I no longer display the restored 60/800 achro in my signature, I gave it away. Nothing to do with upcoming Christmas, just a realization the neighbor at the inferior floor would like to have it, while I never planned to keep the scope, merely renovate it and use the experience on better scopes and mounts later.
For weeks I contemplated offering the scope to my brother who still only owns the puny 40mm 13x-40x zoom spotter we'd use as kids. However he can afford any scope, and forcing him to store the small 60mm would keep him in beginner land. On the other hand, my neighbor is broke, and picked up a wounded cat this summer, to cure the little beast. With his two other cats, it starts costing much in vet visits and food, you get the picture.
Since he moved last winter I invited him a few times to view the Moon, Jupiter, some large clusters and bright double stars through the C5. He liked that so much he told everyone in his usual bar, and later got quite shocked at the sight of my 300mm dob; like most people he assumed a telescope is a thin tube on a thin-legged tripod. Not any more since the dob revolt! Muah-ah-ah, we have telescopes that scare people now! The oversize girth of the dobsonian caused another round of comments at the local bar. "Never expected your telescope would be big like that!"
Once, I heard his brother say it's cool to have a scope for viewing the Moon, this tidbit remained in my mind for a while. All that brew until the conclusion downed on me this afternoon, so I quickly recovered a Kellner 12.5mm eyepiece from a cheap old binoc I had bought for spare parts. I blackened the lens edges with a felt pen, painted the inside flat black, and sit the optical housing on a spare 1.25" barrel. This and the complete scope renovation/upgrade was done entirely with stuff I already possessed; I had vowed to spend nothing more than the 16€ the scope costed at Trash Converters, for the challenge of it.
Turned out providence put everything I needed within my hand's reach. Lead for balancing the tube, check. Remaining paint in the bottom of an old spray can, check. Thick black paper for baffles, check. Matte black paint, check. Stubby mounting screws recovered from my recycled microwave oven, check. Old finder from my Celestron 5, check. 25mm dotation Plössl from my dob, check (I already have a 24mm Hyperion). Rigid cardboard tube to make a new dewshield, check. Miniature screws extracted from outdated audio cassettes, already owned that (to hold the lens cell in place).
Adhesive felt pads to suppress play and smoothen movements, already there. Sand to increase tripod weight, some remained from another job. Laminated wood to reinforce the wimpy tray, found in leftovers. Astro Solar film? The piece left from crafting solar filters for my smaller scopes had just the right size; providence, providence, providence. Tools? Well, I'm a guy.
This was the only time I renovated something without ever having to go out of the house and buy stuff, the 16€ challenge was won!
The only unfinished part is the objective cap, cut from a neoprene mat, but glue not set yet. I'll bring it tomorrow to my neighbor, who was as surprised as pleased at the unexpected gift (yeah, right, it's a 16€ gizmo!) this evening. Turned out I had a few other unused items that suited him cause he has not settled yet in his new crib. So, I could rearrange my place while he filled up his, everybody benefits but no one spends, how about that?
As providence again would have it, the Moon, Jupiter and the easy double Castor were lined up in front of his eastern window (same direction as mine at the upper floor); he could use his new scope on showpieces best suited for a 60mm in a city.
P.S. He knows it's only a 16€ gizmo, I told him. What were you thinking?