A pretty new member here. This is only my second post to CN.
I acquired a 10" LX200 Classic last Fall. Replaced the risky capacitors and made some other upgrades. Turned it on shortly thereafter and ended up with an RA problem. Several members were kind enough to help me out with information and suggestions which, after a little repair work, got me back in business. Since then I have been having a blast with the telescope. I take it out every chance I get.
I am starting to think about packing the whole thing up and spending a weekend at a dark site. At home I drag the extension cord out and use a 16v regulated power supply. Where I am planning on going there will not be 120v power available. Generally speaking, it seems a 12v power pack is the choice of many. However, before going out and buying one I am thinking about alternatives that I have readily available. I have a marine battery. It's ridiculously heavy, but I can make it work. I also have a 12v Belkin UPS backup. Not as heavy, but I've never seen anyone suggest using one for this application. Any thoughts you have would be appreciated.
Next question: The optics appear to be in excellent shape and the views are great. However, and this is subjective, the primary mirror appears to be rather dusty. Also, there is a strand of spider web that runs from one side of the OTA to the other, across a portion of the front of the primary mirror (it does not touch, or connect, to the primary). Lastly, there are some noticeable smudges on the corrector plate. Let me say up front that I am not the least bit interested in cleaning the mirror. From what I have read that is generally a bad idea. But, I am wondering if it would be worth taking off the corrector plate and dusting the inside of the OTA. Take care of the spider web. Use a rubber bulb dust blower on the mirror. Clean up any other odds and ends that might have found there way in there. It seems as if cleaning the corrector plate is not quite as bad a thing to do as the primary mirror. I am aware, by the way, of the need to precisely mark the Corrector Plate so it gets re-installed exactly as it came out. Thoughts about this?
Thank you in advance. I am grateful for any input.
Lastly, for no reason whatsoever, I've attached a photo of my current setup.