I am in possession of a black tube C8 with what looks to be the original SP GEM. SN 828648. I found the scope listed on FB last month by a fella in Lexington, Ky. Scope came with a super Polaris GEM mount, steamer chest, finder scope, diagonal and a couple eyepieces. All appear to from the same era as the scope. The mount has very little wear and looks amazing.
Guy I purchased it from believes he was the second owner. He picked it up from a lady in Cincinnati a few years prior.
Scope appears to be out of collimation and the focuser is a little drifty. Other than that, it seems pristine in appearance. The only other thing that concerns me is I believe it may be one of the infamous "Hally scopes."
Edited by Mantooth2851, 04 September 2022 - 10:58 PM.