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#26 LDW47

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 11:15 PM

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

After reading all of the great posts from all you knowledgable Tasco owners I am probably using the # 304 a little loosely, I really didn’t intend to imply that there was a ‘ 304 model ‘ it was more about that time frame when it was being sorted out, if you will, that one particular model should be / was called a 7, a 7T, 7TE or what, it gets a little out of my league ! So don’t take my words as gospel !



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Posted 07 January 2019 - 11:20 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.

I think mine only has 3 eps, one might be a barlow ? So what model, as you say is the same as mine or appears to be, do you consider yours to be ?



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Posted 08 January 2019 - 12:00 AM

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Here is one more pic to make it more interesting !

 

 


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 12:10 AM

I believe that mine is a 7T going by the information that Stephen has provided.  He has done a lot of research on the old Tasco telescopes, and gathered a lot of information.  I'm not sure if he's been able to determine if all 046xxx and 046xxxx serial numbers were identified by Tasco as the 7T model, or if they became know as 7TE in the higher serial numbers.

 

I think from one of your earlier pictures, the seller has the third eyepiece in the porro prism that is installed in the focuser.  Those two large circles aren't part of this telescope.  I'm sure someone in this group can identify what they are from.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 12:49 AM

I believe that mine is a 7T going by the information that Stephen has provided.  He has done a lot of research on the old Tasco telescopes, and gathered a lot of information.  I'm not sure if he's been able to determine if all 046xxx and 046xxxx serial numbers were identified by Tasco as the 7T model, or if they became know as 7TE in the higher serial numbers.

 

I think from one of your earlier pictures, the seller has the third eyepiece in the porro prism that is installed in the focuser.  Those two large circles aren't part of this telescope.  I'm sure someone in this group can identify what they are from.

Its all pretty interesting but confusing, I have read dozens of theads and posts on these scopes in the last couple of days and am no further ahead, lol ! I love this ! As I mentioned my RO# is 0461123 ! I also have a line up on a 12TE-5 Solarama for $60, not quite as good a shape but still in pretty fair condition I just haven’t decided if I will buy it ! What do you think, I’m starting to get the bug, lol !


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 01:02 AM

Resistance is futile!!!  borg.gif    I started with one classic...and then added one or two more.  lol.gif


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 08:39 AM

Here's the front page of the instruction booklet:

 

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It looks like the one in your photo.

 

My scope is a 7TE-2.  (60mm x 910mm)  The booklet is not from it.  Someone emailed it to me.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 10:00 AM

What is Telescope Warehouse like to deal with for the older eps, etc. ?



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Posted 08 January 2019 - 10:21 AM

I've never had a problem with him, and never heard of anyone else that has.  The only one that I see on his site that I would recommend is this one... https://telescope-wa...at-price&page=3  It's a great eyepiece.  The other .965" eyepieces look like more modern plastic ones that aren't all that great.

 

If you get the Vixen adapter like this one, you will be able to use modern 1.25" eyepieces.  https://www.cloudyni...port/?p=8867491 .  This works on the pre-65 Tasco telescopes, and some other brands, with the single focus tube.  It doesn't work on the ones that have the additional pull-out course focus tube.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 10:50 AM

I've never had a problem with him, and never heard of anyone else that has.  The only one that I see on his site that I would recommend is this one... https://telescope-wa...at-price&page=3  It's a great eyepiece.  The other .965" eyepieces look like more modern plastic ones that aren't all that great.

 

If you get the Vixen adapter like this one, you will be able to use modern 1.25" eyepieces.  https://www.cloudyni...port/?p=8867491 .  This works on the pre-65 Tasco telescopes, and some other brands, with the single focus tube.  It doesn't work on the ones that have the additional pull-out course focus tube.

How about the adapter from Agena Astro for $32 ?


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:09 AM

Here's the Vixen one that we know works, for $24.95.  Seems to be the standard price, but you may find it cheaper.  https://www.bhphotov..._to_31_7mm.html

 

I'm not sure which one you were looking at on Agena Astro.  The ones that I was seeing looked like SCT visual backs or T-2 adapters for 1.25".



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Posted 08 January 2019 - 12:29 PM

Here's the Vixen one that we know works, for $24.95.  Seems to be the standard price, but you may find it cheaper.  https://www.bhphotov..._to_31_7mm.html

 

I'm not sure which one you were looking at on Agena Astro.  The ones that I was seeing looked like SCT visual backs or T-2 adapters for 1.25".

They are there you have to look under hybrid diagonals, they even have a dielectric but it is out of stock presently ! I have had great service at Agena over the years ! At Agena you are buying the whole diagonal not just the adapter !


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 01:50 PM

Ok, now I know what you're talking about.  I have a couple of cheap plastic ones, that aren't very good.  Someone might be able to recommend a good one.  I was thinking that with over 1,700 posts that you might have some good 1.25" eyepieces and diagonal(s).  The Vixen adapter would allow you to use those.



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Posted 08 January 2019 - 02:14 PM

Ok, now I know what you're talking about.  I have a couple of cheap plastic ones, that aren't very good.  Someone might be able to recommend a good one.  I was thinking that with over 1,700 posts that you might have some good 1.25" eyepieces and diagonal(s).  The Vixen adapter would allow you to use those.

You saw that the Agena diagonal converts from the 0.965 tube to 1.25 which allows me to use my quality 1.25” eps directly into the diagonal incl my zoom lens ! I don’t have any good 1.25” diagonals anymore as I have converted everything I have to 2” dielectric with a reducer so that I can use both my 2” and 1.25” eps in my 8 other scopes, lol ! Therefore my need now for a 1.25” diagonal !



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Posted 08 January 2019 - 02:56 PM

Yeah, that's the type that I have.  They both need a good collimation, but they're sealed plastic bodies.  My 1.25" diagonals are much better quality though, which is why I prefer the Vixen adapter.

 

I wanted to verify with my reputable source before I commented, that the two large discs in your last picture are Edmund setting circles.  The previous owner of your scope may have been an ATMer.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 03:34 PM

Yeah, that's the type that I have.  They both need a good collimation, but they're sealed plastic bodies.  My 1.25" diagonals are much better quality though, which is why I prefer the Vixen adapter.

 

I wanted to verify with my reputable source before I commented, that the two large discs in your last picture are Edmund setting circles.  The previous owner of your scope may have been an ATMer.

By the way, Happy Birhday!


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 03:49 PM

Yeah, that's the type that I have.  They both need a good collimation, but they're sealed plastic bodies.  My 1.25" diagonals are much better quality though, which is why I prefer the Vixen adapter.

 

I wanted to verify with my reputable source before I commented, that the two large discs in your last picture are Edmund setting circles.  The previous owner of your scope may have been an ATMer.

You are talking about collimating the diagonals ?? I don’t think this Agena diagonal is made of plastic ! ATMer ?



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Posted 08 January 2019 - 04:42 PM

I use the "vixen adapter" on my 7TE-2.  I like using the scope "straight thru" without a diagonal.  Last summer with the parade of planets low in the sky, it was fantastic.

Only on a very few of the Tasco, Sears, Monolux, Manon, Mayflower,  et al, are you able to use the adapter.  Other wise the hybrid diagonal works very well.  IIRC, only the 7TE's, and the 10TE's have the interchangeable VB.

 

I would get the vixen adapter before buying a hybrid diagonal (.965" to 1¼").

 

Those lenses made by RAO are really excellent.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 04:48 PM

Aligning the angle of the mirror or prism in the diagonal.  Sometimes they need a little bit of adjusting.

 

ATM = Amateur Telescope Maker.



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 07:37 PM

Well the Tasco finally arrived and it looks good, not a mark on the OTA, and a quick glance at the front lens looks the same ! Here are some pics of the manual and the plate on the focuser as someone requested ! In the next few days I will post a few more pics once I clean all the styrofoam peanuts residue out of the wooden case ! Can you experts come up with the model / year with these few pics ?

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 08:03 PM

I can’t post the last pic with the name plate on the focuser, what would the problem be as it is only about 22 kb in size ? Am only allowed 500 kb per post, only so many pics per day ? Please help !


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 08:13 PM

You get 500kb per post. I know of no limit per day.

 

Your pics, so far so good.

 

Age?  Early 60s  60 to 62, is my guess.  From what I remember hearing, ones in the late 50's had a wooden eyepiece tray.  (no problem if I am corrected)



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 08:22 PM

You get 500kb per post. I know of no limit per day.

 

Your pics, so far so good.

 

Age?  Early 60s  60 to 62, is my guess.  From what I remember hearing, ones in the late 50's had a wooden eyepiece tray.  (no problem if I am corrected)

So it is a 7T like yours ? If I want to post more pics of the scope I have to start a new post as a continuation of the same topic or do you mean 500 kb for each individual post in the same thread ?


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 10:27 PM

I will say between a 7, a 7TE, and a 7TE-2 there are slight differences, but basically the same.  It could be a little different label, a slight modification of the mount, or the tripod legs.  The wood boxes could have different layouts.

 

I have a 7TE-2, and it looks like the one  in the instructions.

 

 

The 500kb relates only to a single post, not the entire thread.  If you end up with 10 posts in a thread, each of those 10 posts can each have a total of 500kb.



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 10:39 PM

I will say between a 7, a 7TE, and a 7TE-2 there are slight differences, but basically the same.  It could be a little different label, a slight modification of the mount, or the tripod legs.  The wood boxes could have different layouts.

 

I have a 7TE-2, and it looks like the one  in the instructions.

 

 

The 500kb relates only to a single post, not the entire thread.  If you end up with 10 posts in a thread, each of those 10 posts can each have a total of 500kb.

I tried that but it didn’t work for me and the pic was only about 32 KB but I’ll give it another try !




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