First, I hope I am in the right forum. While I don't know the date of manufacture the tag said the scope was made in Taiwan and not China, and it is on an all metal equatorial mount with a wooden tripod, I assume it is a few years old. It is a pretty much standard looking 60mm refractor like so many others. It's my first scope. I don't have delusions about the quality. As it seems virtually EVERYTHING I was interested in was out of stock, and someone on CN in the beginners section suggested Goodwill,I took a look around and based on little things in the pictures, I decided to go for it. So for about $40.00, the bulk of which was shipping, it became mine. It came with three extra lenses in their little plastic containers as lens cap and it appeared well cared for.
It arrived today and I pointed it up to the blue sky. I could see fibers and dust and what not. Clear, and close and well magnified as pretty as can be! I did not see anything that looked like water stains.
Just looking at the diagonal and lenses I can see they are dusty.
I saw some other posts recommending air and a soft brush and others lens cleaners and wipes and others still saying these aren't that delicate. I assume I should go slowly, I'm looking for recommendations on how to proceed and what to use. At the end of the day it is a $40.00 telescope so if I booger it up too badly I will be disappointed but not much devastated and can proudly say I only have myself to blame.
Thank you in advance for whatever responses I get.