Unitron 114 62mm Unitron 128 60mm Unitron 140 75mm Unitron 155 102mm Cave Astrola 10" f/5 (1959) Meade LX90 8" & LXD75 AR6-AT
Classic refractors; visual observer, old school.
"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
"The White Zone is for loading or unloading of passengers only. No Astrophotography." Cosmic Acres! Greatest restoration challenge: Tulley and Sons 3" achromat on Altazimuth mount, circa ~late 1820s
ATM Nut. My builds: 6" f15 Refractor Big GEM mount 12.5" Homemade Newt Projects in the works: 16" F7.2 Reflector
Quote:change is constant in the world as are prices. As less of the vintage scopes become available because they are all in the hands of collectors the prices are going to increase as demand does because more people are now looking for them. I have seen the same happen to vintage audio gear. Look at vintage cars. What makes any of you think that you will be able to keep buying these vintage scopes at the same price as you did years ago.
Refractors Reflectors Two Cats A few eyepieces
Telescopes are instruments of hope and faith. Hope that a better, clearer and brighter universe can be observed. Faith that we can bring these discoveries back to our small planet and create positive changes for all of it's inhabitants.
Orange Tube C8, Tasco 7te-5, 4" Criterion Dynascope, Jason/Towa 313
Nikon Action Extreme & Pentax WPii Binoculars
At my club, everything one could want up to 18"
Hypotheses non fingo
Quote:Hey Steve glad you finally got your Unitron. I do beg to differ on the value. Several years ago a 160 with weight drive and home-made pier went for $8,000. It has been 3 or 5 years since the last sale on either CN classifieds or Amart of a Unitron weight drive and the last one sold for $2,700. That all by itself.That recent 160 for $6,000 was a great buy. Of course I am particularly biased as I do have a horse in this ring with my club's 160 as you know. I have been attempting to get the Secretary to list it at Auction now for over a year....such with volunteer positions!Cheers,Mark
Quote:Absolutely we have noticed and stated so on several recent threads in this forum. See for instance the eBay thread that was locked earlier this week. Perhaps it should be policy that we don't state prices in the forum when such questions are asked by newbies such as those you speak of. Perhaps, just tell them to set an asking price based on what it's worth to them.
Quote: Perhaps it should be policy that we don't state prices in the forum when such questions are asked by newbies such as those you speak of.
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Tak-106, AP900GTO, Unitrons, Masuyamas
The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true. "J. Robert Oppenheimer"
Quote: "Hey, look what I found! What do you think it's worth?" These people are not hard to spot and they are obviously out for a fast buck. If you think that a few of us ran him off because of our comments to the like as we had his number, then IMO you are deluding yourself. This is just my opinion
I don't know about any of you, but if I list an item, I would like to get the most money possible for that item. Of course, when I buy, I like to get the best deal possible. Educating yourself on the market is the key to any successful transaction. There will always be the insanely wild listings, and sometimes these people get lucky. For the most part, I really don't see these dreamers as a driving force in market trends. My philosophy is that if you see it once and you're uncomfortable with the condition or terms, move on.
Quote: Quite simply, the driving force behind the rising price on classic telescopes is simply the desire to own. If you want the prices to drop, stop buying. Just don't complain when your own personal collection takes a hit. Sad, but true.
Vixen Custom 80M
Sans & Streiffe No. 612 76.2mm x 1250mm
Coulter Odyssey 13.1"
SkyWatcher 8" SCT
Criterion Dynascope 10
1967 Scope Orbit 60mm X 700mm
Quote:Maybe a permanent "what's it worth" thread that people could ask that question in and members could decide for themselves if they want to help or not. Could give the collectors here a little more insight to what's available out there.
Brian Even a broken clock is correct twice a day