Last updated: 30 June 2003
Subject: re: Telescope choice / DS-2130 or ETX-90 Sent: Saturday, June 28, 2003 19:33:33 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Seymour) To: email@example.com I have an ETX90, and i've used a Meade 114mm reflector next to it. And... they're both better for some objects. The 114mm larger light graps let it squeak a bit more magnification for moon use, but i thought the ETX90's gave better star images. The 114mm delivered a better M31 image. (it mioght be that it would run at lower magnification than the ETX90, given the same eyepieces) This was at an in-city, moderately light-polluted site. I think it's rattling down to: Aperture wins. The ETX90 is certainly much more portable (fits airplane hand-carry) than the 114mm, and i suspect your 2130 is similarly bulky. have fun --dick
Subject: Telescope choice / DS-2130 or ETX-90 Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 09:51:05 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike PearlmanMike) You have a great web site.....I though maybe you would have an opinion on something. I recently got a Meade DS-2130 (5" relector, similar to DS-2114) and am barely getting to use it in Florida because of bad weather. My question is, how do you think this scope would compare, view for view with the ETX-90? If it is worth the extra $150 or so, I can return it and get the ETX-90. The 2 times I have been able to get outside, I was able to see Jupiter at about the level of detail in the attached image. And that's at high magnification. Would the ETX images be any sharper, larger? How do the optics of the ETX balance out against the smaller aperture (90mm vs 130mm)? Does it focus easier or anything? I'm basically having to decide based on little info, having not much to look at and not being able to test an ETX without buying. I guess I am trying to find out if the difference with the ETX-90 would be small, or "Wow!"? If it is comparable, I would be ok keeping this one. Thanks for any help....you web site is great..... Mike Pearlman Largo, FL
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