Tasco Astronomical Telescope No. 9TE-5
Posted 25 September 2004 - 11:58 AM
I just found this telescope at a garage sale for $10. First telescope - thought it might be neat. Anyone know anything about this type?
Posted 25 September 2004 - 12:02 PM
Posted 25 September 2004 - 07:24 PM
Posted 28 September 2004 - 12:39 PM
The Tasco 9TE-5's are very nice scopes that Tasco made in the 1960's. Back then Tasco made excellent scopes (unlike in later years). Ones such as yours are sought after for their great optics and construction. Assuming it is in operational condition, it is worth quite a bit more than you paid for it, and is much, much better than just about any 60mm telescope you can buy today. It will be great for lunar and planetary observing.
Do you have a photo of the scope you can post?
Posted 28 September 2004 - 05:55 PM
You're probably not going to believe this, but I bought the exact same Tasco at a Curio shop for $5 - registration no. 59234!
Posted 28 September 2004 - 09:16 PM
Posted 29 September 2004 - 03:27 AM
There are also some plossl eyepieces at this site for $19.95. For the moon, you want the 20 or 25mm. For planets, you want the 6.5 and 10mm. You also should get a barlow at some point, which will double the magnification of your EPs and save you money. The 6mm eyepiece on your scope is high magnification with poor eye relief, which makes it difficult to see the moon. Your eye is probably hitting the eyepiece while you try to view. This is caused by the poor eye relief of the eyepiece. You may want to look around for used 1.25 eyepieces. They are all over the internet.
Hope this helps.
Posted 29 September 2004 - 07:28 PM
As Daryl mentioned, I swapped out the diagonal for a "Hybrid" which has a .965" hole in one end to fit the focuser and a 1.25" hole on the other side for my eyepieces.
The current diagonal that comes with the scope is a prism and the hybrid I bought is a mirror. You can easily take it apart to see the differences. This had the effect of having some of my eyepieces not being able to come to focus.
However, I recently bought a Televue 8-24mm click stop zoom that works great in this scope - all focal lengths in the zoom come to focus.
Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:16 AM
and if the Reg. No. is a serial number,
59234 has certainly taken a beating over the years.
Posted 14 February 2009 - 05:55 AM
I also have the TASCO Model 9TE-0,and it produces excellent images as well.Good luck with it. Gary Barabino Sr