I acquired 3 two more pictures today and talked to jim for quite a while this evening. He described the “legs” on the mount and then it hit me, it is a Parks observatory quality F5. In the picture you can see it is in pristine condition from being well taken care of and its location high above the desert in the mountains. The base has been mounted into concrete inside the observatory and the three legs are not shown in the picture. They are parks legs. The tube we believe is aluminum but Jim will verify that tomorrow. The tube is just over 15” in diameter and about 6 feet long making it the F5. If you look at Parks website, the exact scope is still being sold today for $13941.00 . Also included are the hand controllers, a third “reflector” finder, and boxed of goodies including cameras eyepieces and who knows what else. There is also a 10” meade SCT in the observatory.
Jim is 82 years old. The original owner past away 1 ½ years ago. He is now selling the house and wants to get rid of it all. He is not goiong to give it away but he has no emotional attachment to any of it. He also will sell the observatory building if someone wants it.
OK, so what is the scope worth? I will be helping him find a buyer and will eventually place ads on CN and Astromart. I don’t know all the rules here and this is not an ad. I just need help placing a value on it. I’m not so worried about the “extras” as I believe all that will be thrown in with who ever buys the scope. Did these Park scopes have something on the caves especially if this is 12 or 15 years old?
Anyway, here are the pictures sent to me.