My Meade DS-2130 score is going to the okay deal pile. I was having difficulty with getting it focused, so I attempted my first collimation. That didn't go so well because the instructions I found were confusing. Now I believe I should have got a cheshire eye piece or even just eyeballed it and perhaps used an artifical star, but either way, I found that my secondary has relatively large rust spots, which was probably the cause of the blurriness. The primary was dusty, but may have been intact, but it is at the age that it might need to be sent off for a new coating.
Several of the internals have rust on them and I think it got put away wet at least once. In addition, the DS Autostar mount has begun clicking, so I will be working on rebuilding that as well. I seem to enjoy tinkering and buying parts to fix old equipment up.
I had my son-in-law pick up a Criterion RV-6 for me today. My wife at first said no, but I talked her into it and told her I would sell everything else. I also said I wouldn't ask for anything for a while, which should be about a fortnight in my estimation. However, she told me I didn't have to sell anything, but I had to work on my storage problem. Why? I only have 5 scopes and am purchasing another.
It sounded like he had fond memories of it. Of course, I see a pack of filters that I don't have because I am just starting out, but I promised that I wouldn't buy anything else if I got this scope. I had my fingers crossed, LOL, but while she is not terribly interested, I don't want her to have my hobby.
Anyway, the owner got this scope when he was 16 years old and finally decided to spend the money on an 8 inch scope after owning it for 52 years. It looks like it was well taken care of from the photos. I can fold my seats down and load everything up, but the motorized drive might be a problem if it draws too much juice. Even with that, I think my battery pack (portable jump starter) and power inverter that I bought for a laptop, but never used it. I think that should be up to the task for several hours of viewing.
Plus I have a Game Day with USB, so I can charge my phone and play some music with it as I go old school with my Criterion. I am younger than the scope, but I think it might prove useful. The seller was involved with astrophotography also, so I hope the scope comes with some of those attachments.
I should hopefully have it this weekend and will post pics once I get to know my scope a little better.
I really need to work on getting some of these put together, put them on sale, and clean up a bit.
My teens from the youth group I pastor asked if I had a private relationship with my telescopes. I said, no, I have a very public relationship with my scopes. For now, I have to go since my wife is waiting on me to pick her up and I am still sitting here typing.
I am looking forward to this!