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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Very unusual Tasco Terrastro 50/600
      #5772489 - 04/02/13 10:08 AM Attachment (65 downloads)

This scope arrived yesterday and I was stunned by its build quality. I have fives other 50mm scopes including two other 50/600 Tascos (bothe 66-TE's). While this scope outwardly resembles the 6T and 66-TE, it is several cuts above these scopes. Its build is every bit the equal, or maybe even better, than my Unitron 105 (which it resembles a great deal). I have never seen one of these scopes before, but there must be more out there somewhere. I hope you all don't mind if I post a lot of photos.

I'll start with the case, which is also in excellent shape.


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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772492 - 04/02/13 10:09 AM Attachment (37 downloads)

Box tag. Interesting lettering for Tasco.

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CharlieB
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772494 - 04/02/13 10:10 AM Attachment (47 downloads)

Contents of the box, minus the accessories. The block of wood holding the fork doesn't appear to be original.

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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772498 - 04/02/13 10:12 AM Attachment (47 downloads)

The assembled scope. The peep sights work very well. The pull-out focuser is very much like the Unitron 750.

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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772501 - 04/02/13 10:15 AM Attachment (33 downloads)

This scope is significantly heavier than the 66TE. The tube is thicker and the focuser is much heavier. It focuser also threads into the tube - something I've not seen in any Tasco 50mm. The chrome is in superb condition.

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terraclarke
Post Laureate
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Reged: 05/29/12

Loc: Just South of the Mason-Dixon ...
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772508 - 04/02/13 10:17 AM

Cute little scope. I like it. But I am still holding out for a little U127. The focus on your Tasco in fact seems to function in the same way as the one on the U127. BTW, I wasn't aware of the U105 unless it was one of the guide scope series?

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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772512 - 04/02/13 10:18 AM Attachment (26 downloads)

The inner sleeve is threaded into the focuser and is solid, heavy brass. There is no slop at all in the sleeve.

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CharlieB
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5772523 - 04/02/13 10:23 AM Attachment (24 downloads)

Quote:

Cute little scope. I like it. But I am still holding out for a little U127. The focus on your Tasco in fact seems to function in the same way as the one on the U127. BTW, I wasn't aware of the U105 unless it was one of the guide scope series?




Here's the 105.


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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772526 - 04/02/13 10:25 AM Attachment (20 downloads)

Beautifully machined knobs that need a spanner.

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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772532 - 04/02/13 10:27 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

Even the wing nuts are wrinkle finished and with stainless steel bolts that are threaded on each end.

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CharlieB
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Reged: 12/11/07

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Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772535 - 04/02/13 10:27 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

Bolts.

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terraclarke
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Reged: 05/29/12

Loc: Just South of the Mason-Dixon ...
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772536 - 04/02/13 10:28 AM

That's a pretty little Uni (your 105). Right in between the 127 and the 114. 50x700?

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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772538 - 04/02/13 10:30 AM Attachment (13 downloads)

More machined knobs for the yoke.

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Dave M
Postmaster
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Reged: 08/03/04

Loc: Ohio
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772540 - 04/02/13 10:31 AM

Nice little scope..

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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772542 - 04/02/13 10:32 AM Attachment (17 downloads)

Pretty clean objective.

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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772543 - 04/02/13 10:33 AM Attachment (19 downloads)

Unusual (for a Tasco) cell. The top unscrews.

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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772545 - 04/02/13 10:34 AM Attachment (13 downloads)

to reveal...

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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772547 - 04/02/13 10:35 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

a cemented doublet (which was installed backwards).

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CharlieB
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/11/07

Loc: Southern NH
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772549 - 04/02/13 10:36 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

Eyepieces of unknown manufacture.

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Rich (RLTYS)Moderator
Postmaster
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Reged: 12/18/04

Loc: New York (Long Island)
Re: Very unusual Tasco 50/600 [Re: CharlieB]
      #5772550 - 04/02/13 10:36 AM

A most interesting telescope. I particularly like the sliding focuser.

Rich (RLTYS)


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