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Astronomics Clearance of ETX-125PE

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#1 Zebra24601

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 06:36 PM

They just posted an announcement in the vendor section. $698, including shipping. Made me go, "Whoa!" :D

If I was thinking about getting one of these, I'd say now's the time to get the order in.

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 06:55 PM

They just posted an announcement in the vendor section. $698, including shipping. Made me go, "Whoa!" :D

If I was thinking about getting one of these, I'd say now's the time to get the order in.




That’s a fabulous deal... :jump:

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 08:02 PM

Definitely a no-brainer for anyone who's been considering the 125!

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 12:36 AM

I wonder if it's the latest model with the improved, more robust combo LNT/RDF finder. If so, I just might order one myself!

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 03:02 AM

Go for it! Great little visual scope.

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 10:16 AM

I'm sure you could post a question about the specific model in the venders forum, where Astronomics announced this sale. But the way I read it, it is the most current model that is on sale at this price.

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 09:36 PM

If it's the PE, then it is likely the model with all the goodies.

Very good buy.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 12:01 AM

If I didn't already have one, I'd buy one for sure. Might do it anyway and give the old one to my sister. You won't find better 5" optics for anywhere near that price.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 06:09 AM

terrific buy, but guess its open to the US only :(

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 08:30 AM

"....but with an attractive full-color deep space image of the North American Nebula on its optical tube instead of a plain blue tube...."

That sounds like the slightly older version

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 12:33 PM

I wonder whether this means that Meade is phasing out the astro tube version of ETX-125PE? Anybody? :question:

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 12:58 PM

I rekon so, in a users poll the astro tube version was unpopular.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 01:00 PM

My PE has the Deep space image. Either Blue or Imaged Tube is available for the ETX125PE.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 01:20 PM

I just called Astronomics and they told me this special sale has the very latest model with the new improved metal combo LNT/RDF.

OK. I already have a Nexstar 6SE as well as three refractors. Why should I buy this baby? Will it provide me with better views? I do like the fact that with it's simple leveling alignment system, all I have to do is enter my zip code and it will find the two alignment stars for me to center. No fooling around with the date and time and then trying to do what is a difficult alignment procedure with the Celestron. Are the optics sharper? The aperture is smaller. And some say aperture rules.

Someone talk me into it. Or talk me out of it.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 01:59 PM

I just called Astronomics and they told me this special sale has the very latest model with the new improved metal combo LNT/RDF.


OK. I already have a Nexstar 6SE as well as three refractors. Why should I buy this baby? Will it provide me with better views? I do like the fact that with it's simple leveling alignment system, all I have to do is enter my zip code and it will find the two alignment stars for me to center. No fooling around with the date and time and then trying to do what is a difficult alignment procedure with the Celestron. Are the optics sharper? The aperture is smaller. And some say aperture rules.

Someone talk me into it. Or talk me out of it.



Excellent news

BTW if you want the sharpest views of the planets GET A MAK! :rainbow:

#16 Starlighter

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 02:38 PM

What about the central obstruction? On my Nexstar it bothers the heck out of me when viewing the moon.

How long does it take a Mak to cool down? My SCT takes about an hour to stabilize once I've taken it outdoors.

And what about various problems I've seen reported on this as well as other forums regarding the plastic gears going south on these ETX's?

What I certainly don't need is more problems to deal with. Which is why I gravitated towards refractors on non-goto, simple mounts.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 04:25 PM

The central obstruction on a mak is smaller than an sct that's why it produces sharper images.

Cool down time is about an hour also.

Those plastic gears, oh boy, that is the weak point.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 04:51 PM

When I was at Meade recently returning a bad My Sky, I spoke to a rep about the problems with the gears and he told me that if the scope is setup correctly for backlash and one doesn't load it up with extras like a heavy RACI finder, the gears should last a long time. But that's someone from Meade so I'd expect they'd not say it's a serious problem.

How's coma and spherical aberration on this scope? My Nexstar has some around the periphery and no collimation adjustment gets rid of it.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 10:10 PM

I'd ask them. :foreheadslap:

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 10:14 PM

By the way, I put the word out about the sale on another two ETX sites, since it seemed they didn't know yet. Figure everyone ought to have a shot at that deal!

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 12:23 AM

By the way, when I spoke with the store I was told they purchased 500 units and so far had already sold 1/5th of them. They expect to sell out within a few days which is really amazing when you think about it. I also noticed that OPT is selling My Sky for $299.95.

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 01:24 PM

Now I'm hearing the 125ETX Astronomics has on sale is the older one with the lousy finder/LNT module. No thanks.

When I was at Meade in Irvine returning a bad My Sky, the rep there advised me if I ever was to buy an ETX, to make sure it comes with the new finder.

One of my local scope stores has three that came back with the old finder that customers complained broke off shortly after using it.

Knowing how most stuff is screwed up these days, I have to go there, have them open the box so I could see for myself just which finder comes with it.

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 04:40 PM

I've had my ETX125PE for over a year with use in Artic weather to Summer weather without any Gear Issues to date.

Remember to : Train Drive... Calibrate Motors... and Always a good Source for the Power Supply.

#24 Starlighter

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 04:57 PM

What do you mean by training the motors?

My Nexstar worked right out of the box. It does have several adjustments to compensate for backlash in the gears, but I never had to go into the menu and try various settings since it seems to work just fine.

I called up the store again and now they're not sure it comes with the newer finder. Unless it does, I'm not interested.

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 07:26 PM

"Train drives" and "Calibrate motors" is a Meade thing. You need to do that when you first powerup your new Autostar/telescope, and it is recommended that you do the "train drive" thing periodically, whenver the gotos seem to be off. It's not hard to do and doesn't take long. In fact, it seemed kind of odd when I got my Sirius and there was no provision for either of those actions.


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