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#76 CHASLX200

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:01 PM

A prime example of overpricing, ignorance or just plain gouging, a Meade 4" SCT OTA on San Francisco CA area CL:

 

https://sfbay.craigs...6811681209.html

 

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#77 Littlegreenman

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 09:47 PM

Does anyone know if this tripod would be a improvement, vibration-wise, over the stock GP tripod?  Might be nice to alleviate the vibration, and still maintain the beauty of the wood.  

 

Also, I see no pics.  

Re: Al's Astro tripod.

The Great Polaris mount was sold with a variety of legs, usually matched to the scope it was sold with. Vixen had (and probably still does) aluminum legs, ranging from thin, lightweight to strong and robust. There were also wood legs, some short for use with a reflector, up to wood legs strong enough to work with a Celestron C8. The load capacity ranged from okay to, um, Great.

I haven't tried Al's Astro tripod with a C8. I would say Al's legs would be near the top of a pack made up of Vixen legs, assuming you have the wood spreader. I used to have a Vixen GPDX with a Vixen HAL-150 That tripod is probably more stable and could carry more weight compared to the Al. If you have one you know. Same with the stronger wood legs that came with Celestron SPC8, or Super Polaris C8. I think the HAL-150 is no longer made? Uncommon and maybe even rare in the USA. The Vixen HAL tripod line has wide beveled outer aluminum pieces.  The non-Hal aluminum leg sections have square or rectangular cross sections. The 150 refers to the maximum height, I think 54" or maybe even 60".

So the short answer is probably better than most.


Edited by Littlegreenman, 04 February 2019 - 09:50 PM.

 

#78 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 07:11 AM

En Re :The ad on   Al's Astro tripod legs...... I have two sets of them. With the leg locker triangular oak piece bolted up tight it is more stable than Vixen wooden ones with the black metal tray. Cerainly more stable than the Vixen Celestron wooden legs that came with my C-80.  At 100.00   it is cheaper than any Al's Asto that I have ever seen. I paid closer to 200.00. I have had my Vixen Japon GP2 on it and it is solid. Admittedly, I have not owned the S P or GP  tripod legs.....


 

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:14 AM

130mm f/8 Vernonscope Brandon Apo... https://www.ebay.com...=p2056016.l4276

 

One of my dream scopes, but too much $$$ for my pocketbook.


 

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:26 AM

130mm f/8 Vernonscope Brandon Apo... https://www.ebay.com...=p2056016.l4276

One of my dream scopes, but too much $$$ for my pocketbook.


The seller was asking value over on the payment refractor forum. I told him $3500 to $4500. Oh well. It is a nice scope but not worth that price by a long shot.
 

#81 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 09:29 AM

Yes   I have to agree     certainly  a scope many of us would love to own but  at what cost? While the ad  does seem to say make offer  it might be hard to get someone from 11k to 3500. I do love that Brandon blue....thanks for posting the ad     


 

#82 Geo31

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 09:55 AM

OMG.  Probably thinks Brandon is the way you spell Clark.


 

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 10:26 AM

Rough-looking mayflower(?) EQ refractor in Cincinnati for $65.  

 

https://www.facebook...186817238235640


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#84 starman876

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 03:00 PM

130mm f/8 Vernonscope Brandon Apo... https://www.ebay.com...=p2056016.l4276

 

One of my dream scopes, but too much $$$ for my pocketbook.

Wow, never have seen one priced that high.  Like others have said, $3500 is about right. However, it is an AP lens.  


Edited by starman876, 05 February 2019 - 03:01 PM.

 

#85 Chuck Hards

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 03:03 PM

Wow, never have seen one priced that high.  Like others have said, $3500 is about right. However, it is an AP lens.  

Sometimes these people are told to sell something by a spouse, so they stick an absurdly high price on it.  They really don't want to sell but this way can tell their spouse that they placed the ad.  Bear that in mind...

 

Back to the ads.


 

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 03:40 PM

W. OTTWAY & CO. LTD LARGE BRASS TELESCOPE 48.5" ANTIQUE VINTAGE TELESCOPE

 

Price dropped to $450.00 BIN. $50.00 shipping from Ebay.


 

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 04:19 PM

W. OTTWAY & CO. LTD LARGE BRASS TELESCOPE 48.5" ANTIQUE VINTAGE TELESCOPE

 

Price dropped to $450.00 BIN. $50.00 shipping from Ebay.

If anyone is interested in this scope, be aware it’s the same one Johann posted the Craigslist ad for.  On CL it’s only $295.


 

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 04:40 PM

If anyone is interested in this scope, be aware it’s the same one Johann posted the Craigslist ad for.  On CL it’s only $295.


They gotta make that eBay fee! wink.gif
 

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 04:43 PM

If anyone is interested in this scope, be aware it’s the same one Johann posted the Craigslist ad for.  On CL it’s only $295.

I noticed that.  Interesting.   That is a good buy at $295


 

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 06:49 PM

The seller was asking value over on the payment refractor forum. I told him $3500 to $4500. Oh well. It is a nice scope but not worth that price by a long shot.

Insane. Only 5" scope i would pay 11k for is a M510 Unitron.


 

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 07:36 PM

If anyone is interested in this scope, be aware it’s the same one Johann posted the Craigslist ad for.  On CL it’s only $295.

https://houston.crai...6812044883.html


 

#92 Mr Magoo

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:12 PM

Here is an ad on FB Marketplace that is sure to interest some of you. It is an old 50 mm Nippon Kogaku.

https://www.facebook...17353338478571/

I have talked to the seller and she is motivated to sell this. Looks to be a very nice complete kit. Two wood cases would make it a bear to have shipped. Note that it does have chips in the objective by what they have described. I told her she really needs to get pictures of the objective. I'm not a refractor guy, but I may have taken a shot at this if I could have swung it. I really hope one of you gets it!


 

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 03:44 PM

another RV6.  Everyone has one for sale. This one with a moonlite focuser.  That should be a nice upgrade.  Never liked the focuser on mine.   From our friend Agustus.

 

https://www.cloudyni...-rv6-wupgrades/


 

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 05:23 PM

Here is an ad on FB Marketplace that is sure to interest some of you. It is an old 50 mm Nippon Kogaku.

https://www.facebook...17353338478571/

I have talked to the seller and she is motivated to sell this. Looks to be a very nice complete kit. Two wood cases would make it a bear to have shipped. Note that it does have chips in the objective by what they have described. I told her she really needs to get pictures of the objective. I'm not a refractor guy, but I may have taken a shot at this if I could have swung it. I really hope one of you gets it!

He was going to post an ad in the Classifieds, but he just signed up and has to wait 30 days. 


 

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 06:18 PM

bawling.gif Ebay is collecting sales tax for some states! 

 

I recently made an Ebay purchase and found much to my chagrin that they started collecting Washington State sales tax. That adds another 10%.

It's one thing to pay sales tax on new items from businesses, but paying sales tax on used stuff from private sellers is too much. This will dramatically reduce what I purchase on Ebay (of course that may be a good thing).

 

Any other states getting hit with this?

 


 

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 06:51 PM

https://www.cloudyni...tinsley-3-inch/

 

 

rare Tinsley 3" refractor.  By Dave


 

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 06:51 PM

bawling.gif Ebay is collecting sales tax for some states! 

 

I recently made an Ebay purchase and found much to my chagrin that they started collecting Washington State sales tax. That adds another 10%.

It's one thing to pay sales tax on new items from businesses, but paying sales tax on used stuff from private sellers is too much. This will dramatically reduce what I purchase on Ebay (of course that may be a good thing).

 

Any other states getting hit with this?

Say it is not so.  On used gear?  Never heard of charging tax on used gear.


 

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 08:20 PM

Selsi 247 near Burlington, VT for $100, pick-up only:

 

https://vermont.crai...6812175729.html

 

I corresponded with the seller a bit, since it's just a couple of hours from me. It's an APL 80/910, possibly from about 1965. He sent some photos of the objective, although they were close up and didn't have much depth of field, so a bit hard to interpret. No apparent chips, but seemed rather hazy and I could see a few small spots of fungus. At least it needs a thorough cleaning. 

 

The tripod legs are homemade and he said that the originals were missing when it was given to him, second hand. The cell shows a bit of scratching and small dings and some discoloration like rust picked up from something else. 

 

Otherwise, it looks like a pretty complete kit and in fairly decent shape. The box has some staining and one area with damage in the lid, perhaps from being closed on something.

 

I can't really afford to spend most of a day driving to go check it out in person, and then time to replace the legs and get it in shape for my students, when I'm mainly looking for smaller, lighter Alt Az scopes for them (especially after recently adding a Mayflower 816 to the set in a trade with Tim). But it would have been interesting to compare an APL 247 with my HOC. 

 

Chip W. 


Edited by ccwemyss, 06 February 2019 - 08:24 PM.

 

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 08:52 PM

bawling.gif Ebay is collecting sales tax for some states! 

 

I recently made an Ebay purchase and found much to my chagrin that they started collecting Washington State sales tax. That adds another 10%.

It's one thing to pay sales tax on new items from businesses, but paying sales tax on used stuff from private sellers is too much. This will dramatically reduce what I purchase on Ebay (of course that may be a good thing). 

 

Any other states getting hit with this?

I just scored another Halloween Plossl, on ebay.  No KY sales tax was added to my transaction.


 

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 09:40 PM

Some CN Good Deals...

 

Joe is selling a Meade 1.25" RG 20mm Erfle -->  https://www.cloudyni...e-125-eyepiece/

 

I bought one of these, and it's very good glass -- and makes quite a contrast with my RKE 21mm.

 

BIG SET of Criterion Eyepieces & Barlows -->  https://www.cloudyni...ows-diagonal/  

 

At Terra's suggestion, I tried my set in my Edmund 4" F15 -- near as sharp as my much more expensive spectros Kellners.

 

$10 for a Vintage 6x30 Finder Bracket -->  https://www.cloudyni...e-quality-item/

 

Casting looks like 1960s, but the box looks 1980s to me, but for 10 bucks & free shipping...

 

Never heard of charging tax on used gear.

 

Me, either.  Do local Goodwill stores charge state sales tax?


Edited by Bomber Bob, 06 February 2019 - 10:01 PM.

 


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