Meade 8inch - tripod
Meade 8inch - packing box
Meade 8inch - Manual
Meade - 15mm eyepiece
Meade - 30mm eyepiece
Orion dielectric diagonal
Celestron visualback
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