A rant: Buying new equipment for this profession means nothing at times.
I just bought a brand new Telrad. The target circles do not show up in the viewing screen. The item is working, you can see the display when you look down into the illuminated area. But, it refuses to place the reticle in the viewing screen. I have turned the Telrad body in every direction but the reticle refuses to show up. It's on, fresh batts, out of the box. If I have to align the reticle (understood, no issue) where am I supposed to start when I can not see the reticle?
I just bought a brand new Celestron WiFi Sky Portal. It turns on, the lights are all on. According to the instructions, at this point I should be able to link to my IPad via Sky Safari or Sky Portal. The scope refuses to link to Sky Safari after adjusting all the settings that accompany the linking of an Iphone or Ipad. Neither will link. Flat nothing. Says it can't find a wifi link to the scope. Funny, there's one sitting right there, all new and lit up like a tiny christmas tree. And the program says it's not there. Other indicators are saying it's working.
I open Sky Portal, Celestron's resident control software for this Sky Portal module and it states a link was established but the scope will not respond. As a result, I could not change any parameter settings. For this guy, life begins after connection. YET! The scope is responding just fine, to every thing else I have on. Aligned on an asteroid and following the target as expected. I can move the scope via the hand control. I can link it to my planetarium and control the scope via that connection.
Now, both of those items are sitting in a dark corner of the room where I threw them. Let em lay there and bleed. I refuse to use any equipment that doesn't work right out of the box any more. Too much money and in part, I'm just buying yet another headache due to the time honored fashion of achieving as much convenience as possible.
I have lost my patience with new gear that doesn't do what it was advertised to do, right out of the box. That is the time when every thing you purchase should be set to it's constituent settings (default) when it was shipped and there fore should work the first time. Adjustments are expected of course. You buy a car and find out it won't start? I can test the car. I can't test any of this stuff before purchase, just what the seller tells me.
This stuff will sit where it landed for a couple of days, I will then attempt a second shot at it and if not, I will throw it away before any more frustrations occur. What is really maddening? Most others never seem to have these issues or just don't ever talk about their aggravation.
Thanks, and of course have a great day/night.