Maybe not so much, but novelty is desirable to me. I love oddballs!
I'm glad I'm not the only one!!
Since you're an admirer of the ATLAS, what do you think of these improvements:
- Paint the eyepiece cap interiors flat black -- that shiny metal hurts the views.
- Have my local machinists repair / patch the chunk of pot metal that snapped off the lens cell in shipment; or, if that's not practical, have them make a new machined aluminum cell for it -- with the same dimensions.
- Have JD powder-coat the tube back to its original white. (My rattle-can cranberry didn't turn out that well on the short tube.) I'll paint the trim parts satin or flat black.
I don't have the original mount, so for now it's on that cheap old Carton yoke alt/az with the ludicrously thin wood-slat legs; which, oddly enough, is in mint condition. This Oddball is a actually a very good F15 refractor -- it performs in spite of its goofy traits. It rides well on the Mizar SP, too.