I do not know what to make of some folks. Who on Earth would throw this telescope into the neighborhood dumpster?
There has to be a story there. Was it an angry act against somebody...or merely cleaning the garage of the "toys" of a child long-gone?
Possibly, a tool of a hobby that never went anywhere; a Twinkie who never had to work very hard? I dunno.
Whatever the background, I do not understand why anyone would throw a scientific instrument like this away. It could have been donated any number of ways.
Or sold. This was in a wealthy neighborhood.
My apprentice happened to be dumping his trash when a man pulled up to the facility and proceeded to throw this 8" Meade LX-50 OTA, wedge, and tripod into the dumpster. It landed "soft" as shown by the only damage...a very mild dent on the tube.
It is amazing; there is not a scratch on the corrector, the drive works, nothing looks abused/used at all, the primary is pristine.
Yep, the collimation is off. I just roughed that in via set of Bobs Knobs...indoors. Too early to say how good the optics are (!)...but I know that it works.
OK, so...as pictured....that's the scope, but it has around $300 of my own used purchases attached.
How lucky am I that my apprentice was there??????
I am extremely lucky, and I am VERY appreciative of that..very.
But we see plenty of valuables being thrown away around here. It makes me sick. A couple of years ago I saw a guy throwing away a pristine, high-$$$ couch away. I asked him "wow, that's a really NICE couch. Is there anything wrong with it?" His reply...."the wife doesn't like it, do you want it?"....I replied by motioning towards my sedan...too small to haul it.
I will value somebody's "trash" whilst never understanding the extreme wastefulness.
Societal Critique over....HUZZAH!!!! I have a cool new scope for...ummm...nothing!
Gotta give-back. OUTREACH BECONS