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Unitron 4" Model 166 Photo-Equatorial and Pier

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#1 Steve_M_M

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 12:24 AM

Well, I was trying to set up transportation and kept telling my wife "This is not going to last long, I need to click "buy it now"" Of course, my conscience was also acting up saying "This guy has owned this scope since new, over 40 years. Now he lists it too low. I should bid and kill the Buy It Now price and let the auction take its course." Back and forth, back and forth....And then, of course, Mr Hawk jumps in, you remember him on the 4" Zeiss. Poof it is gone....

So, since you all probably missed it and it will no longer show up on Ebay, here is the auction number

140033784768

Wow!

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 01:09 AM

Picture for future reference. (I notice lots of Ebay links to pictures that no longer work)

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 01:31 AM

What a beautiful scope! Too bad you didn't pull the trigger sooner! Yow!

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 01:52 AM

Would have been a real problem to get it anyway. But, I did do some research and found the last one on Ebay from 6/2005 was incomplete and sold for $9310.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 08:25 AM

Gentlemen,

I think this was just a matter of just being there whan he listed it. Had to be! How else could he have gotten informed so quickly otherwise?

You know, I wonder if this guy is going to end up trying to sell this soon for like $10k?

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 08:36 AM

:bow:

I'm a total noob when it comes to scopes like that, but from the standpoint of an admirer of aesthetics and quality, that is a BEAUTIFUL scope. One day when I retire and buy my 25x150 Fuji binoculars, I am going to lay aside a few grand for a vintage long focal-length planet-killer like this Unitron.

Yes, the man who bought that scope (and that nice collection of vintage eps that comes with it) is very lucky.

Clear dark skies...

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BTW - I notice one of the ep's is a 60mm in a 1.75" format. I've never heard of that before.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 10:13 AM

Len,

I believe he is a true collector. Unless he has a brick and motar store where he resells vintage scopes, I have yet to see one of his purchases pop up for resale.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 03:45 PM

I agree. I looked at all the open items he won and it's a range of items, not necessarily astronomical either. It still amazes me how he got so lucky. That has got to be the equivalent of winning the lottery. "the right place at the right time"

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 04:22 PM

Hey, you never know- I did a buy-it-now with a Celestron 6 inch refractor (neither vintage or top-notch) for $200. Wow, I thought. Shippers mangled it, then pocketed the insurance. Now while I don't wish this fate on Mr. Hawk or the scope one must always beware of the slip between the fork and the lip (or something to that effect).

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 04:41 PM

It's amazing to me and I can't explain it. I have a small collection of scopes that deliver good optical performance and are much more practical to my observing needs than that 4 inch Unitron. But hey, the posted picture of that beautiful scope really got my juices flowing. I lusted after the Unitron's when I was a kid and I still do. Go figure.
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Posted 24 September 2006 - 04:46 PM

Well then, it'll be one heck of an estate sale! :)

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 04:52 PM

Honestly, for my money (if I had that kind of cash), I would spend several grand on that Unitron planet-killer before I would drop thousands on a Questar with accessories.

There is a mystique and beauty to those old Unitron scopes, and that surely explains some of the attraction.....but from the reports I read, the performance is every bit as good as the aesthetics. If I ever hit the lottery, I am coming to this forum for buying advice!

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 05:25 PM

Honestly, for my money (if I had that kind of cash), I would spend several grand on that Unitron planet-killer


Easy Mike. My lust is for the aesthetics/mechanics/collectability.
The fact is my humble RV-6 that I bought for $200 in 1961 will be at least equal to or better than the Unitron for planet killing. My little 4 inch f/5 flourite that weighs only 9 lbs likely would give it a run too.
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Posted 24 September 2006 - 05:53 PM

Well, that particular auction was very specific....no shipping...buyer has to pick it up. I'll tell you, for that $3,500 deal, the trip from Ohio to Kansas would have been worth calling off work a couple of days coupled onto a weekend. A sort of mini vacation!

Dang it... :bawling:

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 11:43 PM

Beautiful scope. Looks like it is in excellent if not perfect condition. Congratulations.

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 08:35 PM

Geez. I'm in Lenexa KS about once a week. Of course, this came up (and went) during the week we were at Okie-Tex... wow.


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