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Here's an interesting 1959 Questar with an actual Ebay auction.
This is appealing, with documentation of a recent factory service (costing the owner $662).
Looks like great condition, the original English leather case is very nice.
Optics and drives are presumably excellent based on Questar service.
Camera coupling gear including swivel adds $100+ value
Lens cap is modern replacement, lacking original machined bare metal outer edge.
White faux fur for displaying fine optical instruments?!
While correct for this era, the axial port limits the photo field of view, and the eyepiece holder will not hold modern eyepieces.
This was listed for an unrealistic $3000 buy it now, then $2500, and failed to get any action. This was a reserve auction, and the reserve was not met at $1500, but is now met at $2000. I tend to think that the seller's mistake is in thinking that investing $662.50 in factory service will pay off. With Ebay's buyer protections it's still appealing if it's advertised as "excellent optics" because the buyer is protected. The Questar cleaning and inspection add little more value, because if the buyer finds everything works fine then it didn't really need the service and if it doesn't work fine he's protected and gets a refund (or can negotiate to get the service if needed). Without the service inflating the price, this would already have sold at $1850 buy it now, netting the seller more than $2500 would have.
I'd tell the seller to sell the camera coupling parts separately. Get $100+ without really reducing the value of the scope in the yes of most buyers.
This is comparable to the slightly newer 1961 model that recently was auctioned and ended up at $1776 shipped. That one had a much worse case, but correct lens cap. No factory service and a Barlow offsets the camera coupling.
My prediction was that the excellent case adds $200, and the factory service adds $200, for a final bid of $2100 (plus $50 shipping). Given that it's now at $2000 with several days to go, I think it may reach or exceed that $2500 mark it failed to garner as a buy-it-now.
Edited by Optics Patent, 19 April 2017 - 10:41 PM.