After some 10 weeks, but glad it showed up before the new moon next week!
Interestingly, in spite of Teleskop Express's website copy about "Mass produced Chinese telescopes" it arrived in a box prominently labeled "Made in Taiwan". Hopefully this will be the same quality scope as I've heard of, as the prices definitely didn't go down!
The box is a lot smaller than I imagined would be needed to provide adequate packing, so I'll probably have someone videotape me unboxing it.
Will post something next week after getting it out in the field.
Contents of the box were fine.
One minor complaint re the rings and the dovetail: The rings were obviously designed with a specific rail in mind, as they have dimples next to each screw hole to ensure that the rings are perpendicular to the dovetail, but the provided dovetail does not interact with them. I asked Teleskop Service to provide the best dovetail for this particular scope, and what they sent is a generic "you can attach any scope to this dovetail" item that has some 50 holes and which seems to me a bit on the short side for a scope of this length.
There is a second set of screw holes on the rings 180 degrees away from those for the dovetail that appears to be intended for a handle or a second rigidifying bar, but nothing was provided with the scope. These screw holes are threaded but are an odd size that does not correspond to any English or Metric screw available at Home Depot.
Also, given that this is a fairly expensive scope by Newtonian standards, it would have been nice if they had included screws for attaching the dovetail plate to the rings, but I suppose this is a minor point. The threaded holes on the other side of the rings will have to be re-drilled if I decide to use them for rigidification.
Edited by John Tucker, 23 July 2019 - 07:41 AM.