Thank you for the commiseration =) I'm being whiny, but I'll get right and 'get to it' shortly.
These things happen - some non-astronomers are a risk, true. I've been fortunate to have had very few fails from SGW & eBay non-astros, and I am grateful for that. As mentioned, astronomizers just don't do this sort of thing - loose CWs and the like. My eyes are griefing me this morning - so Sybil's going to do the inspection for me.
You know, I generally don't pickup 'collectables' with decent cases and most of the accessories - I really just like the OTAs and sometimes the mounts - but this had intact internals and most of the accessories - not a bad case and we've history with the Phoenix branch of the AZHS, so this seemed good chance happening?
But that's life, isn't it? It isn't always peachy or pretty or sweet, but it is seldom as bad as it could be, and we must always be cognizant of that. Damaged brackets can be fixed, dings removed, pieces reassembled, touched-up. I got this with Ripper-roo the Red Dog in mind, so I think I'm not going to let it be spoilt - that dog and this scope came, I believe, from the same place (Rip from the kennels, this from the thrift store) and I'm very, very glad we picked Ripper up instead of having him shipped () - should've picked this scope up as we did him. He was a fine friend and I do miss him a great deal - some of that sadness has apparently transferred to the state of the scope, making seem a bit worse than it probably is.
As always, Clear Skies, Sharp Eyes (even me, shortly) & Please Enjoy a Safe and FuN week-end!!
Edited by AstroKerr, 27 April 2019 - 07:48 PM.