Last updated: 25 January 2000

This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade DS telescope models. Accessories and Feedback items appropriate to the ETX models are posted on other pages as appropriate. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or answers to questions posed here, e-mail them to me and I'll post them. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message. Thanks.

Subject:	 DS Series
Sent:	Monday, January 24, 2000 12:19:11
From:	randyv@iname.com (Randy Verderber)
As an owner of a DS-127ec I must disagree with Luke Kilpatrick's
assessment of the DS-114 and the DS-127, and agree with the Sky and
Telescope review.  While there are many plastic parts on my telescope,
they seem to be very sturdy.  I have accidently dropped, banged, and
bumped most of the parts several times and while I did manage to dent
the metal tube, the plastic parts have yet to see any damage.  I guess
some would prefer to pay more for all metal parts, but I would rather
take that savings and buy a really great eyepiece.

As for the for the alt-az mount, I do wish it was more stable, but it
does stabilized in about 1 second following a sharp rap on the tube. 
Also, it helps having the electric focuser (which because of the low
price I did buy).

Another of the nice cost saving features with the DS series, it that you
have the option of buying the Autostar #497, but for $50 less you can
instead but the #495.  It does only have 1400+ objects programmed, but
that is more than enough for me and you can also manually program just
about anything into it.

Subject:	 DS Reviews
Sent:	Wednesday, January 19, 2000 22:01:16
From:	lukekilpatrick@email.com (Luke Kilpatrick)
thank you any linking to my site is very helpful.
if you would like test reports or reviews of the ds scopes check by the
site in about a couple of weeks. we are doing our own testing of the ds
series. the refractors are very good. but the reflectors need a complete
redesign by Meade. the 114ds and 127ds are to heavy for the alt-az mount
and all of the scopes use to much plastic that breaks easy. I do like
the 70mm and 90mm refractor ds's and I recommend them to my customers
regularly. check the site in a week or so for a full review.
thanks again and great site

Luke Kilpatrick
Sub Con Telescopes

Subj: 	DS-60 mount for ETX
Date: 	Sunday, January 9, 2000 08:35:20
From: 	mjhuston@earthlink.net
Saw your site, and specifically the article on a GOTO mount for the ETX.
Would you please e-mail me the plans, steps, and diagrams for this. For
your information, the JC Penney 2000 catalog on page 718 has a Meade
DS-60 EC for $249.99; if you order before 26 Jan 00 you get an
additional 15% off by using an in catalog discount coupon. I have some
questions for you: If you use the Meade #497 Autostar, will the DS-60
mount facilitate all of it's functions, (software updates, tracking
correction, etc) ? After building this adaptation and I assume using a
newer ETX-90EC, which do you consider a better value ? I am sure I will
visit your site many more times in the future. Thanks & clear skies.  J
Mike here: I have nothing to email that isn't already on the site. If you are referring to something that another user suggested, contact that person directly. Since I don't have a DS model (or even an ETX-EC model right now) I can't answer your question.

Subj: 	DS Models User Feedback...
Date: 	Wednesday, January 5, 2000 17:01:24
From: 	erk@oddworld.com
Hi All,

DS Question:
I was going to replace my 8" dobsonian with one of the new 5" scopes so
I could try my hand at astrophotography. Has anyone tried to do
astrophotography with the DS series? On paper, it looks like you could
save some cash by buying the 5" DS-EC reflector instead of an ETX-125EC
and get the same aperture. The only thing that worries me is that it
seems a camera would affect the ballance and moment of inertia of the
setup. On the catadioptric scopes it seems like the extra weight is near
the pivot and would be less of a problem. Although I guess the 5" mirror
on the DS is pretty heavy and the gears are setup to handle that... Any

ETX-125 Question:
There are accesories that give you an equatorial wedge for these scopes.
Why do you need that if they already have "track an object" capability.
Is is so that you can primarily use only one worm drive instead of two?

- Eric
Mike here: Using a wedge provides increased stability over just tilting the tripod head to match your latitude. The reason for mounting equatorially (or in polar mode) is to track objects without the field of view rotating. For long duration astrophotography (piggyback or other) you don't want this field rotation to occur. However, for visual work, the rotation doesn't really matter.

Added later:

Thanks for the speedy answer. Yep, that makes sense. I love your site, I
have been glued to the message boards and galleries. It will really help
when I try to figure out exposure times...

Subj: 	DS114 question from "JULIA"
Date: 	Monday, January 3, 2000 05:16:25
From: 	j-wright@ti.com
There is a leeter fron a lady named Julia in your "DS" section. She asks
about a DS114 that she got for Christmas. She states that everyone there
has checked it out and all they can see is whatever is in back of the
telescope. Well, I'm not trying to be funny but she may be aiming the
wrong end of the scope at the sky. Every time I see a reflector at a
department store it is usually pointed at the floor. I think the people
that set these scopes up at some stores don't really know a reflector
from a refractor, so they position them so that the eyepiece is at the
lower end of the scope. This may be how the person that bought that
scope for that lady (Julia) saw it set up. By the way, I once told a
sales person at a store that the reflector they had set up was aimed at
the floor. He told me that they were in a hurry when they put it
together and really didn't have the time to set it up correctly.

Keep up the Great site!
Jose Wright

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