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rflinn68
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TMB Planetary II's for $40!!
      #5641274 - 01/24/13 07:08 PM

Astronomics has the 5-9mm in stock right now for $40 each while supplies last. I have the 6mm and 9mm and just ordered the 5mm. Hard to beat for the price!

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5641283 - 01/24/13 07:14 PM

Very cool, and happy bday!

-James


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: iceblaze]
      #5641295 - 01/24/13 07:19 PM

Quote:

Very cool, and happy bday!

-James



+1
Thx for letting us all know about the sale!


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rflinn68
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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: iceblaze]
      #5641300 - 01/24/13 07:20 PM

Thanks James!!

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5641319 - 01/24/13 07:36 PM

I already have them all :-(

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: MRNUTTY]
      #5641338 - 01/24/13 07:49 PM

Thinkin about grabbing 1 or 2, any opinions on which are the "stars" of the series?

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rflinn68
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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5641454 - 01/24/13 08:49 PM

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!


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5641508 - 01/24/13 09:15 PM

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!




I was considering the 8mm, as that would place me right in between my 12mm and 20mm barlowed to 6 and 10, and also give me 4 itself. Definitely the best choice for my magnification purposes, just wondering if there are any from the series that really stand out...glad to hear the 9 works well in your Cat, I'd assume the 8 will play nicely as well.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5641509 - 01/24/13 09:15 PM

Just ordered the 9mm TMB!!....can't wait!!

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: RobertED]
      #5641661 - 01/24/13 10:32 PM

Any opinions on how the 5mm would perform in a f/5.5 scope? I'm looking for a high power ep for my TMB92SS.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: AstroGabe]
      #5642127 - 01/25/13 08:51 AM

It works fine in my 92L.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5642248 - 01/25/13 10:03 AM

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?

Edited by enklined (01/25/13 10:11 AM)


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rflinn68
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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: enklined]
      #5642262 - 01/25/13 10:16 AM

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?




Any of them should work great with that scope. I just bought the 5mm for my XT10i and my AT65EDQ. The 6mm and 9mm have worked great in these scopes for me.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5642419 - 01/25/13 11:52 AM

Sweet, thanks for input. I think I've seen quite a few people recommend the 9mm. The 5mm and 9mm fit into my "set" very well. Barring any objections from anyone else, I'll be pulling the trigger tonight!

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: enklined]
      #5642666 - 01/25/13 02:08 PM

I can't believe I'm saying this....for now, I'm ok on eyepieces (between what I have and whats on backorder). This is a good deal on these eyepieces though. If I were in the market for planetaries....I'd be all over this.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5642712 - 01/25/13 02:29 PM

I just happened to have ordered all 4 sizes just this morning. The free shipping was a real bonus! I like the idea of supporting a company that supports us, so thanks Astronoimics
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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: David Castillo]
      #5642727 - 01/25/13 02:41 PM

Same here! Got all four this morning. Should be good for grab and go for my TMB.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: AstroGabe]
      #5642734 - 01/25/13 02:46 PM

Free shipping? I have ordered this morning an advertised TMB 5mm EP for $40 and the charge for shipping was $8.95.

Edited by belgrade (01/25/13 02:47 PM)


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: belgrade]
      #5642735 - 01/25/13 02:47 PM

I think it's free shipping on $100+ orders.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: belgrade]
      #5642739 - 01/25/13 02:48 PM

Astronomics does free shipping on orders of over $100, he said he ordered all 4.

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rflinn68
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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5642761 - 01/25/13 03:03 PM

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?

Edited by rflinn68 (01/25/13 03:12 PM)


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5642782 - 01/25/13 03:18 PM

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?




Looks like Astronomics at least plans on not carrying them any longer. The email they sent out in regards to this sale did say "while supplies last." Glad I placed my order for the 8mm early!!


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5642785 - 01/25/13 03:19 PM

Ok, I got it cleared up. Mike says they are just pulling them from the site as they sell out because there is no rain check at that price.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5642803 - 01/25/13 03:28 PM

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.

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rflinn68
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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5642813 - 01/25/13 03:32 PM

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.




Cant think of a better way to spend it! They are really good for the intended use of planets and the brighter double stars.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5642846 - 01/25/13 03:48 PM

Maybe one of the versions of the TMB planetaries is going belly up...there are two versions being manufactured I believe....

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5642918 - 01/25/13 04:26 PM

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.,
http://www.astronomics.com/tmb-7mm-long-eye-relief-1-25-inch-planetary-ii-eye...
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.


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rflinn68
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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5642929 - 01/25/13 04:29 PM

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.,
http://www.astronomics.com/tmb-7mm-long-eye-relief-1-25-inch-planetary-ii-eye...
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.




Thats a 9mm and, most likely, a 7mm eyepiece that are side by side. Is this what you are talking about? I'm sure nobody would get a clone ordering from Astronomics. This sort of thing usually happens on eBay.

Edited by rflinn68 (01/25/13 04:30 PM)


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5642940 - 01/25/13 04:35 PM

Hm...so I can get 2 shipped for $89, or add a 3rd for essentially $30 more (and get free shipping).

Meh, gonna stick with 2 I guess! :P

Edit: On second thought...why not just get the 9mm, since I can barlow it to 4.5? The 5mm barlowed would probably not offer me anything, with my scope and in my light polluted environment. Am I correct on this?

Editx2: Screw it, got both 5mm and 9mm; can always sell the 5 if it doesn't work out.

Edited by enklined (01/25/13 05:02 PM)


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: enklined]
      #5642954 - 01/25/13 04:42 PM

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.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5642977 - 01/25/13 05:01 PM

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_.jpg

They are not the same eyepiece! So which one are Astronomics shipping?


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5642984 - 01/25/13 05:04 PM

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.



I don't recall a "diamond shape". Got any (links to) photos?


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5643034 - 01/25/13 05:38 PM

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_.jpg

They are not the same eyepiece! So which one are Astronomics shipping?




You correct, they are not the same eyepiece. One is a 9mm and, just guessing, the other is a 7mm. Those are not both 9mm eyepieces.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: belgrade]
      #5643270 - 01/25/13 08:04 PM

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Free shipping? I have ordered this morning an advertised TMB 5mm EP for $40 and the charge for shipping was $8.95.




Yeah, my shipping was the same!!! Not sure what was meant by the "Free Shipping!!!!"......


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5643298 - 01/25/13 08:25 PM

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_.jpg

They 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"


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5643699 - 01/26/13 01:40 AM

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_.jpg

They are not the same eyepiece! So which one are Astronomics shipping?




The second photo is a TMB Planetary II. My 6mm has its labels the same way. The eyecup twists upward to adjust eye position. The photo with the big 9 might be the old TMB Planetary series? Not sure what the differences are.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5644037 - 01/26/13 09:39 AM

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_.jpg

They 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"




I've had my 6 and 9mm for a couple months and didnt know the entire eyecup twisted up until now
I understand that the TMB Planetary eyepiece is easy to counterfeit and has been done so several times. However, if you buy your TMB eyepiece from a reputable dealer, such as Astronomics, you will not get a fake. These are found mostly on eBay and from dishonest individuals that troll the internet. My 6mm and 9mm look exactly the same (other than the 9 on one and the 6 on the other ) and I'm sure the 5mm will look the same when it arrives. I'm not at all worried about it looking different and my set not matching. Too many conspiracy theorist in this country nowadays


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5644059 - 01/26/13 09:56 AM

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.




From Astronomics website:

Quote:

These TMB Optical« Planetary II eyepieces are the only eyepieces authorized by the estate of the late Thomas M. Back.





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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5644112 - 01/26/13 10:27 AM

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...

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: MawkHawk]
      #5644130 - 01/26/13 10:36 AM

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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...




Thats usually how my luck goes


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5644261 - 01/26/13 11:48 AM

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_.jpg

They are not the same eyepiece! So which one are Astronomics shipping?



I called Astronomics and they confirmed that the eyepiece(s) that will be shipped is the one with the big f/l in the smooth part of the rubber-knurled grip. I.e:
http://www.astronomics.com/images/Product/large/16543.jpg


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5644344 - 01/26/13 12:49 PM

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_.jpg

They are not the same eyepiece! So which one are Astronomics shipping?



I called Astronomics and they confirmed that the eyepiece(s) that will be shipped is the one with the big f/l in the smooth part of the rubber-knurled grip. I.e:
http://www.astronomics.com/images/Product/large/16543.jpg




Good to know. I trust Astronomics to get us the correct eyepieces...little misleading with the image confusion though.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5644802 - 01/26/13 05:43 PM

Has anyone's shipped yet?? I ordered yesterday morning before they opened and it still says "Not Yet Shipped." I'm a very impatient customer lol.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5645377 - 01/27/13 02:03 AM

I got a shipment notice late friday afternoon. I would think yours would be out soon.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5645744 - 01/27/13 10:18 AM

Yeah, as of Sun 1/27/13....it says "Not Yet Shipped!"....I only ordered on 1/24/13. ...standing by!.....

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5645759 - 01/27/13 10:27 AM

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_.jpg

They are not the same eyepiece! So which one are Astronomics shipping?




These two links have three images look to me to be of the same eyepiece. The first link has two views:

* from the front with the eye guard screwed down;

* from the back with the eye guard extended.

The second link has a single image, from the back, with the eye guard down.

I am not surprised that Astronomics are dropping these eyepieces given confusion caused by clones which seem to be inferior to the Astronomics TMB (R) product. There are now several competing eyepieces designs (like the Astro-Tech Paradigm), however they will be missed.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: cjc]
      #5645779 - 01/27/13 10:38 AM

Chris...Again, they are NOT "dropping" the eyepieces. They are simply removing the eyepieces from the website as they sell out of them. Was told this is to keep their sanity because there will be no raincheck on the eyepieces at this price. They will get more TMB Planetarys later but they will sell for the normal price.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5646402 - 01/27/13 04:40 PM

7mm are gone.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5646589 - 01/27/13 06:13 PM

I got in early and got all 5... Since I often have more Han one scope set up at star parties this will be great!

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: WOBentley]
      #5647705 - 01/28/13 09:53 AM

I have been looking for a Planetary EP for the last couple months. I am glad I waited, I have a spot in the EP case all set for the 9mm.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: c_lou]
      #5648053 - 01/28/13 12:38 PM

Are they as good as the Televue 3-6mm zoom eyepiece mm to mm?

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: saemark30]
      #5648563 - 01/28/13 04:01 PM

Just got my 5mm in the mail!

Now I have the 5,6,and 9mm...Happens to be the only ones remaining


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5648696 - 01/28/13 04:55 PM

My 8mm should be shipping today. Turns out if you use a Visa gift card for an online purchase you need to call the number on the back of the card and register your zip code otherwise it will come up declined. Lesson learned! Not like I've had the seeing to use this guy lately anyway.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5648760 - 01/28/13 05:21 PM

Ordered the 5 mm EP on Friday and received it today. An excellent service. The EP looks great and will be tested, weather-permitting, tonight. I don't know what's all the fuss with "fake" TMB-P2Es but all of us who bought them from Astronomics and preserve the proof of purchase should not worry in case of future resale.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5649031 - 01/28/13 07:27 PM

Quote:

Just got my 5mm in the mail!

Now I have the 5,6,and 9mm...Happens to be the only ones remaining




How long did it take to get it after you ordered it????


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: RobertED]
      #5649208 - 01/28/13 08:40 PM

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Yeah, as of Sun 1/27/13....it says "Not Yet Shipped!"....I only ordered on 1/24/13. ...standing by!.....




I also ordered on the 24th and have not received my EP's. Shipping is 1-4 days, but I don't remember a quoted handling time. I'm just impatient. haha


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: AutoPilot]
      #5649259 - 01/28/13 09:03 PM

I own the 3.2mm, 4mm, 6mm, and 9mm first gen EP's.

I am very happy with the performance. I imagine the 2nd gen are even better.

Grab them while you can!


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: RobertED]
      #5649405 - 01/28/13 10:37 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Just got my 5mm in the mail!

Now I have the 5,6,and 9mm...Happens to be the only ones remaining




How long did it take to get it after you ordered it????




I ordered Friday and got the eyepiece today (Monday)


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5649772 - 01/29/13 07:04 AM

....any day now!!....I hope!!!!!


I'm impatient, too!!!


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #5649806 - 01/29/13 07:47 AM

Quote:

I own the 3.2mm, 4mm, 6mm, and 9mm first gen EP's.

I am very happy with the performance. I imagine the 2nd gen are even better.

Grab them while you can!




I own the 2.5mm, 3.2mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 7mm and 9mm of various generations. I like them, they're not type 6 Naglers but they are definitely good eyepieces.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5649885 - 01/29/13 09:05 AM

Quote:

Quote:

I own the 3.2mm, 4mm, 6mm, and 9mm first gen EP's.

I am very happy with the performance. I imagine the 2nd gen are even better.

Grab them while you can!




I own the 2.5mm, 3.2mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 7mm and 9mm of various generations. I like them, they're not type 6 Naglers but they are definitely good eyepieces.

Jon




On your recommendation I just ordered a 5mm. My highest power now is a 9mm expanse. Can't wait for the views of the planets.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5650026 - 01/29/13 10:46 AM

Mine just showed up (5, 6, 7, 9mm). They look great and will complement my widefields nicely.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: AstroGabe]
      #5650419 - 01/29/13 02:09 PM

I had all of the Gen I's at one point. Excellent performance for the dollar. I'd imagine that the Gen II's are just as good or better.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: Tom T]
      #5652604 - 01/30/13 03:53 PM

I got my 9mm TMB today (Wed 1/30). Great service.....very well packaged! Very well protected!! Very Happy......if only the clouds would clear!!!!

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: RobertED]
      #5658427 - 02/02/13 04:11 PM

I just got my 5mm yesterday. Jupiter looked great almost like a picture. I can't believe they are $40.00. Thanks Astronomics.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: saemark30]
      #5658642 - 02/02/13 06:10 PM

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Are they as good as the Televue 3-6mm zoom eyepiece mm to mm?




I currently own the TMB Planetary 6mm and sold off a TMB Planetary 5mm. When I compared them to my Nagler 3-6 Zoom, they were not as good under good seeing conditions. Where I live, seeing conditions are mediocre and on those nights the TV 3-6 Zoom and TMB Planetary EPs would be comparable.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5659939 - 02/03/13 12:55 PM

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_.jpg

They are not the same eyepiece! So which one are Astronomics shipping?



I called Astronomics and they confirmed that the eyepiece(s) that will be shipped is the one with the big f/l in the smooth part of the rubber-knurled grip. I.e:
http://www.astronomics.com/images/Product/large/16543.jpg



Well, my 5, 7, 9 arrived, and am I *bleep*! The information given me by Astronomics was incorrect, and they have changed the images of the eyepieces! The EPs that arrived do match the images in Astronomics web page, but I was told that I/we would be getting the other design (of which the image has been removed).

I had a 5 and 6 of 2 differing designs, and I was hoping to "complete" the collection. I was told by Astronomics that I would be shipped EPs that matched my 6mm, so I ordered the 5, 7 and 9. As it turns out, the delivered EPs match my 5mm, so now I have a pair of 5mm, and an odd-ball 6mm. *BLEEP*!


Astronomics can expect a phone call from a disappointed customer on Monday. Sure it can be fixed, but I'm going to be out a lot for shipping.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5660083 - 02/03/13 02:21 PM

Quote:

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_.jpg

They are not the same eyepiece! So which one are Astronomics shipping?



I called Astronomics and they confirmed that the eyepiece(s) that will be shipped is the one with the big f/l in the smooth part of the rubber-knurled grip. I.e:
http://www.astronomics.com/images/Product/large/16543.jpg



Well, my 5, 7, 9 arrived, and am I *bleep*! The information given me by Astronomics was incorrect, and they have changed the images of the eyepieces! The EPs that arrived do match the images in Astronomics web page, but I was told that I/we would be getting the other design (of which the image has been removed).

I had a 5 and 6 of 2 differing designs, and I was hoping to "complete" the collection. I was told by Astronomics that I would be shipped EPs that matched my 6mm, so I ordered the 5, 7 and 9. As it turns out, the delivered EPs match my 5mm, so now I have a pair of 5mm, and an odd-ball 6mm. *BLEEP*!


Astronomics can expect a phone call from a disappointed customer on Monday. Sure it can be fixed, but I'm going to be out a lot for shipping.




I'm not too happy with them at the moment either also related to a purchase of a TMB. I ordered one LAST Friday morning before they even opened. On Monday afternoon I still had not received a shipping notice so I contacted them just to double check. They said my card had been declined and planned to contact me(not sure why they didn't on Friday or Saturday or most of the day Monday). Anyway, got the card situation resolved(I was using a Visa gift card and apparently I needed to attach my zip code to it in order to use it for online shopping). They told me they would ship it that day(Monday), I got a shipping notice on Wednesday saying it had shipped on Tuesday and still have not received the item(OK to SC). On the same note, I ordered an eyepiece from AgenaAstro on Wednesday and received it yesterday with FREE shipping(paid $8.95 to Astronomics). Not a happy customer at this point even though I've had great experiences with them in the past. Minus this purchase and one before where I didn't receive my CN discount, and when I asked about it I was told that they "put it in." But I never saw it.

Anyway, I'm ranting. Hope they fix the issue, sucks that they told you they were shipping one and you got the other. They should definitely do something to rectify that situation.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5660111 - 02/03/13 02:36 PM

Quote:

Astronomics can expect a phone call from a disappointed customer on Monday. Sure it can be fixed, but I'm going to be out a lot for shipping.




Actually, it sounds like an easy fix to me. Send back the duplicate 5mm in trade for the matching 6mm you need. And, I bet if you don't use too many "BLEEPS" in your phone converstaion with them, they'll help you out on the shipping, too.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: Jim Rosenstock]
      #5660153 - 02/03/13 02:58 PM

Vagrant thought....do you use your eyepieces to look at the stars, or do you use the stars to look at your eyepieces??

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: Jim Rosenstock]
      #5661746 - 02/04/13 01:09 PM

Just phoned Astronomics. They issued me with an RMB to return the duplicate eyepiece, and will ship me the one that I want. Good service.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5662167 - 02/04/13 05:27 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

Before you get potentially the wrong eyepiece, attached is the current model TMB that we have had for the past two years. The old solid rubber body pictures showed up after the new site went live in September. We have not had those for over two years. If that is the style you want, then that is not the one you will get. The split ring is the current model and the picture was one I just pulled from stock a minute ago.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5662173 - 02/04/13 05:30 PM

Also sorry for any confusion, but there is not a CN discount on the item as it is $20 off. This is just so much room one can discount an item. I guess I need to draw more attention to it in the e-mail. We had stated any and all discounts apply and no rain checks. Again, sorry for the confusion.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5664860 - 02/06/13 09:28 AM

I was very tempted to get maybe the 7mm. I figure if I 2xbarlow the 9mm I have that should be good enough for me for a while.
A bit confused why you all need each one, all 4 ? Is there that much difference between the 7 and the 9mm ? or the 5 and 6, or 7mm ??
Just curious as I think one or two TMB's is good enough.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5664922 - 02/06/13 10:19 AM

I would say there is on the 5 to 7mm for highest power on good seeing nights. For me with my 80mm it is a 30x difference from 90 to 120x and helps on say Jupiter right now.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5665034 - 02/06/13 11:28 AM

Quote:

I was very tempted to get maybe the 7mm. I figure if I 2xbarlow the 9mm I have that should be good enough for me for a while.
A bit confused why you all need each one, all 4 ? Is there that much difference between the 7 and the 9mm ? or the 5 and 6, or 7mm ??
Just curious as I think one or two TMB's is good enough.




I use the 6,7,8,9mm TMB's with a Orion shorty 2x barlow or 1.5X if you unscrew the the lens off the barlow and screw it on to the eyepiece. (learned this on CN)
Gives you plenty of differant fl's and since the seeing is usually variable sometimes as little as 25X less or more power can make a differance as REC mentioned.
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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: Jim Rosenstock]
      #5665076 - 02/06/13 11:52 AM

Quote:

Vagrant thought....do you use your eyepieces to look at the stars, or do you use the stars to look at your eyepieces??






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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5665177 - 02/06/13 12:43 PM

I use my eyes to look at both......

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5665363 - 02/06/13 02:13 PM

Quote:

Before you get potentially the wrong eyepiece, attached is the current model TMB that we have had for the past two years. The old solid rubber body pictures showed up after the new site went live in September. We have not had those for over two years. If that is the style you want, then that is not the one you will get. The split ring is the current model and the picture was one I just pulled from stock a minute ago.



Michael,

I am glad that you have adequately described the two models as "solid rubber body" and "split ring". When I placed my order, I thought I was getting "solid rubber body", and as you have correctly stated, I received "split ring". My existing 6mm is a "solid rubber body" and existing 5mm a "split ring", so when your shipment arrived, I had 2x5mm "split ring".

I believe the issue is now closed, as your company has simply said you will replace the 5mm "split ring" with a 6mm "split ring".

Anyone need a 6mm "solid rubber body"?


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: hottr6]
      #5671644 - 02/10/13 12:09 AM

Anyone tried out their new TMB PIIs yet? I picked up one of the 6mm but endless supply of clouds has kept me from trying it out. Never looked thru one before, but this is the first EP I have purchased that has the end of the barrel blackened. I like that. I wish all EPs were like that.

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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: rgm40]
      #5671731 - 02/10/13 01:56 AM

I got a a little bit of light in my 8mm this evening. Started off the evening with Jupiter and it looked pretty good in my 12mm so I decided to pop in the 8. View was still pretty good but coming in and out of focus due to mediocre seeing. When the image was crisp it was a great view though. One of the moon's shadows was visible and it was a well defined sharp disc when seeing was good. I'm looking forward to a night of excellent seeing with this eyepiece because it seems like it is going to perform admirably. Eye relief is great, contrast seems good, image is very sharp when seeing permits and the FOV is magnificent for that high of power in my scope. I don't have tracking so it's nice to have Jupiter take its time wondering across the view rather than my old 8mm where it took up almost the entire FOV and sped right across.

Also tried it out on a planetary nebula, too lazy to go to my car and get my notes, that I believe was in Pyxis, one of the Herschel 400. Once again seeing kind of limited this view, but it performed well here too for the conditions. Shape and texture were visible as well as a hint of blue color. So this seems like it might also make a decent high power DSO eyepiece as well.


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Re: TMB Planetary II's for $40!! new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5672871 - 02/10/13 06:58 PM

"So this seems like it might also make a decent high power DSO eyepiece as well."

I was hoping this would turn out to be the case. If only we could get a good clear night around here. Weather for an entire month has been almost all clouds.


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