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#1 Steve C.

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 03:11 PM

Anyone have an idea? Over 50 years since they came out, so I'm thinking at least 50,000. Perhaps double that?  How many of these are lurking in attics or garages?



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Posted 10 February 2020 - 03:38 PM

Whew...good question! I'm going to go make some popcorn & check back on this.
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Posted 10 February 2020 - 03:57 PM

Man

 

no idea just guesses

maybe if it was broken down into more manageable blocks   like

 

The prototypes

the White and Blues

 Tri-colors

 Sandcasts

 Diecasts

 

the first non oranges

 

the C-8 registry could help

 

someone who knows where else it goes...…………………..


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Posted 10 February 2020 - 05:40 PM

The serial numbers provide an easy answer: Something around 170,000 before production moved to China. As for post-2005, who knows. I'd wager maybe another 50,000 of them, so roughly 220k total. There are less than 100 blue-and-whites/prototypes that predate the 1970 serial number system.

 

I am proud to own one of the first 750 production orange tubes. 

 

http://www.summers1....erialnumber.jpg


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Posted 10 February 2020 - 07:02 PM

Plenty i am sure.  Had around 20 of them i guess over the years. That one freaky good black C8 i had i should have hung on to it. It would take 500x and keep on going. Had many colors as well. Orange, black gray and silver and maybe i am missing a color or more.


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Posted 11 February 2020 - 06:59 PM

I’ve had two C8s, a C5, and a C90, all orange. All the pumpkins have been harvested and shipped out of my patch.


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Posted 12 February 2020 - 11:58 AM

The serial numbers provide an easy answer: Something around 170,000 before production moved to China. As for post-2005, who knows. I'd wager maybe another 50,000 of them, so roughly 220k total. There are less than 100 blue-and-whites/prototypes that predate the 1970 serial number system.

 

I am proud to own one of the first 750 production orange tubes. 

 

http://www.summers1....erialnumber.jpg

Why so many post-China? 

I thought the highwater mark for telescope sales was Halley/Hale-Bopp. (Though I wasn't around for Halley bawling.gif  ) 



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Posted 12 February 2020 - 11:59 AM

Why so many post-China?

I thought the highwater mark for telescope sales was Halley/Hale-Bopp. (Though I wasn't around for Halley bawling.gif )


It’s been 15 years since the buyout. I doubt they are selling less than 3,000 of them a year.
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Posted 12 February 2020 - 12:56 PM

It’s been 15 years since the buyout. I doubt they are selling less than 3,000 of them a year.

I was going to say how could you equate 15 years to 1/3 of their prior sales.. and then I did the math. Ugh. 2005 was yesterday. 1970 was forever ago. No, I'm not getting old. 


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#10 Steve C.

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 01:22 PM

220K is enough to give every man, woman and child in Des Moines a Celestron 8. grin.gif


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