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is dedicated to the Meade ETX-70 telescope. The relatively low
cost of this scope and its features make it a very popular
choice for telescope buyers, many of which are new to astronomy.
The site is intended to help everyone get the most out of
this wonderful scope, however there is plenty of content that would be interest anyone
keen on astronomy. The accessories section has reference to various pieces of
equipment suitable for many different scopes, as well as information on various telescopes.
outlines how I have solved problems I have had, these may or may
not suit your situation or may or may not be the best solution.
They are provided here for your consideration so you can
determine what you can expect from the ETX70 or maybe come up
with better ideas
Like most people, a major concern for me was the budget - we'd all like our own
personal Hubble Space Telescope orbiting the earth but most of us need to compromise. Armed with
an idea of price I then looked at what I wanted out of a scope. A keen stargazer in my early
years, I had a fair idea of finding my way around the heavens and also knew the realism that
most of the bright colourful images you see are only achievable photographically, through
time exposures and stacking many images and/or tweaking them - what I should expect through
the eyepiece is a lack of colour - smaller magnification and a blurrier image.
The next point I considered was portability - I wanted to be able to pack it up, store it and
move to various locations easily. The list was narrowing. Time constraints meant that I couldn't
expect hours on end viewing so ease of use came into play - the thought moving the scope and
then continually trying to keep the object centred while everyone had their turn looking didn't
really appeal, so I liked the idea of a motorized scope.
With the price still firmly in my mind the list narrowed further - my kids (ok and me!) getting
more impatient - which is a factor in it's self. This is where the "GO TO" concept impressed me -
no star charts (unless you wished) ... just select the object, press go to and then get any
relevant information you need - size, distance etc... what could be easier! And an interest
in computers made me see the potential of a computer interface in the future.
So I'd determined I wanted a small, robotic scope that didn't need to have complex mounting
(although this could be added later). The list was certainly getting smaller - enter the Meade
ETX range, the only one at the time that fitted my budget and requirement list. Of these the
ETX-70 was just right - with room for a few accessories. The ETX90 and above were magnificent,
but just that little bit out of range. I realised the scopes limitations, but like most other
things I tend to push what I have to get the most out of it - and if an upgrade comes I would
have learnt enough to get the most out of the next one!
Years on the ETX-70 is still going, the kids are still interested as am I ... and I'm still
learning new ways to get more out of this scope!
The ETX-70AT came standard with the 9mm and 25mm eyepieces and Autostar #494 handbox.
What you can expect from a stock standard ETX70 looking at the moon through
or 9mm lens.
(Note that the images will
appear alot clearer and sharper than the cheap digital camera
could reproduce here).
OTHER PLACES TO LOOK FOR ETX70 COMMENT:
Mike Weasner's comments
- Author of Weasners Mighty ETX Website - MAGNIFICENT SITE!
John Chuckney's Experiences
- John talks about his ETX70 experiences
Here is a list of items I have added to my ETX70.
They consist of ACCESSORIES I have purchased or MODIFICATIONS I have made.
OTHER PLACES TO LOOK FOR ACCESSORIES/MODIFICATIONS:
Scopetronix ETX70 Accessories
- A good supporter of the ETX70!
- Reviews on various filters
- Reviews on various eyepieces
Tech Tips (various etx models)
- from Mike Weasners ETX site
- from BC&F Astro Engineering
Telescopes and Astronomy Store - Online store in South Australia
AstroOptical - Store in Sydney and Melbourne
Following are helpful hints/technical information on the ETX70.
ETX Tune Up
- Tuning up your ETX
- Inside the Autostar handbox
Inside the ETX70
- A look inside the ETX70
- Right Click to download a PDF ETX70 Manual
- Cleaning Eyepiece and Telescope Optics
Don't forget to check the ITEMS FOR SALE section to see if I have any maintenance items for sale!
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