Hello everyone! Sorry to make two of these between here and the old ATM thread, but I just picked up one of these and hoped to ask a few questions. My wife is really mad at me for buying this, so I'd like to show her how much use I'll get out of it before she starts asking me to sell it.
I thought mine was a kit as it has been painted white, but the focuser still reads 'Orion', so perhaps it was just repainted (and quite well at that). Seems to be a great scope, but I'd like to get a few things sorted. Unfortunately the spacers between the lens elements have migrated a bit, so I'll need replace those and clean the lens while I'm at it. Not a big deal, but I need to do it. It's missing the nylon-tipped lock screw for the focuser, but again this is pretty minor.
My biggest issue is in trying to use 2" eyepieces. It came with a very nice 1.25" thread-on adapter and dielectric diagonal, but the 2" eyepiece holder it came with is cheap plastic (screws and all), and its threads are stripped. I'd like to get a new one of these in aluminum, but I can't find one I'm sure will fit. I think the male threads on the end are M54-0.75, but I can't find a 2" eyepiece holder that fits this size apart from a WO Rotolock or Baader Click-Lock. Both are a bit spendy for what I'm planning - I really just want an aluminum version of what I've already got. Any ideas or other sage wisdom? Thank you all!