Try to find fault with this price. If you do ... then try making an offer LoL.
Old school C8?
BLUF: I bought this Celestron Celestar 8.
I've been lurking for several months. I've taken all the advice, I started with binoculars (cheap Celestron 10x50 that I gave away and miss), I joined the local astronomy club (East Bay Astronomy Society), and I rented an 8" dob (which I'm not a huge fan of). I also purchased a $40 60mm Sears 6343 telescope which has a lovely shade of green and has been nice on the moon but not much else. I also bought the cheap SVBony eyepieces and I like the 23mm alright but not sure about the rest.
I've kinda been considering much smaller catadioptrics (4-5") recently but astronomy is new for me and one of a multitude of expensive hobbies so I've been very reluctant to spend much money.
I saw this ad thanks to this forum and I assumed the price was a mistake. But I live very close so I went to view the telescope anyway. The owner said he didnt know what it was worth and I wasn't certain how to test it so we both stuck with the $40 price.
The scope has been stored in a box in a California Bay area garage for several years with no use. Looks pretty clean. Came with two 9x50 finders (one very dirty, one fairly clean), a 1.25" visual back with a Celestron prism star diagonal, a celestron 25mm SMA wide angle eye piece (also dirty) a celestron motofocus, and the wedgepod. I figured for $40 I couldn't go too far wrong?
At home, the drive motor works with a new 9v, the motofocus works but the screws aren't correct for this scope (too long), the bolts to attach the base to the wedgepod are missing, and the finder scope rings are broken. Had a great view of the moon, Saturn, and Jupiter tonight!
Gotta learn how to clean, collimate, put a decent finder on it, and pick some eyepieces.