Selling a vintage and extremely rare Edmund Scientific 8" diameter reflector Model 4001. These units are extremely hard and almost impossible to find. I have seen only 1, maybe 2, ever come up online and in other astronomy classifieds. This particular scope features optics that were hand made for Edmund Scientific, and are said to be very sharp. List price in 1970s for this exact scope is $799.00!!!! The scope has the following features:
- 8" f/5 parabolic annealed Pyrex mirror, hand corrected to better than 1/8 wave (according to catalog)- 2" solid focuser (cost $200 alone in 1970s)- vented and adjustable rear mirror cell- modular fork mount w/electric clock drive motor for guiding and slow motion declination control- collapsable/foldable tripod- finder w/finder bracket (missing end eye piece, but may be able to use any generic?)- 2" 26mm eyepiece
Overall condition is in great shape for age. Mirrors look good, minimal dust as typical but look very good. Has a small indentation/paint chipping at one end which is somewhat hidden and can probably be touched up, otherwise looks great! Guiding motor powers on. This scope and fork mount with its monolithic tripod look so unique and gather a lot of attention. You will be hard pressed to find another piece that is so cosmetically appealing. Due to age of scope, must sell as is.
Available for local pick up or I will ship insured at buyers expense. I listed as freight but can box up and get estimates at end of auction. Please make me an offer!
Filed under: High-End Telescope Auctions (USA)