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Does this C8 Price Sound Reasonable

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#1 4Texans

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Posted 24 April 2021 - 07:39 PM

I am looking at an orange tube C8 on the original fork mount. Best guess a 1980 model. Here are some details:

  • No power cord, so cannot test the drive
  • Has a black Celestron 50 mm RA finder without the illuminated reticle eyepiece
  • Missing the declination knob, and the Dec motion using the shaft is tight
  • It is mounted on a black slightly later model tripod with wedge, and needs some help
  • Optics look clean with a visual inspection and focuser is smooth
  • Fork mount motions and locks are good
  • Did notice a bit of vibration from wind gusts
  • Cosmetically clean for the age.

Price is $450. A new cord will be around $20 + shipping, the other items assuming good are just time and a few bucks here and there. Is this a good price?


Edited by 4Texans, 24 April 2021 - 07:41 PM.


#2 otocycle

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Posted 24 April 2021 - 07:46 PM

It is an OK (fair) price if tripod/wedge is included and you are not too concerned about condition of RA drive or have plans to upgrade it.

 

I sold one of these several years ago with power cord for $350...but no tripod.


Edited by otocycle, 24 April 2021 - 07:47 PM.


#3 4Texans

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Posted 24 April 2021 - 09:09 PM

I was thinking $400 would be a better price. Thanks for the reply.



#4 RichA

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Posted 25 April 2021 - 01:03 AM

Prices have been rising for all decent used scopes.  $450 is quite reasonable. 



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Posted 25 April 2021 - 06:23 AM

I am looking at an orange tube C8 on the original fork mount. Best guess a 1980 model. Here are some details:

  • No power cord, so cannot test the drive
  • Has a black Celestron 50 mm RA finder without the illuminated reticle eyepiece
  • Missing the declination knob, and the Dec motion using the shaft is tight
  • It is mounted on a black slightly later model tripod with wedge, and needs some help
  • Optics look clean with a visual inspection and focuser is smooth
  • Fork mount motions and locks are good
  • Did notice a bit of vibration from wind gusts
  • Cosmetically clean for the age.

Price is $450. A new cord will be around $20 + shipping, the other items assuming good are just time and a few bucks here and there. Is this a good price?

Maybe for $250.  Be sure to check out the optics first if you can. So many duds back in them days.
 



#6 4Texans

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Posted 25 April 2021 - 04:31 PM

Thanks for the replies. I had worked all summer in 1979 to save up enough to buy a brand new C8. It was a great, easy to move scope but I sold it in the mid 80s for college money. 

 

I am trying not to allow nostalgia to cloud my judgement!



#7 Tom Stock

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Posted 29 April 2021 - 08:18 PM

The OTA alone if it's before say 1985 sells for around $350-$375 depending on condition.

 

The OTA's are generally very good. I've owned several of them and all had very nice optics.

 

Power cords cost around $35

 

I am sure the motors will run... they are very reliable.

 

The setting circles actually work really work on that fork, but the fork is not very stable.  I deforked mine and put it on a goto mount (I know I know).


Edited by Tom Stock, 29 April 2021 - 08:20 PM.



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