Because I can't just leave it alone, I'm going to post some pics I took through the scope (sorta) with my camera phone (I left Niki's digital cam in the car, and Kat has the car).
Here, we have a photo taken through just the objective lens tube, no eyepiece and no diagonal:
Click on the photo to see the bigger view of it. Do you see the chromatic aberration on the Adirondack chair?
Here's another one:
It's hard to see in this photo--though you can kinda see it in the pear tree branches in front of the white outhouse and in the treeline against the horizon.
Still, this is nothing compared to the view through the assembled scope--remember Jan Brady's crazy red-white-and-blue-striped pants? Well, the view through the scope is even groovier than that, folks. I'll post a pic of that later, once Kat gets home with the digital camera. I'll warn you, though--it's going to blow your mind. The pine trees never looked so crazy, man.
I really don't quite understand the physics of it. I know that light bends, and different colors bend differently, but this is just ridiculous. It's impossible to view anything through the scope. This is a big set-back. I hope someone can help me figure it out. I just don't know what to do. Is there some sort of filter I can use? Or do I need to get yet another objective lens of a different type?