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#1 Rich (RLTYS)

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 07:17 AM

This is a continuation of the previous thread. I’m locking the older thread but will keep it on for a couple of days.

A few reminders :

1) do not post your own ads or the ads of your friends. This is considered sale promotion in the open forums and this is a violation of the CN TOS. Please post such ads in the S&S forum or the CNC.

2) do not post photos from ads unless you have the permission of the person who took the photo. If you must have some reference to the photo in the post, then post a link to the photo, not the photo itself.

3) do not post the entire ad text (or large blocks of it) without permission from the author.

4) try to concentrate on the item for sale and not the seller.

5) Buyer beware - there are some scams floating around, so do your homework before responding to any ad.

6) CN is in no way responsible for the content of these linked ads.

Best regards and clear skies.
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#2 Ducky62

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 05:45 PM

Ugly Saturn spotter on the 'bay

Chilford Arms Saturn
 

#3 Jason H.

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 09:39 PM

Rare Vintage 1920s Bausch & Lomb Refractor Telescope

Clamshell in objective, but neato hardware.

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 09:41 PM

Can any one comment on this scope? Is it vintage, and/or is it a good scope for the price?
Cheers,
Rick in Tennessee (NTS)
http://nashville.cra...2357252133.html
 

#5 Jason H.

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 09:53 PM

Check out this cutie-pie Dynascope, massive pedestal, for $400.

Criterion Telescope (Candor)
http://binghamton.cr...2297182042.html


And this RV-6 in Denver

CLASSIC- Telescope Criterion RV-6 Dynascope - $199 (NW Denver-The Highlands)
http://denver.craigs...2352748577.html

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#6 apfever

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 09:56 PM

" There is a clam shell chip to the objective lens and the cell is bent slightly (see photo)......and the optical performance is excellent. "

Hmmmmm
 

#7 apfever

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 10:10 PM

Oh man, I like that Pedistal Criterion. Without shopping going rates, I'd be willing to trade two of my RV-6's for it. I've emailed the seller.


About the Denver RV-6. We pick these up locally (I'm Denver Metro area) for the low hundreds in this condition. That's why I have 3 of them, and Shawn finished a nice restoration of one in my shop a few months ago he got for $125. There's a picture of it finished somewhere in this forum. I saw this add since it posted, but have not responded.
 

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 11:25 PM

I have been speaking with the seller. Another one of these sold on 3/3 for $647. That one was in far better condition. See 1st B&L At first I thought this was the same scope, but it is not.
 

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 09:53 AM

Steve:

I have a friend with a brass refractor that he says his great grandfather owned, dating from between 1890 and 1910. I saw it several years ago, and thought it was a B&L, but is that possible?

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#10 Da Bear

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 12:39 PM

This is very interesting.... a telescope collimator -$4,000

http://sfbay.craigsl...2356646903.html

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 12:52 PM

Looks like an overpriced 10" newt to me.

(Just because Uncle Sam overpaid, doesn't mean that's what it's worth...)
 

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 12:57 PM

18 inch diameter!? Six and a half feet long.
 

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 01:16 PM

Can I get me one of those refractor thingies that use mirrors?!?!
 

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 04:49 PM

http://nashville.cra...2360395564.html

(NTS)
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 06:10 PM

This is about 45 minutes from me...it has 5 so-so EPs included that are probably worth about $25 each.

http://madison.craig...2359195960.html
 

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:06 PM

Just talked to this guy (I don't know him) - this is a classic C11 with "about 15 eyepieces" and possibly a ccd imager. Someone from Kansas needs to go check this out! And then post pictures for the rest of us...:)

http://wichita.craig...2357433151.html
 

#17 JohnD_STL

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:54 PM


Quoting from the ad: "Complete with lens cap and
leveling bubbles, but missing 4 inch f15 objective lens,
eyepiece mount and finder scope."
Other than that it is 'complete'.
Mount and tripod are "fully functional."
Starting bid of $2000, BIN of $4500.

Pike and Co.
 

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:59 PM

Quoting from the ad: "Complete with lens cap and
leveling bubbles, but missing 4 inch f15 objective lens,
eyepiece mount and finder scope."
Other than that it is 'complete'.
Mount and tripod are "fully functional."
Starting bid of $2000, BIN of $4500.

Pike and Co.


Sounds perfect for you John!
 

#19 apfever

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 02:38 AM

I talked to him. I have life long friends in Kansas that are less than 2 hours from him and they will go look/purchase it for me. I'm due to visit them any way.
I have purchased a 25" at their place and sold a Celestron CGE there as well. This would make my third purchase in the Hutchison/Witchita area if it works out. It's late and we are supposed to talk tomorrow to finalize any firm plans...unless some one walks over during the day with cash.
 

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 10:46 AM

Wel,I have been disappointed AGAIN by another ebay seller who didn't send the scope after I won and paid,apparently because the seller just wasn't going to let it go for the auctioned price! This time it was a Meade 285 that gathered so little interest that I won it for $6.50 (plus shipping).
Sellers should set a reserve if they aren't willing to live up to the auction results!Ebay did make a full refund (including shipping),as they have in a couple very similar instances.Probably the would-be seller also lost his ebay account privileges.Funny how there are all these sellers' notices "your bid is a contract"but only if it favors them. :(
 

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 10:04 PM

Trust me, you are way better ahead when a seller balks. It's annoying - but its better if someone isn't committed to the deal that nothing happen.

Think of it this way - people regret their actions all the time. You don't in any way want to be party to that regret.

Apart from that, I've also seen some of the worst shipping and condition of goods received from such. Its why I hardly ever do such deals. They aren't worth it. Life's too short.
 

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 05:42 AM

Wel,I have been disappointed AGAIN by another ebay seller who didn't send the scope after I won and paid,apparently because the seller just wasn't going to let it go for the auctioned price! This time it was a Meade 285 that gathered so little interest that I won it for $6.50 (plus shipping).
Sellers should set a reserve if they aren't willing to live up to the auction results!Ebay did make a full refund (including shipping),as they have in a couple very similar instances.Probably the would-be seller also lost his ebay account privileges.Funny how there are all these sellers' notices "your bid is a contract"but only if it favors them. :(


I was about to "win" a very nice old classic refractor cheap on ebay with a huge shipping charge of $120. Right before the auction was over, the seller ended the sale and reposted with a much higher starting price. I made the mistake of telling him I was going to have someone local pick it up.
 

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 05:55 AM

This is about 45 minutes from me...it has 5 so-so EPs included that are probably worth about $25 each.

http://madison.craig...2359195960.html


Went and saw this yesterday afternoon. This is the older pre-LX model with Quartz drive. Pretty beat up, with 2 huge metal hose straps clamped around the OTA to hold an accessory. Passed on the scope, but trip was worthwhile because I bought 2 eyepieces and he threw in a Cambridge astronomy encyclopedia.
 

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 12:18 PM

Wel,I have been disappointed AGAIN by another ebay seller who didn't send the scope after I won and paid,apparently because the seller just wasn't going to let it go for the auctioned price! This time it was a Meade 285 that gathered so little interest that I won it for $6.50 (plus shipping).
Sellers should set a reserve if they aren't willing to live up to the auction results!Ebay did make a full refund (including shipping),as they have in a couple very similar instances.Probably the would-be seller also lost his ebay account privileges.Funny how there are all these sellers' notices "your bid is a contract"but only if it favors them. :(


I was about to "win" a very nice old classic refractor cheap on ebay with a huge shipping charge of $120. Right before the auction was over, the seller ended the sale and reposted with a much higher starting price. I made the mistake of telling him I was going to have someone local pick it up.

Educating the seller is always dangerous. I mentioned to a prominent astro vendor that he'd put up a $400 EP with a BIN for $4.99, and he bit my head off.

Sometimes (on my most recent purchase too) it looks like the vendor is doing the deal for the shipping, but when you get the shipment, you find that they actually spent more on the shipping, because they were incredibly stupid in how to ship.
 

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 01:40 PM

Educating the seller is always dangerous. I mentioned to a prominent astro vendor that he'd put up a $400 EP with a BIN for $4.99, and he bit my head off.


Huh? Didn't you just do him a very big favor??? :confused:
 


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