Last updated: 25 July 2004
Subject: Converting ETX-90RA to Autostar with DS-2114 mount Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2004 12:30:15 From: Frank J Oles (firstname.lastname@example.org) I have an original ETX-90 and would like a tripod and some Autostar capabilities. Tahe Meade outlet store has Meade/Astrofinder/Polaris DS-2114s with the 494 for less than the field tripod alone. Has anyone had any experience using the DS-2114 mount with the ETX-90 OTA? The diameters of both OTAs seem to be pretty close to each other and not much adaptation would seem necessary. Am I missing something? Thanks. Frank OlesMike here: Check the Telescope Tech Tips page; several links to ETX-90RA on DS mounts information.
Subject: Inquiry on Brookstone's DSX-90AT Sent: Thursday, July 8, 2004 19:16:34 From: VWE@aol.com (VWE@aol.com) I am such an amateur and would like to start with a fairly decent telescope. I saw your photos on the above model and your comments that it looked like a cheaper version of the EXT but couldn't find any other reviews. I was at our Brookstone outlet and they had one DSX-90AT at half price. Wow, I almost grabbed it and still may tomorrow, but I was wondering if this a good telescope for a beginner to start star, planet, and galaxy gazing. Could you tell me exactly what I will be able to observe and what I can expect from this telescope? Also, will I be able to add different eye pieces and filters to it (when I become more advanced) and be able to manually use it when I tire of the computer generated gazing? One more thing, will I be able to take photos with this telescope? I am going back to read over your feedback letters on the EXT, but any input you may have on what I think may be a great buy on Brookstone's DSX-90T would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, ValerieMike here: The DSX models are essentially the same as the ETX models except on a different mount. They use the same Autostar. The optics are the same. The only real differences would seem to be that the tripod is limited to Alt/Az and there is no UHTC option. Also, since it has a single fork arm I would suspect that the images might be subject to more vibration and that the mount would handle less weight than the ETX models. Accessories should be the same. Same for astrophotography, with the limitation of not be able to mount it in polar mode (for long duration piggyback astrophotography).
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