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Thursday, August 7, 2008

"The Good Tasco" Article


I just found this article on Uncle Rod's Astro Blog. Its about the old Tasco telescopes, and I found it interesting since I own one of these classic telescopes. While its no high-dollar piece of optical art, it does get the job done, and its what got me into astronomy. There's some good amateur astronomy history in that scope!

Clear skies!

14 comments:

Mike Simonsen said...

Thanks for diggin that up Sean. Man did that bring back some memories. I used to project the Sun down on the neatest projection screen that came with my Sears Tasco scope in the 60's. I've never enjoyed the Sun as much through any other scope. My first view of Jupiter and Saturn are probably why I am an astronomer today. Wow, I haven't thought about that scope in years.

Mang (433rd) said...

I have nothing but bad memories of my first TrashCo refractor. Wobbly mount that drifted. Then broke. White metal and unfixable too. Lousy eyepieces. Poor finder.

I didn't even know they had any good scopes.

Sean Welton said...

Haha, yeah my mount wobbled a bit, but I was able to use the scope nevertheless. And I would agree the eyepieces were lousy, but that's nothing some new Plossl's can't fix! ;) At first I thought I was stuck with the 0.965" eyepieces, but I realized there was an adapter fitted in the focuser!

The scope itself however, worked pretty good for a 4.5" :)

Sean

August 8, 2008 at 8:12 AM

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