I think that the functional design referring to the German design tradition is not a drawback, but a great advantage of Telementor equipment.
On the other hand, what you write shows that you are bravely protecting yourself against overpricing this equipment by sellers, which means that such a problem actually exists. Prices well in excess of 1,000 euros are the norm in Europe.
Looking at this, it is impossible not to ask yourself the question: WHY? Exclusively for image quality ...?
I do not want to argue - I ask because I did not have the opportunity to check it myself, except for a little experience with the eyepiece and Barlow lens. And these experiences make me wonder whether today's prices reflect only the parameters of this equipment, or maybe something else - for example, some emotions or sentiments...?
The Telementor 1 is a beautiful design. Both to look at and through. I thought I had a chance at getting one a couple of years ago, but the owner decided he didn't want to get rid of it. In fact I think the idea of selling it made him appreciate it more and last I heard he was using it often. Talk about not being over-rated, for what it was and when it was made, it was about as perfect as you could want. Over-priced, you could make a good case for. I don't really need one now, since I have that aperture range covered, but I expect that some day I will probably buy one anyway if I see a decent-ish deal. But not for a couple of years, too much on my plate as it is.
Edited by SteveGR, 06 May 2021 - 02:29 PM.