ROR Observatory Levenhuk 8" carbon fiber RC, Astro Physics CCDT67 Astro-Tech AT8IN w/Moonlite, Baader Mark III MPCC Levenhuk 80mm triplet, Astro Tech 0.8X reducer/flattener Celestron CGEM DX w/HyperTune STF-8300M SX 7 position 36mm CFW Astrodon 5nm H-alpha Little Piney Observatory
Carton 60mm f/16.7,crawmach focuser+tube rings, SV M1 C8, SV M2 Apogee 80mm f/5, Porta II, Manny's panhandle,focus knobs Borg eyepiece turret 28mm RKE 48,32,24,16,12,8,6mm Brandon Denk binos,32,26,9.7mm Plössl pairs 27mm Panoptic Astro chair SkySafari pro
Quote:Very cool, and happy bday!-James
Clear skies, Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
Quote:Thinkin about grabbing 1 or 2, any opinions on which are the "stars" of the series?
Quote:Quote:Thinkin about grabbing 1 or 2, any opinions on which are the "stars" of the series? Depends on your scope. If you only have the SCT in your signature I would recommend the 9mm. It plays well with my cats for high power use. I need to also get the 7mm and 8mm for those really good nights and to complete my set!
9.25 EDGE HD | TMB92SS | XT10 | EON120 | SV110ED | LS60THa
TV Ethos 8, 13, 21, Nagler 31, Delos 4.5, 6, 10 | Paracorr 2, Powermate 2x TMB Planetary II's, Baader 8-24mm
MIII Maxbright bino, ES68 20 pair
Atlas EQ-G, DSV-3, DSV-1
ASI120MM, Baader Herschel Wedge
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Quote:Came here to post about the TMB Planetary II's for $40. Seems like a great deal. Can anyone provide any insight on which one or two I should pick up for an XT10i? Currently have ES 82 6.7, 11, 24, and RKE 28.I'm thinking a 5mm and 9mm. Thoughts with regard to my scope?
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
12" Harden Optical "Bubba"
16" Meade Lightbridge "Beached Whale"
70mm ETX-AT "Peashooter"
& a slew of EPs, Baaders, Meades,a lonely Nagler ,Star party specials-GSO's and TMB's
...It is better that my wife knows the VALUE of my equipment than the PRICE of my equipment.
Quote:3 people so far have said "ordered all 4"...They list 5 of them on their website. 5mm through 9mm So did you order 4 of them or all 5 of them? EDIT: I see what people have done. Instead of saying "sold out" on the 8mm they just dropped it altogether. Are they discontinuing these eyepieces?
Quote:Cool, awesome sale, I'd been looking at grabbing one of these for awhile. Didn't intend on it being my next purchase, but I got that email and had a $50 Visa gift card burning a hole in my pocket so I figured why not.
Quote:So when I look at the eyepiece pages at Astronomics, I see a couple of photos of the eyepieces, and they are different versions of the TMB PII. E.g.,
Click on the small icons to see images of 2 different eyepieces (there are a lot of clones of TMBs out there).
So which version/clone is Astronomics selling?
If some of you are trying to complete your TMB PII collection, your new eyepieces may not match.
Quote:Mr. Becks original version (I believe) had the TMB Planetary size numbers inside a big diamond shape, Mr. Burgess's version only had the number with no diamond.
Quote:Look at these 2 images (both are used on the Astronomics 9mm TMB PII page.... and similar confusion reigns on the 5, 6 and 7mm pages):http://www.astronomics.com/images/Product/large/16543.jpg http://www.astronomics.com/images/Product/large/16543_1_.jpgThey are not the same eyepiece! So which one are Astronomics shipping?
Quote:Free shipping? I have ordered this morning an advertised TMB 5mm EP for $40 and the charge for shipping was $8.95.
Quote:Look at these 2 images (both are used on the Astronomics 9mm TMB PII page.... and similar confusion reigns on the 5, 6 and 7mm pages):
They are not the same eyepiece! So which one are Astronomics shipping?
Quote:Quote:Look at these 2 images (both are used on the Astronomics 9mm TMB PII page.... and similar confusion reigns on the 5, 6 and 7mm pages):http://www.astronomics.com/images/Product/large/16543.jpg http://www.astronomics.com/images/Product/large/16543_1_.jpgThey are not the same eyepiece! So which one are Astronomics shipping? On the second image, one shows the eyecup up and one shows the eyecup down.....same eyepiece. The entire body of the eyepiece moves up and down away from the eye lens to provide different eye placements.From the product description: "Each has a flexible rubber fold-down eyeguard on top of a twist-up eyecup that can be raised or lowered to match precisely the eye relief you find most comfortable"
Quote:I'm not good at this, but somewheres I read that the guy who originally designed the TMB Planetary (Mr. Beck??), licensed out his design to a certain mfg. Apparently, there was another individual (Mr. Burgess??) involved who worked/partnered with Mr. Beck. After Mr. Beck's death, Mr. Burgess started producing the eyepieces too. Mr. Becks original version (I believe) had the TMB Planetary size numbers inside a big diamond shape, Mr. Burgess's version only had the number with no diamond. Both versions apparently work well, with the Beck versions being a bit better (due to coatings??). Not certain about the names, and exact relationship between the two, but they did work on the eyepiece together originally.
Quote: These TMB Optical® Planetary II eyepieces are the only eyepieces authorized by the estate of the late Thomas M. Back.
DreamCatcher Dobservatory/AstroTech 16" dob
Orion XT10g Meade LXD55 AR6 SE6 OTA
Quote:WTH? I just got them like 2 weeks ago. Would have been nice to have been told that a 1/3 off sale was about to start...