I don't deserve to be posting this but I am. Yesterday I was able to purchase a Quantum 6. Yes, I know. We were on a road trip around the state and the opportunity presented itself, and I jumped on it. A bit of the back story, when I was in about the 6th or 7th grade I got a cheap 4" refractor for Christmas and fell in love with it. It came with a years subscription to Sky and Telescope. I loved looking through the old classified ads in the back at the Celestrons and other brand and yearned after them for a long time. For few years I loved back yard astronomy as much as a 11-12 year old could. I had enough of an itch that years later I took an Astronomy class in college. Back then, I had always dreamed of owing a "nice" scope or even building one but as I got older life took me in a different direction and that dream faded. Until yesterday.
Honestly I had no idea at the time what I was buying but could tell by handling it that it was a quality instrument. As I googeld this AM, the realization hit me (like a Mack Truck) that I'd actually found a gem. I don't think it's been used in years and years. We purchased it from a widow and it had belonged to her husband. It was buried in her husband's shop. She was in the process of moving and took a liking to me an my family, She felt comfortable letting it go to us. One of the last things I promised her is that we would love it as much as her husband did. After discovering what we really have, my wife says that "We're not selling it and we're going to 'restore' it. It's too nice and too rare not to" Ok. Cool. I can live with that.
From what I can tell from a brief examination, it contains the scope, the finder, the base, the legs and the wooded cases. It did not come with any eyepieces nor the plug for the motor.
Here's my dilemma. I haven't owned a telescope in years, and I've never owned an "nice" telescope. So I'm so green that I don't know were to begin to find out what we need to do with this scope and what we might have to put into it to make it functional. So that's my question to the collective. Where to begin? With whom should I reach out to to help me with this project?
I promise this post is not a joke or a troll. I honestly need some help and after looking around the web came across this site and it seemed the best place to begin this quest.
Thank in advance for any and all help, advice and wisdom.
PS: I'll try to add photos to this post when I can. However, they may not come until Tuesday as my Monday's are extremely busy.
Edited by Lonnie Utah, 27 September 2020 - 11:46 PM.