I just got an amazing delivery! Santa has come early with the most amazing gift--a Coronado PST. Of course, the arrival of this wonderful piece of engineering guarantees another 10 days of cloud. I came into my office to find a large package standing in the corner. I opened it up, and inside was a smaller package. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the PST box in this smaller package. So here are some pix and observations as I unpacked the instrument:
The box alone is designed to make an astronomer's heart beat a little faster! Inside is a very nice and functional carrying case:
The case is sturdy and feels solid. Unlatching it reveals the treasure within!
The warranty is for 5 full years and the serial number and other information is hand-written on the card. Also included is the user manual, which is a simple and clear instruction sheet. I suspect this has been updated as, unlike earlier sheets, it contains information on tuning the filter. Removing the paperwork reveals the PST in all its glory:
The scope is a REALLY tight fit in the foam, so I removed it gently and carefully. The scope itself is surprisingly hefty and the workmanship is first rate. It feels like what it is--a high quality, precision instrument.
The scope comes with a 20 MM Kellner eyepiece:
The scope itself is one of the new series with the blue objectives. I have heard that these scopes are a little more accommodating than the old ones for imaging with SLRs. I will have to check this out when the clouds lift (probably sometime around the New Year!).
I'm very impressed with this scope, and I can't wait to try it out! Thank you, Santa, for a wonderful gift!