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#1 LDW47

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 01:22 AM

I just bought a late 50’s early 60’s Tasco 304, 60mm, RO# 0461123 refractor in mint condition, in the mint wooden case from a lady up here in Canada for $150, I couldn’t resist as I have been looking for an older Tasco for a while ! Is that a good, fair price and is this year / model a decent representative of these older Tasco’s ? Anything I have read / reserched said they are ! Are ep’s for this scope available or are they scarce or should I convert it to 1.25” ? I believe it comes with a couple plus a barlow !


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Posted 06 January 2019 - 02:18 AM

We would love to see a photo of this little gem!



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Posted 06 January 2019 - 02:30 AM

We would love to see a photo of this little gem!

You will in due time !



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Posted 06 January 2019 - 06:06 AM

Eyepieces here:

 

https://www.ebay.co....cG~ZF:rk:3:pf:0

 

https://www.ebay.co....cG~WC:rk:7:pf:0



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Posted 06 January 2019 - 03:43 PM

$150 is a good price, especially if it's in mint condition.  This 304 is the 7TE before it was given the 7TE identifier.  You should have three eyepieces, Barlow, and a porro prism.  The nice thing about these pre-65 Tasco's is that they will accept the Vixen visual back, so you can use modern 1.25" eyepieces.

 

If you want to learn anything about the old Tasco's, do an advanced search with "stargoat" in the member field.  Stephen is our Tasco answer man!



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Posted 06 January 2019 - 04:27 PM

$150 is a good price, especially if it's in mint condition.  This 304 is the 7TE before it was given the 7TE identifier.  You should have three eyepieces, Barlow, and a porro prism.  The nice thing about these pre-65 Tasco's is that they will accept the Vixen visual back, so you can use modern 1.25" eyepieces.

 

If you want to learn anything about the old Tasco's, do an advanced search with "stargoat" in the member field.  Stephen is our Tasco answer man!

I wish I could post a couple of pics that I already have from the seller but I can’t find a way to with my iPad, after researching I don’t think there is any support from this site unless I am using a MAC os but not ios for the iPad ! I have tried many times but no go ! Thanx about the learning for old Tasco’s !



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Posted 06 January 2019 - 04:46 PM

I'm able to post pictures with my iPad.  I use an app called "image size".  To get the file size down below 500K, I resize the image to 800x600.  I'm able to attach three or more images to one post using that size. To include the pictures when you are writing your post, choose "More Reply Options" at the bottom right, and you get the option to attach image.

 

Hope this helps, because we are a strange lot, and like to see pictures of old telescopes!  wink.gif



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Posted 06 January 2019 - 06:07 PM

I'm able to post pictures with my iPad.  I use an app called "image size".  To get the file size down below 500K, I resize the image to 800x600.  I'm able to attach three or more images to one post using that size. To include the pictures when you are writing your post, choose "More Reply Options" at the bottom right, and you get the option to attach image.

 

Hope this helps, because we are a strange lot, and like to see pictures of old telescopes!  wink.gif

If you can do it I can do it ! I’ll give it a try later after supper and let you know !



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Posted 06 January 2019 - 09:59 PM

I'm able to post pictures with my iPad.  I use an app called "image size".  To get the file size down below 500K, I resize the image to 800x600.  I'm able to attach three or more images to one post using that size. To include the pictures when you are writing your post, choose "More Reply Options" at the bottom right, and you get the option to attach image.

 

Hope this helps, because we are a strange lot, and like to see pictures of old telescopes!  wink.gif

I tried your app and it works perfectly ! Thanx again, I can finally post pics !


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Posted 06 January 2019 - 10:09 PM

Here are a couple of preliminary pics of the 304, it ships tomorrow !

 

 

 

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 10:16 PM

Nice!  That looks like it's in great shape!



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Posted 06 January 2019 - 10:29 PM

One more !

 

 

 

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 10:31 PM

We would love to see a photo of this little gem!

Here are 3 pics !



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Posted 07 January 2019 - 08:44 AM

I have a Tasco 7TE-2, made in the early 60s.  It's EQ mount has bubble level and an azimuth circle on the hub.

I also have a 7TE mount, that instead of the flat hub as the 7TE-2 and it's bubble level, it's hub is round with no level or azimuth circle.

The two pictures of the eyepieces shown in a previous post, are not they type of eyepieces that come with these Tascos.

 

Can we get a picture of the focuser end?  Is there a label? 

Can we also get a picture of the first page of the instruction sheet?

Also, can you take a picture of the inside of the wood box?

 

I will get some pictures up soon of what I'm talking about.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 09:03 AM

I have a Tasco 7TE-2, made in the early 60s.  It's EQ mount has bubble level and an azimuth circle on the hub.

I also have a 7TE mount, that instead of the flat hub as the 7TE-2 and it's bubble level, it's hub is round with no level or azimuth circle.

The two pictures of the eyepieces shown in a previous post, are not they type of eyepieces that come with these Tascos.

 

Can we get a picture of the focuser end?  Is there a label? 

Can we also get a picture of the first page of the instruction sheet?

Also, can you take a picture of the inside of the wood box?

 

I will get some pictures up soon of what I'm talking about.

The scope is still being shipped, the pics came from the seller, a 63 yr.old lady who doesn’t know anything about scopes especially old ones, she inherited it from an older friend who had it put away for many, many years, its in like new shape ! Apparntly the 304 predated the 7 series by a couple of years ! When I get it I will post everything that is interesting, the label just says Tasco 304 and the RO# 0461123 which is as I researched it and I posted the label on the case !


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 09:09 AM

To people who are caught up in these things, its like hitting a jackpot, finding a buried treasure, its just plain fun ! You can see why you can get caught up in it all, this is just like when I found my C80, Firstscope with AZ wood mount, in like new condition, for less than $100 C, only more so because up here in Canada old scopes, any scope is as scarce as hen’s teeth, lol !


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 09:19 AM

I am going back to edit my post.  I believe I have made a mistake.  The mount that I show for a 7TE, I think is the mount that came in a partial kit of a 7TE-5. 

 

So, yes, lets wait for your pictures, and then we can get Stephen to jump in.  I don't want to make things confusing.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 12:16 PM

For $150 I probably would buy that too... and then distribute most of my current little "collection" of five-dollar refractor OTAs back to the various thrift stores whence they came.

 

The label on the focuser will be of interest to the gurus here, when you post your next set of pics.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 04:09 PM

Here's a pic of the eyepiecs that come with the 7TE's:

 

7TE 2 eyepieces.jpg

 

These are .965" eyepieces, and are better than the ones that usually come with many Tasco, Sears, and other scopes.

 

Also,  I don't think it should be called a "304".

 

For example, this is the label on a 7TE-5 box:

 

7TE 5 label.jpg

 

 . . . and from other pictures that I have of a 7TE, showing the box label.  Your scope is a 7TE, not a "304" that predates the 7TE's.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 04:21 PM

Here is a 7TE box:

 

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you can see the manual.

 

And this is the label on that box.

 

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-just like yours.

 

I think the early "7TE's" actually had a wooden eyepiece tray. I'm thinking those may have been in the really late 50's. IIRC.  They were not called 7TE's.  The first 7TE's were in the very early 60's, with the 7TE-2's about 62 or 63.  The 7TE series all had the RAO mark on the focuser label.  Those 60mm lenses originally had a 910mm f.l. and then the 7TE-5's had a 1000mm f.l.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 06:02 PM

Or it may be a 7T.  Here's a post by Stephen in a 7TE thread.  https://www.cloudyni...cope/?p=8510712

 

And here are pictures of mine (046366) in the same thread.   https://www.cloudyni...cope/?p=8510300

 

The picture of the case that LDW47 posted is the same as mine.  It's the style where the OTA, mount, and legs all stay attached when stored.  Kind of a pain if you ask me.  My version only came with three eyepieces.  Maybe Stephen is waiting for more pictures before he comments.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 08:03 PM

Thanks for digging those up, it's going to help a lot.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 10:16 PM

In going thru my stuff, I found the instruction booklet for a Tasco, 304 power.  I'll get a photo in the morning.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 10:53 PM

Here's a pic of the eyepiecs that come with the 7TE's:

 

attachicon.gif 7TE 2 eyepieces.jpg

 

These are .965" eyepieces, and are better than the ones that usually come with many Tasco, Sears, and other scopes.

 

Also,  I don't think it should be called a "304".

 

For example, this is the label on a 7TE-5 box:

 

attachicon.gif 7TE 5 label.jpg

 

 . . . and from other pictures that I have of a 7TE, showing the box label.  Your scope is a 7TE, not a "304" that predates the 7TE's.

When I questioned her about a model number in the area of the focuser she said the only number she could find was 304 ! We shall soon find out, its being shipped on Wed.



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Posted 07 January 2019 - 11:03 PM

Back in the late 50’s during some sort of transition period these scopes / model #’s / features seemed to change yearly for a while ! You guys know a lot more about them than I, so lets see what I get ! No matter what it’s going to be a nice scope ! and if it is the 304 it will be a bonus for me !




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