Thanks for the serial numbers, they've been Registered!
It's now an old thread, but I have a Space Scope from a neighbor, and wanted to see if I could register it with you?
Space Scope Focuser 019409, Objective DANCHYKA D=60MM F=910, NO. 39910, Actual and original Sept. 1957 Invoice for $89.00.
Very glad to hear that. I was never quite sure where along the timeline these Space Scopes could be placed. Mine is #019244. They are the same scope as the Tasco 7T (one of mine can definitely be dated to September 9, 1957), which is also a rebranded Astro Optical S-5. My S-5 is probably a little older - maybe 1955-56, but I can't be certain. All of them have the captive tube, the wooden accessory tray, and that annoying fold-up mount/tripod. Should be an excellent scope.
Hello Jim and Charlie, Jim the 1957 invoice is just what I was hoping would turn up one of these days on CN to help document the Space Scope brand of import. Look forward to seeing pictures of this documented Space Scope.
Below is a listing of Akron ads in S&T and Jim your "151 Space ScopeHG Deptf 06--0 6/11/57" invoice falls right into place I bet your scope will match the ad in S&T.
Apr 1957 pg.36 [pg.306 Bound Copy] - Ad "2 Outstanding Optical Imports" See Note 1.
Aug 1957 pg.?? [pg.507 Bound Copy] - Ad "2 Outstanding Optical Imports" See Note 1.
Dec 1957 pg.83 - Ad "151 Power space scope .... $89.50 " See Note 2.
Nov 1958 pg.36 - Ad "151 Power space scope .... $89.50 " See Note 2.
Nov 1959 pg.33 - Ad "Year End Sale" See Note 3.
Note 1: Ad "2 Outstanding Optical Imports", the photo of the child with the telescope is a different version than the black crinkle finish of the Tasco 7T models with serial numbers 22/23/24XXX. This telescope most closely matches the brand "SPACE SCOPE" from the Research Optical Company based on the style of tube mounted finder stalk on which the finder is attached by two screws. There is also the unusual rod depicted on the top side of the solar projection rod tube clamp in the drawing. This scope pictured below is serial number 014056 and matches the two earliest S&T ads.
Note 2: I do not have a picture of the "151 Power space scope .... $89.50 " ad to describe the details.
Note 3: Ad "Year End Sale", the photo of the young man with the telescope more closely matches the black crinkle finish of the Tasco 7T models with serial numbers 22/23/24XXX. The tube mounted finder stalk now has the common three adj screws built into the finder stalk. The drawing is still showing what I assume if the earlier version of the telescope. This imported scope by Akron is probably still the SPACE SCOPE brand name.
Charlie, S&T also had ads from an importer called Brayton Optical Exchange. These scopes may have came from the same supplier that Tasco imported their earliest lineup of telescopes. Boy, if only someday one of us will find some Tasco literature from the mid 1950s to try and confrim all of this. Last, with respect to the Astro Optical S-5, I was thinking that John Siple or someone talked about the Astro Optical Co officially being formed sometime in 1958.
Brayton Optical Exchange:
Sep 1956 pg.18 [pg.518 Bound Copy]- Ad "Summer Specials" See Note 4.
Dec 1956 pg.100 [pg.507 Bound Copy] - Ad "You'll really have a MERRY CHRISTMAS" See Note 4.
Note 34 The photo of the telescope and finder closely matches the black crinkle finish of the Tasco 7T models with serial numbers 22/23/24XXX. The small wood accessory tray is also shown. But also noted is the strange rod affixed to the top of the solar tray rod again. The price is much higher at $195.
I believe Tasco like the other big names, ordered scopes to their own specifications for each model of telescope.Thus Tasco did not have the strange rod and had different accessories etc.