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#1701 Gregory Gross

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Posted 04 May 2022 - 04:50 PM

Wow!!! The Photo Source in Sacramento listed #9-542 (1959), which was in really rough shape, for $500. eBay shows it appeared at 2:01 pm Pacific time today, and it sold 34 minutes later (!!!) at 2:35 pm. Looks like someone got a good restoration project.

 

What caught my eye with that one is that its spec indicated the early focal length and ratio of 42.4 inches (1077mm) at f/12.1. To my knowledge, Questar transitioned to indicating 45.5 inches at f/13 on the bottom of the barrel sometime in early to mid 1960.



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Posted 05 May 2022 - 01:33 PM

1969 Questar $2500 NM

https://astromart.co...ndard-35-535943



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Posted 05 May 2022 - 07:30 PM

The 1959 sale once again proves the old adage: if you snooze, you lose.

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Posted 05 May 2022 - 09:17 PM

The email I got said it was a 31-day auction up for bid. I wasn’t at my email that afternoon and if it was a buy it now I would have grabbed it before 30 minutes.

I may be wrong but won’t be surprised to see it reappear, possibly at a higher price.

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 10:40 AM

There's a 1974 Standard Questar for sale in the Classifieds here on CN:

 

https://www.cloudyni...ar-standard-35/

 

Posted on 5/8/22. Looks like a new user to the forum. I tried PMing him several times with no reply. Maybe he hasn't enabled receiving PMs. Any suggestions how to contact him? There is no phone number or email in the classified.



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Posted 14 May 2022 - 11:17 AM

I also tried to message him. I think he sold it several days ago, as the listing shows “Sold!”. He didn’t reply to my messages either.



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Posted 14 May 2022 - 12:46 PM

If you guys are looking for a good example, I would suggest you inquire about the 1969 Questar listed on Astromart for $2500. The seller indicates that the scope went in for a servicing in 2004. Looking at the photo showing the optics, I see a modern corrector lens retaining ring and modern secondary spot disk, two clues that might indicate this scope's optics were recoated at the time that the scope was serviced.

 

Another clue is that the serial number, 9-CV-3885, shows it originally had a Cer-Vit mirror but not broadband coatings, further indication that the recoating could have been done (broadband-coated optics can't be recoated).

 

You might consider contacting the seller for further verification of my speculation. If it's all true, $2500 is a very fair price -- indeed, a great price -- for a relatively recently-serviced Questar.


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Posted 14 May 2022 - 01:48 PM

If you guys are looking for a good example, I would suggest you inquire about the 1969 Questar listed on Astromart for $2500. The seller indicates that the scope went in for a servicing in 2004. Looking at the photo showing the optics, I see a modern corrector lens retaining ring and modern secondary spot disk, two clues that might indicate this scope's optics were recoated at the time that the scope was serviced.

 

Recoating or replacement, I wonder.

 

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 02:10 PM

Re-coated optics would be as good as new-if coming from Questar. I really don't know if they even put in "re-coated" optics-when servicing. I know that the cheapest set of optics-from Questar will cost you $1200.00 for the optic set and a $500.00 service fee to install them($1800.00 minimum). Questar will not sell to you a set of optics, that you might be able to replace-yourself, if you want "new" optics-they insist on installing them.


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Posted 15 May 2022 - 09:30 AM

You may be right but it's also logical that a fouled painted baffle was replaced with applied disc upon service and the corrector retainer was replaced on service only for cleaning. That would be my first assumption.

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 09:38 AM

Maybe the new owner will join in!

 

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Posted 24 May 2022 - 07:23 PM

There is a questar on shopgoodwill.com 


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Posted 24 May 2022 - 09:22 PM

About that Goodwill listing: that's a rather interesting rebuild of an early Questar, serial number R-8-250. A production number of 250 would probably put this scope right in the middle of 1957.

 

I see a very early eyepiece marked "80X" -- examples from a bit later are marked "80-160X." It doesn't look like the low-power eyepiece is part of the kit. It kind of kills me to see those old eyepiece holder tubes slipped into more modern eyepiece holders, in this case what looks like a Televue Questar eyepiece adapter.

 

I also see a new moon map skin with the modern specs indicated on them (visual focal length of 50.5", etc.), the all-caps "QUESTAR" side arm logo badges, a solar filter for the finder lens, and a number of other later additions. I only see one leg hole plug; looks like the other one is potentially missing.

 

This scope looks like it's been well used and well loved.

 

As I write this, there are 15 bids in with the current high bid at $756. I wonder where bidding will end up when the auction ends on 5/29/2022.



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Posted 24 May 2022 - 10:16 PM

One on ebay

https://www.ebay.com...ard!95125!US!-1



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Posted 25 May 2022 - 09:40 PM

https://denver.craig...7487550698.html


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Posted 26 May 2022 - 03:34 PM

Looks like no power cord or solar filter, and only one eyepiece. $2000-2500?



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Posted 26 May 2022 - 04:43 PM

Looks like no power cord or solar filter, and only one eyepiece. $2000-2500?

May not have a front screw on cover? No picture of the optics, no photo of the rear control box-is the rear visual port, the small version?



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Posted 27 May 2022 - 10:27 AM

Posting these images here for your examination and review: this is a current online watch/scientific instruments auction at Skinner’s (very reputable auction house if you are not familiar with them): two Quantum telescopes, and a very early star-logo Questar scope in a configuration that I have never seen before.

 

Comments and assessments, especially on that early Questar, welcome…

 

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#1719 Gregory Gross

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Posted 27 May 2022 - 12:21 PM

Here is a link to that auction.

 

That is a very rare early Field Model and what I imagine to be an even rarer matching leather case. They were sold by Questar over the course of the mid- to late 1950s.

 

I have more details about the early Field Model in this section of my Questar history.


Edited by Gregory Gross, 27 May 2022 - 12:22 PM.

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Posted Yesterday, 04:40 PM

online watch/scientific instruments auction at Skinner’s...  two Quantum telescopes, and a very early star-logo Questar

The Quantums look ok although both show a little pitting/corrosion.

 

The Q6 has all of its finder mount screws replaced (should be stainless steel phillips flatheads) and the finder star diagonal has been flipped around backwards and jammed onto its focus tube, with what looks like remainder parts of the diagonal and the finder eyepiece wrapped in shipping tape and stuffed in the main OTA top hole. Makes me think they dropped it at some point and ripped the finder off.

 

The Q4 looks good, just missing the plexiglass RA indicator. Those things are glued in place and are easy to pop off if you grab the base the wrong way.


Edited by telescope200, Yesterday, 04:55 PM.


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Posted Today, 07:34 AM

Thanks for sharing this. I think combining those lots is a mistake for the auction house. The early field mode is rare and I don’t know if the case is rarer because the one(s) I’ve found include the case. There are accessories that would be nice to have and presumably are not included. Watch for a quantum enthusiast to remarket that. Past Questars at Skinner have gone for either a fair price or a very good (half) price. But don’t forget the substantial “buyers premium,” shipping and sales tax that add to the gavel price.


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