It's been pretty horrible here, from a clear-skies standpoint. Although there have been breaks in the weather, it has gotten increasingly cloudy to the point of almost always overcast the last 2 or 3 weeks. I finally decided that it wasn't going to be clear anyway, so I might as well buy some things while it was cloudy, since it wasn't like my buying stuff was going to mess up anyone's clear skies around me.
I'd been looking to update a few things, and also add to the collection. I got a new-to-me CG-4 mount that should serve nicely for several smaller telescope applications, plus the lovely 4" f/15 refractor, along with some flocking to do some stray-light catching in a few scopes, not to mention a 6" f/8 mirror to build a telescope from scratch since I realized I have all of the other parts to make one except the primary, and the one I bought was a great deal. I hope I didn't extend the cloudy streak, but at this point it really didn't seem to matter.
However, as a means of appeasing the cloud gods, I am giving away a red Tasco reflector I fixed up to a friend who has a really bad 60mm refractor. He enjoys astronomy a lot but has some medical bills he's paying off, so I thought I'd give him a scope that I wasn't really using anyway. I fixed it up and it works really well; I know he'll get good use out of it.
So what have you bought during this cloudy / can't-observe-anyway summer?
Edited by magic612, 12 August 2014 - 10:40 PM.