Jump to content

  •  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Photo

Tasco 12TE-2 Dallas Craigslist

This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
24 replies to this topic

#1 jgw12936

jgw12936

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1103
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

Posted 30 June 2007 - 02:01 PM

I saw this Tasco on craigslist Dallas and will have the chance to drop by and see it's condiition (no picture in the ad). Will this be a good grab n go scope for a beginner? I need a smaller scope to help me learn what I am doing!

Jim
Tasco 12TE-2 266 power telescope - $50

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Date: 2007-06-23, 8:37PM CDT


This telescope was set up one time, then put back in the box. You're buying a Tasco Refracting Telescope, complete, like new, in the original luggage style mahogany wood carrying case. Besides the wooden tripod and metal center tray that mounts between the tripod legs, specifications and contents are as follows:

6mm eye lens (133X)
Sun filter
12.5mm eye lens (64X)
Diagonal prism for viewing stars and planets
2X Barlow Lens (doubles power of any eye lens)
Erecting prism (for terrestrial use)
Quick focus adjustment
Fine focus adjustment (pinion gear)
Finderscope eye lens
Finderscope (for finding subject quickly)
Finderscope mounting bracket
Main body
60mm Objective Lens (focal length 800mm)
Sunshade
Tripod yoke
Adjustable tripod (mentioned earlier)
Accessories tray (mentioned earlier)
Azimuth control cable (for movement left and right)
Azimuth clamp screw
Attitude clamp screw
Micro Attitude Adjustment Screw (for adjustment up and down)
Wood case (mentioned earlier)

This is a superb beginner's telescope in excellent condition. It won't last long. The first $50 that picks it up at my location gets it.

#2 BHunt

BHunt

    Apollo

  • *****
  • Posts: 1387
  • Joined: 31 Dec 2006

Posted 30 June 2007 - 02:06 PM

Go for it you cant go wrong for 50.00.
Bill

#3 twhite

twhite

    Vanguard

  • *****
  • Posts: 2461
  • Joined: 28 Jan 2006

Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:13 PM

Not familiar with that one... bet it's a red tube.

#4 jgw12936

jgw12936

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1103
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:31 PM

Got an email back from the seller, he does not have a digital camera, but it is a white tube.

#5 Larry10

Larry10

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 662
  • Joined: 16 Jun 2003

Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:43 PM

I have 1966 copyright dated literature from Tasco that lists this 60mm model.
Larry

#6 jgw12936

jgw12936

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1103
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

Posted 30 June 2007 - 04:00 PM

Larry,

Thanks for the info! When I googled 1966 Tasco, I found a sales brochure in an astronomy newsletter, and it lists a scope as the 12TE-5 Solarama, interstingly, the list of items with the scope is exactly the same as listed in the 1966 brochure, even the order is the same

#7 Larry10

Larry10

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 662
  • Joined: 16 Jun 2003

Posted 30 June 2007 - 04:17 PM

I have a 9TE-5 which is also listed in 1966 but mine is no younger than 1969. Model numbers did not change frequently.
Even though I know mine is younger than a 1966 birthdate it still has good all metal construction - including the dew cap and lens cell.
I strongly suspect that the listed 12TE will be the same.
Larry

#8 Larry10

Larry10

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 662
  • Joined: 16 Jun 2003

Posted 30 June 2007 - 04:40 PM

A later second thought, Jim.
You originally asked if this cope would be good for a beginner. Maybe, maybe not. I'm not sure what other equipment you might have or your level of experience, but if you read through the other forums you'll see lots of other scopes that would be recommended for beginners over this 60mm model.
I will say this..for $50 you are not going to find anything comparable sized in the market today built as well as the one in the ad (assuming the ad well represents the condition of the scope).
Good luck!

#9 GeneDiG

GeneDiG

    Messenger

  • -----
  • Posts: 457
  • Joined: 31 May 2005

Posted 30 June 2007 - 05:43 PM

I don't think it's a red tube Tasco. As far as I know, All red tubes have the letter "R" at the end of their model number. Thus, an 11T Lunagrosso reflector becomes an 11TR. The 17T 80mm refractor gets a red tube and becomes a 17TR. Some never had a white tube equivalent, like 9VR/99VR/999VR family or the 851TR.

Of course, to add to the confusion, Tasco imported the 8V which had a red tube but had no "R" designator.

#10 jgw12936

jgw12936

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1103
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

Posted 30 June 2007 - 05:56 PM

Thanks Larry,

I think the most important thing to me is portability. It's hot and humid in Texas, and I need a smaller scope that I can set up quickly and move around to view planets, moon and easy to find objects. I'm going to check the Tasco out on Monday and if it is as advertised, for $50 I'll get it.

I have a 5 inch Clark which has tremendous views, but is heavy and I'm scared to move it around too much! I was able to view Jupiter and 4 moons two nights ago and the views were awesome.

#11 jgw12936

jgw12936

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1103
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

Posted 03 July 2007 - 01:31 PM

Well I got the Tasco 12 TE-2. The owner said he bought it 40 years ago, set it up once and the stored it in it's wooden case. I can attest the box had 40 years of dust! Inside the scope was in really good condition, it even still had the paper ring with the "passed, Japan Telescope Inspection" sticker. So, here is what $50 gets.

Jim

Attached Thumbnails

  • 1697706-019a.jpg


#12 jgw12936

jgw12936

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1103
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

Posted 03 July 2007 - 01:31 PM

And Another

Attached Thumbnails

  • 1697707-018a.jpg


#13 jgw12936

jgw12936

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1103
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

Posted 03 July 2007 - 01:32 PM

And my two classic's together

Attached Thumbnails

  • 1697710-021a.jpg


#14 93alien

93alien

    Messenger

  • *****
  • Posts: 407
  • Joined: 26 Apr 2007

Posted 03 July 2007 - 01:48 PM

pretty pair!

#15 sarastro

sarastro

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 814
  • Joined: 12 Aug 2004

Posted 03 July 2007 - 02:01 PM

Jim,
Looks like a nice little scope :waytogo:
I just picked up a 12TE-5 last weekend. It must be a slightly later model with a metal tripod legs. It has a white tube as well. It's also in worse condition and missing a few accessories. My finder is stopped down to about 5mm, how about yours? What do you think of it optically?
Roger

#16 jgw12936

jgw12936

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1103
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

Posted 03 July 2007 - 02:19 PM

Roger,

Optically it is in really great shape. A little dust on the objective, no chips or scratches and the coating looks good. and the finder works perfectly. The only problem I can find so far is the diagonal. Both of the barrels come loose and don't screw back in enough to hold them in place. If the clouds go break my plans are to take it out tonight for a real spin.

Jim

#17 mikey cee

mikey cee

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 9589
  • Joined: 18 Jan 2007

Posted 03 July 2007 - 03:18 PM

Jim.... the finder bracket is on backwards...these little things like this drive me bonkers! God only knows how nuts I am. :grin: :p :smirk: :lol:Mike

#18 jgw12936

jgw12936

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1103
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

Posted 03 July 2007 - 03:57 PM

Thanks Mike!

In my haste to see what I had discovered I missed that the original owner had the bracket backwards.....my bad! :foreheadslap:

#19 jgw12936

jgw12936

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1103
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

Posted 03 July 2007 - 04:02 PM

Is this better? :grin:

Attached Thumbnails

  • 1697983-023a.jpg


#20 mikey cee

mikey cee

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 9589
  • Joined: 18 Jan 2007

Posted 03 July 2007 - 05:48 PM

RIGHT ON BROTHER! :goodjob:Mike

#21 ngc2289

ngc2289

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • Posts: 3550
  • Joined: 13 Apr 2005

Posted 03 July 2007 - 08:17 PM

Is this better? :grin:

Much! :lol:

#22 twhite

twhite

    Vanguard

  • *****
  • Posts: 2461
  • Joined: 28 Jan 2006

Posted 04 July 2007 - 12:08 AM

Did you have to drive all the way up to D/FW for that? Hopefully that's not all you went for... :)

/DFW MetroMess native
//Knows where The Woodlands is
///I-45 sucks

#23 jgw12936

jgw12936

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1103
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

Posted 04 July 2007 - 07:11 AM

No, No, No! My work takes me all over the state. 45 does suck, especially in the rain :p Just a little side trip.

#24 twhite

twhite

    Vanguard

  • *****
  • Posts: 2461
  • Joined: 28 Jan 2006

Posted 04 July 2007 - 11:20 AM

Ah. Another road warrior. I usually keep a scope and mount in the back of my truck for... emergencies. Yeah, that's it. :)

Let us know how well it performs if the skies ever clear. Yesterday was the first day we've had in over three weeks that it didn't rain at all in the Tulsa area... my kids celebrated by going to the local water park and getting completely sunburned. :lol:

#25 Glassthrower

Glassthrower

    Vendor - Galactic Stone & Ironworks

  • *****
  • Vendors
  • Posts: 18462
  • Joined: 07 Apr 2005

Posted 04 July 2007 - 12:40 PM

Jim, that looks *exactly* like my little Tasco 60mm.

Nice score. If it's the same scope, you'll find that the optics are very good. :)


CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Recent Topics






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics