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    Hi all,

    Well, the clouds may not be kind to scopes being shipped, but just found my new TMB EP 9mm in the mailbox today. And magically the clouds over St. Louis broke up this afternoon and skies are looking good. At least I get a chance to try out my new EP and see if it performs better than my 9mm that shipped with the scope.

    I'll post my report/review on this EP if I get good seeing condtions tonight.
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    congrats on the new ep dave.
    i'm sure you will see a difference.
    i await your appraisal,as we can get clone
    tmb ep's here.
    clear skies,

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    Congratulations on the new EP. I hope you enjoy it. EP's are rather small and clouds don't see them.
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    Tried out the new EP last night. Unfortunately seeing conditions were not the best. Lots of turbulence at times. I did like the increased AFOV. It was like going from a keyhole view of the sky to looking out the window. Well, not quite, but it was a bit nicer than my standard 9mm plossl. Stars did remain fairly sharp almost to the edge. I did however notice a small abnormality on the lens. It looked like what appears to be a large fleck of metal inside the glass itself. I've contacted the seller and hope to get a replacement lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmatch View Post
    Tried out the new EP last night. Unfortunately seeing conditions were not the best. Lots of turbulence at times. I did like the increased AFOV. It was like going from a keyhole view of the sky to looking out the window. Well, not quite, but it was a bit nicer than my standard 9mm plossl. Stars did remain fairly sharp almost to the edge. I did however notice a small abnormality on the lens. It looked like what appears to be a large fleck of metal inside the glass itself. I've contacted the seller and hope to get a replacement lens.
    I wanted to take a second look at my EP before shipping it back and I was looking at this "defect". It now appeared to be on the surface of the glass. I tried using my Lenspen to see if that helped. No luck. So I took my thumb and started rubbing the spot and behold, it vanished. I guess it was some grease or lubricant on the surface. Recleaned with my LensPen and it looks brand new.

    Glad I don't have to send it back.
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    Hi Dave,
    Any updates on the EP? I am looking at this line and trying to figure out which one to try.
    clear skies to you!
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    I have just had this eyepiece delivered today. Once we get a clear night I will give my opinion; for what that's worth
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    I got the TMB II 9mm planetary ep for Christmas. I have used it a couple of times, and I can tell you outright that it stomps a mud hole in a 9mm Meade Pol that I have. I had a couple of hours out with excellent seeing since I got it, and I got the best view of Jupiter that I've ever seen in an eyepiece.

    The main problem with any 9mm ep in my telescope is that it provides 261x. The conditions (seeing ect) have to be really good to use it. But when things are right, its magic. With the focal length of your Dob, you will have more opportunity to use it than I do.

    I know its not an expensive ethos or anything, but for the money, I don't see how you can beat it. This is just my opinion based on my experience with the eyepiece.

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    Now where did I put that clear sky button!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimt View Post
    I got the TMB II 9mm planetary ep for Christmas. I have used it a couple of times, and I can tell you outright that it stomps a mud hole in a 9mm Meade Pol that I have. I had a couple of hours out with excellent seeing since I got it, and I got the best view of Jupiter that I've ever seen in an eyepiece.
    Jim, you have got me excited now. The weather forecast for me is looking good for Friday so hopefully I can enjoy my new EP then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmatch View Post
    Hi all,

    Well, the clouds may not be kind to scopes being shipped, but just found my new TMB EP 9mm in the mailbox today. And magically the clouds over St. Louis broke up this afternoon and skies are looking good. At least I get a chance to try out my new EP and see if it performs better than my 9mm that shipped with the scope.

    I'll post my report/review on this EP if I get good seeing condtions tonight.
    Good luck - I've been very happy with my TMB 4 and 5 mms.

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