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Found a C14. .. maybe wish I hadnt

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#26 WadeH237

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Posted 24 January 2021 - 06:56 PM

Not even a good vintage c14 is worth $5k.

Amen to that.  You can buy a brand new C14 XLT for $5000.

 

Based on the pictures, the other parts are worthless.



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Posted 24 January 2021 - 07:00 PM

Oh well, at least you checked it out. Sometimes it pays off - maybe next time.



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Posted 24 January 2021 - 08:04 PM

I offered $750 sight unseen, then after seeing the photos, wish I hadnt.. then when he said 5k I thought great, off the hook.

 

I left my number and name in case they changed their mind.. ( prob wont). Anyhow,  at least I checked it out..

 

Maybe next time..

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Posted 24 January 2021 - 09:24 PM

I bought an orange C14 at an estate sale. Put a Farpoint dovetail on it and used it with my G11 mount.

The original fork and drive came in their own trunk and were still functional but it's easier to mount and use on the EQ.

Read Uncle Rod's used SCT guide. The fork weighs more than the OTA, it's a scary two person job to lift the OTA 6 feet in the air and slide it into the fork. And the early optics were not as good as the orange C8's were.

Its not that bad.  I've always done it myself and I just turned 60.  You just have to put your heebie jeebies aside and GO FOR IT!!   LOL  Always ends up OK..... So far.  (Gosh, I probably just jinxed myself)  The early optics on my 1972  C14 scope are as good or better than those on my 1978 Orange C8. On planetary, the C14 blows away the C8.   


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Posted 24 January 2021 - 09:32 PM

I offered $750 sight unseen, then after seeing the photos, wish I hadnt.. then when he said 5k I thought great, off the hook.

 

I left my number and name in case they changed their mind.. ( prob wont). Anyhow,  at least I checked it out..

 

Maybe next time..

Stevegeo 

$750 would be a good deal.  If you have any skills whatsoever, the entire fork mount is easily fixable.  A good tinkerer could bring that part back to like new condition.  I want to see photos of the OTA.  If it is as bad as the mount, that's a scary prospect.  smile.gif

 

The guy's crazy though, thinking it is worth $5K.  Tell him to drop  a zero and maybe he'll bite.  You never know! 


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Posted 24 January 2021 - 09:35 PM

First pic of the forks.... maybe restorable, but without what appears to be a lot of work... I know I could restore these.. the drive... well another story..

The OTA photos are still downloading.. stevegeo 

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Add $500 for a sand-blasting box.


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Posted 24 January 2021 - 09:37 PM

Its not that bad.  I've always done it myself and I just turned 60.  You just have to put your heebie jeebies aside and GO FOR IT!!   LOL  Always ends up OK..... So far.  (Gosh, I probably just jinxed myself)  The early optics on my 1972  C14 scope are as good or better than those on my 1978 Orange C8. On planetary, the C14 blows away the C8.   

It's 50lbs.  Heavyish, but more importantly, you have to do it slowly and maintain balance, it's a tad awkward but it is easier than my fork-mount attached 75lb 12" LX200.


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Posted 24 January 2021 - 10:05 PM

I always wonder about folks who want to sell used items for new prices. May he thinks an old crusty, rusty, non functional telescope qualifies as a valuable antique. 



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Posted 25 January 2021 - 02:04 AM

I always wonder about folks who want to sell used items for new prices. May he thinks an old crusty, rusty, non functional telescope qualifies as a valuable antique. 

People who aren't very experienced with astronomy love to badly over-value used telescopes. It makes it really obnoxious to try to find junk scopes to use for projects because the people who have them invariably think they're quite valuable.


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 04:19 AM

People who aren't very experienced with astronomy love to badly over-value used telescopes. It makes it really obnoxious to try to find junk scopes to use for projects because the people who have them invariably think they're quite valuable.

 

It goes both ways, they over price them and they under price them.  Some just want them to go to a good home.  If one is a inveterate bargain hunter, then one is experienced in finding those under priced gems and passing on those that are overpriced or unusable.  

 

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 07:16 AM

The mount would not be my worry but the optics would. I would sure test it out first. My orange C14 was a total dud on the optics



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Posted 25 January 2021 - 07:18 AM

Well the photos came in.  IIt's bad,  how someone could neglect a scope this bad is beyond comprehension.  I am afraid to look further.  Much like the orange tube C8 we have seen on ebay...  this makes that one look cherry..

And the owner is convinced it's worth 5 k.   Dam. I wont post a pic.. its depressing.

Stevegeo 

5k is dreaming. If the optics are super maybe 2k for it all.



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Posted 25 January 2021 - 09:41 AM

Probably the seller's first time trying to sell a used scope, or he would have had a better idea of the market value. Anyone trying to sell at a significant multiple of the item's true value will likely drive away most knowledgeable buyers.


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