Greetings! Completely new astronomer here buying his first two eyepieces, and I have a stupid question for you. Actually, as a brand-new amateur astronomer, I have a lot of stupid questions, but I will only burden you with one for the moment. I am asking for some advice regarding my expectations for "new" eyepieces.
I bought an Agena eyepiece from the Agena Astroproducts website, and it arrived yesterday completely flawless. Not a scratch, not a spec of dust. I was quite impressed.
I also bought an Antares eyepiece from the scopestuff website, and it arrived today with dust specs and a few tiny (very tiny) scratches on the lens. Also, its outer edges look a little... dirty. It looks like someone cleaned the lens and didn't quite get the outermost edges near the metal barrel.
How big of a deal is this? Is it common? Should I make a fuss about it?
Not having any previous experience at buying eyepieces, I don't want to make a faux pas complaining about something that most astronomers accept as part of the hobby. I understand that eyepieces get returned, restocked, and resold. But I also don't want to be taken advantage of simply because I don't know any better. The eyepiece was certainly not advertised as "used". Here is a link for reference (it's the #EW231): http://www.scopestuff.com/ss_sw2x.htm
I have also attached a picture of the inside of the eyepiece. Most of those white specs are just dust, but the straight lines are tiny scratches.
Thank you very much in advance. And please do not make (too much) fun of my eyepiece purchases. I know they are not expensive, but they are all that I can afford at the moment. Anyway, thanks again!