Okay, so I picked this Tak fluorite refractor up at a pawn shop in Rialto. If anybody remembers when I bought the Mayflower in Echo Park, from the guy who originally wanted to trade for a rifle, this place was weirder than that! The shop had bars on the windows and doors, and when you stepped inside the front door, you were in a cage. The guy behind the counter had to push a button to let you out of the cage.
Anyway, I gave the scope a going over, tried to talk him down a bit on his asking price of $1K (as a matter of principle, of course!), and ended up agreeing on $900 plus tax, which put it almost at his asking price.
I just set it up, and am waiting for the sun to go down. There are a few things I'll need to tend to when I get home, but for now it's functional. First, some pics: