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#1 mdbradshaw

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Posted 27 May 2020 - 11:37 PM

Ugh.  I KNOW you guys love the old long spindly Japanese refractors, but they were never my thing, I don't understand your passion.

 

BUT...while buying a completely separate beat up mount for spare parts for my company, the guy brought one along, to "see if I was interested".  Well, $100 later and I have his dad's (original owner) Tasco 7TE-5 with the box, all accessories and the original manual. 

 

Ugh.  Not my thing!  But I knew that was a deal worth grabbing. 

Brought it home, set it up, and it's in 80-90% condition. 

 

I planned on cleaning it up and flipping it (maybe here!) but the wife saw it setup and immediately  said that it's going to sit in the new reading nook she's designing, right in front of the picture windows.  Obviously, she liked it.

 

Ugh.  smile.gif

 

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Posted 28 May 2020 - 12:20 AM

Michael,

 

Great story and a fantastic ‘find’. Looks mint. That lovely decoration will also give very nice views of Jupiter and Saturn. 
 

Enjoy,

 

My


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#3 mdbradshaw

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Posted 28 May 2020 - 12:28 AM

Michael,

 

Great story and a fantastic ‘find’. Looks mint. That lovely decoration will also give very nice views of Jupiter and Saturn. 
 

Enjoy,

 

My

By "decoration" you mean "the toilet that I accidentally framed in the picture", right?  tongue2.gif


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Posted 28 May 2020 - 12:46 AM

You poor thing.

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Posted 28 May 2020 - 08:00 AM

RAO?



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Posted 28 May 2020 - 10:29 AM

RAO?

It is a RAO. You can see the little stamp next to the SN.


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Posted 28 May 2020 - 11:52 AM

You poor thing.

I know, right?  :)

Found the moon filter, but no sun filter.  Also had one small .965 white endcap for an eyepiece, but only one.  Slow motion controls are tight but smooth, feel like things are a bit old, but we have Nyogel here and I'll end up rebuilding it anyways...


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Posted 28 May 2020 - 12:05 PM

Congrats on getting the prettiest Tasco.  It is Registered.



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Posted 28 May 2020 - 12:30 PM

I think it's the best 60mm Tasco ever made, and they have that excellent RAO objective !! waytogo.gif

 

congrats !! 


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Posted 28 May 2020 - 01:41 PM

The first vintage scope I ever bought is a 1969 7TE-5.  Wonderful optics.  One of the best 60mm mass-production scopes ever made, with the Zeiss Telementors and maybe a Unitron or two being the only ones that would out-perform it.  Within it's limitations, it gives outstanding views...you'll enjoy it if you ever decide to take it out and use it!




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