I'm a newbie to "serious" astronomy so please forgive my wild guesses, and I really appreciate any help and insights. Maybe they had a camera hooked up (or were thinking about using it as a small boiler tank LOL) or some kind of a (now MIA) screw on focuser? Or someone absconded the focuser and wanted to leave it looking sort of pretty? What would be a decent middle of the road focuser to use? Coulter seems long gone out of business also.
I rigged up a few wraps of velcro around the long barlow that came with this and tried with the included "27mm Kellner-Binocular surplusr" and "Parks K12mm" eyepeices and it seems really good, I can see Jupiter pretty clear and the moon with extreme detail.
The primary mirror looks really good to me (although it was dusty) and has 2 minor imperfections in the coating (2 that are smaller than a grain of fine sand and close to the edge) - even though Coulter's docs say the coating should only last 10 years? Are their obvious ways I would be able tell if the mirror needs a recoat (other than comparing to another known good similar sized newt)
Thank You All!
Edited by Craigar, 24 July 2021 - 07:01 AM.