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#1 John Rhodes

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:35 PM

Jupiter is not gone yet and Saturn is coming ... :jump:
introducing:
Tele Vue BPL-0125 – Bandmate™ Planetary Filter
The new Bandmate Planetary is a 1.25” dual-band dielectric filter similar to our Mars Type-A. 
It maintains the exceptional contrast of the Type-A with a more neutral color balance that particularly enhances viewing Jupiter and Saturn. 
Every one is tested at high power to ensure image perfection.

Check with your favorite dealer for pricing.

#2 cliffy54

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:51 AM

I checked 5 of my top dealers beginning with Astronomics can't find it listed? Do they call it something besides Planetary Filter? :shrug:

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:00 AM

Found one listing.
http://www.skiesunli...tary-filter.htm

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:18 AM

Wow, $125 is pretty expensive for a filter!

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

You expected a cheap filter from TeleVue?
I'm very interested to see what this filter does when they come in.
Good show, TeleVue!

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:38 PM

I checked 5 of my top dealers beginning with Astronomics can't find it listed? Do they call it something besides Planetary Filter? :shrug:

Hi Cliffy54,
Thanks for your interest...
It is a new item on their new price list, they just received,

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:49 PM

Marketing words are fine, but I need a nominal filter transmission plot to understand what the filter does. If I don't know what it does specifically, I won't buy...

Any chance of getting a nominal filter transmission plot for this or any other Televue filter? I could not easily find any at Televue.com

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:06 PM

Marketing words are fine, but I need a nominal filter transmission plot to understand what the filter does. If I don't know what it does specifically, I won't buy...

Any chance of getting a nominal filter transmission plot for this or any other Televue filter? I could not easily find any at Televue.com

Good idea.
I post transmission charts for Lumicon and Baader, but TeleVue doesn't have similar charts for their filters.
You can find the TeleVue charts here:
http://www.astrosurf...ves.htm#TeleVue Bandmate [OIII]
http://www.astrosurf...ves.htm#TeleVue NebuStar
TeleVue Mars A
I could not find similar info about the Mars B filter.

#9 jgraham

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:28 PM

+1 on publishing a transmission spectrum. I would never, ever consider buying a premium filter without seeing a spectrum first.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:34 PM

Marketing words are fine, but I need a nominal filter transmission plot to understand what the filter does. If I don't know what it does specifically, I won't buy...

Any chance of getting a nominal filter transmission plot for this or any other Televue filter? I could not easily find any at Televue.com

Good idea.
I post transmission charts for Lumicon and Baader, but TeleVue doesn't have similar charts for their filters.
You can find the TeleVue charts here:
http://www.astrosurf...ves.htm#TeleVue Bandmate [OIII]
http://www.astrosurf...ves.htm#TeleVue NebuStar
TeleVue Mars A
I could not find similar info about the Mars B filter.


Harder to reverse engineer a filter w/o a plot.
Also harder to patent, but Televue doesn't seem to care about protecting themselves with patents.

#11 faackanders2

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:49 PM

Anything to enhance the planets is welcome. Thank you Televue!

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 04:57 PM

Sounds rather interesting, anyone have one yet?

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 05:03 PM

Is there going to be a 2" version?


Since the Mars filters come only in 1.25", and it is planets we're talking about, the likelihood is that nearly every eyepiece used for observing the planets is probably going to be 1.25", and HIGH power, so I doubt you'll see the filter in 2". There aren't many 2" eyepieces with focal lengths under 17mm, and most scopes use 2mm to 11mm for planetary observations.
Plus, many high power eyepieces that have 1.25" centers with 2" skirts accept 1.25" filters.

They do make the nebula filters in 2", though, since those are usually used at LOW powers.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:33 PM

HHHUUUUUMMMMM........... delicious, why does Televue keep doing this to us? I guess to stay in business. More detailed post under eyepieces. Look at the up side, they only cost as much as their plossls. Another must have?

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#15 Sean Puett

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:19 PM

That is nice that it is the cost of their plossls. Have you tried it?

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:57 PM

I've been meaning to try one and post a short review, but it hasn't been clear here at night for over a week.
Don

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:59 AM

I'd like to see a comparo with the Baader Moon & Sky Glow filter.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:44 AM

drool. muhahahahahaha jk, I want one too!

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 08:53 PM

Any update on this Televue Planetary filter ?

THanks
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Posted 02 July 2014 - 09:51 AM

You may want to call them directly. Their phone number is on their website.

#21 tomharri

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 03:57 PM

It really only works on Jupiter, and its kind of dark. Not good for 6" and under scopes. Makes Saturn orange, not good.

On Jupiter it makes the banding brown. Easier to see the Red Spots wake. Red spot is still reddish thru it.

Not good for Mars either, too dark with 10" reflector and doesn't really enhance anything.

Does work good for the moon, makes lunar dirt kinda brown like earth dirt, and cancels out any spurious colors in an achromat.

Overall I'd give it a rating of Ho-Hum.

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 04:10 PM

At the 2014 Cherry Springs star party the filter provided better contrast on Saturn as viewed through a Tele Vue 127 IS. Enough of a contrast boost that I was seriously considering purchasing one, until I found out that they are not available in the 2" format.

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 09:00 AM

So does it worth paying 110$ for it ?

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 08:39 PM

If you really like looking at Jupiter and have an 8" or larger scope, then yes. I paid $140 when they first came out.

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 09:10 PM

I love Jupiter and Saturn. I have a 8" newtonian and have acces to 12", 16" and 20" at my astronomy club.

It may worth the buy.

Thanks

Fred






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