ETX-60AT & ETX-70AT USER FEEDBACK
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Last updated: 27 July 2003
This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade ETX-60AT and ETX-70AT. Additional information on these models is available on the ETX-60AT & ETX-70AT Announcements page. Comments on accessories and feedback items appropriate to other ETX 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.


Subject:	ETX 60 question
Sent:	Thursday, July 24, 2003 14:27:04
From:	mike@e-axis.com (Mike Luis)
I have a question about the ETX 60 (electronic) scope. A friend of mine
recently purchased the scope. I own an ETX 125. I was explaing to him
how to align the scope (ALTZ mode). I explained the "Hard Stop"
procedure to him. But the scope just kept on turning with no HardStop.
So is there a hard stop on the ETX 60? If not how do you align it? Is it
the same as the ETX 125 minust the Hard Stop?

Thanks
Mike
Mike here: The ETX-60 and ETX-70 models do not have hard stops. The hardstops avoid internal "cord wrap" but the design is different with these models so that is not an issue. Alignment steps are the same one the telescope is in the HOME position.
Subject:	Jupiter, & my ETX 70AT
Sent:	Monday, July 21, 2003 02:31:52
From:	mfmartland@tiscali.co.uk (Malcolm Martland)
In response to "Jupiter, & my ETX 70AT"

I observed Jupiter from the South West UK in early June and could easily
see the cloud bands with my latest ETX70AT using the supplied 9mm or
Scopetronix WA14mm eyepieces - and even better with a x3 Barlow. This
was a great thrill but at the time the Great Red Spot was not visible. I
also tried to enhance the bands with several filters (Green #58A, Blue
#80A, Yellow #12) but they only seemed to reduce the image. What filters
would you recommend for this?

I am on my third ETX70AT this year - the first had drive problems, the
second had no tripod holes in the base - the dealer exchanged them both
and this one is very good.

The best accessory I have bought is the Scopetronix Flexifocus. Before
the focussing was clumsy and uncomfortable but is much more controlled
now.

Many thanks for an invaluable information source.

Best wishes, 

Malcolm
Malcolm F. Martland, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0YD, U.K.

Subject:	Jupiter, & my ETX 70AT
Sent:	Tuesday, July 15, 2003 22:36:44
From:	iamscott57@hotmail.com (Scott Nicolson)
Could you please tell me if there is something wrong with me or my ETX
70AT telescope. In the past when i have viewed Jupiter all i see is it
as a bright round dot with its moons. But i here other people say they
can see the bands. i have used various eypeices 25mm, 9mm, 18WAmm with
and without 2x and 3x barlow's to no avil.

as usual thanks for all the help and the website which i am sure alot of
people would be lost without. I find it rare nowadays that someone takes
the time like you do, to help so many people for nothing more than a
genuine shared/loved intrest.

thanks again
Scott
Mike here: Jupiter is very low in the west now so the quality of the view has been reduced from what it was when high overhead. This is due to the amount of the Earth's atmosphere that it's light has to pass through before it reaches your telescope. This could be the reason you are now experiencing less pleasing views of Jupiter. If you were viewing when higher in the sky were you properly focused? A common error is to make Jupiter as large as possible in the eyepiece by turning the focus knob. This is incorrect. The size of the image is actually its smallest when in focus. Jupiter's moons would appear star-like (small points of light) when in focus.

And:

Yes it was while it was higher also i did make it as large as possible
so just the usual operator error

Thanks again
Scott

Subject:	focus issue with the etx-60
Sent:	Tuesday, July 15, 2003 19:10:30
From:	ripper0289@hotmail.com (Leonard Ashcroft)
A while back I bought a flexi-focus from scopetronix for my scope.  When
I was installing it, the rod it was connected to somehow fell inside the
body of the scope.  I did manage to get it out, but now I'm having
problems.  The focus doesn't travel all the way with the knob, there are
times when I have to grab the forward part of the scope and move it by
hand.  Is there any way I can fix this or would I have to send the scope
in for repairs to Meade?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer, and I LOVE your website. 
One of the best out there.
Mike here: Unfortunately, this is a repair that Meade needs to do.
Subject:	Meade POWER SUPPLY 
Sent:	Monday, July 14, 2003 10:40:35
From:	sladunebay@yahoo.de (irena gruhner)
Hi, I'm Rumen Georgiew tihis is mein batery pack for my Meade  ETX70AT
work 24-30 hour  (I speak Deutsch SORRY) For question my email is
viper70v@hotmail.com .
Mike here: Sorry, I am not certain what you are asking.
Subject:	Autostar Options for a ETX-60AT
Sent:	Saturday, July 12, 2003 11:18:28
From:	ma4x@sbcglobal.net (Michael Ainslie)
Thanks for hosting a web sight for ETX users.  I just purchased a
ETX-60AT from a store that is going out of business.  I was able to get
the basic unit with two lenses, a standard field tripod and a case for
$100.  The Autostar piece was not included.  My questions are:

1.	Where would you recommend that I go to buy the Autostar piece and
which model should I buy?  It seems like there are a few different
models that might work (494,495 or 497 ???).

2.	What year did Meade introduce the ETX-60AT model?  It seems like
this unit has been replaced by the ETX-70AT model.  What is the
difference between the ETX-60 and the ETX-70?

3.	The cover for the hole where the camera attachment is missing.
What is the simplest why to find a replacement cover?  I want to add a
camera attachment piece for a Cannon SLR camera. Will the cover ship
with this camera attachment?

Thanks for taking my email questions.
Mike in San Jose, CA. 
Mike here: The ETX-60 was introduced in May 2000. It fairly quickly lost out to the ETX-70. The only difference is that the -60 has a 60mm aperture and the -70 has a 70mm aperture. The #494, #495 (software upgradable to a #497), the #497 Autostars can all be used with the ETX-60. You can find used ones on eBay. A 35mm film can works nicely in the eyepiece hole. Don't tighten the setscrew so much that it digs into the can; otherwise you can get plastic (or metal) debris inside the telescope tube.
Subject:	Scopetronix Digital Camera Adaptor / ETX-70
Sent:	Monday, July 7, 2003 12:20:07
From:	walter.schoenly@oit.state.nj.us (Walter Schoenly)
I recently purchased a Scopetronix Digital Camera Adapter to mount my
Olympus D-550 digital camera on my ETX-70.  Do I need to be concerned
about damaging the internal mechanism due to the unit having to handle
the additional weight?  Would appreciate your comments.  Thanks

Walt Schoenly
Mike here: I don't know if that camera is too heavy or not. I've hung my Nikon Coolpix 995 on my ETX-70 without problems. But if you are concerned you might want to consider a counterweight; see the Helpful Information - Astrophotography page for some ideas.

And:

Thanks Mike.  As always you've been very helpful.

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