Small Maks: Orion vs Meade ETX?
Posted 22 August 2005 - 08:44 PM
Based upon pure performance does anyone have a preference between these two? I will mainly be using it for Moon and planets. I have a small refractor for wide views.
Thanks a lot,
Posted 22 August 2005 - 09:28 PM
Both scopes are popular choices. The ETX series even has its own forum here.
If it's going to be an L/P scope, you might not want to bother about the GOTO, since you really don't need a computer to find those targerts. Could allow a little extra cash for a good planetary EP. The Orions are especially noted as good L/P performers.
Posted 22 August 2005 - 09:59 PM
I have Celestron's C5 and the Orion Mak gives sharper views on double stars (less diffraction rings on Izar, for instance). Of course, I keep the C5 for DSO viewing (as it is the largest scope I want to deal with).
At about five pounds it is hard to beat the portability of Orion's 102mm Mak.
Posted 30 August 2005 - 09:02 AM
Posted 30 August 2005 - 10:38 AM
How is the ETX series with the one arm mount?
If you mean the DSX-90 that is offered through the Meade Factory Outlet for $275, be forewarned you may have some problems with the mount - the altitude mechanism has a slip ring that is prone to popping out, requiring you to disassamble the mount to fix it. Stability may also not be the greatest due to the flimsy tripod. Optically, it should be pretty good. If you like to tinker, it's one heck of a buy.
Posted 30 August 2005 - 03:52 PM
The Orion Maks clear aperture is about 5% less than there stated size, since Orion/Synta uses the measurement of the primary, not the size of the primary not blocked by the corrector plate. That may not matter much. On the up side, the Orions do not have the bodily intergrated diagonal assembly the ETX series does. That would make them easier to use if you want to mount it on a small equatorial or an alt-azm mount.
Posted 30 August 2005 - 05:17 PM
Posted 31 August 2005 - 09:34 PM
Posted 02 September 2005 - 07:35 PM
And as you can see, I really like to use my Mak Too! That's me looking through it, not at nothing in particular and standing as still as I could for a friend to photograph me.