AstroPhysics Starfire optics in a Unitron tube. The Brandon 130 APO was available for a limited time period in the early 1990's and featured f/8 optics. My scope is also seen as the home page photo on the Brandon APO refractors Yahoo Group.
Unfortunately I have been admiring it more in my office than using it. I cannot justify keeping it as a display piece. I have used it for both deep sky and planetary photography and can send digital images of both M-42 and Mars taken thru it to any one serious about buying it.
What is for sale is the tube assembly, with or without extra tube cradles and guide scopes. The cradle has a Losmandy dovetail attached. It will work very well with a Losmandy G11 as pictured or with a Unitron 150/152 mount.
Brandon 130 mm f/8 APO tube assembly dating from 1990/91 with tube cradle and attached dovetail (which will fit a Losmandy G11 mount). Also included in the basic tube assembly package is the stock Brandon tube ring with finder bracket and a Vernonscope Brandon 10x40 mm finder. Additionally the original Vernonscope Brandon 2" star diagonal with 1/20th wave mirror is included.
Price - $3200.00
Additionally I can supply the 63 mm Baby Brandon f/5.6 super
finder/short guidescope complete with matching tube bracket and
finder rings - $400.00.
Also I have the 82.5 mm f/8.5 guide scope in a matching tube with
Vernonscope Brandon tube brackets with matching Unitron rings -
If everything is purchased as a package, the price is $4000.00, the Baby Brandon and guidescope will not be sold separately until after the 130 mm scope is sold.
In addition I have a converted brushed aluminum Cabella Safari 3
rifle case with custom fit foam padding. It was converted via removal of partitions to perfectly hold the tube assembly (and if I remember correctly also the 10x40 finder attached). The scope will not fit the case with either of the two guidescopes attached. It is in like new condition - $200.00
I will not ship the telescope, it has to be picked up. I will drive a reasonable distance,up to 500 miles to meet someone half way. Serious offers take precedent over "I am thinking about it offers".