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Takahashi Astronomer 22x60 Fluorite APO -NICE-

Auction No.:
7050
Current Bid:
$1376.00 Reserve not met
High Bidder:
Julio Bird
Bid History:
23 Bids [View History]
Location:
Buckeye, AZ - United States
Started:
07/06/2012 08:25PM
Ends:
07/12/2012 11:51AM
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Edit: Buy It Now dropped from $2,400 to $2,175. Basic shipping/insurance costs to be paid by buyer unless Buy It Now is used as noted below.

I am the original owner of these fine binoculars, having purchased them from Land, Sea & Sky in 2002. As you already know, the Takahashi Astronomers are possibly the sharpest astronomy binocular ever made. They are basically two F5.9 fluorite telescopes mounted side by side. Few of them were made and production stopped years ago. I've tried researching information from Takahashi's online archives to determine the total production number, even contacting the company directly, but have not nailed it down. Over the years I've 'heard' production numbers of around 300.

This pair is in excellent optical, mechanical and cosmetic condition. They have provided fantastic views over the years but were only lightly used. If you need more info on the Tak 22x60 check out these reviews by Ed Zarenski on Cloudy Nights:

http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=2345
http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=2407

The optics are pristine and there are no scratches or other damage to the body/grips. As is common with the Astronomer binocular there is a small area of smoothed pebble-grain on top where the bino contacts the inside of the case. All dust caps included but no straps. Certificate of Inspection hand-signed by T. Takahashi & E. Takahashi.

The auction includes:

Takahashi Astronomer 22x60 Fluorite APO binoculars #10244, lens caps, tripod mount, instruction manual, certificate of inspection, original carrying case and shipping box. All in excellent condition.

Please submit payment within 3 days of auction. Preferred payment is cashiers check, bank transfer or PayPal (add 3% for fees). If Buy it Now is used I pay all shipping/insurance and any PayPal fees.

Time Placed User Bid Amount
07/11/2012 07:41PM Julio Bird $1376.00
07/10/2012 04:41AM Steve Miller $1326.00
07/10/2012 04:41AM Sabahattin Bilsel $1301.00
07/09/2012 07:45PM Steve Miller $1225.00
07/09/2012 07:45PM Julio Bird $1200.00
07/07/2012 03:34PM Steve Miller $1125.00
07/07/2012 06:33AM Paul Webb $1026.00
07/07/2012 05:57AM Derek Kuhl $1001.00
07/07/2012 05:57AM Rick Auerbach $1000.00
07/07/2012 05:17AM Derek Kuhl $910.00
07/07/2012 05:17AM Paul Webb $900.00
07/07/2012 04:09AM Derek Kuhl $660.00
07/07/2012 01:39AM Steve Miller $600.00
07/07/2012 01:39AM Sabahattin Bilsel $590.00
07/07/2012 01:35AM Steve Miller $560.00
07/07/2012 01:35AM Sabahattin Bilsel $550.00
07/06/2012 10:41PM Steve Miller $510.00
07/06/2012 10:41PM Rick Auerbach $500.00
07/06/2012 08:49PM Steve Miller $2.75
07/06/2012 08:49PM John Hardwick $2.50
07/06/2012 08:49PM Steve Miller $2.25
07/06/2012 08:49PM John Hardwick $2.00
07/06/2012 08:33PM Steve Miller $1.00