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#476 Augustus

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Posted Yesterday, 09:07 PM

Someone near me is selling a 1970's vintage orange tube Celestron C8 for $350. All in working order, comes on a sand cast motorized / tracking mount, with a wedge, trunk, finder, tripod, diagonal, and one eyepiece. 

 

Prices on eBay range from $300-500 for these things, but in varying states of completeness. I'm thinking this is a good price, but I'm not entirely sure! Any ideas?

 

If that's Ben Bartine's, it's not a sandcast, but still a great deal.


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#477 agmoonsolns

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Posted Yesterday, 09:09 PM

Yes and they're amazing scopes. I would grab it if I were you. If you get tired of it, send me a message.

 

Someone near me is selling a 1970's vintage orange tube Celestron C8 for $350. All in working order, comes on a sand cast motorized / tracking mount, with a wedge, trunk, finder, tripod, diagonal, and one eyepiece. 

 

Prices on eBay range from $300-500 for these things, but in varying states of completeness. I'm thinking this is a good price, but I'm not entirely sure! Any ideas?

 


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#478 RyanSem

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Posted Yesterday, 09:12 PM

If that's Ben Bartine's, it's not a sandcast, but still a great deal.

That's it! I'm not sure what a sandcast is, can you explain? (And how his is not?)



#479 Augustus

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Posted Yesterday, 09:13 PM

That's it! I'm not sure what a sandcast is, can you explain? (And how his is not?)

Sandcasts used sand-cast parts, have holes in the forks, have a smooth paint finish as opposed to a bumpy one, and use a harder to find power cord.



#480 RyanSem

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Posted Yesterday, 09:17 PM

Sandcasts used sand-cast parts, have holes in the forks, have a smooth paint finish as opposed to a bumpy one, and use a harder to find power cord.

Thanks for that! It was only posted a day ago and he's not too bad a drive from me so I'm really thinking about it. I have a C90 I've wanted to piggyback on a C8 ever since I got it, and it would be a big step up from my 4" Mak (though I would lose the GoTo features)... 

 

Hmmmmm



#481 agmoonsolns

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Posted Yesterday, 09:27 PM

I offered to buy Ben's C8, but he said he wanted to sell it locally so he wouldn't need to ship. I so totally understand that, shipping anything big has become a real pain. If it's from Ben, then I am sure it's a really good one. Ben is a super nice guy, I actually look for his ads.



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Posted Yesterday, 09:31 PM

I offered to buy Ben's C8, but he said he wanted to sell it locally so he wouldn't need to ship. I so totally understand that, shipping anything big has become a real pain. If it's from Ben, then I am sure it's a really good one. Ben is a super nice guy, I actually look for his ads.

Good to know - I shot him a quick message and hope he sees it. Any chance he's a CN member?  edit: He is! 


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#483 vsteblina

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Posted Yesterday, 10:00 PM

Could he by chance do that to my orange C8?

He had a brain tumor at 50 and died a couple of years after the rebuild.

 

He was a real good machinest.....the whole thing was simpler than I imagined. Probably wouldn't be that hard to get somebody to do it. I kept all the old parts.

 

C5 were just as expensive to make as a C8 which is why there are fewer of them. For years I wished that I had gotten a C8, but after getting more scopes...the C5 is pretty special, particularly after my friend rebuilt it.

 

Do you want to see a picture?? 


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#484 Augustus

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Posted Yesterday, 10:02 PM

He had a brain tumor at 50 and died a couple of years after the rebuild.

 

He was a real good machinest.....the whole thing was simpler than I imagined. Probably wouldn't be that hard to get somebody to do it. I kept all the old parts.

 

C5 were just as expensive to make as a C8 which is why there are fewer of them. For years I wished that I had gotten a C8, but after getting more scopes...the C5 is pretty special, particularly after my friend rebuilt it.

 

Do you want to see a picture?? 

Aw jeez, sorry to hear. He sounds like a smart guy. 

 

I would like to see, maybe I could wire something up.



#485 agmoonsolns

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Posted Yesterday, 10:27 PM

Yes, pretty please to pictures!


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Posted Today, 05:19 AM

Jump on it! That's chump change to you...

Maybe in another 6 months one the law suit goes thru. But it won't matter as my sis won't be around.  I am selling the house and all my scopes and stuff once she leaves me.


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Posted Today, 06:38 AM

Sorry to hear that Charlie....I met your sister when I dropped off the TMB....she’s a real sweet person


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Posted Today, 07:15 AM

I think the 48 nagler is really a 4.8 nagler.

Daummmm! You mean it’s not a Nadler! I’ve been looking for one of those my whole life! :bawling:


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Posted Today, 07:58 AM

Daummmm! You mean it’s not a Nadler! I’ve been looking for one of those my whole life! bawling.gif

I know the feeling.  


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Posted Today, 08:55 AM

Maybe in another 6 months one the law suit goes thru. But it won't matter as my sis won't be around.  I am selling the house and all my scopes and stuff once she leaves me.

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