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Value of orange tube C8

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#1 MikeBOKC

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 07:14 AM

I have been contacted by a local lady who has an orange tube C 8 purchased used some years ago and which has been in a garage ever sense. From photos she has sent it appears to lack the tripod/mount but appears otherwise intact, with some eyepieces and other accessories. I am going to look at it this weekend to check the condition of the optics. Assuming they are OK, what would be a typical value?



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Posted 06 August 2020 - 07:26 AM

Based on previous used sales, it is worth $300 - $400, depending on the included accessories.  If it has not been deforked, make sure the power cord is included if you want to test the drive.



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Posted 06 August 2020 - 10:09 PM

I bought 2 late 70’s C8’s in the last few years. Both from Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. The first was a OTA in the Fork Mount with a diagonal, power cord, 8” cap. The drive works, the paint is peeling. The front element needed cleaned on the outside was very dusty. Did not come with a Wedge or Tripod. I paid $125. After cleanup it’s a good useable scope. I had to buy a Wedge & Tripod I paid $150 for the set from a C8 Super.

A month later I found a C8 good paint. No 8” cap but the viewing port was capped. Dirty front element. Came in a case with finder scope, wedge, and original Tri-V chrome non adjustable tripod. No AC cord. Bought one off eBay for $15. Also bought a diagonal, and a few Plossle eyepieces in the used bin at my local scope shop for $10-12 each. Scope was also $125 so a good bargain.

Let the condition be your guide. If it has dirt or fungus inside and on the main mirror I wouldn’t pay much, it will take a lot of work & possibly re surfacing the mirror.

In my local Pro Scope shop they often have older SCT’s Celestron & Meads sometimes with slow motion controls, eyepieces and clean optics for $4-500. Had I known that I would have bought one of theirs.


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