Biggest bang for the smallest buck. ETX-125 PE
Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:57 PM
1-If it's been sitting 6 years, should I be worried about lubricating anything? Or check anything else (just worried about things that might cause damage if not checked, not worried about things that improve the image right now)
2-Is $400 a good/acceptable price?
3-Should I look into trading the 5X or original lens? Are they worth anything? Would you use forum classified or eBay?
4-and last but not least...In your experience, if you had this set up and very little money what are the first 3 lenses you would buy for this scope in order of importance? If possible links to them, good brand, and or estimates as to cost (to narrow it down I will not be spending more than $100 on any lens right now)! Would you sell/trade the ones I currently have?
I have been reading up as much as I can on this stuff, but it is amazing how much you need to know to look at the sky! Eventually I will, but for now I need to know in case i need to return it. Thanks in advance!
Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:44 AM
2- $400 is a good price, I paid 450 for mine on Craigslist.
3- I don't know what the 5X eyepiece is you refer to. Mine came with a 26mm eyepiece.
4- I have found I use a 40mm, 26mm, and 15 or 12mm eyepiece. 40 to find object of my desire when searching, 26 to further center object, and 12 or 15 for viewing, anymore magnification and the object gets too dim and eye relief gets too short.
5- Make sure you read the manual!!!! Numerous times!!! Everything is covered in the manual, these are great little scopes with a couple of idiosyncrasies you need to correct.
6- Make Weasner's ETX site a favorite!!!
Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:01 AM
Enjoy and yes, check out Weasner's for sure!
Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:47 AM
I've owned the ETX-125 for many years and it's one of my favorite scopes ... great optics! The purchase price of $400 is very reasonable as long as the Smartfinder is in working condition.
Sell the 5X Barlow lens ... way too much magnification for this scope ... use the CloudyNights classifieds.
As long as the scope is in working condition ... no strange noises or gear binding ... there is no need to worry about making any internal adjustments or greasing the gears.
Since the ETX-125 operates at f/15 ... exotic/expensive eyepieces are not needed to get great optical performance from this scope. Simple Plossl eyepieces will work extremely well. I would buy the highly rated "Zhumell Telescope 1.25 Inch Eyepiece and Filter Kit" ($99.98 w/ free shipping) or the "Celestron Telescope Eyepiece and Filter Kit" ($134.98 w/free shipping), both from Hayneedle. Both kits have all the eyepieces and filters ... all in a nice storage case ... that you will need for a lifetime of observing. However, the Celestron kit does have a better selection of eyepiece focal lengths for use with the ETX-125 ...so, I'd recommend spending the extra money on this kit.
Zhumell Eyepiece Kit
Celestron Eyepiece Kit
Good Luck with your new scope!
Posted 14 June 2013 - 08:04 AM
Posted 14 June 2013 - 08:32 AM
Great scope, but rarely push it more than a 11mm EP for high power, at least from where I observe.
The seeing in my area is usually around 3 arc-seconds, so my best high power/planetary view is usually through a 10mm eyepiece. I can push it to around 7.5mm ... but, although the image scale is greater, the image is considerably dimmer with no additional detail visible. It's just the nature of the beast.
Posted 14 June 2013 - 03:03 PM
I also recommend you visit and bookmark Weasner's Mighty ETX website. I have the Zhumell eyepiece /filter kit and it performs nicely and is a good value for your dollars spent.