Last updated: 30 April 2002
Subject: EXT Help Please Sent: Monday, April 29, 2002 10:27:24 From: BBaptista@cfc.textron.com (Baptista, Bill) First, I am brand new to all of this. I purchased a Bushnell telescope from QVC 2 weeks ago and loved it. Problem is I got 'hooked!!" I ordered a brand new EXT-105EC with Autostar and can't wait to really have some fun. My question is: Do you think I can use the 2 eyepieces and 2X Barlow that came with the Bushnell? The eyepieces are "SR4MM" and "H20MM." They are 1.25" and are threaded on the bottom for filters. I also sincerely thank you for your website, for which I'd truly be in the dark - no pun intended - if not for it. If you don't normally answer these type question, I apologize in advance. Thank you, Mike!!!Mike here: Those eyepieces should work. The only problem might be the Barlow Lens; depending upon its design it might not reach a focus with some or all eyepieces.
Subject: ETX-105 Autostar Questions Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2002 6:28:18 From: Michael.Donaldson@ramstein.af.mil (Donaldson Michael L SSgt USAFE/SCNP) First of all great sites. I just bought the 105 and set it up last night, and I have two questions. First the 105 isn't in the telescope menu. Do I use the 90 or 125 or something else? Second, is there a focal reducer for film and/or an off-axis guider? Very Respectfully SSgt Michael Donaldson Theater Networks Program Manager HQ USAFE/SCNPMike here: You can use the ETX-125EC setting until you upgrade the Autostar to the current version (see Meade's site for the update). See the Shutan Wide Field Adapter on the Accessory Reviews - Showcase Products page for a focal reducer. If you add the SCT Accessory Adapter (Accessory Reviews - Miscellaneous page) you can add any SCT accessory. Whether it will work with the ETX depends upon two factors: weight and focal position. Some items will be too heavy for the axis locks; some items may not reach a focus.
Subject: Barlow Sent: Monday, April 22, 2002 14:57:28 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Van Roey) I did read some comments on the #126 Barlow lens 2x on your website and in your book. I am considering to buy this accessory for my ETX-105EC. I discovered in the Meade pricelist of my dealer #140 Barlow lens 2x. Not documented on the Meade website. Any idea on the difference between #126 and #140 (besides the fact #140 is about 40% more expensive). Any recommendation ? Thanks for your great website, your book & your support ! Regards, Chris.Mike here: For the -105 I'd stick with the #126. No reason to spend extra money on the extra quality that would require a larger telescope to be effective.
Subject: ETX-105EC Inside the base Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2002 18:27:04 From: Marknjuli@aol.com I finally got inside the base of the 105 and thought I would share what I found. It's the cloudy season here in Northern Colorado (3 semi-clear nights in the last two weeks) and last night, (4-20-02) with another Saturday night clouded in, I couldn't resist anymore. After opening the base, I can report the RA drive on the 105 is similar, but different to the 90. The only real difference I could find is that there are several more gears in the gear train. They are plactic, but following the train from the motor to the metal worm wheel, the gears get progressivly larger with thicker teeth. They are as usual globed with the thick green grease Meade uses. I havn't had any problems with my RA drive but I took advantage of having the cover off to clean up a bit. The Dec drive is a whole 'nother story. First thing I noticed is the screw that threads into the dec arm to lock it is much longer, like an inch total, compared to the maybe 3/8 inch on the 90. Next I removed the hex bolts that attach the OTA to the tube supports, but it wouldn't slide off as the 90 does. It seems that where the bolts run through the support arms now is "dimpled" and fits into the arms. Sort of a locked in. I didn't exert much force (and I don't plan to) but I was unable to remove the OTA from the arms. After sitting back and thinking about it, it seems that probably the left fork would have to be removed from inside the base to be able remove the OTA from the fork arms. While this prohibits easily removing the tube for use as a spotting scope, I think it is one of the keys as to why the 105 is so much more sturdy in the dec axis. It was late and I didn't proceed any further. There will be another time when I can make another attempt to get into the dec workings on the 105 and I will report on what I find. But for tonight, it's clear and I'm going observing. Thanks and keep up the great work. Mark
Subject: Horizontal slew on ETX-105 Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2002 15:34:40 From: Marknjuli@aol.com Todd, This sounds suspiciously like it might be a hard stop issue. Todd, if you un-clamp the RA lock can you move the base by hand in the direction you want it to go? If not, you are up against a hard stop. Make sure the scope is in home position before beginning. Happens to me all the time. Mark
Subject: Horizontal slew on ETX-105 Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2002 5:36:43 From: email@example.com (Todd) I recently purchased an ETX-105 with Autostar and deluxe tripod. The horizontal slew seems to work only intermittently. Sometimes it works a treat, slewing left and right with ease. Other times, both motors can be heard to purring away, but it doesn't move in the horizontal plane, only the vertical. And yes, I have checked that the horizontal lock is firmly pushed across. I've replaced the Autostar with the standard hand controller and it does not to slew in the horizontal plane with that either. Being fairly new to the machine, and astronomy in general, I'm not sure whether this is my error. Am I missing something, or is this a genuine mechanical problem? Thanks and I thoroughly enjoy your site. Todd ColeMike here: Since the problem comes and goes could it be that you are overtightening the axis lock? When the telescope doesn't move have you tried backing off a little bit on the lock?
Subject: ETX105 Macintosh connection Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2002 7:34:54 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (VAN ROEY Chris) I just bought an ETX-105 with Autostar and I am anxiously awaiting the delivery... I am a Mac addict and I want of course couple my Mac to the ETX (or is it to the Autostar ?). In between I found the necessary software (The Sky) for Mac. Do you know where I can buy the cable to connect my (USB) Mac to the ETX/Autostar (and if not in Europe, someone who is ready to ship the cable to Europe) ? Thanks, email@example.comMike here: You'll need a USB converter from Keyspan (the Meade one may not work since it seems to require a driver, at least for Windows). The Autostar #505 cable will then connect to the converter. You can either buy the cable or make one (details on the Autostar Information page). If the Keyspan converter you get only has the mini8 jacks you'll need a DB9-mini8 adapter as well. To do the Autostar updates you will also need VirtualPC.
Subject: OK You talked me into it Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2002 15:20:55 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (John) I haven't owned a telescope for about 25 years now. I was looking around on the web last week for information on telescopes and found your web site. After reading all the reviews and comments, I decided to break loose with some cash and try one of these telescopes. I just purchased an ETX105 along with the Autostar controller on Thursday. It arrived Friday via UPS at 11:30 am. I took the day off from work so I could study the manuals and be prepared for sunset. My friend Gary came over around 8:30 pm, and at around 8:45 Jupiter appeared in the sky. I aligned the telescope per the manual. We found Jupiter on the Autostar controller, pushed the GOTO button, and to my amazement there was Jupiter with 4 moons in the eyepiece! I was surprised to also see some banding. Ok, that was nice but I want more! We couldn't see any other objects in the sky, but I set the Autostar for Saturn anyway. Same thing. I pressed the GOTO button and it found Saturn. Then I tried to find the Horsehead Nebula, but by that time we had clouds rolling in from the west, and by 10:30 there was nothing visible in the sky. Anyway, I am VERY satisfied with the quality and ease of use of this telescope, and I appreciate your web site in helping me make the decision. Skies are supposed to be clear after 11:00 pm tonight, so I am sure I will not get much sleep. Thank you for a great web site! John Trudell Bay City, MichiganMike here: Don't expect to see the Horsehead Nebula with your eye using any telescope.
I am sure I saw the Horsehead Nebula with a $ 25.00 refractor in 1972. Or was it a similar looking nebula in Orion? It wasn't very big, but it was clearly the shape that I had seen in pictures.Mike here: That was probably M42, the Great Nebula in Orion.
ok. that makes sense. I am not expecting Hubble quality viewing anyway. But it sure beats the heck out of that old Tasco I had when I was a kid. I also stopped in to a telescope store here that I never knew existed until today to buy a couple of extra eyepieces. The owner mentioned your web site and was very complimentary. Thank you! John Trudell
Subject: etx-105 case Sent: Friday, April 12, 2002 4:36:36 From: email@example.com (marc.delaney) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Hi John, Seen your note about ETX-105 case: you don't need to remove the finder with the ETX-105 because the case lid has more room in it. The note to remove finder only applies to the ETX-90 and its case because they were designed originally for the straight-thru finder. Clear skies, Marc
Subject: ETX-105 Update Sent: Tuesday, April 9, 2002 19:18:24 From: email@example.com (MindSpring Account) I wanted to update you on the 105 vibration issues I was having. I ordered the ScopeTronix ETX Deluxe Tripod Adapter plate for use with my 883 tripod. The plate mounts the ETX-105 to the tripod much more securely as the whole telescope base is now supported. That with the ScopeTronix Flexi-Focus cable has made life much more steady, plus I like having storage for eyepieces & the Autostar The only down side of the mounting plate is that it is almost a two person job to mount the scope & plate on the tripod. I plan on mounting the plate to the tripod permanently to make set up easy. Now only if the clouds would go away..... Dave
Subject: Re: #675 dew shield & #776 case for the Etx-105 ec Sent: Tuesday, April 9, 2002 16:38:24 From: DavidJennings@charter.net (David Jennings) Thanks for the quick responce. I havent got around to giving shutan a call back yet. But i'm rather new to the whole astronomy thing & my etx-105 is my 1st good telescope i've had/used. I just cant seem to get autostar to work. Probly inpart cause i dont know names of stars! I did manage to read on your web site though that lots of people seem to use polaris for alignment. So now for my question. Is polaris in the autostar?! Why can't i find it/why isn't it? Thanx for any help David JenningsMike here: People use Polaris as a guide to polar alignments but it should not be used as an Autostar alignment star. For help on alignment stars, see the article "Alignment/High Precision/Star Charts" on the Observational Guides/References page.
Subject: ETX-105 hard case Sent: Tuesday, April 9, 2002 5:43:57 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (marc.delaney) In response to david Jennings disappointment with the ETX-105 hard case, I recently bought an ETX-105 and the case. At first I thought I had been sent the ETX-90 case, it was so small. My dealer (Telescope House in London) immediately sent me another, clearly marked for the 105, and was exactly the same as the one before. It finally twigged on us both (dealer and me) that the case is indeed different but so badly designed that the scope has to be shoe-horned into it! Now that I got the hang of using it, its fine, even if still a little cramped. It's Meade's fault for not taking enough care in designing their accessories and they are not doing their name any favours --- Meade, are you reading this? You'd better, if you want to keep customer loyalty! Marc
Subject: ETX105EC HARD CASE Sent: Tuesday, April 9, 2002 3:15:26 From: email@example.com (John Barbarite) I just received a ETX105 Meade hard case from Astronomics. The scope fits rather tight. No way will it fit with a dew shield as mentioned in a previous post. The literature that came with the case was for an ETX-90 model #774 case. But I think that the case is correct as the scope fits properly- even though it's a little tight. There is no model number on the case itself. However, I was disappointed to read the Note in the literature that came with the case suggesting removing the right angle finder. "Note: If the optional Meade #845 Right-Angle Viewfinder is attached to the ETX-90 telescope, remove the viewfinder from the telescope mounting bracket before placing the telescope inside the carrying case. This prevents excessive pressure on the viewfinder bracket when the carrying case lid is closed." Reinstalling an aligning the finder each time the case is used doesn't seem like the case was well designed for the 105 as that is the standard viewfinder an will be a real pain in the neck. Do you think this #774 case note also applies to the other scopes, assuming I really have a 105 case? Also, in your book (got it the other day) you rightly recommend not covering the scope with plastic do you think keeping the scope in the foam in the case could affect it also?
Subject: #675 dew shield & #776 case for the Etx-105 ec Sent: Monday, April 8, 2002 15:21:36 From: DavidJennings@charter.net (David Jennings) I recently receive the meade dew shield & etx hard case for my 105 etx telescope much to my disappointment the dew shield does not fit in the case like the litiature that came with the dew shield says that it will store in the case. As quoted from the directions for the dew shield: "The dew shield may be inverted on the end of the optical tube for storage with the telescope in any of the optional ETX hard cases. see Fig2" well Fig2 shows the dew shield sliding all the way down close to where is screws on the telescope but inverted for storage it absolutly does not do this & I scratched the inside of the dew shield attemting this. It only fits about 3/4's the way on when set on the telescope in this manner I found that out the hard way. For the 28$ that the dewshield was I'm quite disappointed. As for the Hard case I'm somewhat disappointed too as the telescope fits very snugly so snugly that it almost doesnt fit! Also theres no room for the AC Adapter in this case & once again absolutly no room for the dew shield that meade claims that will fit in the case. The telescope does fit in the case with the autostar, eyepeice,barrow lens, & 505 connector kit & it came with #776 lititure for the 105 however my question is Did shutan send me the wrong case the one for the 90 perhaps?Mike here: Sorry you've had a problem. I doubt the case is for the ETX-90 as the ETX-105EC is a laregr scope. But if you are concerned about it, contact Shutan.
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