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?
Value of orange tube C8
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.
Posted 06 August 2020 - 10:09 PM
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.