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#1 Clive Gibbons

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 02:08 PM

A 4" Brashear on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/...item=7559002823

$1805, with 5 days remaining...

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 04:19 PM

Yes, I saw that. Imagine a family having that wonderful scope cluttering up its attic? I truly wonder if they knew what they had! Perhaps someday one of us will discover an old 4" Clark in his or her grandparent's closet! Wouldn't that be exciting! :bugeyes:

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 05:10 PM

Can you imagine them just standing it on end and leaving it to take a picture !! YIKES,what a gust of wind could do !

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 05:14 PM

A real piece of history. Makes me almost wish I was into collecting optics I don't use for visual observing.

It would be fun to restore, though....

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 05:19 PM

Yikes, indeed! It just reinforces my opinion that the sellers have little notion of the historical value of the Brashear. I will be watching the bidding closely to see how it turns out. I wonder how much it will bring?

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 07:39 PM

Anyone remember that Clark that some eBay brainiac stood on end in his gravel driveway for its picture? It has to be a plot to kill off all of the astronomers...from heart attack.

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 08:26 PM

On gravel? Holy fibrillator, Batman!

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 10:53 AM

Yikes, indeed! It just reinforces my opinion that the sellers have little notion of the historical value of the Brashear. I will be watching the bidding closely to see how it turns out. I wonder how much it will bring?


Hi Walter.
Someone in another forum noticed the Brashear's OTA was likely used on an alt-azimuth mounting.
The equatorial mount included doesn't look like a Brashear. Possibly from Mogey. Some of the eyepieces in the box look like Mogeys. A bit of a marriage...


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Price update:
Current bid: US $2,175.00 (Reserve met)

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Posted 04 November 2005 - 09:16 AM

Does anybody have a guess as to how many of these were made
or still exist??
Thanks
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Posted 08 November 2005 - 02:40 PM

Can you imagine them just standing it on end and leaving it to take a picture !! YIKES,what a gust of wind could do !

And it ended at $3,751.00!

A gust of wind would be just like a :tonofbricks:

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Posted 09 November 2005 - 08:31 AM

That's about the price of a new top end APO!

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Posted 09 November 2005 - 01:20 PM

Yeah, but the APO may never command equivalent historical value 100 years from now ( except maybe an Astro-Physics :) )

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Posted 09 November 2005 - 02:06 PM

It would be interesting to know which current telescopes will be of value in another century, but the quality and rarity of Clark and Brashear refractors have earned them a place in history.


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