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Last updated: 31 May 2007

This page is for user comments and information of a general nature or items applicable to all ETX, DSX, and DS models. 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:	US Navy Observatory Website - Planet phases and markings
Sent:	Tuesday, May 29, 2007 07:59:15
From:	Lang Michael (p38mrl@hotmail.com)
With Venus so high in the sky right now, I thought I would try my Baader
IR-pass filter with my TouCam and ETX-125. But I wanted to see it's
phase before I go out this evening.  Well, I found an excellent site
offered by the US Naval Observatory that shows phases and marking of all
the planets:

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/diskmap.html

This site will be very useful later this year when Mars is once again at
opposition. It's always a thrill when I can confirm actual planet
features in an image captured with my equipment.
 
Best regards !
 
Michael Lang
Aldie Va.

Subject:	Re: ETX supercharge
Sent:	Sunday, May 27, 2007 07:47:53
From:	P. Clay Sherrod (drclay@tcworks.net)
Hello Kevin and good to hear from you; unfortunately what you are
describing and the time frame indicated suggests that this is one of
many ETX PE's that were released with errant RA drive systems; there is
a moving collar that is pinched in the assembly (a black ring that
secures a large nylon gear immediately next to the worm driver
(cylindrical) gear.  I very much suspect this is the problem and frankly
it requires a replacement drive at Meade.  You might contact them and
see if they would send you a replacement RA drive due to the
circumstances.

Best of luck.

Dr. Clay
-------------
Arkansas Sky Observatories
Harvard MPC/ H43 (Conway)
Harvard MPC/ H41 (Petit Jean Mountain)
Harvard MPC/ H45 (Petit Jean Mtn. South)
http://www.arksky.org/

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Kevin
Dear Dr Clay

First of all, I have found your information and guides on the Weasner
site invaluable, thank you.

I have an ETX125PE and have a question about the RA tracking that I hope
you can help with as I have had conflicting information so far. The
scope is about 9 months old and I purchased it second hand about two
months ago, so I am just getting to grips with it.

In the alt/Az mode and at high magnification, the image will drift a
little, then be moved back into view by the ETX. It appears as though
the tracking motor is switching on and off and I was wondering if this
was normal? I was also wondering if this would be improved with the
'supercharge' service.

Could you let me how the waiting list is for the 'supercharge' service.

Many thanks

Kevin
UK

And:

From:	Kevin Simmonds (k.simmonds@virgin.net)
Mike, your site is superb and has been a real help.

Thank you

Kevin 

Subject:	Re: Re: ETX-125EC Parts
Sent:	Friday, May 25, 2007 13:34:38
From:	P. Clay Sherrod (drclay@tcworks.net)
Hello Kirk....
You can install another battery compartment in your ETX easily if you
can find one.  It is unlikely that Meade will send you a replacement
instead of asking for the entire telescope to warrant its repairs and
parts.  However, you can find spare mounts easily, from folks who have
taken the OTA's off of 90's, 105's and 125's....the battery box is all
the same to each.  In fact I believe that I may have a couple of them
here if you are interested.

Dr. Clay
-------------
Arkansas Sky Observatories
Harvard MPC/ H43 (Conway)
Harvard MPC/ H41 (Petit Jean Mountain)
Harvard MPC/ H45 (Petit Jean Mtn. South)
http://www.arksky.org/

----- Original Message ----- 
From: kirk
> Dr Sherrod,
>
>  After reading many comments by you and seeing the supercharge info, I think you are 
> the expert on the ETX125, So with that in mind I was wondering if you could help me 
> out with a question? I have forwarded my message to Mr Weasner so you know what's up 
> with my telescope, I took his advice and contacted Telescope warehouse and they 
> couldn't help me out so now I'm coming to the expert for advice, can you help?
>
>  Thanks in advance
>  Kirk

And:

From:	kirk slemp (slempk@yahoo.com)
I had sent Dr Clay an E-mail after I tried to get one from telescope
warehouse and they couldn't help me.  I have not received a e-mail back
from him yet though, I will send another asking how much he wants for
one and where to mail the check.
 
Thanks again for all the help and great website
Kirk Slemp
Mike here: I'm sure Dr. Clay will get back to you as soon as he can.
Subject:	I visited your page
Sent:	Friday, May 25, 2007 11:20:19
From:	Maximiliano Guzman (maxi.guzman@telefonica.net)
Hi Mike, it is nice to know something of you. I could not even imagin
that a jet pilot were behind the ETX page. Now when I read some report
in the page, I can put face (not voice, why people do not include a
short voice recording in our personal webs?) to the man responding.

Regards from Spain.
Maximiliano Guzman.
Mike here: If you would like to hear as well as see me, see the Announcements: Text, Audio, & Video Chats! page.
Subject:	autostar 494 controller
Sent:	Friday, May 25, 2007 07:23:30
From:	Gmail (danmady1@gmail.com)
Hi ... I want to use the ds motors and 494 controller from an alt/az
telescope on a gem mount.  Is there a patch for the gem mount ?  I
realize I am going to need the expensive 506 cable.
 
Thanks,
Dan
Mike here: See the article "DS Motors on other Telescopes" on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page. Don't know if it will help or not. Also, check out the Roboscopes Yahoo Group; good people there doing what you want to do. Also, check out Steve Bedair's Goto Telescope Mounts (http://bedair.org/ScopeStuff.html) site.

And:

Thanks

Subject:	regards..paul
Sent:	Thursday, May 24, 2007 13:49:15
From:	Phil Hopkins (morningstar@nts-online.net)
I have lost contact with Paul Rini,and would like to get in touch with
him..I tried his website with out luck.
Do you know his current phone or address,please?
 
Wishes,                                         5/24/07
 
Phil Hopkins
Mike here: As Dick Seymour points out in the review of Paul's eyepieces on the Accessory Reviews: Eyepieces page, Paul Rini eyepieces are available (or were) from Bill Vorce (also known as "telescope warehouse") (and his email is: scopehed@earthlink.net ). His eBay site is: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZscopehed1
Subject:	Supercharge
Sent:	Thursday, May 24, 2007 13:41:14
From:	charles c. littell III (chas@littell.org)
FYI, in case you actually track your correspondent situations, I have
sent my ETX125PE to Dr. Sherrod for 'Supercharge' and correction of
loose focus hardware.  I hope he is as good as you say!  Warranty repair
would have been a bit cheaper, but maybe he can make the goto actually
go TO...?

Chas in Dayton 
Mike here: I can't recall any bad reports and there are many very positive reports on Dr. Clay's Supercharge. I think you will be pleased!
Subject:	RE: Meade ETX125: Vertical Axis Motor Problem
Sent:	Thursday, May 24, 2007 07:52:29
From:	Darren Hindhaugh (d.hindhaugh@sky.com)
I've tried several different tightness settings and the telescope
doesn't move. I assume we're going to have to conclude that there is a
mechanical failure somewhere?

I'm a competent Engineer, so am happy to investigate, but thought it
sensible to consult with the experts first. How difficult is it to
access the RA mechanisms?

Regards,

Darren
Mike here: Yeah, sounds like a mechanical problem someplace. There are some articles on the DEC (Altitude) axis on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page; perhaps one of those will help.

And an update:

I've found the problem and it's a tricky one to fix. I had the screws
out of the right mount arm and pulled the cover off. With a bit of
careful maneuvering (I've read the warnings about one or two of these
plastic mount arms cracking), I've identified that the PCB along with
the main gear is held on by one screw (which you undoubtedly know).
Unfortunately, the plastic thread that it screws to has broken. I have
the broken piece (or at least part of it). If it is the whole piece,
careful application of superglue will fix it; however getting access is
difficult without removing the OTA, which I don't know how to do. I'm
now going to look through your site to see if contains the necessary
instructions.

I'm taking photos as I go along so will send these when/if I get this
fixed.

Regards,

Darren

And:

I completely disassembled all mechanisms in the arm and it transpires
that all bar one screw lug on the arm have been sheared into three or
four pieces. Unsurprisingly, the internal thread on the one remaining
lug has gone under the strain (which can be fixed by using a longer
screw). All of the parts of the lugs were contained in the arm and I'm
busy super gluing them all back together. Fortunately, my brother is a
toolmaker and is making some steel sleeves to fit over the repaired
lugs, which once secured in place should extend their life.
Unfortunately, I don't think that it will be a long-term fix.

The question is: Can I replace the arm only? It looks as though it can
be removed if I take the base apart, but I've got enough pieces kicking
around as it is, so don't want to investigate when with a bit of
patience, I suspect you will be able to give me the answer!

This has definitely not turned out to be a dream start to my new
hobby...even more annoying is the fact that I've had about half a dozen
gorgeous viewing nights in the two weeks that I've owned the scope.

Thanks,

Darren
Mike here: Just one of the risks when purchasing used equipment. Doesn't always turn out this way but sometimes it does. As to the fork arm, there are no sources for a single fork arm although you might be able to purchase a base with the fork arms; check Telescope Warehouse (link on the Astronomy Links page).
Subject:	1247 Focusser and batteries
Sent:	Wednesday, May 23, 2007 21:03:16
From:	Eric West (eric@hayleymedia.com)
My ETX 90 EC has the 1247 Focusser fitted. I find it more convenient to
use the handbox controller supplied with the unit, rather than plugging
it in and using the Autostar, particularly for terrestial viewing.

However, I find that, if I leave the whole thing plugged together for
more than a couple of days, the battery in the handbox goes flat. I am
not using cheap batteries, all good alkalines, but it has happened about
3 times, (I simply forget to remove the handbox).
 
Do I have a problem, or am I doing something wrong?
 
Eric West
Mike here: This has been a known problem since the 1247 was first released.
Subject:	RE: ETX-90 Power up Problems
Sent:	Tuesday, May 22, 2007 05:12:37
From:	Charlie Floyd (charlie.floyd@sbcglobal.net)
Sorry for not getting back sooner to you on this, time has been really
flying by on me.  Thanks for the help and pointing me in the right
direction.  I finally got back to trouble shooting this problem, mainly
cause I needed to be able to use battery power again, and I think I have
it fixed.  Battery Cutout was the issue I'm sure.  I poked and prodded
the external power socket and must have tweaked it just right cause now
I have battery power without any problems (at the moment anyway!).

Again thank you very much, you're website is just the best.  It is the
first place I go to for any help with my scope.

Thanks again,

Charlie

Subject:	Meade ETX125: Vertical Axis Motor Problem
Sent:	Monday, May 21, 2007 15:03:07
From:	Darren Hindhaugh (d.hindhaugh@sky.com)
I have recently purchased a second hand ETX125 and having problems using
the Autostar controller to get the telescope to move through the
vertical axis.

Regardless of whether I go through the 'align' option, which just moves
the telescope through the horizontal or whether I use the arrows on the
handset to try and move through the vertical axis, I hear the motor
engage, but the scope does not move. I have tightened what I believe is
the vertical lock (the large knob on the side), so am I missing
something or do I have a physical problem with my 'scope?
 
Many Thanks,
 
Darren Hindhaugh
Mike here: When you lock the vertical axis lock does the telescope tube stay in place if it was in a raised position or does it tend to fall back down? If it doesn't stay put then the problem is likely a failed "Right Tube Adapter". You may be able to fix that; there are some articles on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page that could help if you want to do the repair yourself. If not, you will want to contact Meade for the repair. If the tube does stay put then the problem may be as simple as doing a CALIBRATE MOTORS and TRAIN DRIVES from the AutoStar menu tree.

And:

Many Thanks for the very quick reply.

The tube does stay in place when I lock the vertical axis. I have tried
both CALIBRATE MOTORS and TRAIN DRIVES, but even during these activities
the tube will not move through the vertical plane.

Many Thanks,

Darren

PS Great website!
Mike here: Lets try another test. Unlock the axis and using the AutoStar slewing arrows to run the motor. Try all the nine speeds. Do you hear the motor running at these different speeds? The lock the axis and repeat. Does the tube move at any speed?

And:

Sorry about the time delay in my response, but I live in the UK.

I've followed your instructions and I can hear the motor running at all
speeds. Unfortunately, upon locking the vertical axis I still have no
movement at any speed.
Mike here: Strange. Could you be overtightening the axis lock?
Subject:	ETX-125EC Parts
Sent:	Sunday, May 20, 2007 16:10:29
From:	kirk slemp (slempk@yahoo.com)
Where can I get parts for my ETX-125EC telescope, I have two broken
battery tabs, so the batteries can't make contact or stay in, and can
this be replaced by the novice repairman?
 
Thank you
Kirk Slemp
Mike here: I suspect that Meade would want to do this repair as there is a danger of damaging the circuit board. However, if you want to try to replace it, check with Telescope Warehouse (link on the Astronomy Links page); they may or may not have what you need.

And:

Thank you very much for the info and quick response.
 
Kirk Slemp

Subject:	ETX 125 slewing problems- assistance would be appreciated
Sent:	Sunday, May 20, 2007 02:53:30
From:	Yonatan Entus (jonathane@jafi.org.il)
I am a relative newbie to telescopy. I am using a new ETX-125. When
performing an alignment, or searching for an object using the OBJECT
menu, sometimes the telescope stops turning (on the horizontal axis)
though the motors are still running (based on the "whining" sound). I
tried rotating the telescope (using the motors) from the LNT position-
it rotates more or less 360 degrees (clockwise) and stops moving.
According to the manual, if the telescope stops moving, it has reached
its built-in rotational stop. Is my telescope behaving normally?
Shouldn't the motors stop if it reaches it's built-in stop? Sometimes
(when aligning or searching for an object) and the telescope stops
moving (as described) but  the motors will not stop unless I power down.
Is this normal? Even if all this is normal, how do I find programmed
objects with Autostar, if it stops slewing in its tracks? Shouldn't the
telescope slew in the opposite direction if it senses that it is nearing
the built-in stop? Does it sense the stop? Is there a way to get it to
search in the opposite direction, so that I can find the object? I would
appreciate any insight.

Thanks,

Jon Entus

Nitzana, Israel
Mike here: The mechanical stops are about 640 degrees, or about twice around, apart. The AutoStar does not "sense" them. If you have placed the telescope in the proper Home position before doing the alignment then it should always avoid the stops. Try a test; unlock the horizontal axis, put the telescope in the full counterclockwise LNT Home position, and then slowly rotate the telescope clockwise by hand until you reach the next hard stop. If less than about 640 degrees then there is some obstruction interferring with proper movement. Do not force the telescope past this obstruction as it could be a wire and forcing the rotation could cut the wire. If there is an obstruction and since the telescope is new I suggest contacting the dealer where you purchased it; they should arrange for an exchange.

And:

Thanks for your quick response. I tried as you suggested and there
appears to be an obstruction (it turns about 350 degrees according to
the scale). I will try to send it to the dealer. We are located in a
quite remote area, and are often forced to deal with many technical
problems on our own. If I I unable to get it to a dealer, or if it will
cost me dearly to ship it to the closest dealer, to your knowledge is
this a fault that can be dealt with by someone with good technical
inclination? Are there any do-it-yourselfer tips for solving this
problem? Or is it in the realm of "where no common man should dare to
go"' and should be left to the dealer at all costs?

Thanks,

Jon
Mike here: Well, you could open up the base and look for the obstruction. How risky this is depends on your (or someone else's) skills and caution. If it is a wire you may or may not be able to relocate it without causing further damage, like breaking the wire or a connection. Any damage you could would likely invalidate the warranty.
Subject:	ETX 125 cannot seem to get the sun in view- may need cleaning
Sent:	Thursday, May 17, 2007 13:25:32
From:	bob bob (vliveangle3@yahoo.com)
I have just gotten an ETX 125 with a sun filter.  I cannot seem to get
the sun in view.  I am just moving it around by hand.  Do I need to put
new batteries in it?  I don't have an instruction manual, but I have
been reading your web site.
 
SIncerly,
Vi
Mike here: Just how are you trying to locate the Sun? Using shadows is best although there are some "solar" finding tips on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page. As to a manual, see the FAQ page.
Subject:	ETX 125 PE horizontal lock fault
Sent:	Wednesday, May 16, 2007 13:31:00
From:	dave & lorraine (d.l.whittle@ic24.net)
I am concerned with the RA lock on my ETX125 PE

The scope is second hand but like new.( still has Inspector 87) attached
to OTA I have e-mailed you one a previous occasion about the RA lock on
the base I have  done a CALIBRATE MOTOR and TRAIN DRIVES (training on
both axes) as you suggested. Hope I did it right.

However, I still think something is wrong, When tracking a star or
planet the object seems to "float" horizontally  in the eyepiece after
the object is acquired but it is steady  vertically.

Also, with the scope switched of and the RA lock engaged, you can move
the base 1/16" from left to right with your finger without any
resistance. My last ETX 105 was rock solid when the RA lock was engaged.

I am assuming that this is the cause of the apparent "floating" in the
eyepiece, it seems to me to be a mechanical fault but I am reluctant to
remove the base and take a look with such a new scope.

Can you suggest anything ? And has anyone else had this problem?

Best Regards
David Whittle Manchester England  
Mike here: Perhaps the lock lever is reaching the side of its recess before becoming fully locked. If that is the case, see the FAQ page for the fix.
Yes,  I take your point, this would certainly cause the problem,

However, the lock is well away from the recess side and is well locked
up firm. But still the movement is present.

So I am sure this is not reason for the floating base.
 
Regards
Dave Whittle
Mike here: There is a little "slop" when pushing the telescope by hand (it is friction lock) so this non-normal operation (pushing by hand) doesn't necessarily indicate anything bad. But the "floating" might be due to a loose gear mount inside the base. Usually this is accompanied by clicking sounds.
Subject:	ETX-125 EC on a C-8 Wedge and Tripod?
Sent:	Wednesday, May 16, 2007 05:43:58
From:	Thom Tapp (ttapp@comcast.net)
I just purchased a used ETX-125 EC with no tripod. (It did include an
AutoStar controller.) It comes with a mounting plate though, and I have
a Celestron 8. I was wondering if I could mount it (When it gets here
next week) on the very stable C-8 tripod and wedge? Also, I have no idea
what came with the 125 in the box, is there a list somewhere online?
 
I love your site! Keep up the great work!
 
Thom Tapp
(Previous owner of an ETX-90 RA)
Mike here: Yes, you could mount it; you just need the proper mounting to mate from the C-8 to the ETX base (I don't know what the C-8 has). As to a list, the ETX-125EC came with the standard (non-AutoStar) handcontroller, Meade Series 4000 26mm Plossl eyepiece, and manual. You can get the manual from Meade's site (see the ETX Site FAQ page for the link).
Subject:	Re: Etx focus question - related pictures
Sent:	Wednesday, May 16, 2007 01:49:38
From:	Iann De Maria (i_de_maria@hotmail.com)
Hello Dr Clay,

thank you for your time and reply, it turns i discovered what you
mentionned about the back cell's  threaded hole and i managed to screw
the shaft back in. I insist though that my ETX doesnt have the aluminium
ring/bolt  pictured on Kevin's ETX.There is no wear marks on the black
metal plate so there was never any ring there holding the shaft...

Anyway now i need to clean a fingerprint on the primary mirror because i
stupidly let a careless man help me hold the mirror whilst i was
screwing the thing back in, and even though i told him many times, he
effin' managed to put one of his finger on it...grrrrrrr....one problem
solved a new one appears...im so wary about cleaning it...

The problem is right now i am in South India, this is where i give
astronomy workshop, and here its very hard if not impossible to find
quality products such as microfiber cloth or 99% isopropyl alcohol.

If you kind gentlemen have any advice on how to clean a fingerprint on
the primary mirror i would be very grateful ; should i still use alcohol
even if its 90% medical alcohol ? Do you think the print will
permanently stay or corrode the aluminium if i just re-assemble the
scope, try to realign/collimate it, use it as it is now (a bit dirty but
i guess it wont be too annoying during planet observation) and wait
until july when i return to europe to clean it properly with the correct
products?

Thank you so much for your prompt replies and kind words, it's really
heartwarming to feel helped from so far away, especially now that i'm
not in the West, and it makes me love the internet even  more! :)

Regards,

Iann
From:	P. Clay Sherrod (drclay@tcworks.net)
To make my reply clear, you do not have a ring on the shaft, nor do any
other ETX scopes out of production that I am aware of; what you have is
normal.  The threaded rod screwing into the metal backplate behind the
plastic housing is ALL that retains the mirror and this shaft.

I am glad that you got this working!

Dr. Clay
-------------
Arkansas Sky Observatories
Harvard MPC/ H43 (Conway)
Harvard MPC/ H41 (Petit Jean Mountain)
Harvard MPC/ H45 (Petit Jean Mtn. South)
http://www.arksky.org/

Subject:	ETX Motor Assembly
Sent:	Tuesday, May 15, 2007 12:17:55
From:	shaer ilan (ishaer12@yahoo.com)
I had written to you about a month ago about our problem with our ETX
and you advised me to also ask Dr Sherrod.

Dr Sherrod said that because the collar is broken, we'd need to change
the RA Motor Assembly and that Meade should be able to supply it.

Mead said that they do not supply and that we would have to send in the
mount with our scope for the repairs.

Being that I am not in US at the moment nor for a while, I asked Meade
since it is under warranty, if their dealer here could repair it or at
least we could ship it to them without the tube since then the shipping
would cost considerably less because of the weight and insurance, but
upto now I haven't got a reply from them.

Is it possible that you might have, or might know of someone who has, an
ETX 125AT RA Motor Assembly that I could buy?

Thanks for all your help,

Ilan
Mike here: I can post a "Wanted" item if you like; alternatively you can check various places on the web (like Astromart) or perhaps Telescope Warehouse (link on the Astronomy Links page).
Subject:	Etx focus question - related pictures
Sent:	Tuesday, May 15, 2007 03:12:47
From:	Iann De Maria (i_de_maria@hotmail.com)
first of all thanks for the continued support you show to that goldmine
of info we call your website! :)

I'm mailing you because i encountered the focus shaft problem and i
wished to contribute the pictures and ultimately my attempt to fix this
stupid meade design issue...

I read this page  ( http://www.weasner.com/etx/techtips/focusfix.html ) 
which deals with the same issue, this is how i discovered that there may
be two different shaft control design in ETX90.

I've just email-ed the author of the pictures on that page with the same
pictures i enclosed with this email. Im no ETX expert yet but a
badly-screwed focus knob that came loose and let the focus shaft drop
inside the OTA maybe my introduction to etx expertise... :)

Comparing what i have and the author's pictures it seems his design
bears some kind of aluminium bolt (i cant find the exact word in
english) through which the shaft exits the backside of the OTA but my
design (05-15-1998-MN) does not bear this part. ( the silvery ring on
this picture : http://www.weasner.com/etx/techtips/images/wpe5.jpg   )

The problem is i can't understand how the focuser can or could work
without it... :( I need to find a replacement for that part or something
that would do the same trick. Meade's website is quite poor with
engineering/disassembly info...

I'm supposed to give a solar system workshop this weekend to school
children and i have to get the ETX in shape by then. The school has a
metal workshop so maybe if i can get precise info i can reproduce a
similar part. I'd like to know if this part turns when the shaft turns
or if it is fixed...I'm guessing it is fixed so as to hold the shaft but
i'd like to be sure before definitely ruining my lovely ETX.

I know i'm asking for a lot but you two people are the only ones i
stumbled upon that have had or know about this problem and possibly hold
the keys to its solution.

Whatever the outcome thank you for your time!

Regards,

Iann De Maria, Roma, Italy.

photo
photo

From:	P. Clay Sherrod (drclay@tcworks.net)
When looking at the two excellent pictures of this that you sent I am a
bit confused by what I see vs. what you are saying....are you stating
that the aluminum/steel rod (it shows as a threaded rod in your photo)
is NOT meeting with a threaded hole on the plastic rear housing?  It
should.  What you have is exactly like all ETX telescopes manufactured,
but the threaded rod does thread down inside the right side of the rear
cell....that is what holds it in place AND lets it drop down inside (as
you frightfully discovered) if the shaft is screwed CLOCKWISE too far
into the rear cell and the knob comes off.

Actually I have dealt with this problem probably 35 or more times in the
past five years, usually when someone attempts to remove the knob to
place the electric drive onto the shaft.  I suspect one of two things
have happened:

1) the knob was loose and you had indeed turned the shaft too far CW and
it simply lost its grip with the threads of the rear cell; or 2) the
threaded plastic has somehow stripped out, perhaps from poor tolerance
during manufacture (never have seen this happen however) and allowed the
shaft to disengage and drop into the housing.

Your shaft is threaded.....it should have remained intact unless it was
inserted/turned too far inward.

Best of luck on this....I would suggest that you attempt to screw it
back in from the inside flat of the rear cell and then attach to the
mirror with the OTA off as you have it in the photos.

Dr. Clay
-------------
Arkansas Sky Observatories
Harvard MPC/ H43 (Conway)
Harvard MPC/ H41 (Petit Jean Mountain)
Harvard MPC/ H45 (Petit Jean Mtn. South)
http://www.arksky.org/

Subject:	Using the ETX 90 for digiscoping
Sent:	Sunday, May 13, 2007 13:10:09
From:	Ofer Steinberg (stofer@cadence.com)
I consider buying an ETX 90 for digiscoping, bird watching etc... I've
got a Cannon DSLR and probably will buy a decent P&S camera additionally
for that.

Can you give some advice on the subject, or point me to some info? I
want to buy just the telescope body without the motor. Is there a kit
that has just the telescope and a mount? I'm a little confused between
the PE, AT, EC, RA and other initials...

Tnx in advance.  
 
 Ofer.
Mike here: To get the ETX without the mount (and no tripod) you want the "spotting scope" model. That will attach to any sturdy photographic tripod. As to the model designations, they don't apply to the spotting scope model as the telescope optical tube assembly (OTA) is the same in all cases. For the difference in the AT and EC model see the FAQ page. The RA model was the original ETX (non-AutoStar) and the PE (Premier Edition) is the latest model with the Level North Technology (LNT) module but otherwise is the same as the AT model.
Subject:	ETX-60
Sent:	Tuesday, May 8, 2007 05:21:37
From:	roy mitchell (roynm@juno.com)
I am new into this fasinating hobby.  Just got a EXT-60 scope.  It
didn't come with a "How To Use" manuel.

Could you coach me as to where I could get such an item?

Thank you,
Roy Mitchell
Mike here: See the FAQ page on my ETX Site.
Subject:	choice of ETX
Sent:	Sunday, May 6, 2007 08:49:05
From:	Christophe Lefebvre (chrislizzie@supanet.com)
First thanks for the site it is such great place to go to when in need
of advice and first hand experiences . I have a query for you .At
present I own a LXD 55 8"SCT which I really enjoy but need a second
scope that I can use when travelling in the campervan .For obvious
reasons the LXD would not come with me .I am looking at buying a
second-hand ETX 105 or 125 if latter comes at a good price .Is that a
good choice ? Also and more importantly I propably would not have the
space for the tripod .Can I use and image (Webcam) with either of these
scopes without a tripod ?Ihave never been near an ETX before but from
what I can see the motors are placed in the base of the scope .Would it
be steady enough if placed on a graden table  ? Many thanks in advance
for your reply .
Take care
Chris
Mike here: Yes, you can place the ETX on any sturdy, flat surface. As to choice, either is fine; of course you will likely want as much aperture as you can comfortably travel with.
Subject:	gears for etx90ec
Sent:	Thursday, May 3, 2007 11:52:31
From:	Steve (steveplay@talktalk.net)
im having problems with the motors on the scope
the housing has worn
can you help..
 
steve
uk
Mike here: Being in the UK your options may be limited. One thought: contact your dealer or Meade. I doubt that Meade will sell you the gears; they will want to repair it themselves. Or contact Dr. Clay Sherrod for his Supercharge Tuneup Service (info linked from the ETX Site Home Page).
Subject:	re ETX 125 control panel
Sent:	Thursday, May 3, 2007 11:19:25
From:	StpFerris@aol.com (StpFerris@aol.com)
Hi Mike, thanks for the site, Could you advise me please, the control
panel on my ETX125 needs to be replaced. I may be offered one soon, the
question is 1). does it simply require the battery terminals soldering
and then the panel  "Clips" into place? or is a lot more involved?

2). the control panel i am to be offered may not be from a 125 but
possibly from a 90 will it still do the job?

3) can you buy a new one from Meade or indeed from anywhere else,
without them fitting it?.
 
I hope the above is clear many thanks Steve (Birmingham  England )
Mike here: If you do a search for "control panel" on the ETX Site, one of the pages that comes up will be:
http://www.weasner.com/etx/archive/feedbackDec02/90.html
and there you will find some relevant information from Dr. Clay Sherrod. Check that. Meade may or may not sell you a replacement.
Subject:	Re: Reverse polarity
Sent:	Wednesday, May 2, 2007 12:07:33
From:	Roger Lange (rwlange@infionline.net)
FYI: Meade does not sell that part for do-it-yourselfers. Repairs are
$75 flat including return shiping. Mailing the scope to them ran me $55
for two to three day priority mail plus insurance from Virginia to
California. Ten day parcel post would have been about $15 less. Msybe
they need a strong warning in the instruction book about being very
careful with external power supplies.
Roger

Subject:	ETX 105 and Baader Sky Surfer V
Sent:	Wednesday, May 2, 2007 04:20:27
From:	Nile Arnall Solicitors (nilearnallsols@btconnect.com)
I have recently purchased an ETX-105 (last one in shop \xA3350) which came
with Autostar but no tripod.  As side issue the autostar was #494 and
therefore would not work and the #825 finder was missing and bracket
broken.  Anyway, I managed to get shop to give me extra 150 discount so
ended up paying 200.  Also another shop "gave me" an ordinary controller
and I do prefer a manual approach anyway over Autostar types.

I looked around for #825 finder but realised that nobody likes them.  I
have spoken to some stores who suggested Baader Sky Surfer V.  I know it
is a straight-through finder but went along with advice to purchase it.

I send this as the Baader comes with about 5 different mounting aids.  I
do not know if anybody has any suggestions for how I should mount this
finder.  I do not wish to drill into the plastic at the back of the OTA
if I can avoid it.

Would be grateful for any assistance.
 
Mark Cutler

Subject:	telescope
Sent:	Monday, April 30, 2007 19:32:05
From:	shaw267@bellsouth.net
I came in from work and my telescope had fallen in the floor off the
stand.  I need to have it repaired what should I do .....   it is a
1200.00 telescope and I bought it in 1999. it has been used very little
need help 
shelia shaw
Mike here: Contact the manufacturer. Depending on the extent of the damage that could be your best solution.

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