Astronomy/Meade Model 97E


Thank you so much for your time. In 1988 I purchased a Meade Model
97E (3.5" spotting scope) to observe the heavens. Also I had a passing interest in photography. Now my eye-sight is poor and I am wondering...

Is there still value as a telescope or is it just a dinosaur?

Is there still value as a 1000mm f/11 telephoto lens?

What is that value?

It is still like new in metal case. Thank-you

Hi Al

This is a really good question, on both ends.  As a spotting scope I think this would still find some people who would be interested...birdwatchers and the like...because it has decent optics, and that's all that really matters.

As for cameras, that's a whole different ballgame.  These days, so many people are using smaller digital cameras that the market for these big lenses is limited.

I would put it on ebay with a reserve, and see if a nature lover doesn't make you a reasonable offer!

Hope that helps

Paul Wagner  


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Astronomy and telescope making. Have made at least seven telescopes, both refractors and reflectors, and have spent 30 years looking at the nighttime sky.

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