Last updated: 23 May 2004
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.

Weasner's ETX-125EC Experiences (4/3/00)
ETX-125EC & NexStar5, Part 2 (12/20/99)
ETX-70AT, ETX-125EC, & NexStar5 (10/12/99)
Clay Sherrod's ETX-125EC Experiences (1/31/01)
"New" vs "Old" - How to Tell (11/04/03)
ETX-125EC & NexStar5 specifications (10/24/99)
Sky & Telescope ETX-125EC, NexStar5 comparison (5/26/00)
Sky & Telescope ETX-125EC review (updated) (10/21/99) Lombry's ETX-125EC, NexStar5 comparison (French) (2/13/01)
Daffron's ETX-125EC, Orion Starmax 127EQ comparison (1/12/02)
Hester's ETX-125 vs Orion Short tube 120 (10/31/03)

Subject:	Question about Meade ETX-125?
Sent:	Wednesday, May 19, 2004 22:32:20
From:	"Bill VanOrden" (
I have had a 10" LX50 for about 4 years

I just got the ETX125 about a week ago.

The LX50 will be used a fair bit less, I can feel it!


The image quality of the Maksutov design is inherently better than the
SCT. We got to try it out under some fairly dark but slightly hazy skies
last Saturday night and the Thursday before in our driveway. Deep sky
objects were very pleasing, especially the open and globular clusters.
Planetary views are awesome!! I didn't get to chase too many galaxies or
nebula but suspect the views would be good if they are not tiny little
fuzzie things.

I am anxious to view the Swan, Trifid and Orion nebulae as well as M46
with its cool planetary embedded in the middle.

I hardly think you would be disappointed with the ETX125 and I would
have no reservations about recommending this scope.

Beevo (aka Bill VanOrden)

Subject:	Question about Meade ETX-125?
Sent:	Monday, May 17, 2004 06:13:48
From:	"Larry Hart" (
First, I would like to say thank you for such a wonder and informing
site about the ETX scopes.  However, I cannot find the answer to the
questions that I have.

I am considering purchasing an ETX-125.  I currently use a 10" f/4.7
Reflector which is great for DSOs. But I'm looking for something smaller
for those moonlit nights when it is better for planetary and lunar
observation and lugging an ETX-125 would be much easier than lugging my
10" around.  I've heard that the ETX-125 can produce razor-sharp images
of the planets and the moon at high powers, even out-perfroming medium
sized reflectors with low focal ratios like my 10".   However, I think
that I'm the only person in Southeastern Kentucky that owns a telescope,
so I don't have the option of trying out an ETX-125 for myself.

In your opinion, do you think that the ETX-125 can produce planetary and
lunar images that would rival or outperform an average 'well-collimated'
10" reflector with a low focal ratio?  (I know that is a difficult
question to ask considering that no telescope is the same.)  If so, I
think that I would find the ETX-125 a great investment.  If not, I do
not want to waste my money on something that I will be disappointed with
and would not use.

I really appreciate your website and it's info.  Thanks in advance for
the answer.

Mike here: The optics of the ETX Maksutov-Cassegrain models are really superb. They do rival that in some larger telescopes. Whether it will meet your expectations, only you can determine. But you might want to read through the User Observations page for some actual reports.

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