Tasco 12TE-2 Dallas Craigslist
Posted 30 June 2007 - 02:01 PM
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)
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
60mm Objective Lens (focal length 800mm)
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.
Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:31 PM
Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:43 PM
Posted 30 June 2007 - 04:00 PM
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
Posted 30 June 2007 - 04:17 PM
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.
Posted 30 June 2007 - 04:40 PM
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).
Posted 30 June 2007 - 05:43 PM
Of course, to add to the confusion, Tasco imported the 8V which had a red tube but had no "R" designator.
Posted 30 June 2007 - 05:56 PM
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.
Posted 03 July 2007 - 01:31 PM
Posted 03 July 2007 - 02:01 PM
Looks like a nice little scope
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?
Posted 03 July 2007 - 02:19 PM
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.
Posted 03 July 2007 - 03:18 PM
Posted 03 July 2007 - 03:57 PM
In my haste to see what I had discovered I missed that the original owner had the bracket backwards.....my bad!
Posted 04 July 2007 - 12:08 AM
/DFW MetroMess native
//Knows where The Woodlands is
Posted 04 July 2007 - 07:11 AM
Posted 04 July 2007 - 11:20 AM
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.
Posted 04 July 2007 - 12:40 PM
Nice score. If it's the same scope, you'll find that the optics are very good.