Last updated: 15 July 2002
Subject: ETX105 Sent: Friday, July 12, 2002 7:45:06 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (roberto) Ciao my meade etx105 info direct current 2 motor dec. ar.350,400ma cc 12v e regular yes o no. thank Ermanno Italy (Trieste)Mike here: See the Power Supply info on the Telescope Tech Tips page. The ETX-105EC will be the same as for other ETX models.
Subject: Re: ETX105 and Autostar 497 compatibility and download Sent: Tuesday, July 9, 2002 23:50:44 From: BtwdFritz@aol.com Thank you so much for getting back to me; it really helped. The Meade website is not nearly as clear as Richard Seymour's instructions on how to perform the download. I finally got the software downloaded, but haven't yet had the time (or the clear skies) to test the scope. I'm hoping for the best, but if it gives me problems, I guess I'll revert to the original firmware, if that's possible. I'm looking forward to sending a "First Light" report to your site---a positive one! FritzMike here: Remember to reTRAIN after upgrading the Autostar. Otherwise you'll experience "rubberbanding" when trying to center an object.
Subject: 105 Sent: Tuesday, July 9, 2002 4:17:36 From: email@example.com It' Marc again. I found the following statement on your site "If the cost for the ETX-125EC is outside the budget, then the ETX-90EC remains the telescope of choice. " Since I am looking at the ETX105, would you say that I should consider the ETX 90 as well ? The prices in Switzerland are as follows: ETX70 : 445 swiss francs ETX90: 1'165 swiss francs ETX105: 1'595 swiss francs ETX125: 2'380 swiss francs Apart from the outrageous pricing, the price jump from the etx90 to the etx 105 (+400 ) is smaller than from the etx105 to the 125 (+800). Of course I am wondering if the additional cash is worth the difference :-) Any comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks MarcMike here: That quote may have pre-dated the 105.
uhm - hmm. so you are saying that the 105 would defenitely be an option for me if i don't have that extra wad of cash. from what i have read, the image quality or "visual experience" of the 105 is not that much different from the 125. i would hate to spend the extra money without having considered the etx105, which is quite alot cheaper over here. since you have worked with all of these telescopes, your opinion would be greatly appreciated.Mike here: I have only briefly used the ETX-105EC. It lies between the -90 and -125 in size and capability. The -90 is more portable and the -125 has somewhat more light gathering power and focal length. So, you have to decide which tradeoffs are important to you.
Subject: #889 adapter for polar wedge also usable for the ETX105 Sent: Tuesday, July 9, 2002 2:48:09 From: firstname.lastname@example.org After looking at the ETX125 for quite a while now I am considering the ETX105 due to the much lower cost. I already own a meade deluxe tripod with polar wedge (used it with my LX-10) and i know that meade sells an adapter for the ETX125. Do you know if this adapter will also work with the ETX105 ? Many thanks for your help Marc
Subject: ETX105 and Autostar 497 compatibility and download Sent: Sunday, July 7, 2002 20:07:29 From: BtwdFritz@aol.com After a 3-hour drive from L.A. to Oceanside, I bought an ETX105 and Autostar 497 yesterday. Beforehand, the salesmen first assured me that I'd get a "new" Autostar with the 105 set-up option, but then said, no, there are no "new" ones with the option preprogrammed, and I'd just have to download the new software from Meade. Which statement is true? Very annoying. And very problematic. But I said ok and forked over a bunch of money. Anyway, I went to Meade's website, and clicked on the "25Ea" link to, in their words, "download the [ASU] and install it on your PC." Sounds so simple. I downloaded it, extracted the zip file, and now have this bizarre thing called "Build25Ea.rom" sitting in my download file that I can't open! What the #2$*! is a "rom" file, and how do I open it to set up the ASU---whatever that is--on my PC so I can get the current firmware I was promised I could buy in the first place so I could avoid all this?! Whew! Sorry about that, though I do feel a bit better. I just want to get up and running. Though I doubt malice on the part of the seller, I haven't gotten straight, or at least consistent, answers from them so far. You and your site contributors seem to be very knowledgeable. Please help me! How do I open and install the software and download it to my Autostar? (I did buy the cables, much to my unanticipated displeasure.) Or, as I've read on your site, will Meade really send me the latest version, with only the stipulation that I return the outdated one in their box? That would be very cool. I look forward to your reply!Mike here: I'm not surprised that the dealer still has older ROMs in the Autostars on the shelf. But at least they can be easily updated. You need the application from Meade's Autostar page to do the download of the ROM file. Just grab the full installer (Autostar Update Client Application for Windows, Version 3.51). For info on using the app, see "How to use the 3.x Updater" on the Autostar Information page on my ETX Site. By the way, if you don't want to download it you can select ETX-125EC as the telescope model and it will work fine.
Check the Feedback Archives for previous editions of the User Feedback pages.
Return to the top of this page.
Go to the ETX Home Page.