I was just given an old Odyssey Compact 10" dob w/ a Telrad, JMI miniMAX and two Orion 2" eyepieces (ER 32mm + PL 50mm). The only problem is that, as much as I know about dobs from using them at club meetings for awhile, I'm a bit overwhelmed. I know the what the Telrad is and how to use it and that the eyepieces should be excellent, but I have no idea what this computer thing is and what it does, whether it works or not, how to collimate a dob or whether or not the mirrors are secure in there. All I know is that the telescope has been sitting in a garage for a few years and worked well before being put away, the primary is slightly dirty, the Telrad works and this other computer at least turns on.
I guess my question is should I jump out and try it...or are there a few basic things I should know or look over first?
I would like to (rather soon) construct at the very minimum a truss tube dob utilizing the optics, PVC focuser, etc. because this thing is HEAVY. But otherwise my immediate concern is how well this works as a visual instrument.