I have a permanent ROR observatory with an Astrophysics Mach 1 mount. I used it for a while for astrophotos but now I mostly have an older Meade 8" SCT mounted on it for visual use. I live in a Bortle 5-6 zone. (I also have a Skywatcher 12" GTO on the observatory porch and another smaller 10" dob that I take out to darker skies). Just yesterday I was thinking that the Mach1 mount could support a lot more than that.
Today a friend told me about his brother's ancient C14 for sale. Pictures attached. He asked me if I'm interested. I'll ask you folks out there: should I be interested? A 14" SCT that performs well will do wonders with planetary, clusters and maybe I could even see galaxies that are usually not visible under these skies. My permanent pier is well placed for viewing in all directions except W. There's significant light pollution on the horizon, but the higher up you look, the better the viewing. I spend a lot of time in this observatory and enjoy it immensely. It is so nice to walk out the door and be observing in 10 minutes.
Does this scope offer me anything I am missing?
Even if I am not interested, I'd like your advice in determining a fair price - perhaps I can help them find a buyer.
Thanks for your advice!