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sgorton99
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Favorite used telescope ad
      #4203600 - 11/22/10 07:23 PM

Mine was - "White telscope, old, comes with wood box. Used to work, seems like something is loose inside. Don't know anything about it. Comes with stand. Good for outdoor use or astronomy. Extra lenses included. No pictures as camera is broke."

Edited by sgorton99 (11/22/10 07:28 PM)


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caheaton
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: sgorton99]
      #4203639 - 11/22/10 07:48 PM

I always wonder about that guy on ebay who is selling his refractors as "blue refractor..." or "black refractor" as though color is an important criteria when shopping...

Then again, if I bought a scope and it turned out to be hot pink I might not want to keep it...
Craig


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tubehead999
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: caheaton]
      #4203665 - 11/22/10 08:01 PM

Antique Outdoor Telescope - $3300
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Originally from the shore of Lake Michigan at the American Science Center. Fully restored, perfect operating condition. Coin operated, takes quarters, has child steps built-in. A substantial architectural piece (over a hundred pounds) - great for a beach house.


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actionhac
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: tubehead999]
      #4203780 - 11/22/10 08:59 PM

TELESCOPE no phone no email no picture come and see.

3454 W. Corrosion St. Fungusville


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Brian RisleyModerator
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: actionhac]
      #4203932 - 11/22/10 10:29 PM

Hey, they sell phones and other stuff based on the color, why not scopes?
(Dell and Apple did it!)
Too many people are 'fashion conscious!'

Brian


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woodsman
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: caheaton]
      #4203970 - 11/22/10 10:55 PM

Quote:

I always wonder about that guy on ebay who is selling his refractors as "blue refractor..." or "black refractor" as though color is an important criteria when shopping...

Then again, if I bought a scope and it turned out to be hot pink I might not want to keep it... Craig




If that's the case, then you shouldn't ever buy a scope from Preston. His are purple, and so are our friend John's from way up North!!


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clintwhitman
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: woodsman]
      #4204054 - 11/22/10 11:57 PM

Old Scope,,,, $400,,,,,,,,,,

This add was posted on craigslist, Jersey Shore. No photos or any thing.
I sent an Email, What kind of scope is it? Two weeks later I received the photos of the 4" Tinsley, 3 weeks later it was at my house. My favorite add to date,,,,
(aveman


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Dr Morbius
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: clintwhitman]
      #4204057 - 11/22/10 11:59 PM

In Zoidbergs voice ......Such a deal!!!!

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tim53
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: caheaton]
      #4204434 - 11/23/10 08:48 AM

Quote:

I always wonder about that guy on ebay who is selling his refractors as "blue refractor..." or "black refractor" as though color is an important criteria when shopping...

Then again, if I bought a scope and it turned out to be hot pink I might not want to keep it...
Craig




Likewise, I read those "nautical brass telescope" as if "nautical brass" is a color!

-Tim.


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habsburg8
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: sgorton99]
      #4204642 - 11/23/10 10:41 AM

Steve,

There are so many to choose from! Some of my favorites are:

*A simple $25 Tasco #55VTE (60mm alt-az) on Craigslist where the seller, obviously a real estate agent, described and displayed the telescope as if it were a statue by Auguste Rodin or Frederic Remington.

**Ads where the seller has the telescope pointed straight down into the floor.

***Garage or estate sale ads where all that they say is 'Telescope.' No picture or description. How many Cave Astrolas or Nikon refractors have been sold this way?

****Ads that include only a couple of words and a telephone number but nothing else. No picture, description or brand name. Such imaginative single phrases as "Nice looking", "Great telescope", "Telescope, used only a couple of times", "Paid a lot", "In grandpa's attic for years", "Make an appointment to see", "Stored in basement", "Never used", "See the stars", "In case", "BIG telescope", "Older telescope I know nothing about", and so forth.


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Steve C.
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Loc: Sugar Land, TX
Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: habsburg8]
      #4204674 - 11/23/10 10:56 AM

My favorite was a Wanted ad from Houston Craigslist:
Quote:


I want a Telescope.


I don't want a cheapy little kids telescope either. I have an office here on the 10th floor with a window facing south and I'd like to have a telescope that can see all the way downtown.

But I'm also a cheapskate and don't want to spend the money. But I'll barter.

I have some LCD computer monitors. I have a guitar effects processor thats probably only worth about 40 bucks.

I am a computer professional , so I can offer website development work in exchange for the telescope.

Or if you have something else in mind that you'd like to trade if for , just let me know.

I'll expect you to bring the telescope here and set it up so I can try before I buy.




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PiSigma
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: Steve C.]
      #4205086 - 11/23/10 02:33 PM

My favorites are for the ones I end up buying.

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albert1
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: PiSigma]
      #4205866 - 11/23/10 08:37 PM

One of my favorites was a recent Craigslist listing. The listing title was "telescope". When you opened the link all it read was "black". It was funnier when you saw it.

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KidOrion
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Loc: Carbondale, IL
Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: albert1]
      #4206090 - 11/23/10 10:18 PM

"Large round telescope. Big."

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Happy-Idiot
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad new [Re: KidOrion]
      #4206684 - 11/24/10 09:08 AM Attachment (202 downloads)

"Telescope for sale. This is a scientifical instrument with Precision Optics not one of those kid toys. $350 "

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Happy-Idiot
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad [Re: habsburg8]
      #4206728 - 11/24/10 09:39 AM Attachment (223 downloads)

Quote:

***Garage or estate sale ads where all that they say is 'Telescope.' No picture or description.




Sometimes they have pictures. A keen eye will tell you this is a Unitron, and if you are really sharp it is a model 760. look close and you can see it has all its original eyepieces.
The funny thing is that they even put effort into posting a picture at all.


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habsburg8
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad [Re: sgorton99]
      #4206793 - 11/24/10 10:14 AM

Probably this one at the present time.

http://fingerlakes.craigslist.org/bar/2072863256.html
(I am not the seller of whatever.)


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habsburg8
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad [Re: habsburg8]
      #4206805 - 11/24/10 10:19 AM

Could be a Tasco #10TE or similar!

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sgorton99
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad [Re: habsburg8]
      #4207069 - 11/24/10 12:39 PM

Quote:

Probably this one at the present time.

http://fingerlakes.craigslist.org/bar/2072863256.html
(I am not the seller of whatever.)




I love the disclaimer about the telescope - don't we all?


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habsburg8
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Re: Favorite used telescope ad [Re: sgorton99]
      #4207215 - 11/24/10 01:51 PM

What is encouraging about this particular advertisement is the presence of some older Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines. The telescope could also be in that age range (1940-1970), and may have some very desirable eyepieces or other accessories.

Contrary to the seller's feeling that potential buyers might be 'scared away' because his items are not new, most treasure hunters are lured by the fact that they are OLD.


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