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    Question ETX 125 compared to a Oberwerk 25x100 binos



    How would you compare these to for primarily DSO observing as well as open and globular clusters, nebulas, and all around observing. I live in a dark green light pollution area open skys east, south, north and a little west I have 2 1/2 acres with a 12 foot square slab out in back with 110 volt electric
    a 6X8 aluminum storage next to the slab. I have had quite a few scopes just about all makes. Now getting to old (80) to set up large scopes any more.
    Looking for something easy to use. I have looked thru the oberwerk 25X100 binos and they were pretty impressive . Looking for feed back on these to items.

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    Default Re: ETX 125 compared to a Oberwerk 25x100 binos

    The ETX is a Mak, and their strong suit is planetary/lunar observing. It can do some DSOs (especially small bright ones), but this is definitely NOT where this scope excels.

    The 25x100s on the other hand is GREAT on most DSOs and our moon as well, but it's really poorly suited for planetary observing.

    These instruments are really totally opposite of each other. If you want an excellent DSO observing instrument that is extremely portable and super easy to use, get the 25x100s and a parallel mount. It is my most used instrument by FAR!!
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    Default Re: ETX 125 compared to a Oberwerk 25x100 binos

    At a dark green zone my 15x70 binoculars, which are really 15x64 are just as good as my 120mm f/8 refractor on DSO. Below is what I humbly recommend.

    https://www.amazon.com/Orion-Tritech...s%2C121&sr=8-1

    https://www.amazon.com/Orion-51855-G...s%2C124&sr=8-6
    or
    https://oberwerk.com/product/oberwer...0mm-deluxe-iii

    For moon and planets grab and go

    https://www.firstlightoptics.com/evo...ar-90-az3.html
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    https://www.firstlightoptics.com/evo...az-pronto.html
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    Default Re: ETX 125 compared to a Oberwerk 25x100 binos

    Agree with Ozman. I have an ETX-125 and its a great scope but big binos are wonderful! But you definitely need to mount them as they are heavy. Go with the binos. Bill
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    Default Re: ETX 125 compared to a Oberwerk 25x100 binos

    Ozman13 suggestion is better than what I have suggested. I was writing my post while his post was being posted.
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    Default Re: ETX 125 compared to a Oberwerk 25x100 binos

    Quote Originally Posted by refractordude View Post
    Ozman13 suggestion is better than what I have suggested. I was writing my post while his post was being posted.
    Your suggestion is quite good as well. The 20x80 ED binos are a good option (although the threaded eyepieces for filters, the individual focus, and extra aperture of the 25x100s puts them over the top for me), but a tripod and pan head alone just doesn't cut it for me. The parallel mount really makes a HUGE difference.

    I like the choice of refractor as well when it comes to a planetary scope, plus it covers many DSOs too. When it comes to scopes, my arsenal contains many more refractors than any other design.
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    Default Re: ETX 125 compared to a Oberwerk 25x100 binos

    If when I do pull the trigger looking like the Oberwerk 25 X 100s on there 5000 series tripod and it is stout. I have friend has that tripod. I will also toward the end of the year look for Paralogram mount. Being 78 years old the old neck will not take to much of a regular tripod.
    Thanks to all who gave feed back greatly appreciated

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    Default Re: ETX 125 compared to a Oberwerk 25x100 binos

    A parallel mount and a zero gravity chair turn the binocular viewing into total relaxation in sheer comfort. Sometimes my biggest challenge is staying awake, I guess at times it may just be too comfortable.
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    Default Re: ETX 125 compared to a Oberwerk 25x100 binos

    One more thing, please don't forget that this piece of equipment is essential for large binos and they work really well with a parallelogram mount. There really is no better way to view the night sky.



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    Default Re: ETX 125 compared to a Oberwerk 25x100 binos

    Quote Originally Posted by jaetea View Post
    One more thing, please don't forget that this piece of equipment is essential for large binos and they work really well with a parallelogram mount. There really is no better way to view the night sky.



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