First I would like to thank everyone who posted advice on ways to get me up and running with my garage sale purchase. To get started, I decided to get a .965 to 1.25 star diagonal, along with an 8mm-24mm zoom eyepiece, which would be easiest with all the grandkids. And after more than a few youtube videos on how to set-up and use an equatorial mount, my wife and I had our maiden voyage last night. The results, in a word, WOW!
We were actually very surprised how close, clear and rather exciting it was to see the intricacies of the moon surface. Although we knew we could go to internet and see close-up photos of the moon, but for some reason, it was quite special and, somewhat addicting, to actually view it from our backyard. We actually discussed which part of the surface we "liked" best. Initially we tried it without the motor drive and as everyone knows, the moon just wouldn't stay put. Once the motor drive was attached, it held the position with about 80-90% accuracy, which I attribute to not aligning perfectly beforehand.
Tonight we will attempt Saturn.