I thanked him and moved on. After getting home, I looked it up on the internet. I wouldn’t have even bothered but the telescope was made by Meade and that is a good company. In fact, my big 16 inch diameter reflector is a Meade and I really like it. I found out, if it was in working order, his selling price was reasonable. So, I went back Sunday and it was still there. I made an offer $50.00 less than he wanted and he came down five. I then went up some and he down some. Got him to come down $30.00, so I bought it and brought it home.
That night I checked out the electronics (it is a “go to” scope) and everything seemed to be working as designed. I got to the place where it asked to be pointed at a couple of guide stars to get its bearings, but it was getting late and I was tired, so put it off for awhile. Not sure how good the optics are, but that doesn’t matter. What I wanted was the guidance system. I am planning to mount a green pointing laser on it and then let it find some deep sky object. I will then, by following the laser beam, zero in on the object with my big scope. Then turn off the laser. My big scope has me spoiled and I only want to use it, but it is a push and shove scope and it is hard to get it pointed in the right direction. Maybe you don’t agree, but I think I have the perfect plan. And, the new scope is small enough to take with me. Since I no longer have my pick-up truck with a cap on the bed, I have nothing that the big scope will fit in, so have to leave it at home.
OK, do you want to see some pictures of the new purchase? Here it is:
Don't forget, you can click on the pictures to enlarge them. And yes, this is a refractor. That is new to me since all my other scopes are reflectors.
And one showing the hand control or input module:
This is the end you look through:
And this is the other end:
Now I have five telescopes, some good, some bad, and some real good.
You all have a nice mid week bog-down day, you hear?