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#1 trainsktg

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Posted 21 September 2005 - 11:42 PM

Hello All,

A local guy is selling a well-maintained 3" Tasco Solarama Model 10TE 'deluxe' on equ. mount with all original accessories in wood box. Does anyone have an idea what the market range for this instrument is? He's asking $360. Seems steep for a Tasco...more like Mayflower or Lafayette pricing to me. I'm thinking more in the $150 to $200 range. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 07:53 AM

Keith
Can I suggest that this is a classic telescope and one worthy of further consideration.
See here:
http://www.rca-omsi....e05/2005_01.pdf

If its the same - Buy it! :jump:

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 08:46 AM

$150-200 will generally get you the smaller Tasco 7TE. Although there has been a glut of 7TE's recently for sale bringing their price down in the 120-150 range. As for the 10te, I have only seen 3 for sale in the past 24 months, $450, $280, and $321.

Does the box have styrofaom or wood inserts? Probably wood. I have the Royal version of this scope.

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 09:37 AM

Hello All,

A local guy is selling a well-maintained 3" Tasco Solarama Model 10TE 'deluxe' on equ. mount with all original accessories in wood box. Does anyone have an idea what the market range for this instrument is? He's asking $360. Seems steep for a Tasco...more like Mayflower or Lafayette pricing to me. I'm thinking more in the $150 to $200 range. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

Keith


Hi Keith.
The Tasco "Solarama" scopes are good.
That asking price for the 3" sounds fair to me.

Good luck!

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 07:23 PM

Steven,

As it turns out it is THE same scope, owned by John Siple the author of the RCA article you forwarded. I will be getting it tonight and will post pics this weekend.

Keith

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 09:27 PM

Congratulations! Nice scope! I'm offically jealous, however! I have a 7TE-5 that I really like and I have been watching for a nice, complete example of a 10TE to keep it company! Good for you, and definitely post pictures.

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Posted 23 September 2005 - 05:04 AM

Well done Keith
This is a great scope
Please send some photos when you get it
All the best to you

Actually can you do me a favor and ask him if he knows anything about the Astro Optical ind / Royal R1 60mm F20 scope - I am interested to know what he knows about them

Take care

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Posted 23 September 2005 - 06:09 PM

Here are some pics of the scope. It still needs cleaning and detailing, but is impressive none-the-less. A quick look at Mars last night revealed that this is a magnificent instrument. :thewave:

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Posted 23 September 2005 - 06:11 PM

A close-up of the mount...

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Posted 23 September 2005 - 06:13 PM

And looking down the pipe...

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 03:51 AM

Wow!!

It's in great condition. It'll last you a lifetime ...and more.

Well done Keith

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 10:48 AM

That's one beautiful setup! I give it two thumbs, way up!Thanks for posting the snapshots. :waytogo: :waytogo:

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 11:55 AM

Hi all,

Update on the mount...while cleaning the old grease out of the guts, I discovered that the bearings and set screw surfaces for the RA and DEC screws, etc. are BRASS...who does this anymore except on the really high end stuff? Thanks again everyone for your advice and compliments.

Keith

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 06:03 PM

Steven,
I sent a private message about your scope. If you didn't get it, let me know and I'll re-send it.
Keith

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 05:20 AM

Keith
I got it today
Thank you very much. It is most appreciated.

I have been reading about and further researching your scope and I am sure you are already aware how special it is.

All the best Keith

Steve


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