@ jtsenghas: Kudos to you! I'd be interested in knowing how much it costs you to prepare those "sundry hardware, printing and laminating of materials, and mods to the base, etc."
It appears we'll be managing this a bit cheaper than most. The miscellaneous hardware cost just over ten dollars including the epoxy cement for the slightly larger metric collimation screws. That brought the cost up to $299 for the scope, zoom eyepiece, and hardware. This pretty much spent the budget the Friends of the Library allocated.
A few more items are being covered by the library itself without hesitation on the part of the library director: a new fanny pack ($11), the Audubon Pocket Constellation Guide ($11), and printing and laminating stickers and the manual. I'm providing electronic copies of these after editing them significantly myself. The library staff and I plan to make these ourselves using their own equipment. Materials should be less than $10 and will come out of incidental library expenses. I'll simply punch three holes in the pages of the laminated booklet and assemble it with 1" binder rings to avoid the approximately $25 cost to have a spiral bound book professionally made. This option should also more easily allow for future edits of individual pages. Our club will provide a red flashlight and the AA battery pack for the RDF to the kit. It helps that we have such things on hand.
After talking to Pete Smith, the chair of the Library Telescope program in the NHAS, we've decided not to include the camel hair cleaner infused lens brush. They've had such zealous use of that accessory by patrons that AR coatings have been entirely polished away and fine swirly scratches made on some eyepieces. That's also an item that reportedly tends to get lost. I plan on servicing the scope personally often enough I'd rather not have patrons doing ANY cleaning.
It appears that if all materials are bought new and professional services from such a supplier as Staples were used for the manual, total costs for everything would be about $350 per scope.
Edited by jtsenghas, 01 June 2017 - 10:42 PM.