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Blast from the past - Home for the Holidays ETX60

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#1 CarolinaBanker

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Posted 27 November 2021 - 07:58 PM

So I’m home for the holidays and had the opportunity to take my old ETX 60 outside. My dad had bought it for me when I was a kid and unfortunately astronomy didn’t catch then. Home is nice Bortle 4 skies and despite the chill I was able to put the old scope through its paces.

 

The alignment process was very easy, just level the scope and align north, which I accomplished with my iPhone. I then ran the two star align, with a fair amount of woods all around me I was restricted to 30-45 degrees above the horizon depending on the direction.

 

Under these relatively dark skies 60mm was adequate, I used the tour feature to pull up tonight’s best, I looked at M34, the double cluster and a few other open clusters. I left my zoom EP in NC and only had the MA 25mm, so I wasn’t able to see how the scope performed on doubles. Planets were too low to evaluate. Overall, I thought the optics were quite good and was favorably impressed with the scope. I am honestly thinking about bringing the scope back with me to NC as a grab and go. I wish that Meade continued to produce these as the design is excellent.


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Posted 27 November 2021 - 08:45 PM

Welcome home! 



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Posted 27 November 2021 - 08:54 PM

Welcome home! 

Thank you! It was fun to be in much darker skies and to use state of the art technology circa 2005.



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Posted 18 December 2021 - 04:47 PM

I have an ETX 60 which I technically gave to my Son-in-law, but he isn't using it and isn't really interested.  

 

It was given to me by a friend who didn't want it.   I took it out a few times to be sure it worked and it does.   Works really well on brighter objects and is best under 100X.  Lots of fun.

 

At the time I also owned an ETX 80 and ETX 125, so the 60 really wasn't something I was going to spend a lot of time with.  However, if the ETX 60 were all I had, I could have a great evening of exploring the moon and the brighter objects in the sky. 




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