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#1 bdoyle

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:21 AM

I recenty purchased a etx125. Really not THAT much smaller than my lx90 packing wise. All I realy need is a resonable way to track an object. How are the orion mounts for the 125? Deforked the ota is 8 lbs. Any ideas or mounts to look at?
Thanks, Brian

#2 Christopher Erickson

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:51 PM

The OTA is small and light and many smaller Alt-Az and GEM mounts will carry it just fine.

BTW, the ETX-125 with an Autostar 497 hand controller will track objects just fine.

Or are you talking about astrophotography?

#3 bdoyle

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:53 PM

I am trying to put together a travel scope that I can tuck into corners of my fifth wheel. Just about every trip dark skies in the desert. The hard case for the etx is almost as big as my lx90. Just trying something different. Simple might be better in this case and nothing is irreversible.

#4 Pierre Stromberg

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:43 PM

If portability is you're primary concern then you'll probably find the Orion EQ mounts to be a bit cumbersome. Stick with the fork. Having said that, I can't stand the fork mount that came with the ETX-125. I deforked mine and put it on an Orion Atlas mount.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:24 PM

Be nice on a Vixen Polaris.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:51 PM

An iOptron Cube might be exactly what you are looking for.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 09:14 AM

Be nice on a Vixen Polaris.


That is my plan. My ETX-125-PE is seven years old and still going strong, but if the mount ever fails I plan to defork it and use it om my LXD75 mount. It's a great little telescope.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:57 AM

Great etc125 mounted on poor and faulty/semi-functional mount and *BLEEP* tracking system. Nothing but problems. Clutches do not engage and always slip. Am deforking and placing on Vixen Polaris GEM.

Trying to keep G&G aspect of scope.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:56 PM

Great etc125 mounted on poor and faulty/semi-functional mount and *BLEEP* tracking system. Nothing but problems. Clutches do not engage and always slip. Am deforking and placing on Vixen Polaris GEM.

Trying to keep G&G aspect of scope.


have you ever tried this?

http://www.weasner.c...tx_tuneup1.html

Theo

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:00 PM

Buying a GEM is easier and a one time solution to an ongoing problem in the ETX mount. I would rather view than be a Meade maintenance man. Which is exactly how I feel right now. I am we'll beyond the frustration point. I am not convinced a fully functional ETX mount is superior or even equal to a GEM for my viewing. I prefer a gear drive and not a slip clutch holding my scope in position. It is interesting that these problems have existed for nearly a decade. Meade never addressed them, and Supercharging the 125 costs $350, more than the unit is worth. I prefer to take the OTA and use it in the GEM. No more Tinker-Toy telescopes.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:56 PM

And you can still have an alt az mount with the Polaris.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:47 PM

I love Meade OTA's. Struggle a bit with their mounts though. And so I've de-forked my LX200 10" and LX90 8", mounted them on GEM's and have not once looked back.

I'm planning on de-forking my ETX-125 at the end of this month and mounting it on a side by side saddle with the LX90 on my CGEM. Now I'm not saving any space here, but at least I can view on target all the time.

If size is the issue you may want to look at a CG5. Great mount for visual and a ETX-125 would sit on that just fine!

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

That is exactly the setup I'm using - with rings from scopestuff its the perfect solution. I tapped a hole in the rings for a finder bracket and its all good.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:22 PM

Be nice on a Vixen Polaris.


That is my plan. My ETX-125-PE is seven years old and still going strong, but if the mount ever fails I plan to defork it and use it om my LXD75 mount. It's a great little telescope.


I ended up selling mine and picked up a CG-5 ASGT, I can mount all of my OTA's on this mount.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:59 PM

Be nice on a Vixen Polaris.


That is my plan. My ETX-125-PE is seven years old and still going strong, but if the mount ever fails I plan to defork it and use it om my LXD75 mount. It's a great little telescope.


I ended up selling mine and picked up a CG-5 ASGT, I can mount all of my OTA's on this mount.

Jaimo!


Yes, I have that mount as well as a LXD-75 and a CGEM also for my OTA's. They work great and that is what I will be using when or if the ETX mount goes. The Celestron C-6 works great on this mount so I know the ETX-125 will work great too.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:35 PM

I bought the rings and dovetail at scope stuff.com.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:00 PM

On a CG-5 or LXD55/75 you'll probably need a lighter counter weight than the standard 5 or 4.5Kg units.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:32 PM

I'm about to defork my ETX-125EC and will get the rings, dovetail, etc. from Scopestuff. I'm looking forward to using it on my Ioptron Mini Tower. The alignment & tracking difference between the Mini Tower and the Meade ETX fork mount is like night & day. :bangbangbang: = ETX alignment & tracking. I love the OTA. Anyone need fork parts or a crummy 884 tripod? Clear Skies,

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:18 PM

After my RA motor on the ETX fried, I deforked my ETX-125 EC and, with the help of the Scopestuff ETX vixen-style dovetail, mounted it to a Celestron SE 6/8 mount. Much more stable than the original Meade fork arms. GOTO accuracy is good and the whole unit is light and can be picked up in one hand.
If anyone has a spare ETX-125 mount with working motors in good shape, I might be interested in purchasing it from you.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:43 AM

Can someone recommend a reasonably priced german equatorial mount for a 125? I do not need go to capability, and am thinking the option to "find stuff on my own" might be nice. Thanks

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:52 PM

I'd consider a CG4. I just recently de-forked my ETX-125 and ran it both on a CG4 and a CGEM dual saddle. CG4 is rated for 20 lbs I believe, so the 125 with Scopestuff rings and vixen saddle was well under that weight. It worked fine.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:57 PM

I've got Dr. Clay supercharged fork mount that's not being used..... send me a PM.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:47 PM

Can someone recommend a reasonably priced german equatorial mount for a 125? I do not need go to capability, and am thinking the option to "find stuff on my own" might be nice. Thanks


The Orion SVP (similar to the cg5) works very well for mine (ETX-125 Wegat all metal ota, rings, 11x80 finder) . Slightly overmounted, which is a good thing.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:42 PM

I am considering the purchase of a ETX125ec. Does anyone know what the cost would be to replace the motors and gears? Or is it just cheaper to take it off the fork?

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

Why did you defork?






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