SCOPE IS SOLD - THANK YOU.
Superb and very rare 7" Teleport Telescope. Only 11 of these scopes have been made. The scope is light (weighs 18 to 20 lbs) and extremely portable. Fits in black duffel bag in the picture below (size 9 1/4" X 11" X 21". Can you imagine trying to carry a 4" APO refractor and tripod in a package this small?
The Zambuto optics are absolutely superb - check out review by Todd Gross, as well as my own which is also posted on his site.
Scope and accessories are self contained. Setup takes about 3 minutes to extend the secondary with the built in bogen tripod legs. It comes with laser collimator that fits in the scope box, a rigel red dot pointer that also fits in the scope box. Additionally there is a small drawer for eyepieces or accessories. You have to see it to believe the ingenuity of Tom Noe's design and craftsmanship.
When fully extended the eyepiece is about 41" at Zenith. It is 48" with the clever collapsible tri-stand, which is also included.
Includes the soft padded carry on bag, so you can easily pack the scope to carry on airplane or in the trunk of your car - no matter how diminutive the trunk.
Operation is very smooth. This is perhaps the finest portable telescope made. Tom informs me that he's pencilled in the next run of 7" Teleports for 2003. So the opportunity to get a 7" Teleport is not likely to come up again for over a year. The only reason I'm selling is because I will soon be taking delivery on the Teleport 10" -- no need to have both.
Scope has fan and secondary heater. It also has DSC hookups. You'll need your own Sky Commander or other DSC module.
New ones next year will cost over $3,000 with the stand, and encoder setup. Looking for something in the $2500 range plus shipping (But frankly I'd rather someone take personal delivery of this scope in the SF Bay Area). Make offers if interested.