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    Default Re: Just picked up an ETX-60AT



    I just recently got a ETX60AT too. Its been really cold, then cloudy, and now sleets. Before the clouds came I manage to get a 5 minute look at the moon yesterday after work. Very crisp and sharp image. Thats my only first real use so far. Can't wait for more.

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    Default Re: Just picked up an ETX-60AT

    Noob (kinda) poster here.

    I like that there's a (noob forum) thread available to post about new experiences in astronomy to help get over the post count debacle. I've owned two ETX-70's, and an ETX-90 (which I still have).

    I got hooked in the 70's when this kid that was 2 years younger than me (my brother's friend) brought over this monster refractor scope to my house one night and nailed Saturn just long enough for me to #### my pants before it went out of view... Holy Bjesus!!! It almost scared me how awesome the view was. Back then, in that season, it was like a semi-full on view of Saturn. So many years ago.

    Fast forward - picked up a junky Tasco reflector from Walmart dead optical dept in 2001... It was the 114mm job almost 4 feet long with a wooden tripod. Went to the internet and bought a bunch of decent 1.25 eyepieces (omg those .9 things stock were useless) from a recycler of telescope and optics hardware. Wow what a difference. Three years later, that telescope was stolen from the carport. HA! Funny though - I'm still trying to figure out how they used it without the eyepieces I kept in the house.

    Next post: The ETX experience.

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    Default First Experience with the ETX!

    After the poor Tasco thing was stolen, A few years later I decided to find a telescope to put all these cool eyepieces in... and look again at the magnificance of Jupiter, Saturn... and the Moon. These are my favorite targets. Many years ago I used to think that Mars would be the great thing to look at - but obviously because it's so small... so distant... and good grief, so insignificant (distance wise), I just gave up on it. Good thing Nasa didn't.

    Anyway I got lucky and won my first ETX-70 on ebay really cheap! Had the 494 controller. Wow. No more looking at dials. No more mental calculations. Heck... all I needed was a compass, then to know the magnetic variation, (forget finding polaris... too many trees!), be sure it's level do a two star alignment (that aren't obscured by trees too) and wala! Instant success! The ETX-70 really opened my eyes to the capability of this fine little machine. I recently gave this particular ETX-70 to the next door kid Einstein, (just started college), along with my favorite eyepieces. Once he saw what I was seeing a couple of years ago, he asked me about buying a telescope because he wanted to look at space too... what the heck, I've got a 90 now, so this one's his. This etx-70 was in factory new condition too.

    Back to the ETX-70 days... this thing made me a little nuts. I went on the local craigslist and found another for $80. So I had two perfectly functioning scopes. Only the second one I bought had later firmware I think. I used that hand controller on my primary scope for a while... and while visiting my company hq in Tampa later that year, I took both scopes with me because there's a lot of good space to view the sky without offending trees. JEEZ.... where I'm from you just can't get away from these things. One of the ladies that worked there brought her son out to 'observe the sky' with me... well, here I go again. This kid was so hyped about seeing the moon and jupiter (11yo) I gave them that extra ETX-70 (with my two favorite eyepieces)... ugh... I also gave them the more updated hand control too. (Gawd I'm a sap!). (I spent quite a bit of time over the phone explaining how to set that thing up!).

    Well, the 70 I had left was now just like... ummm well kinda worn out for me and not enough because well, I just had to move up from somewhere. Money is tight too. ha. (Go figure). Besides that, it just didn't match the performance of my old junky tasco walmart reflector either... I had laser colimated and fine tuned that mirror to where it was near perfect before it was stolen. Yeah! Such a herculean effort with such a cheap scope. I did it and the results were amazing to say the least. Call me starchild on a budget. Lol. I even took my first TTL photos of jupiter and the moon with that thing and a hand held cheap digital camera with fair results.

    Next: My ETX-90.

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    Default My ETX-90. The ETX-60/70/90/125 Series are all the same, just bigger.

    My whole focus since then has been about focal length and getting things BIGGER. I mean... what the heck is an image of Saturn if it's as small as pinprick with a little ring thing? I wanted amazement (horsepower... magnification!). (Yeah I know... I'm already ahead of your thoughts on this as this was in my infancy of knowledge of this subject).

    I will never forget what I saw when I was a teenager. As of today, I've yet to see it that same way again. It was not my imagination - Saturn that night was big in that scope. In the 70's... telescopes that could display in such a large scale of what I saw were VERY expensive. I have no idea where his father got this refractor scope from, but one thing I will tell you, it was one big piece of machine in my front yard. I'm guessing that he ordered it from Edmunds Scientific back then --- it's like the only place you could buy something like that back then. Mail order.

    After playing with the magical ETX-70 for about a year, I had to have something bigger but it's got to have a computer. I went constellation hopping a couple of times with that thing and I KNOW... there was more to see but everything was just so small! I wanted to see REAL STUFF. (Can't afford the Hubble).

    Again... I got lucky and won an ETX-90 on Ebay at a very decent price! HAHA! Man I'm SMOKIN now right? Got that thing shipped in... great just great. The mount is screwed up. Seems they put self-tapping screws into plastic mount holes for the servos... everything's wobbling back and forth, not to mention, the elevation mechanics don't work right. Hmmm. Scope looks nice. Mount's a piece of junk, (plus there were other problems with it that I've forgotten by now).

    Moving right along... I find on Craigslist a DS114 thing with Meade Autostar... The elevation mechanics on the mount were screwed up... I paid $45 for the whole deal. Got it home, threw out the junky reflector ota, (wow... I can't believe they actually sold this thing!), fixed the elevation axis problem, then mounted my ETX-90 ota in it (with duct tape and bailing wire) and wala... I now have my ETX-90 scope where I want it. Viewing STUFF! Stuff that I can see! Stuff that isn't so small and will work with my eyepieces well.

    I've been using this redneck skygazing computerized rig for the last 4 years and it's been a lot of fun. What is the most surprising has been doing the sky tour suggested by the handheld controller. You can actually see something! The 90 with Autostar hands down beats everything I've ever done to date by myself. I have been fortunate enough to be in the company of other stargazers with their huge scopes on occasion in the past (as well as their expertise with the night sky). But I'm proud of what I've done to date and being as old as I am, I only wish I could roll back the clock on this experience and start this (Actually doing something) about 30 years ago.

    Since I gave my first ETX-70 away to my neighbor star-kid last year, I ended up buying three new eyepieces yesterday for my ETX-90 on a shoestring. A Celestron Omni 32mm... (what a beautiful piece!), an inexpensive 17mm Vixen, and the low rent 8mm basic Celestron.

    I've had nothing but cloudy skies ever since I made the purchase! haha! Fun fun. I'm really looking forward to viewing Jupiter and the Moon again. Now if Saturn could just get it's timing right and not be so early in the morning here I'd be really happy.

    Clear Skies to All.
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    PS: That kid that showed me Saturn in my front yard (in the 1970's) when I was a teenager, is a very successful Neuro Surgeon. Hint hint.. parents: buy your kid a telescope.

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    Default Re: Just picked up an ETX-60AT

    Welcome to the ETX owners group . I have a ETX 90 EC I love it , But the subject I'm on about is the hard case and the Deluxe Field tripod are worth getting. So is the 497 Hand Control.
    You bought your self a great bargain for 60.00 Dollars Sweet !!! I found mine at a good price as well with all the extras. I wish you all the very best of views , As the ETX range is Bang for your Buck.

 

 
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