Last updated: 31 August 2004
This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade ETX-125EC and ETX-125AT. Comments on accessories and feedback items appropriate to other ETX and DS models are posted on other pages. 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.

Weasner's ETX-125EC Experiences (4/3/00)
ETX-125EC & NexStar5, Part 2 (12/20/99)
ETX-70AT, ETX-125EC, & NexStar5 (10/12/99)
Clay Sherrod's ETX-125EC Experiences (1/31/01)
"New" vs "Old" - How to Tell (11/04/03)
ETX-125EC & NexStar5 specifications (10/24/99)
Sky & Telescope ETX-125EC, NexStar5 comparison (5/26/00)
Sky & Telescope ETX-125EC review (updated) (10/21/99) Lombry's ETX-125EC, NexStar5 comparison (French) (2/13/01)
Daffron's ETX-125EC, Orion Starmax 127EQ comparison (1/12/02)
Hester's ETX-125 vs Orion Short tube 120 (10/31/03)

Subject:	New
Sent:	Tuesday, August 31, 2004 07:13:17
From:	Mohammad Al-Kahtani (
I am new and I want to buy a telescope. Do you recommend  MeadeETX -125
AT. IF not please advice me one, the best you think from any brand. And 
I am willing to invest up to $3000 but it should be portable.

In fact, I am in Saudi Arabia now, and I think we have great and
beautiful sky to watch from the dessert.
Mike here: Please read the Email Etiquette item on my ETX Site; your message was originally deleted UNREAD as SPAM due to the ambiguous subject.
Review the various Feedback pages as well as the User Observations on the ETX Site. I have posted my comments at the top of the current ETX-125 Feedback page.
Subject:	ETX-125 in polar mode
Sent:	Monday, August 30, 2004 11:16:58
From:	Mikel Stoer (
I've been using my various ETX's for a few years now but always in
ALT/AZ mode.  I have been playing with the idea of doing the polar align
thing   : ' )  which I've read up on but not done yet to (possibly) get
better tracking for some photography work

My ETX-125 came with a heavy plate for use in polar aligning the
telescope. As I understand it this is for the 883 tripod and not for use
on the 884.  There-fore as I understand it I would not use this plate
(when using my 884 tripod).  Is this correct, or should I use the plate
on the 884 tripod?

It is also possible the plate mass could help steady the scope and would
therefore be useful even though not required.   What do you think?  As
always your thoughts, suggestions and concerns are a valued resource to

Thank you

Mike here: The plate is for the #883. The #884 shouldn't need it. I don't know if it would even fit.
Subject:	Desparately seeking tube rings
Sent:	Saturday, August 21, 2004 13:48:54
From:	Jay Moynihan (
I need tube mounting rings (to fit dove tail plates for Orion SVP mount)
for my 127mm Mak. It is a white tube etx127. That means, no tripod
adaptor on bottom. The ones for the Orion 127mm Mak are to small. anyone
know of any rings for a etx 125 ota?

Jay Moynihan
Ashland, WI  U.S.A.
Mike here: I would assume that Losmandy ( makes a set that would fit.
Subject:	purchase of etx 125 opinion requeste
Sent:	Monday, August 16, 2004 22:29:46
From:	sakthivel krishnasamy (
I am from India.  One of my friends would like to buy a portable scope. 
He has and eye on etx 125.

Even though there are a lot of positive sides of this scope i have heard
of some negative sides like problem with collimation, image shift while
focussing and the drive problems. Has these problems been rectified in
the latest products?  If we get a scope with problems we cannot ship it
back for service.  To make matters worse collimation has to be  done
only at the facory as the scope is sealed. What is your suggestion? 
Will we be able to get a scope without these problems when the scope
arrives in India. And what is the guarantee that the problems will not
arise after it arrives here?
Mike here: If you purchase from a reputable local dealer you should be OK. Collimation problems can occur during shipment, as can other problems. But in general you should get a satisfactory telescope. Read through the feedback pages for more info. And you can, with some patience and care, collimate the ETX yourself (see the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page) although you can easily make things worse too.

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