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    Default Orion Planetary Flat field vs. Zhumell Planetary



    Hi all,

    I'm looking to get around a 6mm flat field EP for my Z8 (1200mm FL) for planetary viewing. I've got a 9mm Plossl that came with the scope but I am wanting just a bit more power (around 200X).

    Has anyone tried both the Orion Planetary

    and the Zhumell Planetary?

    The Zhumell is a bit cheaper but I was wondering how they compared to each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmatch View Post

    I'm looking to get around a 6mm flat field EP for my Z8 (1200mm FL) for planetary viewing. I've got a 9mm Plossl that came with the scope but I am wanting just a bit more power (around 200X).

    Has anyone tried both the Orion Planetary

    and the Zhumell Planetary?

    The Zhumell is a bit cheaper but I was wondering how they compared to each other.

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    I have not tried both, but a month or so ago I asked the same question and got referred to the Thomas Back eyepieces. They are on sale at Astronomics.

    I bought the 5mm - TMB 5mm long eye relief 1.25" Planetary II Eyepiece

    I love it and it was half the price of the Orion Planetary.

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    Decided to go with the TMB 9mm to replace my current 9mm as it is a generic plossl and not all that great. Also, I wanted to compare the TMB to my current 9mm and see how it does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimg@sonic.net View Post
    I have not tried both, but a month or so ago I asked the same question and got referred to the Thomas Back eyepieces. They are on sale at Astronomics.

    I bought the 5mm - TMB 5mm long eye relief 1.25" Planetary II Eyepiece

    I love it and it was half the price of the Orion Planetary.
    Thanks Jim,

    just for anyone sitting in the Old Europe, the TMB EPs are available under a re-label here,

    HR Planetary Eyepiece - 8mm focal length - 1.25' - 60° WA

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    i have the TMB 4mm and its a great EP...enjoy your new EP.
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    il definitely also check out one of the Thomas Back EPs. sounds like a good EP.

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    just for anyone sitting in the Old Europe, the TMB EPs are available under a re-label here,
    thanks for the link buddy.
    it is now bookmarked.
    clear skies,

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