It seems everything arrives at once. Regardless, I received my beautiful Mayflower 816 over the past weekend. I have not had much time to focus on it. However, I had it out for a few frigid minutes on the past Sunday morning. I was a little underwhelmed, so I am praying that either I was doing something wrong (would not be shocked), or that a previous owner reassembled the objective incorrectly.
This morning was the first time I have pulled it out since the first endeavor. I was up early, so I had some time. I dusted the lens, and more closely inspected it. There are some definite light scratches that I hope are insignificant. I sent a picture to a couple of members, and they thought it was coating only. However, I cannot even see them this morning after cleaning the outside of the lenses. So, maybe they were just smudges. Regardless, I now see tiny flakes between the glass. After cleaning the outside, I was happy to see that it looked much improved, but these flakes are they something that would precipitate disassembly and cleaning? Or, will I just need to give it a observing test before that can be determined.
Anyway, this scope has a variety of extra parts and pieces. Some are marked "Tasco Deluxe". There is a zoom, and a sun diagonal that are both in boxes marked as such. The scope, mount, tripod, and drive, all appear to be in decent to good+ shape. As long as the lens is good to go, everything is cosmetic, and not bad at that. Really a very nice scope.
I am hoping that my first outing with this guy was a fluke. I had no filter, and the moon was huge and nearly blinding. So, I realize that it probably washed out detail, but I was still expecting to see distinct crater detail at low powers for sure, and hopefully at higher powers. With a hybrid diagonal, and a 25mm ep, the view was not exceptional. Maybe I was expecting too much. I definitely need another shot before I form a defensible opinion. I am optimistic. Too many more experienced people vouch for them to not be hopeful.
Here are a few pics. Any clue on the junk in the space between the glass?