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Levine
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Reged: 03/24/06

Loc: 40° 47' 52" N / 85° 49' 14" ...
Re: TMB 80/600 APO on the way... new [Re: Levine]
      #5616492 - 01/10/13 11:28 PM

All the documents came with the original envelope from TMB Optical, and a pair of stickers sporting the TMB logo, for the dew shield.

The Lens in Cell came without a tube, so the original owner had a good one made. It has it's fair share of rubs, chips, and cover-ups, but no dings or major problems.
The lens is untouched: no damage.

I am considering a make-over for the OTA assembly.
New paint? if so, classic white, or other? Smooth or pebbled? Who would you recommend for the Job?
A new tube assembly, perhaps? Who is best suited to do this?
Is the focuser fine as is, or should I give Starlight Instruments a call?

Your input, please!



Edited by Levine (01/11/13 09:15 AM)


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maknewtnut
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Re: TMB 80/600 APO on the way... new [Re: Levine]
      #5616545 - 01/11/13 12:30 AM

Enjoy John! If you've used the 480, you'll really come to appreciate the reduction in curvature of field in the 600....and with a .8x reducer/flattener, it's an effective 480mm.

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bilgebay
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Loc: Turkiye - Istanbul and Marmari...
Re: TMB 80/600 APO on the way... new [Re: maknewtnut]
      #5616720 - 01/11/13 06:03 AM

Great scope! Enjoy!

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Scott in NCAdministrator
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Reged: 03/05/05

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Re: TMB 80/600 APO on the way... new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5617520 - 01/11/13 04:09 PM

Looks nice (but the views through it should be even better)!

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BRCoz
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Reged: 10/21/05

Loc: Moreno Valley, CA
Re: TMB 80/600 APO on the way... new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5618207 - 01/11/13 11:20 PM

Sweet scope. Classic white for a classic scope.

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rflinn68
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Reged: 03/09/12

Loc: Arkansas
Re: TMB 80/600 APO on the way... new [Re: BRCoz]
      #5618564 - 01/12/13 08:04 AM

Very nice! And yes, classic white would look sweet IMO. Maybe even a little pearl! If the focuser works good enough for you then use it. Enjoy and please share First Light with us.

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Rich V.
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Loc: Lake Tahoe area, Nevada, USA
Re: TMB 80/600 APO on the way... new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5618791 - 01/12/13 10:51 AM

I've never seen an 80/600 in the flesh; the lens cell is very different than my 80/480. I'm wondering if all the 80/600s used this style cell w/push-pull adjustable flange rather than the screw-on 80/480 cell. This one is #1 but did they stay with this design?

Just wondering...

Rich


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MrGrytt
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Loc: Upstate Cuomostan
Re: TMB 80/600 APO on the way... new [Re: Rich V.]
      #5618826 - 01/12/13 11:11 AM

Both the 80/480 and 80/600 cells are identical. You have a choice of whether to use the push/pull flange or not. The flange is a removable part that simply screws on to the back of the lens cell.

Harvey


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Rich V.
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Re: TMB 80/600 APO on the way... new [Re: MrGrytt]
      #5618875 - 01/12/13 11:34 AM

Thanks Harvey, I was unaware of the flange option!

Rich


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MrGrytt
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Reged: 07/28/05

Loc: Upstate Cuomostan
Re: TMB 80/600 APO on the way... new [Re: Rich V.]
      #5619013 - 01/12/13 12:49 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

This isn't the best picture of the cell but it's better than nothing.

Harvey


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Rich V.
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Loc: Lake Tahoe area, Nevada, USA
Re: TMB 80/600 APO on the way... new [Re: MrGrytt]
      #5619032 - 01/12/13 01:01 PM

Thanks again, Harvey, that's very informative. I've learned something new this morning.

Rich


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Levine
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Re: TMB 80/600 APO on the way / Questions new [Re: Levine]
      #5663322 - 02/05/13 10:42 AM

Ok, we are in the midst of a makeover of this instrument.
Pictures and commentary to follow.



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