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Has anyone here a fabolous Tasco 17 V, 18V, 19V ?

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#1 AaronM

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 11:48 PM

Hello,
I wonder that I have never seen here a comment about the Tasco 17V, 18V and 19V refractors.

Here i germany they were sold very seldom during the years 1980-1985 (?).

Indeed they were the refractors from the Vixen line during these years.
So Tasco 17V was the same as the Vixen 80/1200 mm FH.
Tasco 18 V was the Vixen 90/1300 mm and the Tasco 19V was ther very seldom Vixen 100/1500. They have indeed the same mounts like the New Polaris and the Tasco 19V has the Vixen Sensor !

I guess these Tasco labeled Vixen refractors are extremly rare !?

Does anyone here own such a refractor ?

I have an old catalogue with these refractors, but I guess its not allowed to post pictures from this catalogue here ??
Has anyone an idea where can I ask for permission to use this pictures from the 1984 catalogue ( Tasco / Vixen ?? )

Kind regards, Michael

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:28 PM

looks like no, do you have any photos of them Michael? I've never heard of those model Tasco

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:21 AM

Aaron, I like those early 1980s Vixen telescopes.

The Vixen 80L 90L and 102L seem to be quite uncommon to rare. Outside of Japan anyways and maybe there too.
I don't think any of these 'scopes were sold in the US with the Tasco brand. Any of them could have been purchased in Germany by someone in the military and brought back.I don't know if they were imported here in small quantities as Vixens.

Someone posted here who found a Tasco 16V at a garage sale. That is a Newtonian on the Sensor mount (I see you have one). Is the 102L/19V on the Titan mount?

I'd just be happy to find a Vixen FL55-S. It would make a nice guide scope for my R100S:roflmao:

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:49 PM

Hello,
I thought I had send a catalogue to Robert Provin but was wrong. I did it now ! ;)

Yes most of the scopes in this Tasco 1984 catalogue I have here, are Vixen scopes and were sold under the Tasco label.

You can find often a Vixen 80L ( 80/1200 ) here, but I have never seen the 80L under the label "Tasco 17V" here !

Seems to be that these Tasco-labeled Vixen scope a very very rare....

Here ius a picture.

This morning ( here in germany :grin: ) I have sent the catalogue to Robert, maybe he will publish it on his wonderful site !

The 100 mm refractor has the marvelous and rare Vixen Sensor mount !

Michael

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:09 AM

..Hello,

catalogue is now online on Robert Provin's wonderful site !

Michael

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 12:26 AM

Is anyone here, who own one of this refractors in reality ?

Michael

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 06:02 AM

I saw something similar for sale on Craigslist in this area about a year ago. Looks like they were trying to clone a Unitron.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 10:19 AM

The Vixen Polaris GEMs are waaaaaay overloaded. I use a "stripped" 90mm f/11 and it is too much for the poor thing. Having said that, I'm not surprised they are rare.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 10:51 AM

Hummmm, I have my Goto 76mm F17 on a vintage Vixen Polaris. All I did was add an extra 2lb counterweight and it works great. RA drive is not taxed, slow motions are smooth, and hardly any damping time. Maybe the bearings are shot on your Polaris or it needs to be tightened up or something?
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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:28 PM

Wow I have not seen them.
Word is Vixen made a fluorite APO with the Tasco name.
Gary Hand of Hands on Optics swears to it.

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Posted 29 November 2015 - 01:48 PM

The Vixen Polaris GEMs are waaaaaay overloaded. I use a "stripped" 90mm f/11 and it is too much for the poor thing. Having said that, I'm not surprised they are rare.

Even my SP mount is over loaded with a 102mm F/10.



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Posted 01 January 2016 - 12:34 PM

i own a Vixen 90/1300 refractor. Had no idea what year it was made, have had it about 16-17 years. The previous owner said he bought it at a Celestron "garage sale" some while ago. Just the OTA, no finder. Collimatable cell. Only flaw is a smallish dent in the tube. Gives great images. Used to ride on my SP mount, but more often these days i throw an extra counterweight on my Polaris mount for a quick look. The Losmandy  G8 carries it beautifully.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 10:17 PM

In 1983, while stationed in Japan, I purchased a Vixen 102 mm f/15 refractor on a  Sensor mount.  Normally the 102 mm refractor was only sold with the huge Titan mount.  The problem was that the Titan GEM did not have a polar axis telescope.  The Sensor GEM was a new product at that time and had a polar axis scope and a number of other nice features that the older Titan GEM did not have.  The Sensor GEM was considerably bigger and more robust than the Polaris GEM and I thought it could handle the 102 mm F/15 refractor. 

 

I went to the Vixen office/factory which was located in the Shinjuku Ward of Tokyo in 1983 and tried to get them to sell me the big refractor OTA on the Sensor GEM instead of the more massive Titan GEM.  Against their better judgement, they finally relented.  I soon found out that they were right.  Although the refractor produced excellent images it was never really stable on the Sensor GEM and began to damage it.

 

Last year I sold the OTA to a fellow CN member who has put it to better use than I could have.  I still have the Sensor GEM on a pole stand and I am trying to figure out what to do with it.   



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Posted 01 January 2016 - 11:35 PM

I've seen that Tasco catalog page displaying the 19V a few times and am always amazed at how the OTA appears to dwarf the Vixen Sensor mount. Still, I would think that the Sensor should be sufficient to carry the OTA, but I don't think there would be much, if any, headroom left for accessories. I have the same OTA (Celestron branded) on the original Vixen Saturn mount. As I mentioned before, the Saturn mount carries the 102mm f/15 OTA easily, with plenty left over for whatever accessories I choose to attach. The downside is weight, as the scope is pretty much at my limit for portability, even when fully disassembled. As for the Tasco 19V, I'd be interested to know if any were sold. The Vixen OTA was available for a few years, and most likely intended to compete with Unitron. The catalogs and price lists I have for Celestron and Unitron show the MSRP of the Celestron C100E to be quite a bit higher than a similarly equipped Unitron. This comparison is little sketchy, however, since there was a large increase in Unitron prices that year and the C100E (along with the Vixen OTA) was discontinued very early in the year, approximately two months after its introduction with the Celestron line of refractors. I assume this occurred with the introduction of Vixen's Fluorite line of scopes. The Tasco 19V might have suffered the same fate as the Celestron C100E, in that it died almost before being introduced. It's kind of sad, really, since the OTA is nothing short of fantastic.

 

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