About

Hello and welcome!
TelescopeTrader (or TT for short!) is a 100% user supported surplus astronomy equipment classifieds. We are entirely supported by our astronomycommunity and sponsors. What that means is that the only ads you’ll see here are on TT are ads from our members. We do not display any 3rd party advertising (e.g. Google, Bing, etc.), nor do we sell your data. Types of listings allowed include used telescopes, telescope accessories, telescope eyepieces, telescope mounts, telescope parts, and astrophotography gear. If you’d like to become a telescope mentor, we welcome these types of posts in our services category.

Who we are
My name is Michael, a web developer and astronomy buff, and I created TelescopeTrader to help people discover and learn about backyard astronomy. We are an owner-run business located near Tucson, Arizona USA and have been operating since 2017.  We review all ads and members because your online safety is our #1 priority.

Our mission and values
We aim to be the Internet’s best telescope classifieds website and help support the growth of amateur astronomy and astrophotography in local communities. Through our involvement with astronomy clubs and related organizations including The International Dark-Sky Association, we are encouraging people of all ages to get involved with astronomy and astrophotography. Also, we support environmental sustainability by helping encourage recycling of used astronomy equipment, telescopes, and astrophotography gear.

Why sell used astronomy equipment here
If you are selling used telescope equipment, one important thing to note about TT is that it reaches a broad audience of people – many are just getting into astronomy. They’re often searching for inexpensive telescopes, cameras, and so forth. So, it’s a really great platform to get your used gear ads or service ads in front of a diverse group of astronomy enthusiasts. Also, please keep in mind that we never sell your personal info or run any outside (Google) advertising. We are also a private community and an annual membership or sponsorship is required.

Annual passes (memberships)
An annual  pass is required to register a new account and ensure the highest level of safety for you and our astronomy community. If you already have a Noob or Buff Pass, consider upgrading to a Guru Pass, it’s a great option for members who’d like to unlock professional groups and more. Memberships ensure the highest level of safety for you and our community. After checkout, your account will be activated immediately. Please be sure that all information you provide is accurate and valid – no exceptions!

Annual pass options

Promotion options
Feature ad listings are $15 and expire after 30 days. If you want your items to get the most eyeballs and potentially sell more quickly, upgrade to a feature ad for maximum views. Feature ads are prominently promoted across our website, newsletter, and Facebook page. Learn more about feature ads and extended ad options at this link.

Email verification
Once you submit your ad, verify your email by clicking the verification link in the email we send. After your email is verified and you ad is reviewed, it will be published live. Our notification emails come from alerts [at] telescopetrader [dot] com and our support emails come from support [at] telescopetrader [dot] com. Please add our email addresses to your safe sender list so they don’t end up in your junk/spam folders. This way, you will be sure to get email notifications when someone contacts you about your ads.

Posting a new ad
To post a classified ad listing for your used astronomy equipment, select the Add new listing button on the top right on the website. You can change the price or other details of your listing at any time after posting in your “My account” dashboard using the “Edit” link. After you sell (or find your wanted item), please mark the ad status to “Sold” by editing your ad in the “My account” section. Or, you can [Pause] or mark the ad [Completed] at any time to remove it from the active listings.

Business owners and educators
If you are an astronomy business owner or educator, connect with thousands of potential astronomy enthusiasts and customers in need of your skills. Post an ad to promote your astronomy-related services, books, courses, videos, podcasts, or training programs.

Wanted ads
Make it easy for potential sellers in your city or across the United States (or Canada) to connect with you. Post a wanted ad for those rare and hard to find items!

Invite friends
If you like what we’re doing, please visit often and support us by inviting friends. Just share our link: https://www.telescopetrader.com

Online and IRL safety
We are committed to your ONLINE safety and to make buying/selling/trading your used astronomy equipment as simple as possible. We monitor and review ALL USERS and ADS for suspicious activity. Because we personally review each item and ONLY list surplus astronomy equipment, we are able to provide a much safer experience. And, our website runs on the newest technology with robust anti-spam and security features. However, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for your IRL (In Real Life) safety, so don’t be a victim! Please DO YOUR PART and read our Personal safety information page.

Disclaimer
TelescopeTrader Classifieds is an astronomy classifieds website where users can buy, sell, or trade surplus astronomy equipment. Please be aware that we do NOT accept or assume any responsibility whatsoever for any transactions between members who use our website. Our staff will NOT get involved or intervene in any disputes that arise between any participants involved in transactions that occur through the use of this venue. “Buyer beware” and “seller beware” should be kept in mind when entering into transactions when using any classifieds website. For more information, please visit our Online safety page.