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    Default Burgess TMB Premium Planetary Eyepiece - Review



    I thought I would post a review on the eyepiece I recently bought in order to help other decide or just to offer some information.

    Make: Burgess Optical
    Size: 6mm
    Model: TMB Premium Planetary II Eyepiece
    FOV: 58 Degrees
    Eye relief: 20mm
    Price I paid: £36 & £2 P&P
    Where from: Ebay seller 'skies_unlimited'


    Quick review.
    Pros:- Very good magnification.
    Extremely good clarity, even in not ideal viewing situations.
    FOV is very large and objects stay in view for longer than expected.

    Cons:- More difficult to clean than none planetary eyepieces.
    Wider than normal eyepiece and takes up room on the accessory tray.

    Overall:- I would buy any planetary eyepiece based on my experience with this amazing eyepiece.
    Rating:- 90%



    In depth review.
    First thing you notice is just how much bigger and heavier it is than the standard eyepiece that come with the telescope. Which only becomes a problem when trying to fit into the accessory tray, as it wider than normal eyepieces and the tray's design means the holes next to it are rendered useless. However if like me you don't actually use the tray it's not too much of a problem, just thought I would mention it.

    After nights of waiting for the right night or a night without 100% cloud coverage I finally got a 20%-30% coverage night.

    My target was Jupiter (Hr/DE:-19h15m21s,+0° 0'0" Az/Alt:-+112°51'18",+15°52'53")

    The eyepiece gave the best views of Jupiter I have ever got, the magnification on my scope was x200. To ensure it wasn't just a case of that night being a better night I places my 10mm (magnification x120) and my Super Wide 25mm (magnification x48) into the scope and confirmed that the Burgess gave the best view.

    The clarity was incredible, dare I say even better than with my 10mm and 25mm. The FOV is also much greater and I found myself moving the scopes much less, allowing me to enjoy the view for longer. On paper my 25mm allows Jupiter to be place off centre and takes 120 seconds for it to leave the centre. The Burgess is 40 seconds. This means nothing when outside enjoying the view. I found myself struggling with the 25mm to try and get a better view for the 2 minutes, where as the Burgess gave much better view and much clearer, so I could sit and enjoy the full 40 seconds to a minute without having to touch a thing.

    The top part of the eyepiece lifts up for whatever reason. All I found was that the FOV reduced and nothing more and it is threaded to allow the use of filters.

    The eye relief looks inadequate when you first look at it, but I found it to be more than enough.

    I had a look a few other objects including the Andromeda Galaxy and even this beauty showed more detail with the eyepiece in. The night end abruptly with a mass of clouds and needless to say once I get another good night I will be back out to view other objects with this fantastic eyepiece.

    Hope this helps,

    Neil
    Telescope: Sky-Watcher Skyliner-250PX 10 inch Dobsonian.
    Eyepieces: 1.25" 6mm Burgess Planetary II, 1.25" 10mm Sky-Watcher Super MA Series, 1.25" Wide-Angle 25mm Sky-Watcher Super MA Series.
    Barlow Lens: 1.25" 3x Achromatic.
    Filters: Sky-Watcher Variable Polarising Filter.

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    Great review, thanks for posting! Also have the 6mm TMB Planetary, it sure is a good and popular EP, providing good value for the money.

    Best,

    Hernando

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    Thanks for the review. Sounds like a great ep.
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    I dont know much about eyepiece differences yet.

    How would your eyepiece compare to the view through a Baader Ortho 7mm?

    Cheers, and thanks for the review.

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    I don't know much about the Ortho.

    The main things I will say after looking at website with the the Ortho on it is that it's eye relief is only 6mm where are the Burgess is 20mm. Also the FOV is only 48 Degrees on the Ortho, but it's 58 Degrees on the Burgess.

    So for those reason I would favour the Burgess. As a side not the one you are looking at is 7mm and this burgess is 6mm, increasing the magnification of the object you are viewing.

    Though I will be honest and say I don't know anything about the quality of the elements in the Ortho Eyepiece. You are paying £84 for it and with the Burgess being £38 I would be more tempted to recommend the Burgess as it is worth more than £38. Most sites are offering it for about £60.
    Telescope: Sky-Watcher Skyliner-250PX 10 inch Dobsonian.
    Eyepieces: 1.25" 6mm Burgess Planetary II, 1.25" 10mm Sky-Watcher Super MA Series, 1.25" Wide-Angle 25mm Sky-Watcher Super MA Series.
    Barlow Lens: 1.25" 3x Achromatic.
    Filters: Sky-Watcher Variable Polarising Filter.

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    The top part lifts up to serve as an eye cup...aids in position your eye to a comfortable position to see all of the FOV. :-)

    I have a 4mm TMB and a 4mm UO Abbe ortho. Recently I did a side by side and found the ortho to be noticably sharper (faint details on Jupter would come and go in the TMB but were always there in the ortho...likewise for tiny sun spots). I'm undecided now whether to keep the TMB for comfort or the ortho for the performance!
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    I have the 5mm, and I really like it. I don't care for the ergonomics though..I could do without the large rotatable eyecup. Overall though, its pretty good. I don't use it too often though.

 

 

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