Last updated: 26 September 2002
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Subject:	The" Costco" scope
Sent:	Thursday, September 26, 2002 16:04:25
From:	JPU471@aol.com
I, like many others, at least in Los Angeles, purchased the Ds 80at at
Costco.  It seems the major weak point is going to be the eyepieces.  I
have already spoken with Meade who will send me a new adaptor so tht I
can use better eypieces.  Anyother suggestions for this older model? 
Great site   Thanks  Ken
Mike here: Keep in mind the limitations of the telescope. You likely don't want to spend a lot of money trying to improve something past its performance capabilities. But there are many add-ons that can be useful such as filters and camera adapters.
Subject:	Question about Meade telescopes
Sent:	Thursday, September 26, 2002 9:22:08
From:	augy123@hotmail.com (Dave Augspuger)
Hi, great web page!  I was hoping you could help me.  I have the
opportunity to buy either a Meade ETX-90RA for $150 or a Meade DS114-EC
for $215.  This will be my first telescope.  Would you recommend one
over the other?

Thanks, Dave
Mike here: I have no experience with the DS telescopes but an EC model with full electronic control over both axes would be nice. The ETX-90RA only provides a Right Ascension drive but is manual for slewing. And it can't be upgraded to an Autostar whereas I think that DS model could be. The other differences would be size, optics, focal length; these have to be considered so that you get want to satisfy your purpose.
Subject:	re: Meade DS80-AT : Suggestion requested.
Sent:	Sunday, September 22, 2002 22:11:38
From:	rseymour@wolfenet.com (Richard Seymour)
To:	nischald@yahoo.com
another good source for DS-80 info is the Yahoo egroup:


have fun 
From:	nischald@yahoo.com (Neil Desai)
Thanks a lot.
I really appreciate your response.
- Neil

Subject:	Meade DS80-AT : Suggestion requested.
Sent:	Saturday, September 21, 2002 18:15:22
From:	nischald@yahoo.com (Neil Desai)
I am an amature astronomer. I always wanted to buy a nice telescope at
reasonable price. I saw Meade DS-80AT (80mm refracting type) for $199.99
at Costco and thought it was a good price.

Considering the fact that I have never used telescope in my life and
very very novice with star gazing, what is your recommendation.

I came across your web site as I was searching for feedbacks on this
particular telescope.

It is computerized so I think it will help me locate the objects easily.

Based on your experience what is your suggestion? Is it good and should
I buy that or should I buy any other model that you know is probably
cheaper and good for novice like me?

Your response is very valuable to me and highly appreciated. Hope to
hear from you.

Thanks for your time and guidance.
Have a nice day.
P.S I live in Austin, TX (Originally from Milpitas,

"Stop not until the goal is reached."

Mike here: I have no experience with the DS models. From reports that are posted on the ETX Site they do seem to make fine introductory telescopes. As to whether it will satisfy you depends upon your expectations. Small aperture and short focal length telescopes deliver fine wide field views but have limited magnification capabilities (to show planetary details, for example).
Subject:	re: ac adapter for 114eq
Sent:	Sunday, September 1, 2002 14:07:24
From:	rseymour@wolfenet.com (Richard Seymour)
To:	rhard1@cox.net
join in the 4054 telescope users group and ask the question.

You'll get many, -tested- answers.

The 4504 and 114eq are the same scopes, with equivalent systems.

have fun

Subject:	re: DS 2060EC
Sent:	Sunday, September 1, 2002 14:06:50
From:	rseymour@wolfenet.com (Richard Seymour)
To:	dfellows@wi.rr.com
Version 24Ea and newer of 497 firmware
should work with the 2060... it's in its list
of known models.

good luck

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