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Paul Cobb

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Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« on: December 24, 2017, 06:46:33 PM »
I am a sub-rookie degree wannabe astronomer.  Jumping in, and perusing nearly countless websites, and forums.  Repeatedly checking out the moon, Saturn, took a shot Venus, learning how to identify a few stars, and haven't made it considerably deeper than that.  I enjoy what I have experienced up to now, and'm tentatively successful in inspiring my kids to join me.  Probably a bit too greedy for my wife's liking. . .enough hobbies.  Regardless, she is somewhat intrigued also.

The culprit in firing this furnace is a Tasco Luminova.  Was with my youngest daughter, 10yoa, and drove with a garage sale with the telescope sitting in their driveway.  It caught our eyes, and a fast stop (unless, I see guns, tractors, chainsaws, etc, I don't cease at garage sales), and $3 after, we were the proud owners of this telescope.  It is overlooking the finder scope, however, contains 25, 12.5, 4.5, 2xBarlow, 3xBarlow, and a 1.5 erecting, eyepieces.  The plastic cap for the objective end, and one for the focuser end are there also.  The tripod is intact, but a flimsy bit of sterile material.  Although it is not a timeless, or quality, it is our seed range, and I wouldn't mind enhancing it to permit us to utilize it to its meager potential, but with less fiddling and stress.

Therefore, while I've perused this and other websites, I've not focused on discovering improvements for this extent until now.  I found a few mentions for the extent, which were normally typical brush-offs.  I really don't disagree.  However I did find one post from '14 with a photo taken throughout the Luminova.  Very impressive to a noob like me, and very quite commendable no matter.  It gave me a little hope.  All this to ask...

... Any updates (small, and cheap) which may be achieved to this extent AND/OR that the mount/tripod?  I've some tips for constructing something for the bracket, but it is going to end up being visually cluttered, and cumbersome, while very strong.  I haven't found anything online, I guess that this is due to its uselessness in many opinions.  However, I would suppose that certainupgrades have some universality that would apply to the Luminova as well.

Any help will be appreciated.  Thank you, and thanks for all of the interesting information I've read through this website already.



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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2017, 07:43:37 PM »
Initial bit of advice is to leave the 4.5millimeter eyepiece, all the Barlows and picture erectors out of the equation.

Focus with the 25 mm and the 12.5 mm.  You probably already figured that out.

Any images of this version of telescope on the internet or do you have the version number?

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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2017, 10:27:46 PM »
I had a 3"/76 mm Tasco reflector/Newtonian. It is the red telescope in the photo below.

The optics worked fairly well but the tripod, the mount, was wobbly as could be. You had to basically turn the scope past the target and let it come back due to the twist in the tripod.

It used the smaller .965" eyepieces. I had an H12.5 that came with the scope. I added a 40 mm and a 2.25X barlow.

Your scope

Is there a silver or black plate near the focuser that tells you D= and F= or something like that? The model name should be there too.

Is this your scope?
https://www.google.c...chrome&ie=UTF-8

or

https://www.amazon.c...ding=UTF8&psc=1

or

https://www.amazon.c...D4Z3W0KW72YXTW7

WE need to understand the size and focal length of the scope as well as the mount, the tripod type.

Are the eyepieces .965" or 1.25"? Measure across the bottom of one of the eyepieces. I will be just under 1" or around 1.25".

Does the mount have a weight sticking out one side or is it more like a camera tripod?

Several photos would be very helpful.

The eyepieces may say H12 Or MA12 or something like that. Photos of the eyepieces, showing the markings would be helpful.

Do you have a manual for the scope?Attached Thumbnails


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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 03:23:20 PM »
2 inch Pipe mount alt /az doesn't need to be this heavy though.
I use it for my 8 f7.6 also.

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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2018, 12:38:49 PM »
The focusers and eyepieces on the Tasco Website look "fat" so probably 1.25-inch.

Based on the accessories that the OP described, I would guess that this is the 800/60 refractor on alt-az mount.

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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 01:45:10 AM »
Thank you all for the input. I really appreciate it.
I apologize for leaving out that important info. I do not have any pics. But, it definitely is the small Luminova refractor. It is the D-60mm. I think it's the 800, but I just pulled into the office lot and will need to verify that this evening.
I forgot that there was a Tasco reflector with the same name.
I will respond to the rest of the questions/comments when I can. Thanks again!!!

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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 03:38:28 AM »
Hello and welcome.,I made a pipemount for a 70/600 scope that had a wobbly set-up under it.,If you can attach a piece of wood to the top of the tripod you can go from there up with pipe and it makes all the difference in the world.,I had a tripod that was a bit beefier then the stock one.,good luck.,$3.,that's my kinda deal.,.,

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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2018, 06:59:29 AM »
I have the long (900mm?) version on the EQ-1 mount and the shorter version on the altaz mount. The altaz version has been my travel scope for 15+ years. I watched the transit of Venus through thus scope. Yes, it is wibbly wobbly, but it does okay with a light touch and a little patience. The only mod that I have made is replacing the original eyepieces with Explorer IIs from Orion. Any economical 1.25" eyepieces will make an improvement. A nice pipe mount would likely be a major improvement. Finderwise, a sighting tube should suffice.

These make really nice simple scopes once you get a decent (low power) eyepiece and either develop a light touch or replace the mount.

Enjoy!

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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2018, 03:43:44 PM »
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I have the long (900mm?) version on the EQ-1 mount and the shorter version on the altaz mount. The altaz version has been my travel scope for 15+ years. I watched the transit of Venus through thus scope. Yes, it is wibbly wobbly, but it does okay with a light touch and a little patience. The only mod that I have made is replacing the original eyepieces with Explorer IIs from Orion. Any economical 1.25" eyepieces will make an improvement. A nice pipe mount would likely be a major improvement. Finderwise, a sighting tube should suffice.

These make really nice simple scopes once you get a decent (low power) eyepiece and either develop a light touch or replace the mount.

Enjoy!

The cool thing about some of these 60s is that IF they have 1.25-inch focusers, then almost any eyepieces, finders, mounts, and other accessories that you buy or build for them would very often be usable with most of your future telescopes.

The objective lenses are usually very good, just limited in power.

But hey, even if one doesn't spend much time or money on improvements, it's still a $3 telescope!

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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2018, 12:42:00 AM »
shredder1656,

Do you have binoculars?

Binoculars make a wonderful companion to a telescope or even as your primary observing tool.  I started with a $25 binocular and still use binoculars during most of my observing sessions. And even though I have 3 telescopes, some nights I just pull out the binoculars and enjoy the cosmos.

Typically I recommend 7X35, 8X40 or 10X50 as first binoculars for astronomy.  I also use them for bird watching and other daytime activities.  In addition I have 15X70s that I only use for astronomy.

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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2018, 12:54:30 AM »
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Initial bit of advice is to leave the 4.5mm eyepiece, all of the Barlows and image erectors out of the equation.

Concentrate on using the 25 mm and the 12.5 mm. You probably already figured that out.

Any pictures of this model of telescope on the Web or do you have the model number?

Agreed. Stick to the 25mm and 12.5mm and leave the barlows out. If your scope takes 1.25" eyepieces, a 32mm plossl might be nice for low power views of the crowded starfields along the Milky Way. They can be had for $30 to $50, even less used. 32mm would also be a good "finder" eyepiece.

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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2018, 04:28:29 AM »
If the mount is shaky they make vibration suppression pads-
https://www.highpoin...AyABEgKsv_D_BwE
Maybe kinda pricey at $45, but I have seen them for less. And I've seen some handy people on here make their own from stuff available at the hardware store.

Is this the right scope?
https://www.opticspl...0-luminova.html

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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 07:24:59 AM »
Once we confirm exactly what what scope and mount he has then we can talk about dampening. The Tasco I had would not have benefited from dampening pads.

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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2018, 06:08:22 PM »
I have a few of these little 60mm scopes from different companies. It is the tripod for sure that causes most of the wobbles.

Onesuggestion is to make sure you don't extent the tripod out all the way, and make sure all the bolts and screws are tight.

I have a couple of quick remedies that may help, and some fixes that get a little more involved.

Your tripod may have two set of brackets on each leg. The lower bracket has a thumb screw. Only slide the extension to the second bracket. Stick in a wooden wedge to take up the slack.
Your tripod may have come with a chain. Make sure it has tension. Maybe some "S" hooks here and there.

On this extra Sears 6305 tripod I had I did a couple of modifications:I removed the original eyepiece tray and secured a tray that had no play.
I also bolted the legs together.
This setup is actually quite stout.

Here is another tripod I modified. It is from a Tasco 7TE, and the mount can be taken back to it's original condition (+ a few holes):On this one, I also bolted the legs together, and I added in a wooden tray that has extensions to fit into the tripod legs. I also added a chain that has a turnbuckle to keep tension. This tripod is now very solid.

So, show us your tripod. Maybe some of these suggestions you can put to use.




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Re: Any help? Tasco Luminova... mount with the tremors
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2018, 08:29:50 AM »
Sorry for the delay. Just got home from work a little bit ago. Only have a few minutes, so I will try to answer all.

The scope is a D60mm/F700. It is a refractor. It looks like Penarin's link, but on f700 instead of 900. It has the original altaz mount with the extendable aluminum toothpick legs. I will try to get some pictures, but I am not sure I can post them yet. It is definitely the altaz mount, and the stock tripod.

I will measure the diameter of the EPs. I definitely will buy, if I do buy, OD that will fit a normal focuser, etc.

The pipe mount looks like a very viable idea. Thank you, all.