Last updated: 19 June 2009
This page is for user comments and information specific to the ETX-LS. Items that are applicable to all ETX models (RA, EC, AT, BB, PE, LS) 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 for posting. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message per the Site Email Etiquette. Thanks. Remember, tips described on this site may invalidate the warranty on your telescope or accessories. Neither the submitter nor myself are responsible for any damage caused by using any contributed tips.
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Subject: ETX-LS Feedback Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 05:09:17 From: Varga, Les (LVarga@Nordson.com) I set my new ETX LS up last weekend in my suburban Atlanta back yard (fairly dark). I flipped the switch and left after I saw that it managed get a GPS fix, leveled, determined north, etc and then went on to finding alignment stars. When I returned about ten minutes later I found that the scope was ready. I cycled through the Tonight's Best tour and it found each and every object (except those, of course, below the tree line). Overall, I think this scope is great. I like the build quality as well. It is very easy to use. I think the ACF optics were excellent as well though the objects just weren't as bright as those in my LX90-12". Best Regards, Les Varga Cumming, Georgia
Subject: ETX-LS Feedback Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 20:27:08 From: Professional Family Consultants (email@example.com) I Just received my ETX-LS two days ago, and tried it out for the first time last night. It was a great night for it -- lots of stars and no moon. Yet the scope could not find the proper alignment. After more than two hours, I gave up. It was way off! The voice command kept telling me to remove the lens cap, and said that before trying the auto alignment again, I should go to an open area where I have a good view of the sky. I had both lens caps (main and camera) off, and I was standing in an open field. I live in southern Saskatchewan, Canada's flattest province. I could not have been placed in a more open area! I'm starting to wonder whether I made an mistake purchasing this scope. F. Michael Stewart
Subject: ETX-LS Feedback Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 19:27:27 From: Gav Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org) I just got my ETX-LS today - serial number 100016 ! It really does seem like a nice thing and very solid as Jim said in his email. Unfortunately, it arrived with no mount and with the finderscope detached. I called my supplier of course, but do you think I can just glue the finder back on again? I don't want to part with it because it looks wonderful if I could just mount it.... Please go ahead and edit and put this on your site if you want to. cheers, GavMike here: Since I've not seen one yet, I don't know how the finderscope is attached. Nor do I know how the red-dot wires on run on the LS model. The dealer should handle it all for you.
Hi Mike! That was a fast reply... I think the finder is just glued on so it'll just stick it back - it works OK as it is has its own battery. Do you mind fielding one more question? I have a little old ETX-60 but someone lost the screw that holds the eyepiece in. You don't know where I could get one, do you? thanks Gav "or I could use duct tape"Mike here: Search the ETX Site for "eyepiece screw" and you'll see several hits. As to a source, check out Scopestuff (link on the Astronomy Links page).
Subject: ETX-LS Feedback Sent: Monday, June 8, 2009 00:21:46 From: Iain (Lachy) McLean (email@example.com) Will Meade be coming out with an 8" (or larger) ETX-LS? (I so I presume it might be worth waiting for rather than the 6")Mike here: It is certainly possible that the LightSwitch technology could appear on the LX90 and perhaps the LX200 series telescopes. But as to whether there will be an ETX-LS 8", I rather doubt it.
Subject: MY ETX-LS-6 Arrived!!!! Sent: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 17:01:25 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com) My ETX LS-6 arrived late today!!!! It's built like a howitzer--mostly powder-coated metal!!! Rock-solid!!! I really think the mount, etc will easily support a bigger OTA. Well, now for the not-fun part--printing and reading the manuals. Initial set-up was a real no-brainer though. It took all of 5 minutes. I got serial number 100112. I'd guess that'd mean I got the 112th scope made. Again, I'm a beginner, so the rest might go a little slow. Feel free to edit this email and put it on your site as you see fit. Take care, Jim
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