I got a 8" Meade newt off Craigslist. It needs some restoration and I will document it here.
I think it's a 1990s vintage F/6. But I can't positively ID it yet.
It came on tripod with die cast legs and a 4" tube, like my MTS-6SN. Only on a plywood trolley with casters
Battery operated RA motor drive, but no fine adjuster. Appears to take a 9V, but has an adapter for 6x AA batteries. Also has a jack for 12V. It seems to work, but clutch engagement/disengagement is a mystery.
Rust. It was stored on a 3 season porch.
Pollen. See above.
The world's worst focuser- a 2" rack and pinion with stripped teeth.
Finder scope: 6x30mm straight through.
Thermoformed end rings on old, repainted sonotube with mildew stains and a overspray of white.
A 2nd set of mounting holes for the mirror for (D)SLR focus.
What to do:
It needs a cleaning and focuser. Just for evaluation. Or at least a cleaning.
If it is what I think it is, I will press it into light AP duty with a DSLR.
I am wondering about a fiberglass overcoat on the Sonotube
Your input is welcomed, this is my first try.