I'm new to the forum and new to telescopes (though it has been something I have followed and longed for since I was a child). Recently my wife and I took a trip to Big Bend. While we were there I was able to use binoculars and see several things including Comet Wirtanen. I also downloaded a star finder app and was able to watch the ISS and the Hubble zip across the sky. Seeing the Orion nebula really got me thinking about telescopes, doing some research, reading some books and keeping an eye out on Craigslist.
So, fast forward. A listing came up for a telescope...
Well, I'm the person who grabbed it. It appears to have belonged to a gentleman here in Austin who was very prominent in the local astronomy scene. He was for some time the editor of the newsletter for the Austin Astronomical Society and took it to many star parties and did a lot of outreach with it. He died suddenly of a heart attack in 2005. His daughter rescued it after his death and has held onto it thinking that someday she would get it going. Finally she realized it was time to pass it on. I hope to get it up and running in spite of there being some obvious missing parts to the mount.
So, first off. I have always wanted to have a telescope but it was only recently that I decided it was time for me to get off my derriere or it'd never happen. I've done a fair amount of research but still have much to learn.
Someone identified this as a star-liner. That helps as there is nothing that I have found yet on it that identifies it. (I haven't done anything with it yet, I picked it up, unloaded it at my house and then had to get back to work).
If anyone can give me additional information about this model, I'd really appreciate it. I don't know if it will be possible to restore the mount and I may end up putting it on a dobsonian mount while I'm figuring out the viability of restoring this one. I also plan on joining the Austin Astronomical Society as I imagine there will be people there familiar with this particular telescope.
I really loved meeting his daughter and hearing her stories about her dad. I hope to be able to be able to honor the legacy of the man who owned this.