Just thought I'd share a few photos of something that is simply..... MAGICAL - The Tasco 20TE.
I've only had it out twice so far after spending a few months familiarizing myself with each and every quality-dripping part that make up this gorgeous Classic. It's been awesome.
This has been one enjoyable, limited restoration - nearing complete. 'Limited' because I wanted to leave both OTA's and the mount, original paint, blemishes and all. I like that you can see the 40+ years behind her. Lots of grime and grease after years in a garage but it cleaned up well. Not a scratch on the big objective - that's the icing on the cake. After tossing around whether or not to repaint the mount due to some peeling paint I decided "what the heck", I think I like it. Now, I'm glad I left it just the way it is. The Pier assembly on the other hand, had far too much paint loss so it was stripped and redone - looks great. Searched automotive paints for a very close match to the original grey on the upper section and, the bottom section is painted VHT Wrinkle Plus - man, that stuff continues to amaze me how durable it is.
Interestingly, this 'Mama of all Tasco' is sporting a matching Tasco (Royal) 76.2mm guidescope with equally outstanding optics. The mounting brackets all appear to be original Royal Astro.
1- 20TE 'Photo Equatorial'? Maybe special order?
2- How many were produced?
3- #910803. 3rd one off the line? I know the '108' is the mm.
You are correct, those are not the original counter-weights or finders. The finder on the guidescope is, however.
Mikey Cee did a beautiful job on his. See "Tasco 20TE's Rebirth". http://www.cloudynig...ebirth/?hl=20te
Thanks Mikey, I admired and referenced your 20TE numerous times. 'Ain't many out there.
Edited by albert1, 03 October 2014 - 04:02 AM.