Oh, to add, I'm kicking around an idea for this scope. It's got nice light grasp, fair-good (rather than great) optics, doesn't weigh that much (as an OTA) and didn't break the bank. From home my darkest skies and stablest seeing tend to be in the early morning hours starting about 3 hours before sunrise. I've toyed for years with the idea of a scope left set-up, covered, for on-demand use. I've even done trial runs with a variety of instruments (e.g., left 12x50 binoculars on a p-mount set up, covered, for several months, left a C90 MCT on a Nexstar SE mount similarly deployed for a couple of months, though I would deploy the battery each session with this setup, and more recently for several weeks, a LOMO 80/480 APO on a manual alt-az mount and cheap surveyor's tripod), but think it requires some aperture to make truly engaging and viable. I thought about a C8 - big, cheap, capable - but prefer my SCTs on driven mounts and really prefer a manual no-electronics needed mount for an exposed setup.
This OTA seems pretty perfect for such a deployment. In addition to its Milky Way sweeping and binocular tour guiding role, hour long early morning sessions and maybe a little pre-dawn comet sweeping several times a month courtesy of having it ready on a whim would be a good use of this scope I think. I will need a sturdy weather proof cover (Telegizmos 365 or is there a better option?). The cover will need to cover the scope mount and tripod so I am thinking a big Dob cover would be best (and have additional utility for use with my Dobs). I have plenty of low cost accessories with which to dress the OTA as well as cheap eyepieces (probably will dedicate the set of Sterling Plossls for this duty) that I don't mind leaving out under the cover. The Tak tripod I use (an SE-L made for the EM-200) has a traditional triangular tray to hold the eyepieces. I have a spare older Sky Commander mothballed so I can update and attach that to the AYO Master. I don't think the AYO Master will suffer much being outside under cover - it is well sealed and made of aluminum on the exterior.
Of course I'm not going to do much of anything with it beyond occasional use unless and until the focuser mess gets resolved. The damaged focuser much more than the optics makes this scope less than pleasant to use.
Find it so hard to believe that they cannot send you a replacement focuser. You would think the customer support at this time would be hand delivering one to your front door. I cannot imagine that reviews like this is going to help sales. You have been more than fair with keeping the scope. If I were running the place I would have ordered whatever you need from China overnight express and would have taken the hit on the cost of it all to ensure customer relations. You only get one chance to make a first impression.