I have an 18" Starmaster for sale with the following specs:
Stabilite hollow-cell Zambuto mirror - cools down fast and stays at ambient temperature. Look at the mirror specs below - this is an outstanding mirror!
Sky Commander DSC's and Sky Tracker GOTO drive
JMI DX-1 2-speed focuser
Astrosystems secondary dew heater
Wheelbarrow transport handles
Desert Storm Scope cover
I have made the following modifications to the scope:
Added a ring baffle behind the mirror cell to keep stray light out from behind (removeable).
Replaced Astrosystems secondary heater wiring with conductive tape on secondary vane (much thinner than the wire). Also put the connector to it through the secondary cage near the focuser for easy access.
Added a fan that blows into the hollow cells of the Stabilite mirror for even faster cooldown.
Added Protostar flocking paper to the secondary cage and along the truss poles.
Scope is in excellent condition. New cost for current Starmaster 18" Goto is $9700, and you have to wait 3-6 months. The Stabilite mirror was $1000 extra at the time (Stabilite mirrors are no longer avaiable, and I believe that this is the only one Carl Zambuto figured). I am asking $8000, and you can get it today.
I would prefer not to ship this scope. I will drive up to 1 day in any direction from Atlanta to meet you and deliver the scope. If I have to drive more than a few hours, I will ask that you pay my expenses (gas, and hotel if it is a full day drive each way).
I would also be happy to meet an interested buyer for a night of observing with the scope.
Sale Pending to Brad Isley.