Some of you guys may have seen my post to the C8 registry thread, but I was encouraged to post a new thread to tell you guys about what I've got and ask ALL THE QUESTIONS about what I need.
Let me introduce you to the John Mayer Sky Telescope, so named after the friend who left it to me, and as a wink to the James Webb Space Telescope, a project of which I also have a personal connection (a story for another time):
So, this is not my first restoration rodeo, but it is my first telescope. I am doing a lot of reading right now, and slowly and carefully cleaning the dirt and grime off the outside of the scope (I'm not touching anything glass yet. I have supplies around to clean my camera equipment, but I want to de-gunk as much as I can before I start on the actual optical parts of the scope. Not that the optics seem to need much- he kept it covered, and there are a few specks of dust that need to be brushed away, and little else). Some helpful folks suggested that the weird wiring situation around the corrector plate housing was a DIY dew heater, and based on what I know about my friend John, this seems terribly likely. All the same, I'm going to endeavor to remove all of the tape residue and hot glue.
I do not have any accessories, no eyepiece, and no tripod. What you see here is all I've got; in my reading I'm thinking I'm going to need a visual back (unless the threading *is* the visual back? I'm not sure), a diagonal and some eyepieces, but I am new to this world and I'm not sure specifically what is compatible with this model (Q3 1974- in my reading I'm getting the impression that modern fittings aren't compatible? Is that true?)
Can you guys help me on my quest? What part numbers am I looking for? What do I need? What can I use that's being made now? What questions should I be asking? Am I crazy for imagining I might be ready to be able to haul this beast out to look at the Conjunction this month?
Edited by CartoonOwl, 07 December 2020 - 01:51 PM.