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#551 Chuck Hards

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 09:52 AM

 

I was thinking (uh-oh). Classic scopes that are listed at a bargain price would naturally tend to sell faster than scopes priced higher. And some would sell very fast, and if the seller deletes the listing*  before someone on this forum finds it and posts it here we never learn about it. This could mean that the average selling prices of vintage scopes are lower than the average prices of scopes posted here.

 

For items with a Make Offer option,  the SOLD price noted is often not the price it actually sold for.  When a seller accepts a lower price than that listed, only the listed price shows to others.   There is no usable data in those instances other that what the seller's desired price was, not what it actually sold for.  


 

#552 PawPaw

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 09:52 AM

Maybe someone contacted them and told them that it was worth 2.5 to 4.0 times what they had it listed for? Just sayin’ wink.gif

Looks to me like the same scope in the  thread below back on March 10.  At that time the ad was asking 1k. 

 

https://www.cloudyni...on-4-refractor/


 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 10:22 AM

Actually Neil, you didn’t even cross my mind when I wrote that post. 


 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:49 AM

For what it's worth, it's returned with a lower price -

https://losangeles.c...7101298702.html
 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:51 AM

Rare SpaceK K3 - $75

https://hudsonvalley...7101386415.html
 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:59 AM

Antique brass eyepiece for 15.00

https://www.ebay.com...T-/382875374386

Got a couple of similar looking tubes out in the shed.  Mine are part of a LONGER terrestrial / erecting lenses assembly.  One is yellow brass & slotted for swapping out eyepieces, the other was painted flat black & stuff threads into it.


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 12:09 PM

For what it's worth, it's returned with a lower price -

https://losangeles.c...7101298702.html

Wow! It was $400 and after a brief disappearance it’s $250! WTH!! I don’t know what to think of it! If it’s on the level, someone needs to get this!


 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 12:46 PM

Wow! It was $400 and after a brief disappearance it’s $250! WTH!! I don’t know what to think of it! If it’s on the level, someone needs to get this!

The eyepiece alone is worth around $100.  Spider-sense is a-tingling.


 

#559 Chuck Hards

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 12:59 PM

How can it not be on the level if it's local pickup?   


 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 01:01 PM

Wow! It was $400 and after a brief disappearance it’s $250! WTH!! I don’t know what to think of it! If it’s on the level, someone needs to get this!

I am sure the line is forming at the door. Hope they keep a six foot distance.


 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 02:17 PM

Do any local pickups in your municipal police station parking lot ...


 

#562 Chuck Hards

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 02:34 PM

I wouldn't do any face-to-face exchanges until after the pandemic restrictions are lifted, even with "social distancing" practices.   My 2 cents.  


 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 02:40 PM

I wouldn't do any face-to-face exchanges until after the pandemic restrictions are lifted, even with "social distancing" practices.   My 2 cents.  

True and this in in L.A.! They have the National Guard out in places monitoring the coming and going.i highly doubt answering a Craigslist ad to buy a telescope would be deemed essential travel.


 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 02:45 PM

My two cents, I truly doubt the ethical existence of this particular thread as it encourages non-essential travel at one if not both ends of the supply chain. Seems to me that the ethical thing would be to just lock the thread up until things improve to the point that we should be encouraging non-essential travel and we’re along way from that.

 

Anyway, that’s my opinion, and I’m saying it realizing full well that it (this post) will probably be deleted forth with.

 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 03:13 PM

I'm coo with that. 

I think shipping has special dangers too, even with wipe downs. So far the virus has been found to survive on some surfaces for days. For some reason it likes stainless steel and has been found to thrive on stainless fully exposed for 3 days. Many other surfaces for 2 days easy.


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#566 Chuck Hards

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 04:22 PM

My two cents, I truly doubt the ethical existence of this particular thread as it encourages non-essential travel at one if not both ends of the supply chain. Seems to me that the ethical thing would be to just lock the thread up until things improve to the point that we should be encouraging non-essential travel and we’re along way from that.

 

Anyway, that’s my opinion, and I’m saying it realizing full well that it (this post) will probably be deleted forth with.

 

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Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.  Most of these go via commercial carrier, any surface contamination is dead long before it gets to it's destination.   The thread isn't unethical, people who violate quarrantine to go buy toys are unethical- and possibly spreading contagion.

 

We're due a new thread any minute now and this one will be locked up anyway.

 

I want to see a fresh start with April's thread.  All pandemic talk will be removed, let's cheer-up!    Talk about the scopes, not driving to pick them up and the moral dilemma that entails at present.  

 

Thanks!


 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 04:40 PM

I don't have to worry about buying locally & face-to-face deals...  I live in the Scope Desert...  In all these years, just 2 Classics within a couple of hours of The Swamp.  Slightly ahead of CHAS, MILES behind the CNers in Cali . . .


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 04:42 PM

I'm coo with that. 

I think shipping has special dangers too, even with wipe downs. So far the virus has been found to survive on some surfaces for days. For some reason it likes stainless steel and has been found to thrive on stainless fully exposed for 3 days. Many other surfaces for 2 days easy.

Probably lasts longer on these materials because they're less reactive?

 

Anyway, Chuck posted while I was writing this.

 

My personal opinion is that people should follow their state and or city's guidelines.  If I *had* to buy a telescope (like the Boller and Chivens that's apparently being sold now to not me), I'd pay for it via paypal and arrange to do something like a couple CNers did here recently:  Meet in a parking lot, wide apart.  Open your trunks and let the seller move the item to the other's trunk after wiping it down, then make the paypal transfer with your smartphone (verifiable by the seller with their smartphone).  Then part ways, and the buyer leaves the item in the trunk for a week (or whatever the recommended delay is, plus a couple as margin).

 

I'd even like to see a "thread rule" or guideline about this kind of transaction in a new thread.


 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 05:55 PM

That Unitron 150 in LA is definitely for sale. I asked the guy if he'd ship it to me for $400. He said he'd love to sell it but he can't ship it. Someone should SERIOUSLY take advantage of this. I don't even care if you flip it. Keep it for a few weeks and double or triple your money.
 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 06:06 PM

For what it's worth, it's returned with a lower price -

https://losangeles.c...7101298702.html

Never see a deal like that on my local CL. Never seen a Unitron for sale around me on CL and if it was it would be $4k.


Edited by CHASLX200, 31 March 2020 - 06:09 PM.

 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 06:10 PM

Same seller apparently has a 28mm brandon eyepiece in a nice case for sale now too.

 

Clint used to live in that area.  I might ask.

 

I'm not quite willing to risk my life for another 4" refractor, though, especially on an altazimuth mount.

 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 06:59 PM

The closet thing like that I have found in my neck of the woods was a 4" Tinsley.  Wish I still had it.


 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 07:01 PM

That Unitron 150 in LA is definitely for sale. I asked the guy if he'd ship it to me for $400. He said he'd love to sell it but he can't ship it. Someone should SERIOUSLY take advantage of this. I don't even care if you flip it. Keep it for a few weeks and double or triple your money.

There is nothing wrong with somebody flipping it.   Whatever suits ones fancy...


 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 07:07 PM

Weren’t these preBrandon Questar eyepieces from the ‘50s and ‘60s Erfles?

 

 https://www.cloudyni...marked-japan-d/

Yes,  Braymer got these through his association with Bushnell (Japanese contacts).  A little Questar lore ...  Norbert Schell designed the eyepieces that were going to be used in the first Questars (including the glass melts).   Braymer loved surplus sources.  These likely were binocular eyepieces with adapters.


Edited by Stew44, 31 March 2020 - 07:10 PM.

 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 07:45 PM

You all just stay safe.
I love this group.
See ya on the other side.
 


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