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#1 IDONTSEEIT

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Posted 12 March 2004 - 01:13 AM

I suppose Unitrons would be considered classic!?

I've never seen one like this:
http://cgi.ebay.com/...&category=29955


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Posted 12 March 2004 - 07:44 AM

One of our club members in the early 80's had one. It performed as well as any 3" achromat but was more compact. Very well made and the mount is reasonably solid. Pretty hard to find these days. Is it worth the 1100 start bid? Not to me, but might be to a hard core Unitron fan.

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Posted 12 March 2004 - 09:49 AM

The Unitron 3" folded is indeed a relatively rare and sought after collectable scope today. (If you own or can rent the remake of the movie "Invaders from Mars" with Karen Black, you will see one in the boy's bedroom.) Even rarer is the 4" folded Unitron.

The price on eBay at this time is not unreasonable for a folded 3" in good condition. I will guess that it will go for at least $1700.00.

For anyone interested in more about Unitrons, we have a Unitron specific Yahoo Group -

http://groups.yahoo....tronTelescopes/

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Posted 12 March 2004 - 04:35 PM

I remember when I first got interested in this hobby back around 1981, I went to Camera and Telescope store on the north side of Milwaukee. As I said in my previous message, I had already experienced a Unitron scope, and there in the front display window of the store was a 4" Unitron set up on a tripod with a gravity drive system. I was really impressed and my jaw dropped to the floor in awe. It wasn't the folded version but it was huge or so it seemed at the time.

So you think it might hit $1700? If it's really that rare it could go that high. Again it would have to be a die hard Unitron fan.

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Posted 12 March 2004 - 07:06 PM

All it will take is 2 people who want this item real bad, and it will be bid up in no time.

Unitrons are not made any more. One of the Unitrons that I had was a relatively rare rich-field 75 mm f/6.7 refractor. When purchased with the #128 equatorial mount in 1986, it cost me about $1000.00. I sold it some 15 years later, not trying too. I got a call from a fellow Unitron collector who wanted it real bad. He told me so and offered me $1900 (I had not suggested a selling price at all). I was more than happy to sell it to him. I really wasn't using it and he wanted it.

Prices are going up on Unitrons every year. An astute purchase this year, even at a seemingly high price, will likely be a good investment based upon current trends.

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 06:10 AM

Great information guys!!

Thanks!

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 12:57 PM

Still no bids on it...I guess those 2 guys aren't members of eBay!

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 02:04 PM

If accurately priced, and I think it is, there are some hawks out there circling, just waiting for the moment.

It is not unusual to see some bid activity on some eBay auctions just in the final few minutes. For a much lower price auction I may just put in a bid as a reminder to myself. On an auction like this with no hidden reserve, just an opening bid, any bid at that price or above takes it. The bidders are probably hoping that the other guy forgets about the end of the auction. Why pay $1700 if you can get it for $1100?

If there are interested parties out there, once the bidding starts, closer to the end of the auction it will probably climb in fairly large increments.

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 02:17 PM

I actually agree with you Barry...lame attempt at humor...

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Posted 15 March 2004 - 11:00 AM

The eBay auction for the Unitron 3" folded refractor has started to heat up. There are 2 bidding on it with multiple entries by both (one is a recognized member of the Unitron Yahoo Group). The bid is up to over $1300 and there is 16 hours to go. (This scope listed for $775.00 back about 1980.)

There is an auction for a 4" equatorial Unitron that has bidding up above $2900.00. That auction ends shortly before 8 PM CST tonight. One of the guys bidding there is also bidding on the 3". I guess he is trying to decide which one he wants to commit to in terms of aggressive bidding. Look for him to get serious about the 3" if he does not have the winning bid on the 4". Following both these auctions could get interesting later.

As an investment, Unitrons are currently more lucrative than real estate or most stocks and bonds.

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Posted 16 March 2004 - 09:05 AM

The 3" folded Unitron went for what I thought was a reasonable price ($1425.00). Considering inflation, that is probably less than what the telescope would sell for new today. The 4" Unitron sold for $4090.00, a bit on the high side, but hey, I have bid on stuff that I really really wanted and when you get into that mode, sometimes you do crazy things. The 3rd Unitron, a Model 114 alt-azimuth sold for $571.00, a real steal, everything considered.

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Posted 16 March 2004 - 11:06 PM

Hey Barry,

Are you sure your not just talking these Unitrons up because you have a closet full of 'em to unload? :lol: :p


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