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Quote:If you had to choose one... I'm curious because i'm looking to get myself an apo, it's got to be a keeper, can't afford more than one and don't wan't to be left wondering if i should have held out for the TEC... Is the difference in aperture that significant with respect to these 2 scopes, or is the 130 so good that there would be literally no point in spending the extra dough the get a 2nd hand TEC
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Quote:What focuser is on the 130SS? The original or the FeatherTouch?
Quote:The TEC might be more suitable for visual use even at high magnification. It will cool down faster, will always have a excellent contrast at high magnification due to both its oil spaced triplet and tight manufacturing tolerances.
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Quote:Quote:What focuser is on the 130SS? The original or the FeatherTouch? Hi Luke, since RAKing stated that his TMB130SS and TEC 140 both had the Feathertouch 3545 focusers, I'm going to assume you were asking me the question. My then-new TMB130SS arrived with the original asian-made focuser and I wasn't happy with it at all. I took the option of exchanging it for the Feathertouch 3545 that was available at a substantial price savings as soon as that was offered. So both my TMB130SS and TEC 140 had the Feathertouch 3545. As RAKing stated, it is a magnificent focuser. From the TEC user group, people are equally, or more, impressed with the new TEC focuser that is made in-house, and this has been stated by owners that have used both.
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Quote:Although i have thought about taking the plunge and getting a TEC for what seems an eternity, the TMB at 2900 looks so darn sweet and priced to move.
Quote:LLEEGE, the same can be said for a 2nd hand TEC, providing of course i can get one for 5k or better
Quote:Quote:LLEEGE, the same can be said for a 2nd hand TEC, providing of course i can get one for 5k or better Yes, but typically the used TEC's sell for $4,500 minimum. As you said your pockets aren't deep, the price difference is hard to pass up.
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Quote:i guess i want to try to wrap my head around waiting to buy the TEC or just grab the TMB
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Quote:I LOVE the TMB130ss. Would I like to have a TEC140? Absolutely! But the price difference was just too much for me and I don't know how much the extra 10mm would get me in astrophotography.