Just picked up a new Celestron 9.25" EdgeHD and shortly after I unpacked the scope I took a flashlight and looked down the tube to inspect the optics. My first reaction was one of satisfaction as the front corrector lens was clean to the point of near invisibility (i.e. no dust, no streaks, completely transparent). Then I looked down at the primary mirror and was shocked to see that nearly the entire surface was covered by a hazy, milky mottling -- almost like the mirror was covered with condensations or dew. However, the mottling appears to be permanent, it hasn't changed or cleared after several hours of waiting.
Attached is a photo of the mirror that was taken through the front corrector lens. This photo makes it look a little worse than it really is but it should give you an idea of the extent of the problem (IMO, the mirror surface should look very dark, almost black when it is reflecting a similarly dark or black background). Using the same test I looked at the mirror on a ten-year-old NexStar 5 and its mirror still looks bright and clean (except for a few flecks of dust). Something obviously went wrong during the manufacturing or shipping of the EdgeHD. Interestingly, there was no desiccant packed with the scope, which on retrospect seems a little odd.
Has anyone ever seen something like this before? I can't believe that it left the factory this way, so it may have been something that happened during shipping or storage at the vendor. Only problem is, why is the corrector plate so clean while the mirror looks like it might have been left sitting uncovered in a chicken coop for several weeks (it's not dusty, just stained with a hazy mottling)?