The thread that got me started on this scope is locked and I am therefore opening a new one. Maybe 8-10 months ago I was hopping from one discussion to another and I landed here:
For some reason the Meade 320 by Mizar caught my attention, because I felt it was reasonably old, it looked good, reportedly has very good lenses and focuser, had a nice mount with wooden tripod, and was made by a good manufacturer. It did not seem one of the hot models sought by collectors which made me hope for a price within the range I am interested in.
Just a few days ago I located one on EBay, I asked for an opinion to a couple forum members that gave a green light (thanks!), and went for it without even asking any question to the seller, as I had too many other things going on. I knew the dew shield has a very noticeable dent. The package arrival (which was a bit dramatic for me) is documented here:
Next I got a good workout in order to unscrew the dew shield from the lens cell. My strap wrenches did the miracle again but it was very difficult, the threads where making a sort of grinding noise and I could only unscrew the parts a few degrees at a time. With patience it came off in about 15-20' of work.