Originally Posted by James GortThe story is fairly interesting. On July 4, 2001, the Coventry and Warwickshire Astronomical Society (CWAS) in the UK placed an ad on Astromart for bids. I couldn't resist, so I gave a modest bid. But they got many bids, including one from Warwick University (where it was being stored). So I didn't hold out much hope.
The highest bid was apparently from a chap in the U.S. On September 13, 2001, he came back to his office from holidays - to find them destroyed in the World Trade Centre attack (Sept. 11). Many of his friends were killed. So he didn't follow up.
After much more negotiations, I finally won it - and it was delivered by Ocean Freight in December, 2002.
I don't know if it's rare or not. Some Universities have 6" Cookes. I believe the University of Toronto has one. Mine was donated to CWAS by Captain G.T. Smith-Clarke - https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/George_Thomas_Smith-Clarke
wow!! don't know much Cookes .... will ask my friend .... hes into old telescopes..
you have a nice telescope i think rare or not ... is still a very nice telescope
you know. new telescopes don't have soul
now days they are from plastic or cheaply make and design is super ugly
was on youtube see this is fun just to see it
Dome making https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF_w4RaBg2o