It looks great on the mount and you will really enjoy it once you get it up to a more comfortable height. Mine was the older white model (1964) painted red, and I watched some wonderful Jupiter transits thru it’s tack-sharp optics. It was the best 4” achromat I ever had.
I've not had much opportunity to spend a lot of time with it. I work 2 jobs and the weather hasn't been the best. Here's a bit of a story:
Years ago, I put together a 4 inch f/15 achromat using a Jaegers objective I got from Surplus Shed rather cheap. It wasn't one of the "seconds", it was perfect. I assembled the components and was blown away with the view. It was truly amazing.
Shortly after building it, we moved to a smaller house with less storage space. I disassembled the scope and sold the components because I did not have the space for a 5 foot (plus) long tube. I was really bummed to have to do that but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.
Fast foward to this year and the Edmund. When the ad was posted here, I immediately messaged the seller. I then told my wife we would be taking a road trip to Canton.
I will make space for this one. The difference being mine was a home built job with a known name objective. A nice scope, but still a home build. The Edmund is a known name scope by a respected maker/optician (Rank). It's worth preserving.
My fear during the buying process was that someone would swoop in before I could pick it up. I knew, based on condition, it could be underpriced but it was hard to determine condition based off of the photos in the ad. It was always my intent to pay what the scope was worth once I had a chance to examine it in person.
When I got there the seller told me I was the only person to contact her about it. She said they had it in a yard sale and advertised in various places but no one wanted it. She said she was glad I contacted her because she knew her step-father loved it and she didn't know what she would do with it if no one bought it.
Sure, it was dirty and somewhat neglected but there was no fatal damage to any of the components. All it needed was a good cleaning. The icing on the cake was when they came out with the barlow, 15mm RKE and 28mm RKE. So, I gave her all the money I brought.
I definitely don't have space to store, or display, it assembled. The rings and dovetail make it more convenient for me to use the scope. I can just plop it on the pier and go. Much easier than managing those long legs and tube.
Still haven't decided on the 8 or 12. I will set it up again today and do some measuring.
Edited by ryanr256, 08 August 2020 - 01:13 PM.