I enjoyed your comment, and it really hit home. Astronomy is a very personal adventure, and yet for me it is not only the many nights I have been out alone at the eyepiece marveling at the night sky, but also the memories of sharing the adventure with friends, family, and strangers. The C102F has been a part of so many shared experiences that I have lost track, and just looking at it takes me back to so many memories. One was the night a friend and his wife flew up and she looked at Saturn for the first time through the Celestron. She actually gasped at the image! Another was the last minute decision to haul it along for the total eclipse last July. It did double duty with my good friend Andy Sedlacek doing sky tours at night, then as a solar scope with a Herschel wedge during the day. My friends Oleg (from Ukraine) and Sasha (Russian astrophysicist at the eyepiece) enjoying a look at the sun.
Larry, I'm glad you still have it and have put it to good use! I don't remember if it was the f/9 or f/8.8 version.