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T1R2
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Reged: 06/11/13

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She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30
      #5940734 - 06/26/13 12:28 AM Attachment (68 downloads)

Hello out there, this is my 1984 Tasco 49TR 60mm x 800mm F/13.3 refractor with Zanzutsu optics, and its pretty much perfect optically. I like to call it "The Killer of Giants" and when I needed a grab and go scope, I found it in my parents shed. I cleaned it with a damp paper towel and polished it with mineral oil till it looked brand new. I only needed to make a few modern up-grades, I had .965's but I wanted comfort so I retro fitted a celestron 1.25 prism diagonal to the drawtube with a 1.25 hose clamp, all that had to be done is to unthread the .965 adt. off the end of the drawtube, that worked perfectly because the O.D. of the drawtube is 1.25. All that was left was to counter balance the focuser end with a bag of ep's that I made with drawstring and triple wrapped a rubber band around the drawstring to cinch up close to the ota. I now have a scope that I love to take out nightly and watch the moon go through its dance. I hope this gives you the idea to do the same with yours.....Enjoy!

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Astrojensen
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Reged: 10/05/08

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Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: T1R2]
      #5940883 - 06/26/13 03:43 AM

You should join the 60mm Club: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/60mmtelescopeclub/


Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


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AllanDystrup
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Reged: 09/27/12

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Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: Astrojensen]
      #5940913 - 06/26/13 05:13 AM

Mine is White, Sexy and well into the 50'ies.

That, btw, goes for my small Unitron too...
Cheers / allan

Edited by AllanDystrup (06/26/13 05:16 AM)


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T1R2
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Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: AllanDystrup]
      #5940924 - 06/26/13 06:07 AM Attachment (25 downloads)

LOL, Allen, this is the oldest lady I have. A 1976 Vixen Polaris-3 80mm x 1200mm F/15. Your lucky, I would love to have a couple Uni's

Edited by T1R2 (06/26/13 06:12 AM)


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planet9
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Reged: 01/23/13

Loc: UK
Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: T1R2]
      #5940941 - 06/26/13 06:32 AM

What's the difference between the 49R and 49E?

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T1R2
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Loc: NeverWhere
Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: planet9]
      #5940951 - 06/26/13 06:53 AM

Planet9, I have no idea, unless the 49E is the very fast comet scope that was I believe a 70mm, I think I seen one in the archives, maybe someone has better info than I on this one

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AllanDystrup
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Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: T1R2]
      #5940985 - 06/26/13 07:42 AM

Very nice 80/1200 foxy lady there T1R2 ! --

I think optically she should be pretty much on par with my 75/1200 Uni.

Allan


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planet9
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Reged: 01/23/13

Loc: UK
Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: AllanDystrup]
      #5940994 - 06/26/13 08:04 AM

Sorry 49TR and 49TE .... I recall reading somewhere, good quality Tasco refractors have white tube and comes in wooden box.

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Mike Lynch
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Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: planet9]
      #5941023 - 06/26/13 08:25 AM

And I clicked on this thread because I expected to see a different kind of "sexy" pictures!!



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Astrojensen
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Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: Mike Lynch]
      #5941041 - 06/26/13 08:38 AM

Quote:

And I clicked on this thread because I expected to see a different kind of "sexy" pictures!!




Wrong forum, dude!


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Thomas, Denmark


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Mike Lynch
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Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: Astrojensen]
      #5941605 - 06/26/13 03:14 PM

OH! But don't get me wrong! I DO think these are sexy...!

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T1R2
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Reged: 06/11/13

Loc: NeverWhere
Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: planet9]
      #5941689 - 06/26/13 04:11 PM

That's a common myth, and understandable, the only bad tasco I ever looked through had its lenses out of order, once it had a front element reversed, next one that was claimed to be bad had no spacer between the lens, it(the spacer) was put in first then the lenses glass to glass, but as far as great scopes go, if its razor sharp color free views with a perfect, intense airy disk with two faint rings (Vega is pure white with no purple or blue halo), and if that makes an "Apo" an Apo, then this scopes fully qualifies. I can't comment on scopes made after 84', but the ones from 54' to 84' are all excellent.

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planet9
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Reged: 01/23/13

Loc: UK
Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: T1R2]
      #5941736 - 06/26/13 04:50 PM

How can you tell a Tasco is before or after 84?

Edited by planet9 (06/26/13 04:51 PM)


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T1R2
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Loc: NeverWhere
Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: planet9]
      #5941841 - 06/26/13 05:58 PM

If you don't know when you got it, you can tell by the S.N., usually, I got mine 1984 and Reg.# is 174984.

Edited by T1R2 (06/26/13 06:01 PM)


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planet9
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Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: T1R2]
      #5947586 - 06/30/13 06:31 AM

I have a D=50mm Tasco 66TE in white tube OTA only, I think it is from 1960s. I need to get a tripod and EP and bits and pieces to get it complete.

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T1R2
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Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: planet9]
      #5949645 - 07/01/13 01:18 PM

have you checked the classifieds, all sorts of things floatin around there.

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planet9
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Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: T1R2]
      #5951379 - 07/02/13 01:43 PM

How does this Tasco 49TR compare with other telescopes such as ES AR127 or Polaris-3 in optical quality?

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T1R2
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Loc: NeverWhere
Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: planet9]
      #5952174 - 07/02/13 10:16 PM Attachment (6 downloads)

Its the best small scope I've looked through, even better than the Vixen, I just replaced the original lens( it has a small clamshell in the flint lens) with a replacement but I still have it, I just decided after 30 yrs. its time to put it up. The scope has NO CA, almost perfect star test, The lens figure is so smooth. Aside from the optics, its the prettiest tasco ever made. It's what I use to look at the moon, if I had a chance to buy another, I would without any reservations. I would put it up against any 60mm Tak any day, hope this answers your Q's, I love this scope!

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planet9
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Reged: 01/23/13

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Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: T1R2]
      #5952554 - 07/03/13 05:54 AM

Do you mean you have replaced the original Tasco Objective lens with something else? Why did you do that? - was the original lens damaged? Or was the replacement lens better one than the original one? What lens was the replacement?

How is the orignal wooden tripod? Is it secure enough without wobbling when focusing?

I found the exact Tasco selling in my local newspaper ad, and am going to go and have a look at it this weekend. cheers.


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T1R2
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Reged: 06/11/13

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Re: She's Red, Sexy and a little under 30 new [Re: planet9]
      #5952594 - 07/03/13 06:58 AM

yes, I just replaced it because it had a clamshell chip on the edge,( I dropped it) it didn't effect the view but was an eye sore every time I looked at it, the replacement lens came from another tasco (Thanks Berry!) and seems to be almost as good as the original though I do not know what model of scope it came from.

The original tripod is metal and works good if the legs are not clamped down to tight, where the legs attach to the mount the azumith motion will get stiff and cause snap back from flex.

Is the one you found still in the box? if so that's really cool, be glad I did not know about it...lol, it might have the GIANT Rand McNally Moon Map and a couple of ep's and a barlow also. I would replace the .965 accessories with 1.25's, a 1.25 prism diagonal fitted on with a 1.25 hose clamp works great. My favorite ep's in that scope are a 20mm and 12mm for full framing the moon. If you need help just send me a PM, I had to service mine to get the glare out because sometimes they don't spray paint the drawtube flat black, mine was a little shinny, after I did that and blacken the lens edges the problem was solved. If yours is as good as mine I'm sure you'll be very satisfied, I hope you get a brand new one, enjoy your Classic Tasco, I love mine!


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