Now I've done it...

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for small telescopes. Over the years I've picked up one example of each of the major categories of the Meade ETX line with the exception of the ETX-70 and -90 (though I do have a DSX-90). Last week a complete ETX-90 showed up in the Cloudy Nights classifieds and after much hand-wringing I bought it. A couple of days later a NIB ETX-70 was listed. Ugh, I couldn't resist. Goodeness knows how long these will keep showing up on the used market in good condition. So, by the end of next week my collection should be complete; an ETX-60, 70, 80, 90, 105, and 125. And yes, I use them all. I like to use my little 60 for imaging, the 70, 80, and 90 are grab'n go scopes, the 105 is my laser-designator for my non-GoTo scopes, and my 125 is one of the smaller scopes that I use with my binoviewers.

Fun stuff.

-John

John you have it real bad!

John you have it real bad! Smile

Keith

You gotta have a hobby!

You gotta have a hobby! Smile

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If 50 years of amateur astronomy and space exploration has taught me anything it is that the Earth is a very special place. It would be nice to protect it like it’s the only Earth we’re ever going to have.

Coolness. The ETX-90 should

Coolness. The ETX-90 should be here tomorrow and the ETX-70 should be here on Wednesday. I'm looking forward to seeing how well the 70 does at imaging. I believe that this scope is coming in with a #494 controller. I'll have to scrounge up a #497 controller for remote controlled imaging. I've had a lot of fun imaging with my 60 and tinkered a bit with an 80. The 90 will end up primarily as a visual scope, but the obligatory lunar shot will be required.

Fun stuff.

-John

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If 50 years of amateur astronomy and space exploration has taught me anything it is that the Earth is a very special place. It would be nice to protect it like it’s the only Earth we’re ever going to have.

Well, the ETX-90 showed up

Well, the ETX-90 showed up today in pretty good shape. It is a nice setup with a couple of external power supplies, a really nice hard case, an #884 tripod, and what looks like an old #495 controller. One tough spot was the lock knob on the dec axis was stripped. This is fairly common on old ETX's as the lock knobs get over-tightened as grease seeps into the clutches. Fortunately, this is easy to fix ($3.60 for a new knob from a hardware store). I updated the controller to the latest #497 firmware, calibrated the motors, trained the drives, got the alignment zeroed in, and parked the scope. This'll make a nice little grab'n go scope.

Tomorrow the ETX-70 should be here and my collection will be complete.

Fun stuff.

-John

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If 50 years of amateur astronomy and space exploration has taught me anything it is that the Earth is a very special place. It would be nice to protect it like it’s the only Earth we’re ever going to have.

As expected, the ETX-70

As expected, the ETX-70 arrived today. As promised, it was brand new and still in its original box. Wonderful! Before the clouds rolled in tonight I got it setup, calibrated, trained, aligned, and parked (after taking a peek at the moon). These are great little grab'n go scopes that do a great job showing the near-sky and taking a peek at the deep-sky.

Neat stuff.

-John

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If 50 years of amateur astronomy and space exploration has taught me anything it is that the Earth is a very special place. It would be nice to protect it like it’s the only Earth we’re ever going to have.

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