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#1 judothrow

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 04:19 PM

I am thinking about buying this telescope from a guy I know, just want to get your opinion of value of everything seen and the finderscope/bracket, it has been stored in a box for many years, but no dustcap included or any other accessories either, mirror looks nice too? :bow: Thank You, Chris W.

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#2 GlennLeDrew

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 04:36 PM

The Tak Epsilon line was, as I recall, highly prized by imagers back in the '80s and '90s. I know I somewhat lusted over the concept for a time, but never got around to obtaining one. They are fast, and employ corrective optics to cover the 35mm full-frame format. I can't recall their then selling price, though...

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 04:39 PM

Possibly in the thousands depending on condition.

#4 judothrow

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:13 PM

The scope is in excellent condition, no dings or scratches to OTA, however, the tak 8x50 finder has a couple of minor scratches in paint. sounds like my $1100 will be a good investment. Thanks, Chris

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:28 PM

The last one I saw was just the OTA like the one you are describing, (F/3 something?) and it went for well over 2,500 dollars. If it is in good a conditions as it looks, you are getting a heck of a deal. By the picture it looks like it might have a replacement finderscope... but who cares. break out the safety orange paint.

#6 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:21 PM

I looked at the Astromart classifieds for Epsilon 130s, in the past 5 years, I found three that were sold, all went for $1650 give or take $50.

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 10:15 PM

Someone at this site http://www.mrh.org/ has an incredible image gallery taken with one of these things I was not aware this comes in different F/ ratios. maybe that is the differences in prices.

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:13 PM

alot of high end but less mainstream glass has gotten really cheap in the last year or two with the economy... so something like this is worth what someone is willing to pay for it, and I would say historical values are just that... Intes MN's have been especially hard hit, as well as big long focus dobs and optics, Not complaining, and I have been the benefactor of many of these deals....

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 09:16 PM

I sold mine ( little buddy ) to a friend for $1500, money's gone and so's the scope, sigh.

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#10 DeanS

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:29 AM

I have an older E160 that I never plan on parting with as long as I am imaging. Great little scope. I think you are getting a super deal and should be very happy with the scope. The focuser is a weak link and is the only thing bad I can say about them.

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