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About the Price Lists

The information in the charts is listed acording to the major telescope types as shown in the buttons above. Each applicable manufacturer is listed alphabetically under the telescope type. You will find many telescopes in the lists that are not referenced elsewhere on the site because all new telescopes offered for sale are listed in the price lists. However, as stated elsewhere, I generally only list information and photos of telescopes whose specifications are no loger available from the manufacturer.

After the model name and manufacture dates, the first value given is the telescope's cost when available new. The new prices are the advertised prices of the basic telescope with standard accessories. They new prices may vary quite a lot depending on the years that the telescope was available.

The second value in the charts is the the current used price range. The used price range is based on prices for working telescopes in good to excellent condition. The values are derived from a review of the "asking prices" for used equipment in a broad range of categories, including the new equipment marketers that handle used equipment, used equipment marketers, the internet and classified ads.

Many telescopes are sold as a package with accessories that the owner has accumulated over time. In these cases I have deducted appropriately for the used value of these accessories to arrive at the value of the telescope as originally supplied by the manufacturer. (An exception is that some Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes were not provided with a tripod as part of the standard package, whereas I have figured that as part of the package in all cases.) Sometimes you will notice that the used prices are higher than the new prices. There are several possible reasons for this, one obviously being inflation. Certain telescopes, like other quality or rare items, appreciate in value over time. These are not only good instruments, but good investments as well.

The range of prices is supplemented by an average price. Although this generally falls near the median of the price range, it does not always do so. As such it acts as a guide from which to estimate the value of a telescope your are considering selling or buying. If the telescope is in particularly good shape or is in relatively high demand go toward the high end of the range. If the opposite is true, go the other way. Of course the adage holds true that one man's trash is another's treasure, and that's what makes any used market more interesting.

The last column shows how many transactions the used prices are based on. This gives you an idea the stability and validity of the prices, as well as the popularity of a particular model.

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