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#1 Rfriedman

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:53 PM

I have a Dynamax 8 that belonged to my grandfather. It is in the original box. It has been in storage for many years and is is good shape (I think). I would love for one of you enthusiasts to let me know what it is worth. Thank you.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:14 PM

200 US$ or so in good condition. Lot of accessories? Maybe a little more.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:29 PM

Thank you Rod. I'm not sure what all is in the box. I am out of my area of expertise here. Even if I opened the box, I would not know what I was looking at. I appreciate your response!!!!

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

Wow only $200? I would've guessed more like $400 if optics are good but that's just me...

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:40 PM

Post pictures and maybe we can be of more help in telling you what you have. Bob

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:53 PM

Wow only $200? I would've guessed more like $400 if optics are good but that's just me...


As I always say: "A used telescope is worth what you can convince somebody to pay for it." B-U-T...Criterion Dynamaxes don't often fetch 400 dineros ;)

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:11 PM

hav ta agree with unk Rod... the Criterion Dynamaxes were an odd bunch,, biggest mistake was not conforming to the meade/celestron standardization as well as poor optics in some lead to this scopes demise..

btw I got one of those old black 8" criterion's sitting in the garden shed,, come to think of it-- it sat there for a few years now... got it for free so, nothing lost nothing gained.......
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:34 AM

I have a Dynamax 8 that belonged to my grandfather. It is in the original box. It has been in storage for many years and is is good shape (I think). I would love for one of you enthusiasts to let me know what it is worth. Thank you.


Rod may well be correct in his opinion of what the Dynamx is "worth" BUT I would be shocked if it didn't go AT LEAST double that on ebay if you care to offer it there.
I've been watching telescope prices there for several years.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:29 AM

When was the scope built? Color of fork arms - grey, powder blue, royal blue or black?

Serial number of scope (4 digit number on aluminum plate attached to base)?

Got a photo of the scope?

#10 Rfriedman

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:37 PM

Thank you all so much for your comments. Here are some photos if you care to advise me further.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:39 PM

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:40 PM

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:32 PM

It is grey. Don't know the exact year. Serial #1462

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

It is grey. Don't know the exact year. Serial #1462


have a look at the front of the scope. There should be a ring with a serial number on it.

The 1st two digits are the year of manufacture (of the scope).

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:13 PM

It says "Serial # 1462"

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

It looks an early one going by the declination slow motion - a short tangent arm in a box. The later D8's had a longer tangent arm similar ro the C8 tangent arm.

There should be a six digit number on the ring that holds the corrector plate at the fron of the tube as in the attached photo. The first two digits of this number should indicate the year.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:06 PM

The Grey forked arm ones I have looked through had a lot better optics than the Blue armed ones,
I'd say $300.00 on up, Do you have a local Astronomy Club?
Someone can help judge the optics.
It is in VG condition, if optics test good, I dont see a problem going up close to $400.00, Gill this might be the one for you!! I wish I could buy it right now.
Thats just me.
Personally I like the old Max's They had a very good drive system, much smoother than Celestron.
On the other Hand if the optics test out Poor, I would part it out, because if you are honest about it, you probably won't get $200.00 for it. I'd give $45.00 for the finder alone and another $30.00 for the legs..
Gill is a great guy to answer your questions . He is honest and knows more about those old Girls than anybody :bow:
I have owned 5 of them, 2 were very Good, 1 is Excellent (a 6" I still own) 1 OK and 1 Poor.
Don't let yourself get caught up in the hype. It all comes down to the one YOU have, not the stories told and retold...
Good luck and thanks for posting the nice photos,
PS: if you could come up with paper work, all accys etc, it will help.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

The Grey forked arm ones I have looked through had a lot better optics than the Blue armed ones,


IOW, the ones before their chickens came home to roost in the form of a Celestron lawsuit. ;)

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:33 PM

poor optics in some lead to this scopes demise..


I had one of those. I then sold it and bought a C8. No comparison in the quality of images between the two telescopes. The C8 was a gem!

#20 Rfriedman

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:40 PM

It is a 1971

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

I would have said that it was a 1975 based on the first two digits of the number.

The attached image shows the various numbers I'm aware of for D8s - the odd one is spinyeal's D8 where the base serial number is relatively high (#1960) being close to two 1975/76 base numbers (#2048 and #2480) yet the ring number (#710031) suggest a 1971 model.

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#22 Gil V

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:43 PM

I like that registry. I might be able to add a serial number to it.

Biggest thing that concerns me about that scope is the lack of a dust cover on the rear cell, but if in the case it should be ok. Where are you located?

#23 highfnum

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:01 PM

nice table - thx

#24 Rfriedman

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:49 AM

I am in Los Angeles. I listed it on Craigslist and have gotten several inquiries. If you are near LA, I am having a garage sale on Sunday. I couple of people are coming then to take a look at the Dynamax.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:56 PM

I might be able to add a serial number to it.


Hi Gil

That would be great, the more numbers we have the better!

James






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