Quote:thanks for the answers, i guess the bottom line is " is it worth it, depends on the buyer" donnie
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Quote:It's like owning a Harley. If we have to explain it to you, you wouldn't understand.
--------------------- --------------------- "Nothing exists but atoms and empty space. Everything else is opinion." Titus Lucretius Carus 99-55 B.C.
Quote: Quote:It's like owning a Harley. If we have to explain it to you, you wouldn't understand. Questars don't leak oil, they aren't noisy, they don't shake and rattle, and they idle without having to goose the throttle. Thus, more like a Honda.
Quote: Some people don't feel that a Rolex is worth it either, but a lot of people buy Rolex watches (entry level prestige watch these day by the way). Interestingly, I have had a Rolex for 40 years (they were simply the best watches made back then) and it is perhaps worth more today than I paid for it.. It has for all those decades been a superb mechanical watch.
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Quote: My jeweler told me that Rolex is the largest selling watch in the world.
Quote: Companies like Questar, Astro-Physics, and TEC produce small volumes, but this keeps the prices per unit high.Of course demand is small as well, so the model balances out for them.Roland Christen once told me personally that it would be impossible to increase production. Of course I have my doubts about that. I think it is more likley that he could not personally produce more scopes, but you can always produce more of something.But what if he decided to change is production methods to make more scopes? Suddenly there would be a surpluss. Used scopes would start to become more common and prices would fall. Many people might be satisfied with a used scope.From a financial perspective, the model he uses probably results in the minimum amount of hassle (running a bigger enterprise is very difficult) with a maximum amount of per-unit profit. In other words, I think he enjoys being personally involved in the making of his telescopes and to increase production, he might have to relinquish that involvement.It is a good model for him, and I am sure that for Questar, the model works well too.
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Quote:Quote: Quote:It's like owning a Harley. If we have to explain it to you, you wouldn't understand. Questars don't leak oil, they aren't noisy, they don't shake and rattle, and they idle without having to goose the throttle. Thus, more like a Honda. I would say more like a Rolls Royce - Ghost Saloon.
Friends call me Duane. Compustar C14, Leo Henzl's Custom C8, 6" Refractor Adv. GT mount, 6" F5 Omni XLT Newt., LXD-75 F4 Imaging SN8, Meade 8" F6 Newtonian, EX Dynamax DX6, RV-6 ETX-90 Astro, Meade 2045 4" SCT, B&L 4000 Vixen/Celestron 80mm F11 JC Penny 60mm AZ/ALT Refractor Binos 25x100
Quote: Here is a short film on the subject
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Quote:.................You can keep em' I have an ETX 90 1st series I love and would rather loose my hand than sell it...
"A craftsman relies on science when knowledge allows it, tradition and experience when it does not, and makes art whenever he can." 14 built scopes from 4.25 to 18" and a 24" in (perpetual) progress. 15 ATM awards. Co-mounted CPC 1100 EdgeHD/TAK FS-102/Orion ED80T on a trash-cart for when I'm feeling lazy. "Simple minds discuss people. Good minds discuss events. Great minds discuss telescopes." http://stardazed.com/
Quote:what in heavens name is so special about a questar telescope. aperture is aperture and these scopes are so small, what can you see with them that makes them so expensive. donnie
Quote:I tried out to a 1958 or 59 Questar in the early 90's, It was a beautiful telescope, built to the highest standard machine wise. I loved to have it in my hands feeling the Buttery smooth action. But under the stars it was a real dog!
Quote:I'm lost, what watch should I buy again? (I'm a watch collector also)
Quote:Quote:I'm lost, what watch should I buy again? (I'm a watch collector also) I have an Omega Seamaster, and my friends with Rolexes say it keeps better time; of course, if accuracy is an issue, then get the Casio. Tim
Quote:Quote:Quote:I'm lost, what watch should I buy again? (I'm a watch collector also) I have an Omega Seamaster, and my friends with Rolexes say it keeps better time; of course, if accuracy is an issue, then get the Casio. Tim I have a vintage Automatic Omega Constellation. It falls asleep after two days if I don't keep wearing it and is a bit of a pain at times...but I don't care. I love wearing it.I bet there are discussions very similar to this on watch forums too! I think the watch analogy is a rather good one. I've been to a few watch shows in London and see enthusiasists/collectors appreciate why the time consumed in building things by hand results in a watch that can carry a 4, 5-figure or even 6 figure sum (or higher still). Sometimes the movement can be a mass-produced ETA example and the work is in the casing or complications, but for the really high prices how about a watch with a custom mechanism and a Tourbillon?For what it is and what it represents, I actually think the Questar is quite reasonably priced. Just my two
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Quote:.........For what it is and what it represents, I actually think the Questar is quite reasonably priced.