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What is a Meade DS-16 mount worth?

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#1 AlienFirstClass

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 05:34 PM

I have been watching this auction and am surprised by the interest.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...1QQcmdZViewItem

What in your opinion is a mount like this worth?

And is it a good general purpose GEM?

Thanks

#2 rmollise

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 05:39 PM

I have been watching this auction and am surprised by the interest.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...1QQcmdZViewItem

What in your opinion is a mount like this worth?

And is it a good general purpose GEM?

Thanks


No more than what the high bid is on this at the moment...less than 500 bucks. I mean, it's an OK mount for visual use with reasonably heavy scopes (it was never enough for a DS16). Imaging? Fuhgeddaboutit.

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 06:52 PM

I paid $500 for a complete Meade Research Grade mount including shipping. So no more than $500 i would think

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#4 Steve Fisher

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 12:38 AM

I bought mine for $450.00 and took a short drive to pick it up. Handles a 62" long 6' f/12 VERY well. I'll get back to you on how it handles a 92" long 8" f/12.

Very old school.

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#5 AlienFirstClass

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:54 AM

I think the price is very high for what the buyer will get.

- An AC drive

- A no bearings mount with the current plastic inserts likely shot

- A mount that the seller freely admits (to his credit) was in very tough shape before the redo

- A refurbish job which you have no idea how well it was done until you use the mount

In my experience, I have seen several better Meade DS-16 mounts sell for a couple of hundred dollars at the max.

Could the higher bidding be because buyers cannot afford better mounts in this down economy?

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 01:36 AM

I've seen several of those mounts for about $300 more than that, but those still had a 10" OTA on them. OTOH, while that price seems a bit high at first glance, try to buy a new mount for that price that is as strong...

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 11:52 PM

For $500 one can build a better GEM.


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