Last updated: 24 March 2006
This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade ETX-125EC and ETX-125AT. Comments on accessories and feedback items appropriate to other ETX and DS 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: re: Age of ETX 125 Sent: Monday, March 20, 2006 21:36:27 From: richard seymour (firstname.lastname@example.org) I'm aware of two ways to tell the age of an ETX. For the ETX125, the forks became filled with metal structure (compared to the older plastic forks). If you prowl Mike's Telescope Tips page, you'll see a number of articles about disassembling the "new" and "old" forks. Probably by simply removing the metal disk under the "Dec Clamp knob" you can see enough of the structure to make a guess. The -second- way is worse: on the back of the -inner- "rear of the OTA", my scope had a date written in crayon or chalk. Reaching -that- required removing the screws on the back of the mirror cell such that the entire optical tube could be pulled forward. This also requires removing the focuser knob, which in turn means DO NOT POINT THE SCOPE DOWN!!! or the sliding mirror cell may pull the focus shaft into the OTA (And out of reach...). have (careful) fun --dick
From: Bruce Brooker (email@example.com) Hey thanks guys, I just received my scope today and I removed the metal disk under the Dec Clamp Knob and low and behold it revealed a metal bearing.Hey Mike when did Meade come out with the UHTC? Looking the scope over after I removed it from the box there was the little UHTC sticker along the bottom of the OAT. The guy who sold it to me never mentioned it had the UHTC applied.BONUS!!!One question I have though is when I took it out last night to play a little(dont have a tripod yet,orderd from Meade #884,should be here soon) I noticed that when I would focus the image would shift a litt bit in the FOV..is this normal in the 125 'cause my 90 never really does that.If its normal or not is there a way to correct that?Also the focus seems to be a little more touchy than the 90.Is this also normal?Any input would be great.Thanks again! Bruce firstname.lastname@example.orgMike here: I believe UHTC surfaced in late 2001 or early 2002. Some image shift is normal with the design but it should not be significant. It it is significant then the telescope may be out of collimation. I'm not certain what you mean by a "touchy" focus but remember, you have a longer focal length telescope now.
Subject: Age of ETX 125 Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 19:12:39 From: Bruce Brooker (email@example.com) I'm the proud owner of a ETX 90EC and I'm in the market to move on to a 125.I have a chance to purchase a used 125....according to the owner the scope has seen about 3 hours of starlight and is about 2-3 years old.My question is ... is it possible to really tell the year of the scope just by pictures alone.I've inclosed as attachments(hope they come through) the pics of the scope.What has got my attention is the little yellow dot between the two threaded inserts for the table top tripod legs...any ideas?Did Meade ever put something like this on their scopes because my 90 has nothing like it. Also what has got my attention is the style of threaded insert nuts where the table top tripod screws into.My 90 I bought back in 2000 does not have that style.If possible could you tell when this scope was made?Any input you might have would be great! THANK YOU for you time...Bruce Brooker P.S. GREAT SITE>>>THANKS FOR THE HELP THROUGH THE YEARS!!!!!!!
what year did meade start the 125 run...could it be possible that this scope is older that your original purchased 125 in 1999?Down to brass tacks my question is what is the oldest this scope could be?He sent pics of the box and it shows its an EC...I just want to make sure hes telling me the correct year.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME! Bruce Brooker firstname.lastname@example.org P.S. oh yea...the photo shows a bracket for a rigel finderscope..looks like a peel and stick type bracket...would I be able to remove this without ruining the finish on the OTA?
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