Whats my Questar worth.
Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:51 AM
My grandfather passed about a year ago and some of my inheritance was a questar telescope. I have used it to gaze at the stars and seen the rings of Saturn but I know I am not using it to its full potential. The more I read about how good these telescopes can be the more nervous I am having it in my hands.
Any ways, its a questar 3.5" telescope with the leather case , keys are still in original bag, power cord, legs, solar filter, both a 24mm, 16mm lens. The etching on the back, #3-cv-dp-5623-bb, has turned up that it is a duplex model with broad band coating.
here are some pics of the questar. any further information anyone can hook me up with, it would be really really awesome.
bonus pic I took with my iphone5 up to the eyepiece
Posted 27 August 2013 - 01:39 PM
Posted 27 August 2013 - 02:54 PM
3 = the last digit of the year it was made (1973 for yours)
CV = Cer-Vit (the material the mirror is made of, CV was an upgrade from the Pyrex base mirror and is a good thing)
DP = Duplex Model (this is a major upgrade from the base Standard Model and allows the OTA to be removed from the base and used on a standard tripod, this is a very good thing).
5623 = This is the real serial number and means the Q3.5 was made in the 1970s (SN #4000 to SN #7500 were made in the 1970s). The 3 at the begining of yours means 1973 was the year of production.
BB = Broad Band Coatings on your CV mirror, this is a good upgrade from no coatings.
You own a very nice Questar 3.5 inch mirror Duplex with an upgraded mirror.
How much it is valued at is a broad spread of factors.
Some recent sales are:
AMart website (these are asking prices of duplex Q 3.5s)
year not known $2450 not a CV but has PGII
year not known $2300 not CV
1968 $2500 not CV
1994 $2450 Zerodur mirror (like a CV)
1989 sold for $3176.25 Zerodur mirror plus 5 EPs (the extra 3 EPs are probably worth $600)
What yours is worth would be in the $2000 to $3000 depending on it's condition. One note: even if it is worth $3000 it is ment to be used and is a very well made and can handle the task.
Good luck, Bill
Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:17 PM