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#1 Figaro Jones

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:55 AM

If a post like this is not okay, please let me know.

A few months ago, I purchased a Tasco 9te-0 to go stargazing with my son from a Goodwill. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about them to realize that a couple important pieces were missing (namely, the portion of the yoke that the legs attach to, and the eyepiece for the finder). Additionally, the manual states (and pictures I've found confirm) that it is supposed to come with a 1.5X extender eyepiece, but I have a 2X Barlow lens. Attached are pictures.

The reason I purchased this from Goodwill is that I'm unemployed (and thus, don't really have any money). Try as I might, I cannot seem to find the pieces I need at a price I can afford. As such, I'd much rather this go to someone who has the resources and/or time to complete and use this, and I could use the money to purchase a telescope that we can use.

What would be the best avenue to get this out there? Should I just throw it up on Ebay or Craigslist? Is there a specific forum on the site that I should use? I don't want to be so crass as to just ask people to PM me, or is that accepted practice?

Any help would be highly appreciated.



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#2 sgorton99

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:33 AM

Hello Figaro, and welcome to Cloudy Nights! I think it would be difficult to sell as is, except for parts for someone looking to complete another scope. You could try posting an ad in "Classifieds" on this website. Don't ever use the sun filter, as they have been known to crack when in use and can cause eye damage.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:16 AM

Figaro; yeah if you are thinking about asking people to pm you concerning selling it, you should do that over in the S and S forums.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:46 AM

I could send you a finder. If you could locate the tripod head, you would be in business. I don't think the 1.5 vs. 2 extender will matter...

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:36 AM

It might be fairly easy to locate a tripod with the head and fork yoke included for very little money (if I had one, I'd give it to you). Then, besides a finder, all you really need is a lower power eyepiece. Like 23mm or even 40mm for wide viewing (and bigger field).

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:03 PM

PM sent.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:25 PM

Glad to see people pitch in, I don't have a tripod head that will work. A nice 25, 30 or 40mm Kellner eyepiece would work great! The 30mm Celestron one has about the widest field in a 0.965 barrel. It's decent piece of glass too. We need a "parts scopes" sticky.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:11 PM

Hello and welcome,

I have a Tasco 12te that I would be happy to share the alt/az yoke mount and wooden legs with you. Oh, what the heck you can have the somewhat beaten up wooden case too! The Tasco 9te-0 at 710mm fl (as I recall) from Gary Barabino (and the enigmatic John Siple) is a rarity. I might be able to find a 20mm eyepiece to throw in as well. P.M. me your address and what you would like that I've got and it is yours.

Gary B. You are the Tasco authority. Don't you think the 9te-0 OTA would fit just fine on the 12-te mount? Thanks!

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 06:05 PM

Hello and welcome, I have Tasco 2x Barlow and you can have,if you want?
PM me your address and I will ship to you. I bet you be viewing before Christmas.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:45 PM

Looks to me as if the OP has already decided to sell it. Or at least try at that price. :grin:

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:13 PM

The classic scope group step up once again ,yall do Cloudy Nights proud :bow: :bow: :bow:

Im hoping he holds onto it

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:32 AM

Hi other Keith and Figaro!

The only difference between the 12TE(60mm- 800mm f/l) and 9TE-0(60mm- 710mm) and 9TE-5(60mm- 700mm) is optical. The alt-azimuth mounts have altitude adjusters and are all the same except that the 12TE has an alt-azimuth flex cable,and the 9TE-0 would fit in to that cradle .His fork mount problems will be solved .Actually the 12TE mount and tripod would be a better set up for his scope because the legs are probably more stable. Hope he reconsiders his decision and keep the scope. Clear Skies,Gary

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:55 PM

Thank you all so much for the outpouring of support. It's really uplifting. I have since removed the ad, and will let you guys know once I get it up and functional.

You guys are amazing, and I'm truly thankful.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:06 PM

Let me know when you recieve the tripod and fork from our friend other Keith. I can walk you through the set up if neccessary. Please post pictures as you go!! Gary

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:30 PM

Thank you all so much for the outpouring of support. It's really uplifting. I have since removed the ad, and will let you guys know once I get it up and functional.

You guys are amazing, and I'm truly thankful.



yay......nothin I love more than a telescope restore.

Of course photos will be mandatory, lol.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:54 PM

Thank you all so much for the outpouring of support. It's really uplifting. I have since removed the ad, and will let you guys know once I get it up and functional.

You guys are amazing, and I'm truly thankful.

Sean,

Good news to hear you are keeping the 9te-0

I just finished cleaning up the mount of old-grease-becomes-glue substance. Gotta love Goo-Gone! I'm drying everything in the oven after washing and will reassemble with fresh grease before I send it off.

other keith

Looks almost done... Wow, I should clean my oven one of the days, huh?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:31 PM

other Kieth, nice telescope parts drying oven. To bad you don't live closer to me, I have a mount that could use same process. LoL
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:12 AM

I don't have any parts to give but *love* watching unsuspecting inquirers become fully outfitted here on Cloudy Nights Classics! Makes my heart glow, especially for someone who wants to go stargazing with his son.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:13 AM

Ovem will be ok, but you might wanna warn who ever uses the bread pans.... :roflmao:

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:20 PM


Hurry up and get those parts out before the missus finds out!!!
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:51 PM

Finderscope is on its way. One slight hitch. I thought I had a white one. Unfortunately, the only two extras I had were both gray...

Nothing a little refrigerator paint won't cure.

Like others have mentioned, it'll be fun to see pics. Like maybe the boy at the eyepiece...

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:32 PM

Hi other Keith and Figaro!

The only difference between the 12TE(60mm- 800mm f/l) and 9TE-0(60mm- 710mm) and 9TE-5(60mm- 700mm) is optical. The alt-azimuth mounts have altitude adjusters and are all the same except that the 12TE has an alt-azimuth flex cable,and the 9TE-0 would fit in to that cradle .His fork mount problems will be solved .Actually the 12TE mount and tripod would be a better set up for his scope because the legs are probably more stable. Hope he reconsiders his decision and keep the scope. Clear Skies,Gary


Hello Gary and Figaro,

Could one or both of you post a picture of your focuser label. I would like to know what the REG NO is for the 9TE-0 Circle K scope. I assuming there is one on the bottom line, but would like to confirm. This would help establish the year that this model was offered along side the more common 9TE-5 model.

Stephen

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:35 PM

Hi other Keith and Figaro!

The only difference between the 12TE(60mm- 800mm f/l) and 9TE-0(60mm- 710mm) and 9TE-5(60mm- 700mm) is optical. The alt-azimuth mounts have altitude adjusters and are all the same except that the 12TE has an alt-azimuth flex cable,and the 9TE-0 would fit in to that cradle .His fork mount problems will be solved .Actually the 12TE mount and tripod would be a better set up for his scope because the legs are probably more stable. Hope he reconsiders his decision and keep the scope. Clear Skies,Gary


Hello Gary and Figaro,

Could one or both of you post a picture of your focuser label. I would like to know what the REG NO is for the 9TE-0 Circle K scope. I assuming there is one on the bottom line, but would like to confirm. This would help establish the year that this model was offered along side the more common 9TE-5 model.

Stephen


Hello guys, I answered my own question, the REG NO on your 9TE-0 scopes should be 09236. I found an older post from John Siple when he was doing his research on this model. That tells me based on the REG NO this scope was sold for the model year beginning in 1970 though it could have been late 1969 depending when Tasco started selling the model in the US.

BTW a 9TE-0 scope was sold on Amart with a 14TE mount in the auctions a couple of days ago in case anyone missed it. Believe this was the scope that John Siple owned.

This scope is not listed in the 1968 thru 1971 sales catalogs or fold out blue/white brochures I've seen. I have no idea what the story was on this model.

Stephen

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:59 PM

Yes this instrument seems to be an enigma.I do remember reading about it being a possible early version of the TASCO 9TE-5,noting that its mount and legs are the same. I believe that the first 9TE number 0 was made for TASCO by KENKO(Pre-Vixen),with the 9TE-5 later made by TOWA.I will check the number on mine when I get in. Gary

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:04 AM

Finderscope is on its way. One slight hitch. I thought I had a white one. Unfortunately, the only two extras I had were both gray...

Nothing a little refrigerator paint won't cure.

Like others have mentioned, it'll be fun to see pics. Like maybe the boy at the eyepiece...


Awesome Darrel. I got my package to FedEx in time this afternoon that they say it will arrive tomorrow. Not bad for 3 day ground delivery. I understand it has something to do with Sean being just 100 miles north of me.

Sean,

Last night in my haste I packed the wrong eyepiece into the case for you. So the Nippon Kogaku 18mm orthoscopic has to come back!... just kidding! (inside joke) but I packed a chewed on 21mm eyepiece that I didn't intend for you. Literally dog chewed on and I'm sorry for the mistake. I am sending you a 20mm from I don't remember which scope but looking into my 1/4 mile away neighbors window tonight I can attest that the optics are way sharp! :lol: Hey it was cloudy and foggy here, what else could I do to test it?

Anyway the eyepiece will be coming by mail.

other keith






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