Posted 05 November 2005 - 10:20 PM
Posted 05 November 2005 - 11:42 PM
Could you scan or photograph some of these pictures? They sound very interesting.
Posted 06 November 2005 - 12:22 PM
Posted 06 November 2005 - 05:48 PM
Posted 06 November 2005 - 09:55 PM
Yup. My 3" Tasco Solarama (60's)is one of the best achro scopes I've seen through.
Posted 07 November 2005 - 04:45 PM
I do recall some of these scopes that you are refering to. When I was a kid and getting my 11TR (4.5" eq newt), I saw in the cataloge at the camera store that they had some much bigger and more professional looking type instruments.
Way out of my price-range as a kid, but I do remember them. I seem to recall an 8" newt on a pier caught my eye.
Please do post some pics if you can.
Posted 07 November 2005 - 07:07 PM
I also have an old Sears scope (both the Tasco and Sears are 60mm, but the Tasco has a much longer FL)- in my case the Sears scope, despite the lower FL, gives sharper images on planets and the moon. I guess its the luck of the draw.
Posted 07 November 2005 - 09:57 PM
Posted 08 November 2005 - 07:08 AM
Anyway, I have some/all? manuals. Let me dig them out. I just don't figure I'll be using this scope much anymore (but damme its got a great look to it). Am building a 6" refractor binoscope. Wish the glass were better (Synta) and longer FL. Aperture fever.
My Tasco is slightly incomplete- two busted slo-mo cables I had to cannibalize to make one good one, dust cap missing, counterweight screw screwed up (and part missing that goes with the weight?), and plate centered over the T part of the equatorial mount (where the dec and ra axes meet) is gone. Case has some delamination issues- styrofoam still present.
Was thinking of posting ad on Astromart for it. Guess I'm a packrat. Anyone remotely interested?
Will see if I can copy the manuals.
Posted 08 November 2005 - 08:36 PM
Posted 08 November 2005 - 11:01 PM
Posted 09 November 2005 - 12:39 AM
It includes a detailed layout of the scope and its parts, descriptions, assembly, explanations of magnification, instructions on use and setup, a page of geographical locations with lat/long info, siderial conversions, how to observe various bodies, objective collimation, and care of lenses.
2) A second booklet entitled "A key to worlds beyond" Telescope manual for beginning astronomers 62pp in length. The first section describes types of telescopes and their history, mount types, equatorial pole-star alignment, what to expect in terms of limiting magnitudes and resolution, then magnification, "seeing". Next comes comparison of refractors versus reflectors, budget considerations in choosing a scope, a short bit on binoculars (including an internal cross-section), price ranges (man how prices have changed), finding way around sky (seasons), daytime astronomy (including a warning about those dangerous little solar filters), planetary viewing, using star charts, setting circles, accessories, photography, a list of Messier objects (by season), care of the scope, and then where to learn more (the ancient equivalent of "links"!).
Last is a simple set of observer log pages and a blank page at the end for notes (I guess marginalia was frowned upon in the buttoned-down days).
3) The above two were Tasco booklets. Also included in the box was "Elements of astronomy and physical geography", 176pp.
Based on the short notes scribbled in the cover pages, it would appear that the scope was originally used in a school, and dates of publication indicated late 1960's.
Posted 09 November 2005 - 11:00 AM
Back in the early 80's a friend of my fathers was a Tasco master distributor. The many catalogs he gave me had all sort of wonderful scopes in them. Including a 12.5 inch Tasco research grade Newtonian on pedestal mount. They also offered upgraded eyepieces in the more elaborate types all branded "Tasco". I was wondering if anyone knows if these scopes were actually made by Tasco? or someone else? Has anyone ever seen one of these larger Tasco's in person? I have the catalogs in front of me so I know I am not dreaming. If anyone knows anything I have wondered about this for a while. Thanks in advance.
Wow, that brings back a memory!!
When I first started working in a scope shop, back in '82, I recall our local Tasco sales rep. coming by with promotional info about large Tasco branded Newtonians.
They had red tubes and I believe they were made by Meade for Tasco.
I'm not sure if we ever got one in the shop. They were *expensive*. More money than the Meade equivalent.
If anyone comes across one of these big Tasco Newts, they've got a rare instrument!
Thanks for the flashback...
Posted 10 November 2005 - 08:21 PM