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mikey cee
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Blew the Dust Off!!
      #5619563 - 01/12/13 06:09 PM Attachment (66 downloads)

Wanted something to do the other day. So I decided a little housekeeping was in order out in the observatory. For you newbies coming on board I restored an old Tasco 20TE several years back. This "Observatory" model is a 108mm x 1600mm top of the line scope from Tasco's "glory" days back in the 60's. If I had the room I'd attempt what Gary Barabino has done with his Tasco oldies collection. Sorry Gary but I might have an easier time of it than you...if like I say...had the room. Mike

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5619568 - 01/12/13 06:11 PM Attachment (41 downloads)

Just like brand new and not a spec of dust! Now if I could just only get the big scopes looking this cherry!! Mike

Edited by mikey cee (01/12/13 06:14 PM)


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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5619735 - 01/12/13 07:55 PM

Nice Mikey!

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5619767 - 01/12/13 08:23 PM

Always love to see photos of that scope. Beauty!

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: Grava T]
      #5619775 - 01/12/13 08:30 PM

looking good mikey....one day...

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #5619907 - 01/12/13 10:11 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

I really was lucky to have the felt lined tube sleeves for the 50mm x 700mm guidescope. Never had any gouges in the old finish to begin with. Both it and the 6x30 had their original dust caps too. The 50mm's cap screws into the dewshield. As far as I know that is the only dust cap that has survived those Tasco 50mm's. The finder's cap is that traditional mushroom head jobbie that slips on with felt. Mike

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5619953 - 01/12/13 10:43 PM

That's a really sweet scope Mike - More Pics!!!!

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #5619971 - 01/12/13 10:54 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

Here's one Dan.

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5619985 - 01/12/13 11:08 PM

So...you blew the dust off.

Was that just to take more pictures of it or to use it?


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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: desertrefugee]
      #5620023 - 01/12/13 11:38 PM

No I've been using it on Jupiter. So I had the partial dust cover off and decided it needed dusted after a year with my expensive new Purdy 2" paint brush. Near apo like performance on Jupiter if it wasn't for that damn atmospheric dispersion. Mike

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5620042 - 01/12/13 11:58 PM

I've had thoughts about building some kind of inexpensive observatory out back for the Horsetrail Cave and whatever else will fit in it when I build it. Nothing like a scope that's near the current temps so cool down isn't a problem and my own little space with a mini-fridge full of IPA's! Dust is always a problem here, and believe it or not, I get less of it in my garage than inside the house. Might be Dog Dust, I don't know...

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #5620054 - 01/13/13 12:13 AM

Dan I like a few Busch lites but have mostly caffeine free diet colas. They are nice a wet sitting inside my little space saver fridge under my corner desk. But my fridge can't operate in freezing temps. So must wait until spring. Mike

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5620076 - 01/13/13 12:49 AM

An Observatory would be an extension of the garage - my space! It's on my bucket list anyway. I think I would have running water and a coffee maker, small cot, internet, and a microwave. I hear ya on the coldness - was stationed at Plattsburg, NY for 5 years. Tucson is much better, even though we're having 4 nights of temps in the 20's now!

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #5620279 - 01/13/13 08:17 AM

Mikey,I'm always been impressed with what you've done with your 20T.Great work! But I do have to take another shot of the group to include some new additions-a complete 11TE-5 4.5" Newt, 4VTE Tabletop and the 60mm 55VTE variable power(15x 30x 45x 60x 90x). Gary

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: BarabinoSr]
      #5620392 - 01/13/13 09:53 AM

Gary if we could just combine together what we have. I got an idea just send your stuff to me then you can visit it all sometime. Oh yeah I forgot I don't have room....and I'm damned sure you don't either. Oh well. Mike

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #5620660 - 01/13/13 12:15 PM

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An Observatory would be an extension of the garage - my space! It's on my bucket list anyway. I think I would have running water and a coffee maker, small cot, internet, and a microwave.




A man cave for your cave, that makes perfect sense.

How would you fit a car in there too? Garage in front, Warm room/man cave next to the house w a door thr to house, cave & etc. observatory in the back? or how?


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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5623670 - 01/15/13 12:02 AM

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Just like brand new and not a spec of dust! Now if I could just only get the big scopes looking this cherry!! Mike




So.Mike, was that before or after you blew the dust off?


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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: BarabinoSr]
      #5623729 - 01/15/13 01:06 AM

Gary ; I was so sad to hear about your wifes passing, I know what you are or have gone through. My condolences

The 11TE-5 4.5 inch Newt, it wouldnt be the white one would it???, Ive hunted one of those buggers for years.


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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: droid]
      #5625740 - 01/16/13 08:03 AM

No Andy my wife is fine,but my brother Mel Dawson of Riverview FL. builder of a few scopes lost his wife a couple of years ago.He has some excellent scope builds here on CN,and is the webmaster of our site,www.vega-sky-center.com.

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Re: Blew the Dust Off!! new [Re: Preston Smith]
      #5626007 - 01/16/13 11:09 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Just like brand new and not a spec of dust! Now if I could just only get the big scopes looking this cherry!! Mike




So.Mike, was that before or after you blew the dust off?


Why I otta' havesome one there in Penn. come over and slap ya' silly!! Well the big 10" is out of commission for about a month. I'm having John B. my machinist work the focuser-tailpiece assembly into a click click rotateable system. |Mike

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