SA retailers for astrophotography equipment?

plofstof12

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Hi

I am looking for retailers in SA that stock or import hi-level astrophotography equipment, like german equatorial mounts (eg the EQ5 or EQ6) or cameras like the ZWO ASI (broadband and monochrome) and/or APO refractors. And the like.

My research efforts got me to telescopeshop.co.za and eridanus.com, but neither of them stock or list these products on their websites.
Are there any physical retailers or other online retailers that I could look to? Or will I have to import myself... (I have an import licence but would prefer to acquire locally obviously)

Thanks!
 

Gordon_R

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Noyes Chemist in Kenilworth, CT.

Else try the local chapter of the Astronomical Society.
 

plofstof12

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Yes, they have been selling telescopes and camera equipment since the 1970s. If you are not in Cape Town, don't bother.
I'm in Gauteng but will definitely contact them anyway.

Any pointers to retailers based up north?
 

mercurial

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Yes, they have been selling telescopes and camera equipment since the 1970s. If you are not in Cape Town, don't bother.
Indeed. I used to buy stuff from them way back. Glad to hear they're still there.
 

Praemon

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I had the same issue when trying to buy in 2011. While I would've preferred local, none of the stores I contacted had stock of what I wanted, and everything was pricey. With the exchange rate being stronger than it's been in ages, you'll likely be better off buying internationally (if I remember correctly optics don't attract import levies, but you'll pay VAT and high shipping costs).

I bought an Explore Scientific ED80, along with a Celestron CG-5GT mount (and some eyepieces), and did it all through international sites. With DHL or similar it's quite quick and didn't have any issues - but the shipping is obviously really high with heavy equipment like this. Some international stores also don't ship to SA, so I had to use MyUS.com or a similar service.

Personally I haven't tried them, but one store that come up when I was looking was http://www.glagencies.co.za - they still seem to be running. So might be worth giving them a shout.
 

Praemon

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Interesting link , however not a single price listed on any items on that site, i would be very carefull , that is a red flag IMHO.

I actually think they're a distributor for Celestron and other optics/equipment in SA so don't list prices directly, but can help with locating stock or products if it's in a line they work with. Here's a list of stores they work with - http://www.glagencies.co.za/dealers/

Their responses were very slow though when I did ask about certain products, but they kept me up to date when new stock arrived for the item I was looking for.
 

ricardo12

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Just use www.firstlightoptics.com they are UK based, you will save on the their VAT so minus that off their advertised price. Your 'cart' tells you the shipping price straight away, via DHL tracked to your door. DHL will call you with the TAX, its not a train smash as you are saving anyway. I've bought from them many times over the years and actually have stuff waiting to be sent to me as we speak. Oh and I've bought mounts from them weighing 50kg shipped, so you can ship anything you want.
 
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