So, I'm embarrassed to say this, but I dont know what to do with this thing. I've never had much money to be able to put towards any observing. I observe from the city (Pittsburgh) and going from a 70mm up to an Orion starblast was a big deal for me. Nailing M81/82 was tough, SOOOOO faint from where I am, to give an example of my limited experience. I've managed M3, M13, M31, M81/82, obviously M42 and a few others, everything else has been beyond my scope's abilities in my light polluted conditions,. I've tried for m51 countless times. The desire has been there, but the money hasnt been. So more aperture has always been a huge desire, I've always wanted to get something like a 10 incher to try for more.
Well, a friend texts me and tells me her sister has this monstrosity in her house leftover from a previous owner and she wants it gone. If I want it go get it. I flew over there. Problem is, I dont even know what to get to make it usable. The eyepieces are certainly NOT going to be what I am used to....I am going to need a finder scope....I have no idea how to collimate this thing...it has been sitting uncovered for who knows how long and I can see the main mirror is dirty, no idea how to clean it. So, in short, I'd like to show you guys this thing and get your advice on how to start making it usable. One or 2 eyepieces and a finder scope and advice on how to clean and collimate it would be appreciated. It's a Tectron, from what I can see by googling is a quality scope. I cannot wait to get this thing up and running. It's more than I ever thought I would have.
I really appreciate any advice.
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