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#1 brave_ulysses

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 07:06 AM

don't know if this is the appropriate place for this, but here goes:

http://www.ebay.com/...TRAVES-PARAB...

#2 Raginar

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 02:01 PM

LOL. Well, neat idea. Those trailers are built for operating on paved surfaces... you're not taking this anywhere fast. It'd be nice if he had pictures of the inside too.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 02:42 PM

I think the price started at $49,000. This is a re-list.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 04:39 PM

Yea, I'm sure it's DRMO stuff and he's just trying to figure out a good price for it. It's hard to have a pulse for something like that.

I sent the guy an email asking him to post more pictures. Specifically of the inside. I don't think he's going to get remotely near 10k for it though. It's just too 'specific' and requires some significant modifications to make it road worthy.

Still, can you imagine outfitting that thing for star partyin'?! :)

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 05:07 PM

A rusty (steel plate?) white elephant. The tow weight is probably more than most vehicles could handle. It might be worth $10K for a buyer with a specific need, other than that its real value is the local scrap yard's daily rate.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 06:43 PM

anyone know how these were originally used? not even sure what i was looking for when i stumbled on it...

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 07:08 PM

NASA at the Kennedy Space Center has a fleet of 20 -25 of these. They are placed at the observing mounds around the center and used to photograph the launches, they have a alt-az optical tracker with something around 8-10" for a compound scope and video camera in them.
A few of these were sold at surplus auction (maybe five years ago? ) and went for 2-3K depending on condition ( without any tracker or cameras).
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Posted 01 August 2014 - 08:20 PM

hahaha :)

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 08:39 PM

...went for 2-3K depending on condition...


That's what I was thinking: "If it's not too trashed I'd pay $3000 for it, if I had that much, which I don't. ;) "

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 06:26 AM

That thing could certainly be truck-shipped, and if it could be bought for a couple thou, likely could, with a coat of paint, become a reasonable backyard obs, but I'm thinking the local HOA would have 'issues' about this one! (tell 'em it's for the CIA, for spying on the neighbors)

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 10:14 AM

Roscoe, honestly, if it's a stable platform, it'd be a great buy for a club. ready made for whoever has a farm in the area.

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 09:54 AM

The fact it needs to be put on a flatbed to move it is a complication.  Once it was on your property is when its own wheels could be used.  The refurb part, though-'Here there be monsters.'

 

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 06:11 PM

:D Agree completely.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 06:19 PM

Here's something a bit similar: http://www.ebay.com/...=item35a7e2b3a4

 

These might be handy for imaging the ISS...

 



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:45 AM

I think that's the kind of scope that lived in the dome in the original post.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 05:11 PM

Only $76K!! I'm gonna order 6 of 'em......not








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