Price is non-linear just as it is for telescopes and cars. For notably more function some will pay way more on price --- which is worth it to sufficient # of buyers to establish the market.
I can understand rare collectable eyepieces going for $$$. But what about the readily available ones for high $? What is the justification? Looks to me like any hobby you reach a point of smaller gains for bigger $.
I don’t know what justifies the price, but I know that the views I get justify the price.
The markets are pretty stable, actually. So the ~high list~ prices of nearly all eyepieces have settled out as pretty good bargains, across the board. I actually feel that eyepieces are ~worth~ double what we can buy them for, both new and used. Imagine if we had to make them from scratch, rather than work our regular jobs and then buy and enjoy them?
>Up there on the $ scale are the magnificent TeleVue Apollo 11 listed and sold for $1245 and all 300 have sold out. A very few have sold used for around $1000. These are now impossibleish to find and arguably the best eyepiece is existence. I've got mine and continue to enjoy.
>And the 2.5-inch (barrel), three-inch and four-inch specialty eyepieces (very long focal lengths) can sell for $2000 on up from there. I have a couple and am getting more.
>And the ~Night Vision~ Image-Intensified Eyepieces selling for $2000 on up from there. I have a few.
>Honorable mention - the 3" 100° 30mm Explore Scientific that lists for $1000 sure looks attractive!
Anyway, they are all worth list and more. Just depends on what you need or want, and (especially) what you're willing and able to pay. Pretty limited markets. All it takes is a few active buyers to establish the market prices. Tom
Edited by TOMDEY, 13 April 2021 - 09:28 PM.