March 30th, 2017
Chances are your first telescope was a Tasco telescope. They are considered one of the basic most popular first telescopes for under $100. They also make binoculars, rifle scopes and spotting scopes. They are easily available in sporting goods, photography, astronomy, department, and big chain stores like Kmart and Wal-Mart. Also check classified ads and online auction websites for good deals on used Tasco telescopes. And, if all else fails, you can check out their user friendly website at Tasco.com.
Tasco has been around for over fifty years and isnít going anywhere. They are an American company, so warrantees and problems can be dealt with domestically. Although Tasco telescopes sport a classic name brand, they still are very much on the new frontier. Tasco now has solar powered riflescopes.
Tasco telescopes have been popular for so long because they are so cheap. Perhaps you donít want to watch the stars, but watch birds or wildlife? The Tasco telescope will be more economical than a sky telescope and still get done what you need to get done. Tasco telescopes have also been used for security purposes.
Are They Real Telescopes?
How about if you do want to watch the night sky? Will a Tasco telescope do the job? If you are budget conscious and donít know how much time you can afford to devote to your amateur astronomical hobby, then a Tasco telescope will be just right for you. Some amateur astronomers have discovered their Tasco telescopes can be fiddled with and added to, but that is not really recommended by Tasco. Since Tasco telescopes are so inexpensive, there is a tendency for them to be thought of as inferior. I like Timex watches. People who wear Rolex look down at the Timex brand, but it does the job for me. Same thing with telescopes Ė are you buying a name brand or a telescope?
Tasco currently has four lines of telescopes Ė Spacestation, Luminova, Basic and Specialty. Most are complete kits, with tripod included. Tasco makes reflector telescopes and refractor telescopes, which are both suitable for star gazing. Reflector telescopes are cheaper but less powerful than the refractor kind. In picking a telescope, be sure you have enough room in your home for it before you buy it. Also, be sure you can afford it. If you can, take a look at the instruction manual to be sure you understand it before you buy. One of the reasons Tasco telescopes are so popular, as they make great gifts for kids, who have no trouble reading the instruction manuals.