Last updated: 29 February 2004
Subject: New 125 OTA threads larger--dew shield falls out Date: 2/28/04, 20:58 From: Becky Hawley (email@example.com) I got a brand new ETX 125AT UHTC from Meade when they lost my older ETX I sent in for repair (long story). I tried screwing the #678 dew shield into the OTA, and it just slipped in! It appears the OTA threads are about 1 mm larger than the dew shield. My old etx wasn't UHTC, I called and asked if UHTC had anything to do with this issue (I didn't think it was and Meade confirmed. They sent me a new #678, which I knew wasn't the problem, and sure enough, it wasn't. They agreed to repair it, but the images are so good in this scope that I really didn't want to risk sending it back. I learned about this site from the Astromart guy I traded with for the ETX. I read up on the "old" vs "new". I checked and I do have the new mount, but why the OTA is larger is a mystery. I figure I can just use a Kendrick flex dew shield, when I need to. You agree? Kudos on a great site! Jim Hawley firstname.lastname@example.org Loveland, Colorado USAMike here: Strange that the tube has a different dimension. Does the aperture cover screw in tightly? As to other dewshields, the wrap-around kind should be OK.
Yes, the lens cover fits fine. When I held up the threads of it against the treads of the dew shield, I eyeballed about the 1 mm difference I mentioned. Since I live in the mountains of Colorado, I don't use a dew shield much anyway. But I still wonder how the tooling could change like that. Since this is a brand new ETX directly from Meade, I wonder if others will have the same problem in the future? Thanks Jim Hawley
Subject: New ETX 125 Date: 2/22/04, 07:15 From: Tom Slater (TSlater@Ee.net) I have used and enjoyed your site to explore what all I can expect from my subj. telescope. I use an NS11GPS at home and needed a scope to travel with me on the road. I am an electrical engineer travelling all over the world and to combat boredom I decided on the ETX125 as a travelling companion. Although I am accustomed to that really biiiig hole in the front of the telescope I am discovering that the ETX125 will do some amazing things. It is a lot of telescope for the money. Thanks for the informative site. Cordially, Tom Slater email@example.com Adamsville, Ohio USA 40:01:47N 81:51:16W
Subject: New ETX 125 w. UHTC received from Woodland Hills Camera Date: 2/18/04, 18:28 From: Paul Zadach (PZ886@msn.com) I got my new ETX 125 yesterday and of course the first thing I wanted to do was see if I got the old or the new version. I checked the tests including unscrewing the the left hand fork lock and found by comparing the pictures on your site that this is the new model. Don't know if all the UHTC models are automatically the new models, but wanted to say that I am very happy with the service from WHC. They returned my e-mails the same day, and seem to be a credible company. And no, I do not work for them! Clear skys, paul
Subject: ETX-125AT for terrestrial photography Date: 2/18/04, 11:41 From: Jim Durham (firstname.lastname@example.org) I was wondering if anyone has any experience using the 125AT for terrestrial photography and if there was somewhere I could look at some example shots? I have just purchased a Canon 10D and would like to get an idea how the 125AT might stack up as a long focal length lens for wildlife shots. The main thing that concerns me is the f15. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks, Jim DurhamMike here: I don't recall any specific ETX-125 terrestrial photos. I know there are some birders that use the ETX-90. You could search the Site for "terrestrial"; you'll get lots of hits, most of which don't have photos though.
Subject: Missing screws in Fork arms on ETX-125 Date: 2/12/04, 03:54 From: David Harvey (email@example.com) Great site and thanks for the effort...it has to be very time consuming!! I noticed where another person with a new ETX-125 commented on the 'apparantly missing ' screws in the fork arms, 3 on each side under the DEC knobs. I also found this to be the case on my new ETX-125 and thought for sure that this was a definite assembly error during manufacture. Now, I'm beginning to wonder if the screws were intentionally left out by Meade and ALL etx-125's are made without them. Does anyone have information on this? Thanks again! DaveMike here: Like you I suspect those are just holes, possibly for some other purpose.
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