Admin - Please delete if not okay...I inherited a "Questar" - I don't know anything about it - I did a search, but there are so many models, I can't figure it out ( i think it's ~ 1980?")- thought this would be a source for a little knowledge - I can post more pics if that will help - any info appreciated, thanks! - Serial number is 7-DP-10758
Even if you do not need another hobby, take the opportunity to bring this telescope outside. Let it cool down or warm up for about 30-45 minutes before you point it at the sky.
Then point it at the brightest "stars" in the southern sky. Two of the brightest will not be stars at all but Saturn and Jupiter. You can find them easily because they won't "twinkle" like stars do.
Yes, you can see a picture of Jupiter or Saturn. But, there is something special about seeing it RIGHT NOW. In REAL LIFE with your own eyes. No hubble photo, just you and a telescope. Increase magnification as far as you can without it breaking up and watch it for awhile... there will be moments of improved detail as the atmosphere moves between you and empty space.
Watch the moons travel in their orbit slowly ... drifting in front of the planet and leaving their shadow on the planet as they pass. Yes you can see the movement but it's very slow.. almost like watching a minute hand on a clock. Look at the rings of Saturn just hanging there weightless around a planet which is 9 times the size of the earth. Saturn also has moons.
And of course look at our moon. It's best when it's NOT full... look long the shadow's edge.
Even if you do not need another hobby, see these three things before you ever consider selling that scope.
What you have there is a scope I have always wanted but could never (and really still can't) afford.
It was built with the utmost care, the optics and machining are outstanding, and yes if you sell it you will have some money.
BUT money disappears quickly ... that scope could last the rest of your life if you take care of it, and it will likely be worth even more some day in the future than it is now. Someone left it to you for this exact reason.
Edited by Tom Stock, 08 August 2019 - 08:35 PM.