I also have one promise for anyone following my report - no matter how good - or bad - the result, the report will feature NO EXCLAMATION POINTS.
Likewise, no "tack sharps," "diamonds on black velvets," "snap focuses" or "amazings (or similar enthusiastic epithets". I have so many scopes, good and bad, a new one rarely excites me. I won't be blinded by the "shock of the new". Promise.
Please throw oiut any visual tests you would like me to conduct. Here is what I am already planning:
1. Artificial star collimation test immediately after unpacking.
2. Vega at 300x+ (if collimated), ramped up progressively until I can see false color, assuming I don't see it under 300x of course. I may. I own and have owned plenty of scopes other users praise for being color free (Kunming 6" f/5.9 achromat, Vixen 102mm f/10 achromat, SV 80D f/9.4 achromat, Antares 105mm f/15 achromat, TEC 140ED, AT111EDT, AT72ED, Takhashi FS-60C, Synta ED100, etc.) where at some magnification I've been able to spot obvious false color.
3. Jupiter - low contrast details at ramping magnification; image breakdown magnification under test conditions.
4. Mars - assuming some contrast features have emerged from the dust tempest. Again a progressive magnification ramp and based on disclosed/reported conditions.
5. Proper star test (e.g., green filtered, sufficient magnification to be meaningful, etc.) to give an idea of the figure quality.
Please suggest a couple of tough dioubles under 2 arc seconds, both matched magnitude and disparate magnitude. Try and flag some that are well positioned for a Northern Hemisphere observers observing this time of year between 9pm and 2am local time.
I also want to devise a way to test and a target that will pit the SW's greater light grasp but due to color blur and being built to a price, presumably slightly worse contrast against the TEC 140ED. Also some lunar testing ideas would be great. I will have the ability to simultaneously mount and do A:B observations at matched magnification using similar eyepieces (same design) in both scopes (and in any other refractors anyone wants to bring by to harass the newcomer with).
Plenty of subjective accounts of interesting objects too, of course. We all know that if you have only one scope, it's the best scope in the world for you. It's infinitely better than the alternative of being scopeless. Like the song goes, "if you can't be with the one you love, honey, love the one you're with".