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CharlieB
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: dawsonian2000]
      #6036118 - 08/20/13 09:52 AM Attachment (125 downloads)

OK, just one more. These are the 50mm scopes. L to R: Sears 24146 (600mm) - a good scope, but not great; Unitron 105 (700mm) - a truly great scope; HyScore 457 (500mm) - same as Astro Optical R-53 - another great scope; Tasco Terrastro (600mm) very well built - optics are greatly improved since I de-cemented the the components and air spaced them; Tasco 66TE Cosmic II (600mm)- an excellent performer; on the floor - Bushnell Sky Rover (500mm) - the best 50mm scope I've ever used.

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labmand
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Loc: Michigan USA
Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #6038850 - 08/21/13 06:01 PM Attachment (130 downloads)

Hi everyone,
This Tasco is a fun grab and go an never fails to amaze me
(yes, it has push/pull in case your wondering)
Love it, sorry, not for sale
Tasco 7TE-5 60x1000mm f16.7


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CharlieB
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: labmand]
      #6040339 - 08/22/13 03:23 PM

I'll bet that mount works like a charm with that scope.

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madeline
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: Grava T]
      #6040421 - 08/22/13 04:22 PM

Grava, nice scope and yard. Quick question: Don't you mean 77mm F=1000 ?

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labmand
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #6040561 - 08/22/13 06:04 PM

Quote:

I'll bet that mount works like a charm with that scope.



Thanks Charlie, you are right about the mount, a real nice combo.


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Grava T
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: madeline]
      #6040608 - 08/22/13 06:30 PM Attachment (74 downloads)

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Grava, nice scope and yard. Quick question: Don't you mean 77mm F=1000 ?




Thanks and nope, it's an f=1200.


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madeline
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: Grava T]
      #6040612 - 08/22/13 06:34 PM

My mistake, sorry, wonderful scope there.

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dawsonian2000
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #6040985 - 08/22/13 11:18 PM

Quote:

OK, just one more. These are the 50mm scopes. L to R: Sears 24146 (600mm) - a good scope, but not great; Unitron 105 (700mm) - a truly great scope; HyScore 457 (500mm) - same as Astro Optical R-53 - another great scope; Tasco Terrastro (600mm) very well built - optics are greatly improved since I de-cemented the the components and air spaced them; Tasco 66TE Cosmic II (600mm)- an excellent performer; on the floor - Bushnell Sky Rover (500mm) - the best 50mm scope I've ever used.




Wow! You have another collection in the 50mm range! That's just awesome!

I also de-cemented a 6" f/5 objective. The maker is unknown to me, but I know it is not a Jaegers. I separated the lens easily by soaking the achromat in a pot of water (paper towels immersed to protect the lenses) that was heated to a slow simmer. Once the elements came apart, the balsam just slid off of them with ease.

Mel


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dawsonian2000
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: labmand]
      #6041004 - 08/22/13 11:30 PM

Quote:

Hi everyone,
This Tasco is a fun grab and go an never fails to amaze me
(yes, it has push/pull in case your wondering)
Love it, sorry, not for sale
Tasco 7TE-5 60x1000mm f16.7




Quote:

I'll bet that mount works like a charm with that scope.

--------------------
Charlie




Hey Labmand!

I agree with Charlie! If that is a Vixen Polaris mount, you are golden. Those are great EQ's.

Despite your esthetic concerns (hose clamps), you have a sure winner in the mount, as well as the telescope. I even invested a custom Crayford focuser from Crawmach for one of my Tasco 7te-5. The optics are so good, that I had to get on just for observing.

Mel

Mel


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labmand
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: dawsonian2000]
      #6041598 - 08/23/13 10:33 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Hi everyone,
This Tasco is a fun grab and go an never fails to amaze me
(yes, it has push/pull in case your wondering)
Love it, sorry, not for sale
Tasco 7TE-5 60x1000mm f16.7




Quote:

I'll bet that mount works like a charm with that scope.

--------------------
Charlie




Hey Labmand!

I agree with Charlie! If that is a Vixen Polaris mount, you are golden. Those are great EQ's.

Despite your esthetic concerns (hose clamps), you have a sure winner in the mount, as well as the telescope. I even invested a custom Crayford focuser from Crawmach for one of my Tasco 7te-5. The optics are so good, that I had to get on just for observing.

Mel

Mel



Mel, thanks, It is a Vixen Polaris mount
I did change the hose clamps for 76mm rings
after the posting, looks much better and easier
to use, I see you also have a Jason 313 so when you
talk "golden" you know what your talking about.


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Datapanic
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: labmand]
      #6042836 - 08/24/13 01:41 AM Attachment (124 downloads)

Hey! It's supposed to be You and your scope! Since the old thread got archived, I'm sharing this one again

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turk123
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: Datapanic]
      #6043070 - 08/24/13 07:06 AM

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Hey! It's supposed to be You and your scope! Since the old thread got archived, I'm sharing this one again




Yea, but you, your scope and your Ladder!

Edited by turk123 (08/24/13 07:06 AM)


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Datapanic
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: turk123]
      #6043741 - 08/24/13 02:34 PM

hehe - the photographer was using the ladder!

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BarabinoSr
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: Datapanic]
      #6044751 - 08/25/13 07:22 AM

Dan, I always admired Astrola scopes. Outstanding instrument,and thanks for posting again! Is this the restored Horsetrail Cave ?

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mustgobigger
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Loc: Michigan
Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: BarabinoSr]
      #6046146 - 08/25/13 10:48 PM Attachment (112 downloads)

here is my 4" F/20 Zeiss on backyard pier.

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Datapanic
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: BarabinoSr]
      #6046148 - 08/25/13 10:53 PM

Quote:

Dan, I always admired Astrola scopes. Outstanding instrument,and thanks for posting again! Is this the restored Horsetrail Cave ?




That's the one!


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labmand
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6046902 - 08/26/13 12:20 PM

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here is my 4" F/20 Zeiss on backyard pier.



Zeiss on a pier, nice setup, you make Michigan proud


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BarabinoSr
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: labmand]
      #6053226 - 08/29/13 07:24 PM

Thanks guys for posting! Great instruments !

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Glassthrower
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 new [Re: BarabinoSr]
      #6054415 - 08/30/13 01:00 PM Attachment (110 downloads)

Here is the business end of a 3" Vixen achro (1990's), piggyback Asahi-Pentax 2" achro (1950's), and University Optics 50mm finder (1980's). Riding on a 1990's Vixen SP mount. One of my all-time favorite rigs to use and now long gone - parted out and split to the four winds.

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Masvingo
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Re: Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2 [Re: Glassthrower]
      #6064129 - 09/05/13 10:43 AM Attachment (84 downloads)

Me and my Topic 80mm f15 in the back yard of our son's house in London - not ideal viewing conditions!

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