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David E
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Now this is drama!
      #5607820 - 01/06/13 06:38 AM

Eyepiece box on EBay. Up to $8.50 with six bids and four days to go!

So how much would you pay for an eyepiece box? Well, this isn't just ANY eyepiece box, of course. It belongs to the coveted Meade Research Grade series of vintage oculars. The eyepieces themselves without boxes can command very high prices at auctions. Good luck if you're bidding on this one!


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Scanning4Comets
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5607826 - 01/06/13 06:56 AM

The title of your post should be "Now this is a waste of money". How much would I pay for that? ...









Nothing.


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Pollux556
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #5607857 - 01/06/13 07:55 AM

Is the RG 20mm Meade WA a collector item ? That is the question. If yes having the box may increase the value of both. An empty green box for the Nagler 11mm T1 was sold 50$ on Ebay !

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catboat
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5607994 - 01/06/13 10:07 AM

And it's got the slightly oversized "0" in the 20mm -- a rare variant indeed!

I'd say it's worth at least $9.00, but the box market is hot so it might hit $9.25.


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: catboat]
      #5608046 - 01/06/13 10:45 AM

I think its time for some reviews and shoot outs for eyepiece boxes! Who has the best cardboard? the best lettering? and the best assembly?
And, which ones crush best to go into the recycle bin?


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Cotts
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: tomcody]
      #5608177 - 01/06/13 11:52 AM

Ahem.

Brandon boxes.

Thread over.

Dave


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Cotts]
      #5608215 - 01/06/13 12:10 PM

It wasn't long before the B-word appeared...


Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


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Scanning4Comets
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Astrojensen]
      #5608247 - 01/06/13 12:22 PM

Oh Lawd....here we go again....

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5608253 - 01/06/13 12:25 PM

Of course we all know that without the orginal box and caps eyepieces are totally worthless.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: oldtimer]
      #5608299 - 01/06/13 12:52 PM

Well.......I will go ahead and admit I've paid twice as much for a vintage eyepiece or two based on the fact that it had the original box and caps.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5608325 - 01/06/13 01:01 PM

Quote:

Is the RG 20mm Meade WA a collector item ? That is the question. If yes having the box may increase the value of both. An empty green box for the Nagler 11mm T1 was sold 50$ on Ebay !




Makes me feel glad my $190 11T1 came free with the box.....


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Cotts]
      #5608329 - 01/06/13 01:03 PM

Quote:

Ahem.

Brandon boxes.

Thread over.

Dave




I hear its best to crush those boxes with the eyepiece still in it.......


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Scanning4Comets
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5608342 - 01/06/13 01:11 PM

You'd better watch out, the Brandon Police will come back with a fresh can of butt hurt.

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Sean Cunneen
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #5608357 - 01/06/13 01:16 PM

Brandon Police here;

We've recieved your complaint. Unfortunatly we cannot respond at this time as we are busy seeing stuff with exceptional clarity.

Besides it's well known that only Televue owners suffer from box-itus.

Edited by Sean Cunneen (01/06/13 01:28 PM)


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5608358 - 01/06/13 01:16 PM

I didn't think of selling my Televue 11mm Nagler-1 & box seperately about 22 years ago. Nor did I sell my Meade RG Orthos & Erfles without boxes about 5 years ago. Times have changed haven't they?

Jim


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: JIMZ7]
      #5608431 - 01/06/13 01:52 PM

Quote:

Brandon Police here;

We've received your complaint. Unfortunately we cannot respond at this time as we are busy seeing stuff with exceptional clarity .




Brandon Complaint Dept.... Please press here


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johnnyha
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #5608475 - 01/06/13 02:07 PM

Brandons do not have or need boxes.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5608483 - 01/06/13 02:09 PM

Quote:

Brandons do not have or need boxes.




I have found that they work best without the boxes. Jim B. may disagree given he likes to observe with end caps in place. IMO though, best without the box. Same with the RGs.


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Sean Cunneen
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: BillP]
      #5608493 - 01/06/13 02:12 PM

Bill, I see another shootout in your future...

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csrlice12
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: BillP]
      #5608497 - 01/06/13 02:13 PM

Aw, come'on Bill, we all know only the "special" photons penetrate both the box AND the cap.......

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David E
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Cotts]
      #5608586 - 01/06/13 02:56 PM

Quote:

Ahem.

Brandon boxes.

Thread over.

Dave




Ahem. Denkmeier vaults.

Thread over.



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dave brock
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5608589 - 01/06/13 02:56 PM

It's gotta be worth $10. It comes from a smokefree home!!

Dave


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David E
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5608597 - 01/06/13 02:59 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Is the RG 20mm Meade WA a collector item ? That is the question. If yes having the box may increase the value of both. An empty green box for the Nagler 11mm T1 was sold 50$ on Ebay !




Makes me feel glad my $190 11T1 came free with the box.....




It didn't come with a free box, I paid $140 for my 11T1 without the box.


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jrbarnett
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #5608613 - 01/06/13 03:09 PM

I offered $50 for a Pentax Ortho box once (I'm missing one box for my set) and the other guy turned me down. I recently sold a full set of Meade RGs (Orthos and Wide Angles) with all boxes for $1700. I doubt I would have made that much had they lacked the boxes. Clearly there is market value for out of production eyepiece boxes.

Regards,

Jim


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5608617 - 01/06/13 03:13 PM

Denkmeier "Vaults" = shameless rip-offs of original Brandon thread on cases.

http://www.astromart.com/common/image_popup.asp?image=/images/classifieds/452...

Just sayin'.

- Jim


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astro_baby
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5608649 - 01/06/13 03:33 PM

Well at least judging from the pics there are no clouds in the box. Perhaps onlly new stuff comes with free clouds.

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David E
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: astro_baby]
      #5609114 - 01/06/13 07:41 PM

Quote:

Well at least judging from the pics there are no clouds in the box. Perhaps onlly new stuff comes with free clouds.




Vintage clouds are extremely rare and hard to find. You're lucky indeed if you ever find one NIB or NOS. I once saw a box of vintage clouds sell for over $1000 on EBay! (Buyer was from a drought stricken region in Southern California.)
You really have to be careful with vintage clouds though, you just never know where they come from. They could be left over from a tornado or hurricane or something.



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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5609768 - 01/07/13 08:53 AM

this thread is hysterical !



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Scanning4Comets
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: scott4comp]
      #5609843 - 01/07/13 10:01 AM

Quote:

Vintage clouds are extremely rare and hard to find. You're lucky indeed if you ever find one NIB or NOS. I once saw a box of vintage clouds sell for over $1000 on EBay! (Buyer was from a drought stricken region in Southern California.)
You really have to be careful with vintage clouds though, you just never know where they come from. They could be left over from a tornado or hurricane or something.






Now that my 34mm ES 68 is just about to be delivered, I thought that the vintage clouds would re-appear tonight, but it isn't so! I will get to use my new 34mm ES with the vintage clouds elsewhere !!!!

Since I just turned 50, I consider myself vintage as well now.


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #5610239 - 01/07/13 01:22 PM

The vintage clouds could be an issue. i was planning on buying some off ebay some time ago to go with a vintage Zeiss Telementor then I noticed the seller was from Chernobyl so I dropped out.

You have to watch yourself on ebay. You think your getting a bargain but sellers arent always honest about stuff like clouds.


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: astro_baby]
      #5610286 - 01/07/13 02:03 PM

Free Astronomy Equipment with each dark cloud purchase!!

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David E
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: astro_baby]
      #5610459 - 01/07/13 03:41 PM

Quote:

The vintage clouds could be an issue. i was planning on buying some off ebay some time ago to go with a vintage Zeiss Telementor then I noticed the seller was from Chernobyl so I dropped out.

You have to watch yourself on ebay. You think your getting a bargain but sellers arent always honest about stuff like clouds.




And I heard somewhere (on this forum perhaps?) that WWII-era vintage clouds may be radioactive. I wouldn't want to touch that!


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: scott4comp]
      #5610462 - 01/07/13 03:43 PM

Quote:

this thread is hysterical !






Think someone should start a new thread: "What's In Your Eyepiece Box Collection"?


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5612068 - 01/08/13 02:29 PM

Well whats in one of my eyepiece boxes is a car, the other one I rented out to some students. You see they are Explore Scientific boxes and ES thoughfully provide you with somewhere to live with each of their eyepieces

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: astro_baby]
      #5612297 - 01/08/13 04:48 PM

and a free meteorite.....

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5612305 - 01/08/13 04:53 PM

LOL

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Jim Curry
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5612768 - 01/08/13 09:39 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

"Brandons do not have or need boxes. "

Ahem, perhaps yours didn't...


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Jim Curry]
      #5614009 - 01/09/13 04:18 PM

Its a lovely box, did the eyepieces come free with it ?

Edited by astro_baby (01/09/13 05:25 PM)


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: astro_baby]
      #5614051 - 01/09/13 04:39 PM

I recall they were found in a dumpster.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: catboat]
      #5614094 - 01/09/13 05:02 PM

Quote:

I'd say it's worth at least $9.00, but the box market is hot so it might hit $9.25.




It's at $12.05… scorching' hot!


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: astro_baby]
      #5614437 - 01/09/13 08:10 PM

Did they come free? Of course!

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David E
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: catboat]
      #5614485 - 01/09/13 08:50 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I'd say it's worth at least $9.00, but the box market is hot so it might hit $9.25.




It's at $12.05… scorching' hot!




Yeah, I was going to bid but it's out of my price range now!


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5614600 - 01/09/13 10:14 PM

I recently sold a Meade SWA 5000 34mm eyepiece but I couldn't find the original box. No problem with this from the buyer, btw. After reading this thread, I'm keeping the box. Who knows what it will bring a few years from now.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5614714 - 01/09/13 11:45 PM

The seller also has a vintage Meade box that comes *with* an eyepiece, though the box is stained, and a previous owner wrote on this Meade RG Ortho 7mm with a felt-tip marker. It seems hard to tell how well this eyepiece would clean up. I actually have one of these, and would like another, but I think I'll pass on this one.

And not in the least because of the stained box! Oh the humanity!


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: stevetaylor199]
      #5614803 - 01/10/13 01:12 AM

Bought my Meade RGO 7mm for $45 and would have wanted the box, but alas, there was none. Willing to have paid more if the original box was available.

Best,


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: ibase]
      #5614814 - 01/10/13 01:33 AM

You did better than I on my RG purchase. C'mon, the box alone is worth $45!

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: stevetaylor199]
      #5614828 - 01/10/13 02:03 AM

Lol

Best,


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: ibase]
      #5614928 - 01/10/13 06:17 AM

Quote:

I recently sold a Meade SWA 5000 34mm eyepiece but I couldn't find the original box. No problem with this from the buyer, btw. After reading this thread, I'm keeping the box. Who knows what it will bring a few years from now.




You'll be lucky if it brings anything, This thread is all hype over boxes. The only thing eyepiece boxes bring is a tad higher resale value on any eyepiece as people seem to like the boxes. Personally I could care less if it comes in a box as long as the EP is in excellent condition.


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David E
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #5615102 - 01/10/13 09:16 AM

It's up to $13.83 with 9 bids and 2-1/2 hours to go! I'm puttin' on my body armor, there's goin' to be some snipin'!

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5615121 - 01/10/13 09:39 AM

Next Philsophical question; do you box the box,,,or just wrap and send it..........

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5615131 - 01/10/13 09:44 AM

Quote:

It's up to $13.83 with 9 bids and 2-1/2 hours to go! I'm puttin' on my body armor, there's goin' to be some snipin'!




This is better than turtle racing. I want in!


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: catboat]
      #5615289 - 01/10/13 11:16 AM

Quote:

Quote:

It's up to $13.83 with 9 bids and 2-1/2 hours to go! I'm puttin' on my body armor, there's goin' to be some snipin'!




This is better than turtle racing. I want in!




I got my money on A***5, but who knows, at the last minute a dark horse can come out of nowhere!


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5615304 - 01/10/13 11:23 AM

It's up over $20 now...

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5615340 - 01/10/13 11:43 AM

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It's up over $20 now...




It's SOLD - $40.95 (!!!)


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: DaveJ]
      #5615369 - 01/10/13 11:57 AM

Boy, that was a bloody one!

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: DaveJ]
      #5615370 - 01/10/13 11:57 AM

Quote:


It's SOLD - $40.95 (!!!)



I think we need a new forum category: Boxtronomy!
Rex


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: tomcody]
      #5615376 - 01/10/13 11:58 AM

Quote:

Quote:


It's SOLD - $40.95 (!!!)



I think we need a new forum category: Boxtronomy!
Rex






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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: DaveJ]
      #5615377 - 01/10/13 11:59 AM

Holey moley! This is the Guernica of OEM boxes!

Hats off to first bidder o***d, tearing up the course to finish with seven seconds to spare.


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5615407 - 01/10/13 12:13 PM

Please guys, do not laugh, this is perhaps, not to say probably one of us who bought this box.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: DaveJ]
      #5615430 - 01/10/13 12:26 PM

Quote:

Quote:

It's up over $20 now...




It's SOLD - $40.95 (!!!)




So, does the box live up to it's $40.95 cost? Any scratches, scrapes, pencil marks??? And just how does one rate boxes? Obviously LNIB doesn't work....


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5615438 - 01/10/13 12:33 PM

Wasn't me (but then i have all my boxes except for one, which didn't come with one). How does one rate boxes? Obviously, LNIB doesn't apply (maybe LNB). Does a price sticker increase/decrease the value? What if an eyepiece is included? How does one determine if a box says XX eyepiece that it is the orginal version box or a later run? Is a box signed by Al Nagler worth more than an unsigned one, worth less, or just worthless? How many and what kind of scratches, scrapes, and dings affect the price, and how do they affect it. Then there's the question of what do we do with all those Brandon boxes..........

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5615440 - 01/10/13 12:34 PM

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Please guys, do not laugh, this is perhaps, not to say probably one of us who bought this box.




If you think about it, there are two, as someone else put in a bid just below that one!

These are strange days indeed...


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Sean Cunneen]
      #5615441 - 01/10/13 12:35 PM

And do you ship it via a stamp on top? the. horror.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: David E]
      #5615567 - 01/10/13 01:42 PM

Does anyone want to buy the ziplock baggie my 24 Brandon from Astronomics came in? It's in excellent condition! David

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: dscarpa]
      #5615641 - 01/10/13 02:30 PM

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Does anyone want to buy the ziplock baggie my 24 Brandon from Astronomics came in? It's in excellent condition! David




Could you post a photo?


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: dscarpa]
      #5615645 - 01/10/13 02:32 PM

Is it the original green baggie ?

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5615648 - 01/10/13 02:35 PM

This thread gets my vote for "Best thread of the year" and its only January!
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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: tomcody]
      #5615682 - 01/10/13 02:54 PM

I just cleaned my ES 82 24mm...any bids for the dust collection???

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: DaveJ]
      #5615749 - 01/10/13 03:41 PM

See Hernando, I told you that box was worth $45. It's like you got your 7mm ortho in it for free!

As for the poster with the Meade 5000 series box, I can't believe that it's that rare... but maybe it's just that thought that makes everybody else throw theirs away. Best to secure it in an archival-quality plastic bag, add some desiccant, and store it in the safe deposit box next to the mint-state Saints.


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: tomcody]
      #5615837 - 01/10/13 04:27 PM

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I think we need a new forum category: Boxtronomy!
Rex




Isn't Boxtronomy Rex a fossil recently uncovered on Mt. Palomar?

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Slow Astronomer]
      #5615853 - 01/10/13 04:39 PM

Good to know, that in an emergency, I can sell my eyepiece boxes before I have to sell the eyepiece.........

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5615934 - 01/10/13 05:39 PM

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Is it the original green baggie ?



Careful, demand is so high and these Brandon baggies are so rare and valuable that many fakes exist. The only way to be sure it's genuine is to have it checked for Don's fingerprints. And even then it could be from his tuna sandwich.


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5615949 - 01/10/13 05:51 PM

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Quote:

Is it the original green baggie ?



… The only way to be sure it's genuine is to have it checked for Don's fingerprints. And even then it could be from his tuna sandwich.




Don eats tuna sandwiches????


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: stevetaylor199]
      #5616089 - 01/10/13 07:19 PM

Steve, shiver me timbers, you don't say!


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See Hernando, I told you that box was worth $45. It's like you got your 7mm ortho in it for free!






Done!
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As for the poster with the Meade 5000 series box, I can't believe that it's that rare... but maybe it's just that thought that makes everybody else throw theirs away. Best to secure it in an archival-quality plastic bag, add some desiccant, and store it in the safe deposit box next to the mint-state Saints.

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I recently sold a Meade SWA 5000 34mm eyepiece but I couldn't find the original box. No problem with this from the buyer, btw. After reading this thread, I'm keeping the box. Who knows what it will bring a few years from now.









Rare breed - Meade Series 5000 SWA 34mm BOX (complete with even rarer white box outer cover [I even have the same box sets with its siblings 16,20,24,28,40mm's for a complete series 5K box sets of 6], it can't get better than this! )

Best,


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: ibase]
      #5616221 - 01/10/13 08:32 PM

Who wudda thought the boxes are worth more than the eyepieces are????

Edited by csrlice12 (01/10/13 08:32 PM)


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5616232 - 01/10/13 08:40 PM

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Good to know, that in an emergency, I can sell my eyepiece boxes before I have to sell the eyepiece.........




I think I can scrounge up enough eyepiece boxes to sell and pay for a new Nagler...


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5616255 - 01/10/13 08:53 PM

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Please guys, do not laugh, this is perhaps, not to say probably one of us who bought this box.




I hope so. I can't wait for him/her to post their first light report!


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5616313 - 01/10/13 09:38 PM

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Who wudda thought the boxes are worth more than the eyepieces are????






Best,


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: ibase]
      #5616853 - 01/11/13 08:51 AM

What's really sad, is that in some cases, this is probably true........

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5616950 - 01/11/13 10:00 AM

True, but maybe allow some slack, whatever floats one's boat as they say, and some meticulous collectors might tend to bat for completeness, and that an EP may not be considered as such without its original box in possession. The premium price bidded for the box in this thread is indicative of such possibility.

Best,


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: ibase]
      #5617014 - 01/11/13 10:48 AM

Tend to agree, to each his own...all hobbies/endeavours have "collectors items" or "antiques", and the more LNIB an item is, the more its worth. And I'm as guilty as the next person. All of my eyepieces (except the 13mmT1) have the original boxes (wife really doesn't understand my insistence on keeping the boxes). If I hadn't run into this LNIB stuff before, I'd probably have thrown them all out. Also kept the original boxes from the refractor, put them in the garage rafters in case I ever need them (didn't keep the Dob Boxes and probably should have. But yea, you're right, to collectors the more perfect to new it is, the better.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5617062 - 01/11/13 11:13 AM

On the other hand, perhaps folks dissing the box buyer are *not* folks from whom to buy used eyepieces. I mean, if you can't even manage to keep the original packaging together with the item, how well taken care of are the eyepieces likely to be?

- Jim


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5617079 - 01/11/13 11:24 AM

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On the other hand, perhaps folks dissing the box buyer are *not* folks from whom to buy used eyepieces. I mean, if you can't even manage to keep the original packaging together with the item, how well taken care of are the eyepieces likely to be?

- Jim




Last year I bought a used 31mm Nagler that did not have the box, but the eyepiece arrived in almost brand new condition. But, like you, I don't understand the lack of a box. Why on earth would you get rid of a perfectly good eyepiece box?


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Doug Culbertson]
      #5617089 - 01/11/13 11:31 AM

Doug, I seriously have a 31mm Nagler box if you want it. A 22mm Panoptic came in it. Lemme know. I'll send it your way gratis.

I got no use for it.

- Jim


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5617093 - 01/11/13 11:33 AM

PM sent, as well as my thanks!!

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5617156 - 01/11/13 12:09 PM

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Doug, I seriously have a 31mm Nagler box if you want it. A 22mm Panoptic came in it. Lemme know. I'll send it your way gratis.

I got no use for it.

- Jim




Wow, very good an generous deal Jim. Will you pay shipPing ?


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5617165 - 01/11/13 12:15 PM

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On the other hand, perhaps folks dissing the box buyer are *not* folks from whom to buy used eyepieces. I mean, if you can't even manage to keep the original packaging together with the item, how well taken care of are the eyepieces likely to be?

- Jim




Agree. I kept all boxes of my EP including the solid ES 100° and 30mm 82° boxes. When I will sell those ep, and it will happen one day, it will be handy to have those boxes to ship them safely.


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5617174 - 01/11/13 12:22 PM

I keep boxes for EVERYTHING from stores and Astro gear. I also don't get it how someone can "lose an eyepiece box"...heck, I don't ever lose eyepiece caps let alone the boxes.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #5617179 - 01/11/13 12:24 PM

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Agree. I kept all boxes of my EP including the solid ES 100° and 30mm 82° boxes. When I will sell those ep, and it will happen one day, it will be handy to have those boxes to ship them safely.

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André, I tried sending you a PM about your 30mm ES 82....Let me know if you decide to sell it. I am interested.


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #5617220 - 01/11/13 12:46 PM

The box for my finder desintegrated long ago and the 2" visual back wrapped in the blue bubble-wrap was just shipped in a cardboard box but everything else stays in the original box. Other ep case is the same


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: wky46]
      #5617250 - 01/11/13 01:02 PM

I keep almost all boxes. I've still got the original boxes my Sansui speakers shipped in from the 'B3 annex exchange' Subic Bay Phillipines in about 1972. When I move (about 6 times so far) the speakers go back in. Over the years I've disposed of many 'used up' appliances/electronics in their original boxes. Yes, I have all my eyepiece boxes.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #5617271 - 01/11/13 01:17 PM

Markus,

Sorry I did not realize that my setup was wrong. I don't know why.

I will not forget your offer :-)


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5617389 - 01/11/13 02:44 PM

Of course I will. Gratis means gratis, after all.



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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: wky46]
      #5617392 - 01/11/13 02:46 PM

I'm pretty much the same. I have two large cardboard moving boxes in the garage that are full of empty eyepiece boxes, just in case I sell anything. In fact, the only eyepieces I don't have boxes for are those that I bought used that came without the boxes.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5617448 - 01/11/13 03:18 PM

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In fact, the only eyepieces I don't have boxes for are those that I bought used that came without the boxes.

- Jim




Same thing for me !


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5617500 - 01/11/13 03:57 PM

Uh, ditto. It's a job just keeping my wife from throwing them out.....

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5617501 - 01/11/13 03:57 PM

I think the interesting thing about RGO box going for $45 is, with a bit of patience, one could find the actual eyepiece with box for maybe $20-$30 more. So the box is worth more than the eyepiece.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5617570 - 01/11/13 04:36 PM

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I think the interesting thing about RGO box going for $45 is, with a bit of patience, one could find the actual eyepiece with box for maybe $20-$30 more. So the box is worth more than the eyepiece.




Perhaps true… but our man has made ebay history. That's not just any RG 20mm WA box now.

If I were in his lucky shoes, I'd have something worthy to put in my sig.


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5617586 - 01/11/13 04:54 PM

Until recently, I kept most of my ep's in bolt cases inside and the respective boxes separate in an outside shed. I just bought a couple of new TV eps/boxes and thought I should just put everything back in their boxes before the mice got to 'em or lost in the clutter. And to my delight, everything I use for a nights viewing fits perfectly with a little room to spare, even when in their boxes. The other ep's and accesories that were in the case (as pictured), I just never used and the case became too cluttered and store those separate now (I also didn't want those cheapie ep's near my TV's. Just not right ). Anyway, I'm glad for the person who won that box. If I had the money, I could see myself bidding high on something like that if I wanted it....... How many times did I just type the word 'box(es)' ?!

Edited by wky46 (01/11/13 05:42 PM)


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: wky46]
      #5617779 - 01/11/13 06:50 PM

Hey I just received delivery of a nice vintage Meade eyepiece box I won on EBay for $45. One side has the outer blue layer ripped off, but it has the original OR6 Made In Japan sticker and the original price sticker ($27.95!) As an added bonus it came with a 6mm Ortho eyepiece.
If I take good care of it, that box will last me for many years to come.


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5618361 - 01/12/13 01:15 AM

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I think the interesting thing about RGO box going for $45 is, with a bit of patience, one could find the actual eyepiece with box for maybe $20-$30 more. So the box is worth more than the eyepiece.


Your logic is flawed. Many, many things are worth more when "parted out" than when sold whole. How much does the EP alone sell for? I don't know as I've never looked at what they cost but it probably isn't less than what was paid for the box...

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: ThreeD]
      #5618643 - 01/12/13 09:15 AM

Here we go again!

Tele Vue Box on eBay


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5618715 - 01/12/13 10:05 AM

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Here we go again!

Tele Vue Box on eBay




Pff... That box has terrible Field Curvature, limited FOV and no Eye Relief to talk about. Not worth the 99 cents...


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: FrenchStar]
      #5619529 - 01/12/13 05:48 PM

Agreed, for box perfection you need an XW box which is sharp to rhe edge

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: astro_baby]
      #5619682 - 01/12/13 07:17 PM

I have an absolutely gorgeous box from a 2X Powermate T-ring adapter, pristine LNB. PM me if you're interested.

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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: astro_baby]
      #5620658 - 01/13/13 12:14 PM

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Agreed, for box perfection you need an XW box which is sharp to rhe edge




Orthos? Ortho boxes are small, will they command a bigger price? They are sharp to the edge....


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Re: Now this is drama! new [Re: mich_al]
      #5620775 - 01/13/13 01:13 PM

Hey I kept my Sansui speaker boxes also from a store in Troy Ohio outside of Dayton purchased back in 1976. If I ever buy eyepieces new I always keep the boxes.

Jim


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