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#1 TexasSky

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:51 PM

Hi all....well thanks to Stephen in the craigslist/ebay forum, I now have a tasco 7te-5 heading my way.....it was posted on craigslist in Arkansas....the seller is a real gentleman, and has agreed to ship to me in texas....looks to be in good shape....but with one problem....it is missing the dewshield and lens cap.....
Any chance anyone out there has these available? :crazy:
Maybe I should have waited for a more pristine example....but it seemed like a good deal for $100 !
Should I post a wanted ad in the refractors forum?
Any ideas/help is greatly appreciated.....I have wanted one of these for a while to add to my collection......

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:00 PM

Congratulations! No worries. If no one has an original to spare, there are threads showing how to make replacements. I could measure mine.

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:17 PM

Dew shields are easy to fabricate Bob. construct one out of shirt cardboard etc as a make do until one comes along at auction. A parts unit eventually will come along you can rob. Or someone here likely has a spare they might let go of.

The lens covers are hard to find. I'd like to have one myself. Substitutes can be made from thermo plastic sheets from the hobby shop. cut a round plug out of a square of thick plywood. Get a sheet of thermo forming plastic and lay it on the board with the hole you just cut and put it in the oven in a pan lined with parchment paper. When the plastic softens and starts to sag, press the round plug you cut out back into the hole to form the cap and take the pan out of the oven to cool. Trim the flat edges off and you now have a lens cap. the plug has to be the same size as the telescope barrel or your cap wont fit well. if its too big, try some felt or tape to shim it down on the inside edge of the cap. I've meant to make one out of copper sheet in the same way but I dont have a hydraulic press.

Or, you can just do like many of our users and start trying plastic covers until you find one the right size. thats the easy way.

#4 TexasSky

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:42 PM

Thanks guys....I will definitely come up with something to make do.....but I definitely would like an original dewshield! I was not aware that the caps were even harder to come by....makes sense as it is easiest to lose......
Keeping my fingers crossed that one of ya out there has a dewshield for me!
Btw....which models of tasco's will have the same dewshield - or at least fit the 7te-5?

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:41 PM

Pringles lid fits for my objective cover.

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:48 PM

+1 what Greg said, I too would like one.
I did find a Rubbermade cap that fits mine to keep the dust out.
Congrats on the Tasco, worth every penny you spent.
Good luck on your hunt Bob

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 09:14 PM

Man....you guys rock, and inspire me, the mailman finally came and brought me with yet another "jewel" of a scope today...a bushnell skychief I bought from Dan drinnon on this forum.....whewwwwwwwwww....made it in one piece!.....looks awesome too!.....stay tuned for a comparison of it to my Monolux....both have HOC optics! Anxious to then compare to my new 7te-5......hmmmmmm...I see a personal 60mm scope shootout comin!
Bob

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 09:24 PM

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#9 TexasSky

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 09:45 PM

Man, the amount of info out there is amazing!
Thanks Tom!....I am humbled and inspired.....

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 10:05 PM

That's a start,,,, I've made them outa that thin wall pvc white spouting drain pipe before Not the kind for plumbing but the thinner kind used for underground rain drain..

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 07:03 PM

Can someone give me dimensions od/Id/length of a 7te-5 dewshield?
So far no luck finding an original replacement........but I figure I can come up with something!......Stephen?
Thanks for the help

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 07:19 PM

Mine is about:
L = 3.83"
OD= 3.16"
ID= 3.03"

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 07:35 PM

Thanks! This will help in my search!
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Posted 03 February 2014 - 10:08 PM

TexasSky,

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 07:35 PM

:jump: :bow:....thanks to Preston I now have a dewshield and dust cap on the way!!
This place rocks.......thanks to all for the support and help!
My tasco will now be complete!
Preston had me make a deal with him that I would get a pic of the scope in use at a star party, preferably with a kid at the eyepiece......no problem sir....will most definitley be working to help spread the joy of amateur astronomy!
Bob






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