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#601 Chuck Hards

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 12:58 PM

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 03:08 PM

I just purchased an Edmund 4 inch f/15 refractor OTA  on Cloudy Nights Classifieds. I have never had the opportunity to look through an f/15 achromat. I have a Great Polaris equatorial mount and tall mahogany tripod waiting for it. 

F15 4" Achromat is a sweet spot. Shows a lot more than a 3", but still has very little CA and isn't TOO big. The GP mount is adequate for visual. That's what I use with my 4" F15 Jaegers. The moment arm is large so you need to be careful.

A while ago I had the 4" F15, a D&G 5" F12 and my trusty 6" F10 Jaegers. Difference in CA going from the 4" F15 to the 5" F12 is quite noticable, not as much with the 5" F12 to the 6" F10. It makes sense by the numbers.

 

Side by side the 4" F15 and 6" F10 are fun to compare. The 4" F15 is semi-APO where the 6" F10 shows a fair amount of CA,. Both optics are very well corrected.

 

Congrats on the Edmund 4" F15. It's a great scope.


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Posted 18 February 2015 - 05:09 PM

Found a Tasco 14TE, in original packaging.  :lol:

 

 

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It has been well loved, but not beaten.

 



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Posted 18 February 2015 - 05:09 PM

There is no serial number. It must have slipped by the inspectors; there is no inspection sticker.

 

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Objective is undamaged, if dirty.


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Posted 18 February 2015 - 05:09 PM

Here are some parts.

 

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No cap for the eyepiece. It also came with a cheesy 5x24 finder-it must be stopped down to something like 8mm. Barlow is missing.

 

Cool little "Nightwriter" pen. It looks unused, but has been rattling around in the box for however long. It has a spare refill. It writes!


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Posted 18 February 2015 - 05:31 PM

There is no serial number. It must have slipped by the inspectors; there is no inspection sticker.

 

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Objective is undamaged, if dirty.

The 14TE REG NO 914300 did not have a serial number. First introduced by Tasco in 1969 going by the REG NO 9(1969)14(Model No)300(Advertised Power).

 

Believe the 14TE was a mid year or later 1969 introduced model since it is not listed in the full size Tasco 1969 with ©1969 sales catalog. Now it is listed in the Tasco ©1970 blue & white pocket style sales brochure. And finally it was still listed in 1978 Tasco sales literature.

 

Depending on photos of mount and accessories, I will be able to narrow down which version this is.



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Posted 18 February 2015 - 06:02 PM

Depending on photos of mount and accessories, I will be able to narrow down which version this is.


Can you be more specific on what kind of shot would be helpful?

No point in posting a photo if it doesn't show the needed detail.

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 06:40 PM

But, here's a couple mount photos. Maybe good enough?

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 07:00 PM

But, here's a couple mount photos. Maybe good enough?

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Frank, the mount matches the 1969 to around 1977 style of mount. So the steel flex cables as opposed to the black plastic ones with the chrome insert in them fits this time frame as well. And I know you have the flat faced 1960 to mid 1970's style of Tasco pinion knobs as well.

 

The 14T listed in the 1978 Tasco sales catalog posted on Robert's Classic Site shows the newer version of the scope and mount. Hard to see all the changes in the small photo, but I've found here on CN good photos of the newer version to compare to your version.



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Posted 18 February 2015 - 07:05 PM

 

I just purchased an Edmund 4 inch f/15 refractor OTA  on Cloudy Nights Classifieds. I have never had the opportunity to look through an f/15 achromat. I have a Great Polaris equatorial mount and tall mahogany tripod waiting for it. 

F15 4" Achromat is a sweet spot. Shows a lot more than a 3", but still has very little CA and isn't TOO big. The GP mount is adequate for visual. That's what I use with my 4" F15 Jaegers. The moment arm is large so you need to be careful.

A while ago I had the 4" F15, a D&G 5" F12 and my trusty 6" F10 Jaegers. Difference in CA going from the 4" F15 to the 5" F12 is quite noticable, not as much with the 5" F12 to the 6" F10. It makes sense by the numbers.

 

Side by side the 4" F15 and 6" F10 are fun to compare. The 4" F15 is semi-APO where the 6" F10 shows a fair amount of CA,. Both optics are very well corrected.

 

Congrats on the Edmund 4" F15. It's a great scope

Thanks for your comments. I have an Orion 120mm f/8.3 refractor that I can compare with.  Just starting to observe should be fun



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Posted 19 February 2015 - 09:40 AM

 

 

I just purchased an Edmund 4 inch f/15 refractor OTA  on Cloudy Nights Classifieds. I have never had the opportunity to look through an f/15 achromat. I have a Great Polaris equatorial mount and tall mahogany tripod waiting for it. 

F15 4" Achromat is a sweet spot. Shows a lot more than a 3", but still has very little CA and isn't TOO big. The GP mount is adequate for visual. That's what I use with my 4" F15 Jaegers. The moment arm is large so you need to be careful.

A while ago I had the 4" F15, a D&G 5" F12 and my trusty 6" F10 Jaegers. Difference in CA going from the 4" F15 to the 5" F12 is quite noticable, not as much with the 5" F12 to the 6" F10. It makes sense by the numbers.

 

Side by side the 4" F15 and 6" F10 are fun to compare. The 4" F15 is semi-APO where the 6" F10 shows a fair amount of CA,. Both optics are very well corrected.

 

Congrats on the Edmund 4" F15. It's a great scope

Thanks for your comments. I have an Orion 120mm f/8.3 refractor that I can compare with.  Just starting to observe should be fun

 

The Edmund should be better. My 4" Jaegers F15 was better on planets than any 5" achro I used other than my 5" D&G.


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 03:38 PM

My recent acquisitions are costing me more than money.  My wife has presented me with a list of things she wants done.  I'll be building a custom shelf unit for her next month, among other items.  

 

I just gotta stay away from the auctions and ads.  I'm also about out of room, have to sell a couple of scopes in coming months to make space for the new ones.   Is there a 12-step program available somewhere?

Step 1:  Buy what you want.

 

Steps 2 thru 12:  Repeat Step 1

 

Step 13:  Restart at Step 1



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Posted 26 February 2015 - 11:19 PM

 

My recent acquisitions are costing me more than money.  My wife has presented me with a list of things she wants done.  I'll be building a custom shelf unit for her next month, among other items.  

 

I just gotta stay away from the auctions and ads.  I'm also about out of room, have to sell a couple of scopes in coming months to make space for the new ones.   Is there a 12-step program available somewhere?

Step 1:  Buy what you want.

 

Steps 2 thru 12:  Repeat Step 1

 

Step 13:  Restart at Step 1

 

Exactly what I've done for years; now look at me!   :crazy:  :help:  :tonofbricks:


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Posted Yesterday, 02:34 PM

Attached File  P2270003 -ed.JPG   137.49KB   4 downloadsI had to meet the Fed Ex guy in town because my driveway scared him off but after unpacking I was happy to see the stamp at the end of the serial number on the badge. Missing finder, bottom part of the mount that is probably attached to the tripod somewhere in Illinois, and the tripod. but the glass looks good and I'm happy with this acquisition.


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