Unitron Folded Refractor
Posted 12 March 2004 - 01:13 AM
I've never seen one like this:
Posted 12 March 2004 - 07:44 AM
Posted 12 March 2004 - 09:49 AM
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 -
Posted 12 March 2004 - 04:35 PM
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.
Posted 12 March 2004 - 07:06 PM
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.
Posted 13 March 2004 - 12:57 PM
Posted 13 March 2004 - 02:04 PM
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.
Posted 13 March 2004 - 02:17 PM
Posted 15 March 2004 - 11:00 AM
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.
Posted 16 March 2004 - 09:05 AM
Posted 16 March 2004 - 11:06 PM
Are you sure your not just talking these Unitrons up because you have a closet full of 'em to unload?