Posted 06 September 2017 - 12:42 PM
Tasco 7te-5 for $50, sold to me because the owner liked my honesty. When I told him that it was worth much more, but that I would keep it and use it if he sold it to me at that price, he told me that despite people calling him offering him hundreds more, he wanted it loved and used, not resold, so it became mine.
Near-mint Orange Tube C8 for free. Prior owner had held it twenty years after a former roommate cheated him, and then left it behind when he skipped town. He was happy to pass it on to appreciative hands.
When Margarita, the Salt Encrusted C8, was beyond my ability to repair, Tim53 referred me to our good friend, Duane Beach. Priceless! It came with a marvelous old Brandon that I described last fall to Mr. Yeier (spelling?), the maker, at NEAF, only to learn that he especially liked that vintage, despite people assuming that newer ones were better.
Complete 12" LX200 given to me by a friend who upgraded his astrophotography observatory with a Richey-Chretien.
Jason 313, my second telescope, for $75 in a consignment shop, a fair price, upon Google leading me to this forum via the WiFi from the adjacent pizza shop, to inquire whether it was worth that. It lead me deeper into astronomy, and on to all of you.
4" Criterion Dynascope, a gift from Jim Curry when he moved to St. Louis, a classic and a souvenir from a friend, the workhorse of his childhood.
This is so Cepleurean of me! Ask me my best classic deal, and I spout six. It appears I have been blessed!
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