Last updated: 30 August 2003
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Subject:	shopping for etx125?
Sent:	Saturday, August 30, 2003 17:56:24
From: (john)
Hi I just ended a 9 month relationship with a nexstar 4 which proved
hopelessly putting it in the trash. I am thinking of
purchasing a ETX 125 to date have all the bugs been worked out let me
know. John Ronconi
Mike here: Which "bugs" would that be? There is new Autostar software; there were some design enhancements several years ago.
Subject:	ETX 125 EC and ETX 125 AT - Differences
Sent:	Tuesday, August 26, 2003 02:44:59
From: (H R Thomas)
Despite searching the web to a standstill, I cannot find any reference
to the differences between the 125 EC and the 125 AT.

I ordered an AT from my dealer in Australia some weeks back but, the
first model to arrive was the original (old) model EC although the
invoice referred to it as a 125 AT.  This scope went back to Meade USA
who said a mistake had been made in their warehouse.

The replacement that arrived today from the USA is in a 125 EC box, and
once again the invoice says 125 AT.  The scope has the updated fork
arms/bearings of the later (new) model EC.  It also has the oval in the
recess on the top of the base assembly.  However, I do not know if it is
an AT or an EC.

Can you tell me how to tell the EC and the AT apart?  Can you also
advise on the differences between the two, and whether you think the
differences are significant.

Cheers and thanks, 

Hedley Thomas
Mike here: You didn't quite search far enough. See the Announcements - Meade page on the ETX Site.


Much obliged Mike - the dealer will be delighted to hear I will be
collecting the scope this AM, and I will be sharing his delight.

Cheers and good health,

Hedley Thomas

Subject:	From a new, proud ETX owner @ Berlin, CT
Sent:	Sunday, August 24, 2003 06:39:40
Hi Mike,

have a good trip - I hope this is vacation, not business?  If your
travels take you anywhere near Connecticut, my offer of a beer still
stands!  I arrived in Berlin, CT, last Wednesday.  Upon arrival the
lovliest sight greeted me - my ETX125 sourced, supercharged and
delivered on time by Dr Clay Sherrod.  Looks like new and seems to work
great, although my ambitious plans of spending a night under the stars
have not been realised so far, due to the fact that I'm slow adapting to
time zone changes and at 8:00PM I still drop like a stone...

Next week I'll be spending in New York, sightseeing with my wife and kid
and shopping for some additional eyepieces.

All the best,

Marcin Bruczkowski

Subject:	etx 125 owner
Sent:	Saturday, August 9, 2003 19:43:20
From: (Ed)
I have been a fan since your inception and nobody else was paying
attention. The reason I found your site in the first place was because
of my interest in astronomy and buying my first good scope and trying to
decide what brand to get. You convinced me. I bought the 125 and since I
bought it, I read all the techie stuff. Especially, whether I got a good
one. I DID! I admit I've been a lurker for these past years but have
learned a lot from you and your site. I have visited your site every day
since you went on line! I plan on contributing to your site soon and
think you are one of the most responsible people who could ever run a
website. You have my eternal respect.
Ed Jacobsen
Stuntwax LLC

Subject:	ETX 125 'S DIFFERENT?
Sent:	Saturday, August 9, 2003 16:14:55
From: (dan hester)
Just finished reading the latest installments to your site.  Funny thing
about the ETX telescopes.  They either work great...or give problems.  I
guess I am one of the lucky ones.

I have had my         ETX 125     for almost a year.  I downloaded the
latest software, calibrated and trained the scope.  It is used almost
nightly, and never disappoints me.  In fact, I am always amazed at what
it can do.

M13, the moon and Mars are always in the center of the eyepice when I
ask. In fact, a few nights ago, I went outside just after Midnite.  I
aligned the scope...Punched in "MARS"     on the Autostar...and there it
was...dead center in  a 20mm eyepiece with a 2x Barlow!   Clear, plenty
of surface features and the scope tracked perfectly for over 30
minutes...until the clouds took over. I    punched in the Moon...dead
center with the same eyepiece.  After a while, I returned to mars...dead
center again.

I'm sorry other don't have such a good experience with the scopes.  I
have cleaned the gears with a toothpick and use a 12 volt external
battery with homemade connector.  The only time I have had trouble with
the scope is when a low battery caused a motor unit fault.  Thanks.

dan hester

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