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Inherited a "Questar" - I have no idea what I have

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#1 Schroeder

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 06:42 PM

Someone in another forum told me to post here - Thanks!

 

Admin - Please delete if not okay...I inherited a "Questar" - I don't know anything about it - I did a search, but there are so many models, I can't figure it out ( i think it's ~ 1980?")- thought this would be a source for a little knowledge - I can post more pics if that will help - any info appreciated, thanks!  - Serial number is 7-DP-10758

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 06:46 PM

Oh boy...

 

Ahem. You have nothing sir, nothing at all. Please send that baby to me. I'll pay all shipping from anywhere on Earth, no problem. I'll even give you an extra $100, or equivalent in whatever currency you take.


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 06:51 PM

Astroman is joking of course :)   This is a very fine telescope you have received.  One of the finest, and very collectible.

Worth probably $2500 or so if in clean condition (which it appears to be)

 

Cloudy Nights has a classified section.  If you are interested to sell, you can post it here.  Please get several opinions on its value first.  Mine is just a ballpark.

 

Nice find !!  You are the envy of many of us amateur astronomers.


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 06:54 PM

^ All correct.

 

Though I was only partially joking. wink.gif


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 06:56 PM

I know !  I would love that scope.  But I need both kidneys lol.gif


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 06:57 PM

Hi,

welcome to the group.  You inherited a very nice unit.   Just looking at your picture, it is a duplex model meaning it can be removed  from the drive base and used as a spotting telescope if desired.  The serial number indicates that it was made in either 1987 or maybe even  1997. I will rely on someone else to verify.  Additional pictures would also help especially if you unwrap some of the other items/accessories. the group will be happy they help you further.  Most would advise that you keep the unit and learn to use it but they will also tell you fair market value if you decide to sell it. 

Best regards 

J B


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:06 PM

Welcome to the Questar Forum and congratulations on your inheritance. It is a wonderful, very versatile telescope that should provide you with many many nights of enjoyment (and days too!).


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#8 Schroeder

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:08 PM

Thanks so much all! - I came to the right place! - I'll post more pics in a bit! - Thanks!


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:21 PM

More pics....



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Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:25 PM

More pics....

 

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:26 PM

Looks like it has a special drive in the base, a Powerguide II. Tracks with a 9V battery. 

You’ll want to keep the case vertical with handle up. That’s better than lying on its back. Show us any accessories you have and we can share how to enjoy.

Don’t sell, but if you eventually do there’s an article on “how to sell a Questar” around here.


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#12 Schroeder

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:26 PM

and the rest!

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:29 PM

This Questar was made in 1997, probably in the second half of the year.

 

Ralph Foss

 


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:31 PM

nice pictures! the Powerguide II and the tripod adds to the valve.  Just curious but what is in the green bubble wrap?



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Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:36 PM

Thanks for sharing your knowledge people-really! - bubble wrap is just that - I guess he put it in there because "more is better?!?!"



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Posted 06 August 2019 - 10:18 PM

Just curious, Schroeder: are you inclined to sell the scope or keep it?

If you haven't made up your mind yet, I'd suggest at least hanging on to it for the rest of the summer and giving it a try. The Moon is at an ideal phase to observe for the next few nights and makes a great first object to observe. Jupiter and Saturn are well placed for observing to the south and will be there for a good while longer. Your new (to you) Questar will really excel at those objects, rendering them with supurb resolution. Especially if you've never observed any of those objects in any telescope before, I guarantee you'll be surprised by what you'll see at the eyepiece.

Visit skymaps.com for a great map of the night sky. The August 2019 map is, of course, the current one. It'll help you find Jupiter, Saturn, and, if you get hooked, other objects.

I scanned the photos you posted, and I didn't see any kind of instruction manual. Some of the controls on Questars can be counterintuitive, so be sure to read the instruction manual if you have it or obtain one from Questar (give them a call -- they are a solid, old school company staffed by folks who will be eager to help you; they'll even be able to tell you the exact date on which your Questar was built). I count myself as being reasonably handy, and I still found it very helpful to read the manual that accompanied my Questar. The manual will guide you away from making some initial blunders that would inhibit you from working the scope correctly and, worse, that would potentially damage the scope.

Have fun!!! You have a real gem of scope and a little piece of amateur astronomy history that many here would love to get their hands on. Welcome to the Questar forum on Cloudy Nights, too. I find this CN forum to be the most congenial of them all.
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#17 Schroeder

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 10:27 PM

Thanks! - I didn't post, a pic before, but have the manual as well...

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 12:58 AM

My guess is the original owner ordered the Q through Vernonscope, Don sold many of those tripods- I have one.


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 10:23 AM

This Questar was made in 1997, probably in the second half of the year.

 

Ralph Foss

The numbering system has always befuddled me.  Would you tell me how you know "which"  7  the number stands for?



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Posted 07 August 2019 - 02:39 PM

The numbering system has always befuddled me.  Would you tell me how you know "which"  7  the number stands for?

Context:

 

1950s:  1??-6??  The earliest models did not have the year code digit.

1960s:  6??-41??

1970s:  41??-77??

1980s:  76??-99??

1990s:  99??-109??

2000s:  109??-

 

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 09:16 AM

Does anyone know of a qualified place/person in Oregon where I can take this scope to be evaluated for condition? I do plan on selling it, but several people here have pointed out that (and I readily admit), that I am unknown to the group and don't know anything about it; also that a written evaluation of condition by someone who is competent would go a long way.  I'm happy to pay someone to look it over and provide a written statement of condition.

 

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 01:38 PM

Schroeder,

 

If you plan on selling it, you may want to peruse the "classified" section of Cloudy Nights.  You can see what other people are getting for their used Questars, and from the adds you can get an idea of the condition of the scope and accessories sold with them.  You might also take a look at Optics Patent's (Ben Langlotz') thread on Selling your Questar on EBay, available on this forum.  Gives you much information on getting top dollar for your Questar, and you don't have to pay anybody.  You could try Questar themselves, but they will probably refer you to Cloudy Nights or Astromart.  When selling used gear the "rules" of the auction process apply.  Ben L. has a lot of experience with this, you might try to PM him and get some helpful advice.

 

Best of luck!

 

Toxo


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 07:41 PM

"...Ben L. has a lot of experience with this..." - Thanks, I have been in contact with Ben and he has been very generous with his knowledge! - I have arranged for another member of this forum to give the thing a written "going-over" next week, (it looks new to me, my friend had quite the reverence for the thing!), hopefully that will help prospective buyers - I do want to say to this group, that while I want a "fair" price, I believe my friend would want this to go to someone who will appreciate it for what it is, I'll gladly take a hit  to make sure it goes to someone who has a passion for the scope -I appreciate the zealousness you guys have for your passion - I have the same ,(but for shotguns!) - I hope it all works out!


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