So I have a Borg 77EDII, which has been working pretty well for me for visual - I'm now in the process of converting it to AP, and my Vixen A80M is now my main visual refractor
I've fallen in love with the Borg system - lightweight, and very very versatile. You can basically 'build' your own scope any way you want, with a variety of extension tubes, drawtubes, helical focusers, R&P focusers, filter slides, reducers - the list goes on, and the possibilities are endless. You end up with a scope that is uniquely your creation, and you can add/swap out little bits and pieces as you go along, and as your setup changes. As a fellow CN member once said to me, 'it's like scope lego' : )
Anyway, since the Borg 77EDII is discontinued, they no longer sell a reducer for it. There were a number of reducers compatible with the 77EDII back when it was in production, including the 7878, 7870, and 7866... I'm trying to see if I can pick one up used, but no luck so far... I've been keeping an eye out on Yahoo Auctions (Japanese auction site) as that's the most likely place they'd crop up.
So I see a 7704 'Borg F4 Super Reducer' appear, and the starting bid is about $180. I'm thinking okay, there's 6 days left, no rush - maybe I can put in a bid for say $300 in a couple of days, and see what happens. But as the days go by, it becomes clear to me that I will NOT be getting this reducer....
The bids climbed to $300, then $400, then $500, with 1 day left..... okay wow. The bids were beginning to reach the cost of the reducer when it was new: ¥65,000, or approx $590. Too rich for my blood, and even at this point I'm thinking, boy, someone must really want this reducer, surely it'll just go the end of the auction without any 'sniper' bids; someone's already staked their claim.
Saddened by my failure to secure a reducer for my scope, and my naivety of thinking I could possibly nab it for $300, I went to bed. The next day, just out of curiosity, not really expecting the price to have risen too much, if at all, I check the final sale price of the auction.
¥150,000, or approximately 1365 US dollars.
I..... wait, WHAT!?!? That can't be right. I am stunned, flabbergasted. $1365 dollars for a focal reducer. That is a colossal amount of money.
I mean....... maybe, it just about makes sense if someone out there has a very expensive setup with one final piece missing, a setup that cannot work without this specific hard-to-find item... maybe two guys with Borg 125s, who had no other alternative for a reducer, were desperately trying to outbid each other. But still, $1365 for a reducer! incredible.
Anyway, I just wanted to share my dismal failure to get a reducer for my 77EDII, and share my disbelief at the price someone was willing to pay for the Borg 7704 Super Reducer. Maybe I'll just try a different brand reducer, like William Optics or Televue or something
EDIT: link to the auction: https://page.auction...tion/w368619011
Edited by Simon B, 14 February 2020 - 07:21 PM.