A week before Christmas, at a lunch party at my mother-in-law’s house, an old family friend told me she found two tripods and “a lens” in her attic and I was welcome to them. Cool. A week later, Christmas Eve, we had dinner at her house and she gave them to me.

Both tripods were heavy duty. One seemed a little brittle but the other looked great. And the “lens” was a small, white Meade refracting telescope. The one tripod is quite a nice one for my needs — I’m very happy with it.