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#1 NVDW

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 04:59 AM

I really don't find a lot about this one at first glance.
Is it a spotter scope or can it be considered as a telescope?



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Posted 20 October 2019 - 05:13 AM

Nice find. #88TEZ came with 4x15 finder.


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Posted 20 October 2019 - 05:21 AM

I do not see anything weird, I am personally related to 60D diameter for more than 90 days.

60X and spotting scope description this is defined due the limited in potentials mount and the missing focuser.


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Posted 20 October 2019 - 05:21 AM

Aha some more info. Thanks!
So what can it be considered as?
Optics seems kinda hazy. I noticed it was wet since the guy I got it from, kept it outside.

I hope it just needs some time to settle.

Edit:posted at the same time :) Never seen a spotting scope with a finder.

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:30 AM

Never seen a spotting scope with a finder.

 

Is there a maker's mark on that ring with the description?  Some of these had a simple Sight Tube with ring brackets, rather than a peep sight.  Over the years, I've seen 2 of these with the Eikow mark, and both had real 10mm finder scopes.



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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:51 AM

 What's in a name? It all depends on how it's used. From my point of view it's a telescope, mounted for terrestrial use.



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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:55 AM

Never seen a spotting scope with a finder.

Is there a maker's mark on that ring with the description? Some of these had a simple Sight Tube with ring brackets, rather than a peep sight. Over the years, I've seen 2 of these with the Eikow mark, and both had real 10mm finder scopes.

It's a Tasco but I will check for other markings.
I hope I can find a suitable finder scope too but a quick search on eBay only gives me riflescopes :)

As soon as I can, I point this thing up to the sky!

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 03:01 AM

Since it's made for straight through viewing it's a (terrestrial), spotting scope. Spotting scopes typically have a range of about 15x-60x. Also, it's not designed for astronomy since it won't accept a star diagonal. BTW, Variations of it are fairly common and turn up quite often on ebay and Craigslist.



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Posted 21 October 2019 - 05:25 AM

https://www.cloudyni...60mm/?p=6730738

 

Here's a similar one converted for astro use.



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Posted 21 October 2019 - 06:15 AM

Any idea where I can find a correct finder?

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 08:10 AM

Let me look in my parts bin when I get home tonight.  As has been mentioned, the finder may be a non-magnifying peep sight.  Just a hollow tube.  If I find one, I'll post here later. 

 

Are you in Europe?



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Posted 21 October 2019 - 08:16 AM

Yup, I'm in Europe. I like things original but sometimes you need to adapt :)

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 08:30 AM

What is the ID of the finder brackets, and how far are they apart?



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Posted 21 October 2019 - 08:32 AM

Will check tonight when I'm home from work.

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 09:07 AM

They are very small and not much room to adjust, that's why I'm leaning toward non-magnifying sight tube.  I've pulled a few of them off of older Tascos.



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Posted 21 October 2019 - 12:11 PM

Never seen a spotting scope with a finder.

Is there a maker's mark on that ring with the description? Some of these had a simple Sight Tube with ring brackets, rather than a peep sight. Over the years, I've seen 2 of these with the Eikow mark, and both had real 10mm finder scopes.

The only mark I find is a circle T

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 12:54 PM

Okay, so it's a TOWA version.  Lens quality varies widely with (T) fracs.



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Posted 21 October 2019 - 12:58 PM

It looks similar to this:

 

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 01:12 PM

Okay, so it's a TOWA version. Lens quality varies widely with (T) fracs.

The weather is bad now here so the view isn't good either but the image seems a bit foggy compared to my other 60mm Tasco refractor

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 07:02 PM

Well I'll be darned.  It's a real telescope.  Non-achromatic objective lens explains the length.  Very narrow field, dim.  I doubt you could find anything but the moon and Venus in it, maybe first-magnitude stars and planets.  Labeled 4X.  The brackets fit a 60mm OTA. 

 

I found this example in my box of small finders.  There is provision for wire cross-hairs but they are missing on this one.  This could be vastly improved with a surplus achromat objective and replacing one of the eyepiece lenses with an achromat.

 

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 10:52 PM

Well I'll be darned. It's a real telescope. Non-achromatic objective lens explains the length. Very narrow field, dim. I doubt you could find anything but the moon and Venus in it, maybe first-magnitude stars and planets. Labeled 4X. The brackets fit a 60mm OTA.

I found this example in my box of small finders. There is provision for wire cross-hairs but they are missing on this one. This could be vastly improved with a surplus achromat objective and replacing one of the eyepiece lenses with an achromat.

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Now that is the thing I need it seems :) Would you part with it?
Altering this scope is way beyond my skills though.

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 02:10 AM

You can handle this! Just screw the finder into place. A different, but better, finder would screw in place just as easily.
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Posted 23 October 2019 - 01:56 AM

Well I'll be darned. It's a real telescope. Non-achromatic objective lens explains the length. Very narrow field, dim. I doubt you could find anything but the moon and Venus in it, maybe first-magnitude stars and planets. Labeled 4X. The brackets fit a 60mm OTA.

I found this example in my box of small finders. There is provision for wire cross-hairs but they are missing on this one. This could be vastly improved with a surplus achromat objective and replacing one of the eyepiece lenses with an achromat.

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Would you sell this :)?

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Posted 23 October 2019 - 09:12 AM

Would you sell this smile.gif?

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