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Darenwh
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5632319 - 01/19/13 10:12 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

And the top of the tube with mount.

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Darenwh
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Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5632326 - 01/19/13 10:14 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

Business end prior to cleaning. It had sat uncovered.

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Darenwh
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Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5632329 - 01/19/13 10:16 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

Down the tube after removing objective. There is a little dust and flash made it look much worse than it is. It is actually very black inside. Looks like a single baffle.

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Darenwh
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Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5632335 - 01/19/13 10:19 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

Objective and dew shield interior after first cleaning. Note: Spacers are perfect. I am not taking lens apart as no need to. Note also only a single small spot on interior of dew shield that is not blackened. no rust even here.

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Darenwh
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Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5632337 - 01/19/13 10:21 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

Interior of tube after very light wipe with very clean cloth to remove dust. This is how it looks to the eye.

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Darenwh
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5632342 - 01/19/13 10:25 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

Tube after light cleaning. Nothing major was done today beyond cleaning objective.

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Darenwh
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Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5632346 - 01/19/13 10:28 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

Focuser after very light cleaning. Really just removed a little surface dirt. Not even a good cleaning yet.

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Darenwh
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Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5632348 - 01/19/13 10:29 PM

That's it for tonight. I need to get some sleep. I will post more when I can.

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Grava T
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Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5632352 - 01/19/13 10:32 PM

Thanks for the photos Daren, looks nice. Just wondering if you had a chance to remove the legs from the pier. Under the pier legs of my 15TEA (now belongs to Mark) the numbers 1,2,3 were written. See thread Tasco 15TEA.

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Darenwh
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Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Grava T]
      #5632356 - 01/19/13 10:35 PM

Not yet. I hope to do that tomorrow and am very anxious to do so. I will post pics when I do.

Edited by Darenwh (01/19/13 10:36 PM)


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strdst
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Reged: 03/23/08

Loc: Oregon Territory
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5632488 - 01/20/13 12:21 AM

Nice subterfuge with the "I may get to the (yawn) estate sale a day late to collect an incredible deal" My quotes not yours. I was like you are kidding! And you were. I have the Sears equivalent model 6336. My legs are numbered 25, 26, 27. Pier #9 in the production line?

I'm glad my pre-buying cheerleading didn't influence the seller. Certainly worth well more than $225 even with the missing CW shaft and weight. And at just $200... Dawg!


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JamesE
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Reged: 10/22/07

Loc: Westbank, BC, Canada
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: strdst]
      #5632526 - 01/20/13 12:56 AM

Wow Congrats that is Awesome!

Nice find!


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Darenwh
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: JamesE]
      #5633859 - 01/20/13 08:05 PM

I got to work a little on the pier today. The leg numbers are 123, 124, and 125. If they are truly numbered as they came off the line then that would be scope number 41. The chrome bolts holding the legs on are showing copper in places. The leveling bolts show actual rust and at least one is bent. I may cut the bolt and then remove it and replace with new chrome bolts. I plugged the drive in for a few moments and it sounds like it is running fine though I don't trust the old cord that is showing its age. It will be replaced. I'm trying to keep it as close to original as possible but feel the cord is a safety issue and the leveling bolts are detracting from an otherwise great condition scope. Besides, I don't like rusty parts against parts that are not rusting. Did these leveling bolts ever have anything on the end of them? It does not appear they did on this one. I will try to post more pics soon.

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Darenwh
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Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5634566 - 01/21/13 09:33 AM

I love the two slow motion controls having different grips. This allows you to tell in the dark that you are grasping the correct one prior to turning it.

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Darenwh
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Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5635639 - 01/21/13 08:10 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

Pier pic after just wiping it down...

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Darenwh
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Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5635642 - 01/21/13 08:11 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

Writing on Pier. It is very hard to see...

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Darenwh
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Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5635644 - 01/21/13 08:13 PM Attachment (10 downloads)

Pier legs pic. Note the rusted leveling bolts with nothing on them. Note: one on right has been wiped down a bit. Looks like a very small amount of rust on end of legs also.

Edited by Darenwh (01/21/13 08:14 PM)


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Darenwh
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5635648 - 01/21/13 08:15 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

And writing on back of one of legs. Again hard to see. This one was not cleaned yet.

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Darenwh
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA [Re: Darenwh]
      #5635659 - 01/21/13 08:21 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

Bolts that were holding legs to pier. A small amount of surface rust is visible on a few of them but more evident is copper revealed by missing chroming.

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Darenwh
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Reged: 05/11/06

Loc: Covington, GA
Re: Georgia Estate Sale Tasco 15TEA new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5649805 - 01/29/13 07:44 AM Attachment (10 downloads)

Finally got around to disassembling the mount. It's in good shape but somebody really tried to do some adjustments on it using brute strength. Disassembly took a little more time than I expected and my wife believes there is no way I will get it back together but that will not be a problem. First off, thanks to Preston Smith for his fantastic thread on rebuilding a Tasco Mount. Though this mount was not exactly like the one he posted the thread about it was close enough to be of great help. This mount was very dirty. Grease was all over it and it was dried on and caked on and just nasty. The Azimuth slow motion would not turn at all. You will see why soon. The Motor works perfectly though and the gear is fine so things should work well once assembly is complete, hopefully tonight.
I didn't take too many pictures during dissassembly but I do have a few. I will take more pictures during reassembly. Oh well, how can I tell that somebody tried to adjust it with brute strength? Take a look at this picture showing the two bushings. Note one has slight marks from the previous owner trying to turn it and the other is in really bad shape from the previous owner trying to adjust it. The one that looks really bad is also scratched up inside from the previous adjustments.


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