Greetings One and All,
I appreciate your time and shared experience in this matter.
I'm recently retired and a decent telescope has been on my bucket list for years. After a lot of research I decided on a Dobsonian and began my search.
A couple of weeks ago I ran across an ad in the CN classifieds for an 8" Star Hopper that was just a few miles away and after a few messages back and forth with the owner, we met in the parking lot of a local Wal-Mart late Sunday afternoon.
After a cursory inspection and quick looks through the finder and the telescope, I paid him and went home with my first telescope.
The 25mm plossl that it came with performed better than I expected and I got my first decent view of Jupiter in 20 years or so. I went to bed pleased and anticipating the view from better eyepieces.
My questions began this morning after I downloaded the owner's manual and started checking out the telescope in the daylight.
With the exception of the 25mm eyepiece and the dimensions of the tube (52" long and 10.5" in diameter), there is absolutely NOTHING about this telescope that seems to match the specs in the owner's manual or any ad I can find. Every time I would look at a new item I would think, "this just doesn't look right".
List includes, but not limited to:
* Focuser is 1.25" instead of 2".
* Secondary mirror is mounted on a single stalk instead of a four vane spider. It is also secured with long screws and wing nuts on the inside of the tube. (Is this standard?)
* Besides being 1.25" instead of 2" the inside of the hole in the tube for the focuser is "ragged" with splinters sticking up around the side of the focuser base. Like the way the finderscope is mounted, it looks more like workmanship I would expect from somebody's garage than from a "factory". Or is this standard for a major brand telescope? Again, this is my first telescope.
* Minor, but the base is painted black when the ads/manual show and mention that it is white. Also the "Star Hopper" label that is mentioned in the previous owner's ad is completely different from those in most ads and almost looks homemade.
* The focuser is about 10" from end of the tube instead of what looks like 3 or 4" in all of the pictures in ads/manual. The primary mirror is about 4" from the bottom making it about 48" from the primary mirror to the top of the tube, but only 38" between the primary and secondary mirrors. Is this correct? Or does this change/shorten the focal length?
Could this be an earlier version of the line that came equipped/set up like this instead of the versions shown in ads/manual?
Bottom line is I'm wondering if I bought a real Star Hopper or some homemade/modified telescope being passed off as something its not.
If this isn't a real Star Hopper, should I keep it and just deal with the extra costs of new focuser, etc, or try to return it and get my money back?
Would appreciate everyone's opinion. Thanks again for taking your time to help out an old newbie.