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    Default Re: Size Doesn't Have to Matter



    My second scope, and my first 'proper' astro scope was a big red plastic Tasco on a horrible metal tripod. Their version of alt azimuth control was a pig to use, I disabled it and just used it as a point and go scope. (The finderscope was crappy too) It had a 60mm obj. and I think a 600mm fl. It had 2 EPs, 12.5mm and 6mm, 50 and 100x respectively. It was an awful scope, but in hinsight I'm sure I could have improved it by buying better EPs. If they fit that is...
    Do Tasco still make scopes, and have they improved any?
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    Default Re: Size Doesn't Have to Matter

    This was my first scope.
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    I built it in the early 70's. A friend at work said he would give me the grits if I wanted to make a 3" mirror from a glass furniture coaster. So, I did. All the other parts were made from odds and ends except the inexpensive mail order eyepiece. The focuser and bearings were metal tubing in felt lined wood. I played with it for a couple years before tearing it down. About two years ago I got interested again and bought a small refractor on Craigs list. That led to what I have now.

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    I had a great interest in astronomy at age 10 and west Texas night skies were wonderful to explore. In 1951, my father purchased a two inch lens set from a magazine advertisement for $2.98. He fabricated a telescope from wood and a drain pipe and using a portable fan stand; my brother and I explored the night skies in wonder. The bright rainbow of colors from a bright star were fabulous to see. The moon was our favorite target. My brother and I graduated to better instruments later in life, but I wish I had kept my father's creation. It had all the faults an optical device could have, but was a delight to use ! Neal39.

 

 
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