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wdretired
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Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate
      #5531820 - 11/21/12 09:54 AM Attachment (45 downloads)

I am a new member here so I hope I'm in the right place for information. I was at a "Tag Sale" and found an old telescope in a wooden box. All kinds of eyepieces and accessories so I decided to take a chance an buy it. I offered $25.00 for it and it was accepted. When I got home I found out it was a Tasco D76.2mm X f1200mm. I'm new to astronomy so I'm not sure if I got a good deal or not. The optics look good and except for a few scratches, everything looks good. It does not have an owners manual so can anyone help me find one online? I did learn that there were two models . . a 10T something and a 15T something. I'm not sure which one I have. One of the brackets seem to fit a camera but I'm not sure where to mount it near the eye piece. The wooden crate has some dings but the inside looks almost new. . . there are lots of things with it that I have no idea what they are. Help is definitely needed. Anyone that has any information would certainly be appreciated.

Edited by wdretired (11/21/12 05:24 PM)


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terraclarke
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: wdretired]
      #5531911 - 11/21/12 10:40 AM

This is indeed the right place and it would appear that you got a very good deal, an excellent deal in fact. You might be able to find the manual for your scope here: http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/classics/
Welcome,


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TahoeNoob
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5532153 - 11/21/12 12:25 PM

Congratulations! Clean it up and enjoy it.

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Mike E.
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: TahoeNoob]
      #5532165 - 11/21/12 12:30 PM

Welcome to the forum. Please post some photos when you can.

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CharlieB
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: wdretired]
      #5532216 - 11/21/12 12:51 PM

Welcome and congratulations! You have a top shelf scope at a bargain basement price. If you need help on getting this scope going, you came to the right place. The 10TE and 15TE are pretty much the same scope, but the 15TE has a motor drive to counteract the rotation of the earth so what's in the eyepiece stays there.

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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5532256 - 11/21/12 01:15 PM

Holy cow! What a way to get into classic scopes! Terrific price on a real performer!

Can't wait to see pics!

-Tim.


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wdretired
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: tim53]
      #5532726 - 11/21/12 05:47 PM Attachment (30 downloads)

I've taken a couple of photos of it. I don't see any motor or connections so I'm assuming it's a 10TE???

Edited by wdretired (11/21/12 05:54 PM)


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desertrefugee
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: wdretired]
      #5532756 - 11/21/12 06:14 PM

Yeah. And for $25 bucks. One of the better deals reported here. They have been known to fetch $300 and up.

Ask me how I know...


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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: desertrefugee]
      #5532758 - 11/21/12 06:17 PM

Very nice, looks to be in good shape!

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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: desertrefugee]
      #5532760 - 11/21/12 06:18 PM

C'mon now, we need a picture of the wooden box, too. :-)

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bob midiri
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: wdretired]
      #5532780 - 11/21/12 06:29 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

Congrats on scoring just a fine classic as your first!! It will surprise you because the images will be extraordinary!! Royal Astro manufactured these scopes in Japan, to very high quality standards. I own its little brother the 7TE, which in its own right is a fantastic scope!!

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TahoeNoob
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5532801 - 11/21/12 06:47 PM

What a beautiful telescope. It's impossible for me to decide if I like the blue, grey, or white ones the best. For me, the wood tripod is the only way to go. They're so much prettier that way!

I read somewhere that all of the 76mm scopes are Royal Astro scopes. Knowing if that's true, or not, sure would make searching for one of these things easier. Is it?


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desertrefugee
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: TahoeNoob]
      #5532817 - 11/21/12 07:00 PM

Not all. SYW made 76mm f16s. There were a couple of others, but I don't recall who they were.

It is fair to say that MOST of the 76mm Japanese instruments will be of RA manufacture.


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CharlieB
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: wdretired]
      #5532836 - 11/21/12 07:20 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

Quote:

I've taken a couple of photos of it. I don't see any motor or connections so I'm assuming it's a 10TE???




Yup, a 10TE. Those mounts are tricky to get adjusted after a rebuild. If it's working OK, I'd leave it be. Of course, if you are like me, you simply can't resist the urge to tinker. I have three of exactly the same mount and I still don't have the knack of getting it perfectly adjusted. In any case, you will be pleased with the view from that scope. Here's a photo of this particular mount I bought with a motor drive before I cleaned it up.


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CharlieB
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5532851 - 11/21/12 07:35 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

I also noticed something odd about your mount. The RA cover plate has five screws and a locking lever. On every mount like yours I've seen the locking lever is in the bottom screw slot, not in the top. If you take the cover off by removing those screws and locking lever, you'll see a split ring that acts as a brake drum for the RA. There is a small brass cylinder that has a wedge-shaped tip that presses the split ring outward and this piece of brass gets depressed by rotating the locking lever. You can see it in this photo. Yours may be built with that device inverted, but I have never seen one like that. You might wish to check yours against this photo. As long as you have the locking lever pressing against the brass wedge, it probably doesn't matter if it's on the top or the bottom.

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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5532861 - 11/21/12 07:43 PM

Quote:

I also noticed something odd about your mount. The RA cover plate has five screws and a locking lever. On every mount like yours I've seen the locking lever is in the bottom screw slot, not in the top. If you take the cover off by removing those screws and locking lever, you'll see a split ring that acts as a brake drum for the RA. There is a small brass cylinder that has a wedge-shaped tip that presses the split ring outward and this piece of brass gets depressed by rotating the locking lever. You can see it in this photo. Yours may be built with that device inverted, but I have never seen one like that. You might wish to check yours against this photo.




I believe that the mount just needs to be re-oriented so the polar axis is resting over the angled adjustment screw. That will place the locking lever on the bottom. I've seen other photos of mounts that look this way until they are set up correctely. Being that is is the first time he has set up one of these mounts, it is easy to do without having a manual for it.

Stephen


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CharlieB
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: Stargoat]
      #5532875 - 11/21/12 07:50 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

You are right that the RA needs to rest on the support, but the lever will still be in the wrong place. But as I mentioned, it will work where it is as long as the locking lever is working against the brass spreader. I am at work, but I think the casting is different (raised)for where the locking lever goes. The top screw which connects to the split ring has just a countersunk casting like the other screws. The lever should be closest to the counterweight shaft.

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albert1
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: Stargoat]
      #5532889 - 11/21/12 08:02 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

Very nice first Classic - congrats. You'll enjoy that one.

Hey guys, doesn't that one look like it may have the tube extension fully retracted? If so, you my friend, have even a rarer classic.


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albert1
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Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: albert1]
      #5532896 - 11/21/12 08:06 PM

Here's a link to more pictures

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wdretired
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Loc: Iowa, USA
Re: Tasco Telescope in Wooden Crate new [Re: albert1]
      #5533098 - 11/21/12 10:56 PM

I sure appreciate all the information that you guys have given me. I took the telescope out tonight and aimed it at the moon. It sure was bright but I had trouble getting it to focus. Is this a common problem or am I just showing my ignorance? Not knowing anything about telescopes I tried it straight and with a 90 degree elbow. I guess maybe I need to head to the beginners section here instead of jumping in with the big boys. Again thanks for all the information. Oh!, one other question. Are you suppose to use a filter on the lenses or is that built into the lenses itself?

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