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Last updated: 26 January 2008

This page is for user comments and information specific to the ETX PE (Premier Edition). Feedback on the specific PE technologies (Automatic Alignment + SmartFinder, Level North Technology) will be covered here. Feedback on the Autostar Suite AE (Astronomer Edition) will be posted on the regular Autostar Suite feedback page. Items that are applicable to all ETX models (EC, AT, PE) will continue to be posted on the other appropriate feedback 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:	Question regarding ETX-105PE 
Sent:	Friday, January 25, 2008 09:29:51
From:	JHNICHOLS (jhnichols3@comcast.net)
I have enjoyed your site, but have not had a chance to read it
completely. My question is to what is a good price on a new ETX-105PE. 
I currently own a DS-114 with AutoStar that was purchased second hand
off of Ebay several years ago, and has had a motor go bad this year. 
Living in town (Shreveport) and having to drive several miles to find
clear unpolluted skies, I have not routinely been involved in astronomy
since I was a teenager (40 now) living in the backwoods of Oklahoma. 
The DS-114 was a little bit of a pain to set up and align, but it did
have the #497 controller.  The day after Christmas I found an ETX-60AT
BB (backpack edition) on sale at Wal Mart for $125.  After using it one
time I fell in love with astronomy again, and started go out of town
again to use it.  I have done a little photography of the moon by
holding the camera (Sony Mavica FD-100) directly to the eyepiece.  The
ETX-60, although the most modest in the ETX line, is light years ahead
of the little wooden tripod mounted 50mm refractor tha I used as a
teenager.  I have decided to get back into astronomy and photography. 
The ETX-60 is a fine scope but is hard to find accessories for.  I would
like to go to a larger ETX and have found an ETX-105PE from your friends
at OCEANSIDE PHOTO & TELESCOPE for $712.  I think the ETX-105 is out of
production and this is a close out price.  Do you think this is a good
price and do you still like OCEANSIDE PHOTO? Thanks for you time and
consideration.

Joseph Nichols

P.S.  Will later update the camera too.  Compared with newer cameras the
Sony FD-100 is a little like holding a breadbox to the scope.
Mike here: Yes, the ETX-105PE has been discontinued. With the UHTC included, that would be a good price. And I still have a relationship with OPT as discussed on the OPT page on my ETX Site.
Subject:	Install a 1244 focuser on EXT-125 PE ?
Sent:	Tuesday, January 1, 2008 14:54:16
From:	Volpi Lucio (luciovolpi@hotmail.com)
Hi my name is Lucio, I'm writing from California, I just had a problem
with my Autostar of my EXT 125 PE, I read your article and I was able to
reset my Autostar.Thank you so much for your hel . I have an Electric
Focuser #1244 for EXT-90, can I install it on the EXT 125 PE?, if Yes
How?
 
thank you
Mike here: Not without making some mods since it is designed for only the ETX-90 and ETX-105. Unfortunately, no one has submitted a Tech Tip on how to make those mods so you would be on your own. If you do try it, feel free to write up what you do (with photos if possible) and I'll add it to the Site.

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