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The TMB CNC Classic

Started by Nemo, 06/08/2006 08:26PM
Posted 06/08/2006 08:26PM Opening Post
I am just curious. How many of you out there own the Original silver TMB/APM CNC built like a tank scope? I would like to know your likes and dislikes for this model and any improvements that you might have made over time. This would include any problems that you may have encountered. Also what applications do you use it for. i.e imaging versus visual? I happen to own one and really like it.

Danny Halstead
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Posted 07/27/2006 11:31PM #1
I am happy to say that I am a proud owner of an original 152mm TMB w/CNC tube. I love the whole look and style of the scope. It is truly a masterpiece of engineering. I have added the Televue Starbeam on the TMB Starbeam adapter, a very cool addition. I also have added the Starlight Instruments Feathertouch Focuser for fine tuning (focusing). My first refractor was a TMB w/CNC 100/800. Which quickly grew into a TMB w/CNC 130mm. And finally into the 152mm. But after all was said and done I really missed the 100mm, so I bought one of the new LW versions with the Feathertouch Focuser, and boy am I happy. The 152mm is wonderful for the views that can be achieved with that much aperture. It is a bit bulky and just slightly heavy though. The 100mm is the ideal scope for it's portability and wonderful field of view. It only takes a few minutes to set up on an Alt/Az mount, and away we go. All said the TMB's are definitely at the top of the list when it comes to refractors. Thanks to Tom and Markus for their wonderful work!!

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