Well, I've decided to give my old Tasco 114 Newtonian a restoration of sorts, and bring it back into use as a grab and go telescope. The scope and its equatorial mount are currently in several kinds of disrepair.
It would be nice to have a grab and go scope, so I'm going to fix this scope up! This is the scope that got me into astronomy, so I'd like to fix this one up instead of starting over with a new scope. Plus I can fix this one up for nearly free! Since I don't have room to store my 10" dob my dorm, this little 114mm (4.5") will fit the bill nicely, and still provide for some good views (after a little work).
I started today by getting the mirrors into a collimatable state. (Is that even a word?) Turns out the single vane spider (yuck I know) was bent, which was causing all the problems I was having getting the darn thing collimated. So I disassembled it and bent it back to the way it was supposed to be. Not surprisingly, the scope was easy to collimate after that!
Over the winter, I'm going to be doing work to this thing, improving it along the way every way that I can. Should turn out to be a great grab 'n go scope!