I recently acquired a 1986/87 Astro-Physics 6" f12 Super Planetary which has seen several years of neglect. The tube and focuser are undamaged and servicable, but the lens has suffered a bit. The front surface of the lens has a "haze" which does not clean off. I'm afraid the coating has deteriorated over the years. Fortunately there are no significant scratches. The back of the lens had some condensation spotting which cleaned off easily.
I made some initial inquiries concerning the lens with George, from Astro-Physics, and apparently Roland is sometimes willing to polish and refigure a lens back to new condition, although at a significant cost - approximately $1500.
At this point I only have $500 invested in the scope and I'm wondering if it's worthwhile to get the lens reworked by AP? The lens haze is only visible at certain angles to the light. Will this really affect what I see through the scope, or is it just a cosmetic issue? Will it affect resolution and/or contrast of planetary details?
I've attached a photo which somewhat shows the haze.