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    Default Just picked up an ETX-60AT



    I came across a brand new ETX-60AT on Craigslist and purchased it for $60. I didnt have particularly high hopes, but was happy to get a couple new EPs and the opportunity to get accustomed to a GOTO 'scope. Boy, what a surprise! The setup was a piece of cake and alignment was easy, even using the compass function of my GPS (couldn't see Polaris from my back patio). A two-star align on Sirius and Capella had objects showing up consistently centered in the EP, and it was tracking steadily right up until the batteries died.

    Coming from a light polluted area I've always had trouble finding objects in the sky, and the difference in using a GOTO scope was profound. I saw more clusters in an hour than I would throughout an entire night with my other telescope. Images were crisp, although side-by-side viewing of M42 unsurprisingly revealed greater detail in the 4.5" reflector. Even at first glance it was evident the Meade EPs were much higher quality than those that came from Bushnell, although oddly the latter do not fit in the ETX-60 (the Meade EPs work fine in the Bushnell).

    Overall for $60 I'm extremely pleased with the performance of this telescope, and would definitely recommend it as a first telescope for those on a budget in polluted skies.
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    I really agree with you. And I think you got a very good price for a goto telescope.
    I've started with Meade Goto telescope, too. Because light polution is tough to find objects in the sky without the goto feature.
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    Great buy wintermute. I agree with you about goto and light polluted skies. My Meade DS2090AT made the difference and got me hooked. I remember the first night with it when I looked at M31 ..... was caught .. hook, line, and sinker. The night light glow from Athens ceased to be the show stopper it was.
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    How portable is the ETX-60AT? I was thinking of getting one. Cheapest I have found here in the Uk is £160, and it comes with a backpack.
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    I don't have the ETX-60, but the ETX-80 (it's larger grandchild ). The scope is highly portable. Tripod and scope come to maybe 14lbs. (weight, not money ). It's my travel scope. I don't have the backpack version, but I provided my own backpack and the scope just fits with a pair of beach towels providing padding (which then do double duty for wiping off dew at the end of the session). The tripod came with it's own carry bag. Meade also makes a dedicated hard case, but it's a bit pricey for what u get. I may go that route someday if I ever decide to fly with it...for now it just travels in the car when I go camping or want an extra scope with me at an observing site.
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    Default Just picked up an ETX-60AT

    I have just ordered an ETX-60AT here in the UK from Ace Cameras. I paid £169 including postage.
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    Those ETX scopes are great ...When my little etx60's motors went south i took the tube off the mount and use the scope for a super finderscope on my 5in refractor ...Good stuff ...
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    Hi,
    Received my ETX-60AT today. I don`t know if I have a problem or not. After the autostar is initialised and I have it centred on an object, there is still a bit of noise coming from the motors even when the scope is stopped. Hope I have explained this clear enough. Anyone have any idea what is wrong, or am I doing something wrong. Thanks
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    I'm assuming that by object you mean a star, the moon, a planet, or some deep space object. The telescope is not really stopped. To keep the object in view, the telescope has to keep moving to counter the earth's rotation. These movements are small and you will not be able to see anything move ..... it's sort of like watching the hour hand of a clock move but the motors are running and making noise.
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    If it's just a low growl sxinias is right, it's just tracking the object very slowly. Mine does the same thing.
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