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snommisbor
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Re: TEC140 or TMB130 [Re: t.r.]
      #6623937 - 07/08/14 06:15 PM

I wonder how long the wait list is for that scope. I still think the new Stellarvue 130 air space and oil space triplet could be a great alternative to either scope and so far seems to be a pretty short wait time if wait time is a factor.

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RAKing
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Re: TEC140 or TMB130 new [Re: snommisbor]
      #6623960 - 07/08/14 06:36 PM

The last time I talked to Astronomics about this, they said they were looking to switch to a new producer. This was in late 2012 (or early 2013), so there haven't been any new ones made for a while.

I hope they do begin production again soon. The TMB 130SS is a very nice scope and is the equal to my TEC 140 in everything but aperture. I recently let my TEC 140 go and happily found another TMB. It's a little shorter and a bit easier for me to handle. (I have physical "issues", so please don't take that as any criticism of the TEC.)

Cheers,

Ron


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Mickey_C
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Re: TEC140 or TMB130 new [Re: RAKing]
      #6624063 - 07/08/14 07:42 PM

Quote:

The last time I talked to Astronomics about this, they said they were looking to switch to a new producer. This was in late 2012 (or early 2013), so there haven't been any new ones made for a while.

I hope they do begin production again soon. The TMB 130SS is a very nice scope and is the equal to my TEC 140 in everything but aperture. I recently let my TEC 140 go and happily found another TMB. It's a little shorter and a bit easier for me to handle. (I have physical "issues", so please don't take that as any criticism of the TEC.)

Cheers,

Ron




Switching producers makes this scope a wildcard, IMHO.


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Jon_Doh
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Re: TEC140 or TMB130 new [Re: Mickey_C]
      #6624803 - 07/09/14 08:48 AM

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Switching producers makes this scope a wildcard, IMHO.




Yes it does.


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RAKing
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Re: TEC140 or TMB130 new [Re: Jon_Doh]
      #6624943 - 07/09/14 10:17 AM

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Switching producers makes this scope a wildcard, IMHO.




Yes it does.




I agree -- if that does turn out to be the case. If you are interested, the best course of action would be to call Astronomics for accurate news.

Bottom line for me - the "old" TMB 130SS is a fantastic scope and I'm very happy I found another one.

Cheers,

Ron


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Mickey_C
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Re: TEC140 or TMB130 new [Re: RAKing]
      #6626232 - 07/10/14 01:48 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:


Switching producers makes this scope a wildcard, IMHO.




Yes it does.




I agree -- if that does turn out to be the case. If you are interested, the best course of action would be to call Astronomics for accurate news.

Bottom line for me - the "old" TMB 130SS is a fantastic scope and I'm very happy I found another one.

Cheers,

Ron




Not meaning to derail the topic... but Ron, I see in your sig that you have both the 130ss and the Tec 6 MCT. I've owned a TEC 6" MCT (it was number 42 and I rue the day I sold it) and I owned the APM TMB 130 LW CNC II at the same time. The TEC was the better of the scopes... and despite being a cat, it had superior contrast on planets. I've never seen Jupiter's bands and swirls look so artist-drawn as in that scope. Of course the TMB won on wide fields - which was also fine as it had too much light scatter for bright objects anyway. All said there is no scope I regret selling more than my TEC MCT 6".

How do those two of yours compare?

Edited by Mickey_C (07/11/14 12:56 PM)


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RAKing
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Re: TEC140 or TMB130 new [Re: Mickey_C]
      #6626405 - 07/10/14 07:40 AM

PM on the way.

Ron


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Re: TEC140 or TMB130 new [Re: RAKing]
      #6627214 - 07/10/14 10:44 PM

Hi Mickey C. For my own personal reference may I ask what vintage your APM TMB 130 LWT was? Obviously the F6, not the F9?

Kirk


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Mickey_C
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Re: TEC140 or TMB130 new [Re: Moonglum]
      #6627549 - 07/11/14 03:14 AM

Quote:

Hi Mickey C. For my own personal reference may I ask what vintage your APM TMB 130 LWT was? Obviously the F6, not the F9?

Kirk




It was the (APM) TMB 130 F6 CNC LW II, originally I ordered spring/summer 2006. Once upon a time there was a CN thread about it, IIRC, though I don't see it now. It was a pricey telescope, though I don't give a heck about the money now, knowing the full story about Thomas Back's tragic death. Besides, it was as he said, a matter between myself and APM. I sold it fall/winter of 2007, and disclosed the wonderful opportunities it presented for the ATM'er.


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