John Pons' 6-inch Goto Refractor up for sale
Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:11 PM
John said he has made the painful decision to part with it because of his age. He can no longer assemble and disassemble it in his driveway, as he has done for so many years. It deserves a permanent observatory, he said.
He asked me to act as his agent in facilitating the sale of this instrument because he doesn't use a computer and has no access to the Internet. He has one possible buyer already, but Pons believes the guy is just a tire kicker (my expression, not Pons').
Pons would prefer a local sale, but is willing to ship in the CONUS, but the buyer will have to arrange for the shipper to come out to his house in North Hollywood, California to crate and ship the scope, mount and accessories, which must weigh many hundreds of pounds, in part because of the large, heavy cast iron pier.
If you're seriously interested in acquiring this scope, PM me thru Cloudynights and I will give you my phone number, so that I can discuss further details.
I will be happy to post the selling price, if that's okay with the moderator.
Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:26 PM
I'm not sure how I feel about this.
I hate to see John not able to use his pride and joy. I can certainly understand the PITA of setting up such a monster. I bet this is an agonizing decision for him.
I also hope there is no underlying major health issue we are not aware of that is forcing this decision. Is John in otherwise good health, Lew?
This is truly a one of a kind scope and a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone who can afford such a piece of telescope history. I wish him the best of luck in the sale and in his life.
Now, who among us is going to step up and buy this beauty?
Any idea what he expects to get for it?
Regards and clear skies,
Posted 19 October 2007 - 11:00 PM
Pons told me age was the reason for coming to this decision. He is 66 and in good health, but he doesn't have the strength he used to have. He said he almost dropped the OTA when he was taking it down this last time. He feels it's time.
He wants $18,000 for it, and that includes all the original wooden objective and accessory cases, optical accessories, but I don't know about eyepieces yet. He also has all the original documentation, manuals, etc. Whoever buys this is getting the whole enchilada. Personally, I think it's worth a lot more, but that's the price he fixed on. He asked me to put it on AM for him, which I guess I'll do this evening.
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 11:50 PM
The 6-inch GOTO is sold!! The so-called tire kicker saw my post above and let me know by PM that he is definitely buying it. So I'm out of the picture at this point and will not be posting any ad on AM.
I asked the new owner, who is local, if he'd let me see the GOTO in the new observatory he will be building for it.
That should provide ample material for a future "Classic
Telescopes" thread. Do you agree?
Posted 20 October 2007 - 12:09 AM
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 08:25 AM
What is John going to observe with now? Does he own other refractors? Or does he plan on buying a wicked APO with the proceeds?
Congrats to the new owner and I hope they stop in on us.
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My gosh, what an incredible instrument, and I wish congrats to the new owner.
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Posted 21 October 2007 - 05:12 PM
I know Pons has been absolutely agonizing over this scope and I know Scott Losmandy was seriously interested in buying it as well when I last spoke with him. I didn't realize though that Pons made the descision to sell it until Kelvin, (pictured in Lew's first photograph of the GOTO above) told me just a few days ago. I've been away from the forums a bit, taking a rest. There's a long history regarding the scope and as you guys know, the planetary images are simply stunning.
Pons and I were working since 8am this morning on my friends 6" F-15 D&G refractor, which I will post photos of very soon since it's nearing completion. The funny thing though is that all morning, Pons kept telling me how difficult it is to part with that GOTO. It's such a classic and I think collectors and purists would truly understand why it's so hard for him. The mechanical RA drive is simply incredible. I still can't get over the crank system for the drive. That scope is part of Pons anatomy
Posted 21 October 2007 - 05:16 PM
Hi Lenny He has the F16 10" Zeiss an awsome 16" Newt..
Actually it's a 12.5" F-6. and he's also got that 8" F-20 objective lens and countless other collectables but it's easy for me to even forget all the things he has too.
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Posted 22 October 2007 - 05:05 PM
I just spoke to John. John has decided to sell the telescope to someone who made an original offer some time ago.
So, since I had already made plans for the telescope, if anyone knows of a similar scope up for sale, I have a ton of cash burning a hole in my wallet
Posted 22 October 2007 - 09:43 PM
John has decided to sell the telescope to someone who made an original offer some time ago.
I see why you waited to make the news generally known. Is the original buyer Goto itself, or was there another offer in the works too?