Considering a Meade ETX
Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:47 AM
I have been wanting to replace this scope however. Recently prices on Nexstar mounts have gone up which is making me consider the Meade ETX.
I have some questions on them. Seeing the various models on Ebay there is the Meade ETX 60 which I can get for around $120.00 shipped, the Meade Etx 70 $125.00, The Meade Etx 80 around $150.00, and the Meade Etx 90 which I can get for around $150.00.
My thinking is that the Meade ETX 70 is a good fit. There are a ton of them around, and its a fast refractor instead of a Mak Cass. This would be useful for fast cool down. The Meade Etx 90 is tempting (it seems to be a good value) but the ETX 70 is not a bad value as well.
I'm trying to look for scopes that include the carrying bag, the tripod, and the auto-star controller. Some of the scopes do not include the tripod. Can the ETX 60 or ETX 70 use a standard photo tripod? Do either of these scopes include legs for table top viewing? Can a standard Synta Finder shoe be mounted on the ETX?
Is there anything I should watch out for? I know about doing a star test, but most of these scopes are available through on-line auctions. I will probably use E%ay buyer protection to ensure no DOA. As for the optical quality, I want the GOTO not necessarily the optics....
Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:19 AM
Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:19 AM
Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:47 PM
I have a ETX-90 and a 125mm now for ten years and they still work well. Never looked through the smaller 60-80mm versions, but have seen some amazing photographs of DSO's with them
Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:35 PM
Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:36 PM
Interesting idea with the laser pointer. Have it point say to a dim DSO and then take a closer look through something like a manual Dob?
Same idea except a manual SCT. Can the ETX take a Synta finder shoe? (so I can mount my laser). How is the cool down time on the ETX 90?
Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:38 PM
I use my ETX60 as a pointer sometimes. I put the laser right into the diagonal using an old film cannister with a hole drilled through the centre to hold the laser. Works pretty good (the few times I've done it).
A what? Can't find one of those these days!
Posted 10 July 2013 - 02:51 PM
Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:48 AM
Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:47 PM
Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:25 AM
Just purchased a Meade ETX 70 less than 100 miles from my home! Paid $150.00 with shipping. Included was the tripod bag, several eyepieces, and the autostar controller.
Dang - I saw your post this morning and was going to sell you one that I have! Good luck!
Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:16 AM
Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:28 AM
Is your scope a 70 or 80? I may start looking for an 80 especially a broken one, as mine has the coating off the objective, that I would like to replace.
Stew - it's a 70 - barely used. I bought it from a guy who literally tried to set it up in 2004 as evidenced by the date on the Autostar, got frustrated and packed it up. So it sat in the box all those years. I got it and used it twice, then found a deal on a 90 and now use that instead.
It's funny - because the ETX 90 I got had a similar story. It was still in the plastic packaging and the box was sealed! Totally virgin. Turns out the owner was wealthy and pretty much bought everything on a whim. Needless to say, that didn't last and he is no longer rich. So I bought it from the owner of the storage unit where the scope left as he was trying to recover debt from said previously rich/now poor owner.
Posted 12 July 2013 - 02:00 PM
The ETX-125 is a real beauty! It is to the 90mm, what the 90 is to the 60mm! The deluxe field tripod is steady and the whole system is heavy enough to be stable yet still managable for moving about. Focus is crisp as is the smooth mechanism. My scope is pristine and it's a keeper. I bought it with supplied extras for far less than what many ETX-90s are selling at used! Views are impressive and what I expected from an upper-level scope from Meade. If you ever have the chance to buy an ETX-125 at a reasonable price, DO IT!
Finally, in fairness to all of the ETX models, perhaps I'm used to gazing through research-grade scopes costing well beyond $15,000.
Posted 12 July 2013 - 03:44 PM
Posted 13 July 2013 - 05:49 AM
Interestingly, my Express 80 was originally purchased to be put on the Nexstar mount to fill the roll that the ETX will now fill. Once the Nexstar mount broke I couldn't bear to part with the express 80 and I remounted it on a used CG-4 that I purchased for $125.00. This was to be temporary until I figured out how to either add DSC's to the CG-4 or get another Nexstar mount. The problem came is that DSCs for the CG-4 mount are just too expensive, and the CG-5 (or now the celestron VX) is much more expensive than what I paid. There are some deals on used Nexstar mounts, but every time I see one used its missing parts or has been beat up!
So now my scopes have gone from one to three in the past year. Hopefully, this new obsession will not take up all my storage space! I hope this next scope covers me for awhile. I've got the express 80/ CG4 for wide field grab and go, my manual SCT for aperture, and the ETX 70 to add goto while also being another grab and go.
Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:01 PM
Works like a charm
Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:35 AM
Care to explain further on your single-word response?
Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:19 AM
The only major issues I had were power issues,once I realized that the aa batteries were the cause of motor faults I bought a sealed lead acid 12 volt 7.5 amp battery
I flocked my tube and re greased the scope and its a beast
I recently purchased the etx90ra,it's a 1996 model
Works perfect as well,I mounted a green laser to it now its my grab and go
No complaints here ow if I had to choose one
Optically I'd go with the 125 any day,larger image and can clearly see the Cassini division and atleast 3 of the Cassini moons.
The etx90 gets my vote,just screw in the legs,line it. Up if ur using the ra mode,point and enjoy
I can just make ou the Cassini and with averted vision I see1 moon
Not the the etx is hard to set up its just not as fast as the table top ra
The jump from 90mm to 125mm is a very noticeable diffrence.
At 125mm dso start to come to life,it leaves you needing something atleast 3" bigger lol
Posted 23 July 2013 - 03:05 PM
Posted 16 August 2013 - 11:08 AM
Look at the resource boards for the Nexstar. They aren't exactly trouble free either.
Now, the only thing I need to do is mount a synta finder shoe on my Etx 70......Wish someone had this already engineered.
Posted 17 August 2013 - 10:12 AM
ETX 90 on the other hand was impressive for planets and the moon and bright objects. Got lot more use out of the ETX 90 than my other scopes. Check youtube to see what was viewed through them.
Posted 17 August 2013 - 01:45 PM