A few pleasant surprises derived from a tip of a Meade ETX coming my way. I generally don't get too excited by ETX's, the mounts for the Autostar capable models are junk, I usually take off the tubes from 90s, 105s and 125s and throw the mounts out (even the later metal forked 125) and don't even bother with doing that with the smaller ones if I have to take them.
The first pleasant surprise was the scope was in its original box, a good sign.
Second surprise was it's an ETX-90 RA, the first model that was actually pretty good. The mount is a very different design from later models, motorized but not Autostar capable and made in the USA to much higher design standards.
Third surprise was the baffle behind the silvered spot on the back of the corrector was very closely aligned to the spot. The 90mm's are commonly found with this baffle way off center, slowly acquiescing to gravity over time such that it can be as much as 1/4" off center. An easy fix if the corrector assembly will come off the tube but nice I don't have to deal with it.
Fourth suprise was there was a flat-top "Multicoated" Meade 9mm Ortho in the EP holder...very nice, an instant addition to my vintage EP collection.
But wait, there's more! Stuffed down in a hole in the cardboard packing to hold a bolt-cased EP was another Meade Ortho of the same style but 12.5mm.
But wait, there's even more! Rolling around in the bottom of the box was a bolt-case held 18mm Meade Ortho, again of the same style.
Needless to say these additional two have joined the 9mm in my collection.
I have yet to try the scope, hopefully I won't have to collimate it is as I often have to do with these. Aside from a bit of battery leakage and subsequent corrosion on a couple of the battery holder clips the scope is in excellent condition. While I'll likely sell the scope the EPs are keepers for at least a while.
Edited by Tom Duncan, 10 November 2018 - 02:42 PM.