Last updated: 31 May 2009

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Mike here: The new Meade ETX-LS telescope has just started shipping this month. This feedback page allows current and prospector ETX owners to chime in on their thoughts about the new model. If you don't know about the ETX-LS, check out these web sites:

Oceanside Photo and Telescope

Subject:	ETX-LS good news/bad news
Sent:	Thursday, May 28, 2009 22:48:11
From:	richard seymour (
After the note on your site re: imminent ship date for an ETX-LS,
i visited
and indeedy, there's a manual there (that's the good)
however be warned that it's over 26 MB big (that's the bad)

Egad... even the "Quickstart" guide is 30 MB....

I'm just starting to read them now (and found a typo on the Intro page)

have fun

Subject:	ETX LS Shipping Notice
Sent:	Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:22:30
From: (
I thought you'd like to know that I got an email last night re my
pre-order for the ETX-LS.  The email said my order is released for
shipping.  I pre-ordered this scope in late January, 2009.

Take care,
Mike here: Looking forward to a report once you get it!
I'll keep you posted.  Take my opinons though with a grain of salt.  On
a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, I'd give myself a
telescope/photography score of about 4.

I'm hoping this product let's me "leap-frog" my lack of experience.  I'd
be of use though, from a novice's point of view.  I'd think the LS
series is targetted to people like me and that the arm/assembly looks
over-engineered for a 6" ETX, thereby providing a possible upgrade to a
larger tube.

I hope I like it.  I did buy quite a bit of stock in Meade as I
mentioned before.  Maybe I'll make enough on the stock to pay for the

Mike here: Just the person the ETX, and especially the ETX-LS, was designed for!

And more:

One final thing.

Meade called me a couple of minutes ago to let me know the ETX LS would
be shipped in a few days.  With the email and phone call from them, this
has to be LEGIT!!!

Take care,


PS--I have done alot research about hooking up a telescope to my
wireless network, so I can operate it while inside my house.  I'll let
you know how this adventure goes.  Theoretically, I should be able to
control the scope and camera remotely.  It'd be alot more comfortable to
be able to do this in the summer(mosquitoes), and winter(the cold).  I
know I'm wimping out, but what the heck!
Mike here: Sleepless nights coming! Looking forward to hearing how the remote ETX-LS works out!
Subject:	ETX-LS Feedback
Sent:	Wednesday, May 13, 2009 08:03:30
From:	Chuck Nardo (
What is the latest release date from Meade on this equipment? Wasn't it
suppose to be March...and then April,... and now it's ???

Also, will they "loan" you one to review so we can get your take on the
equipment. The astronomy magazines depend upon Meade for advertising
$$....and you don't owe anyone anything. We trust your evaluation(s) &
judgment a lot more!
Chuck Nardo
Santa Barbara
Mike here: The latest release "date" is "Spring 2009". Of course, Spring runs until 21 June. As to eval unit, don't know.

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