Last updated: 19 September 2007

This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade ETX-60AT, ETX-70AT, ETX-80AT-TC, and ETX-80BB. Additional information is available on the ETX-60AT & ETX-70AT Announcements page. Comments on accessories and feedback items appropriate to other ETX 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:	Kelling Heath Star Party, Norfolk, UK
Sent:	Monday, September 17, 2007 02:45:01
From:	Renee Ann Wirick (
Just thought I'd send a few images from the Kelling Heath stary party
this last weekend in Norfolk, England.  I had a wonderful time there,
clear dark skies good company-and my mighty ETX 80!  Within five minutes
of setting up I had someone come visit and talk ETX and Meade, and met
several others and they all had nothing but good things to say about you
and this wonderful site of yours, I'll bet your the talk of everyone wih
an ETX at star parties around the globe!  I thought you might enjoy
seeing a few shots at the event, feel free to post them if you like!!
Renee Wirick
Thetford, Norfolk, UK






Subject:	Etx80
Sent:	Wednesday, September 5, 2007 14:01:14
From:	William Basler (
I have an Meade ETX-80 with an LPI as well. Is there a motorized focuser
for it or one that is easily modified ?

Thank You & God Speed Rev-Bill Basler
Mike here: I haven't checked for one but try JMI ( Alternatively you might try to make one using tips on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page.
Subject:	Re: ETX 80 AT
Sent:	Saturday, September 1, 2007 21:49:55
From:	P. Clay Sherrod (
Hello Jamie....
Actually Meade is telling you correctly; I am the one who found that
splitting the collar actually improves performance.  What you are
experiencing is a milling problem of the large nylon gear immediately
next to the worm assembly; it simply is not able to turn freely in the
assembly and thus is binding and releasing, causing this tick.  I
suggest that you put a very carefully aimed stream of WD-40, short
burst, direct into the worm housing, on each end where the nylon bearing
is that supports the worm driver gear (the cylindrical brass gear). 
That typically helps greatly.

Best of luck on this....

Dr. Clay
Arkansas Sky Observatories
Harvard MPC/ H43 (Conway)
Harvard MPC/ H41 (Petit Jean Mountain)
Harvard MPC/ H45 (Petit Jean Mtn. South)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jamie"
> DR. Clay:
> I know your specialty is anything but the small ETXs but I have a
> question. I'm on my third ETX80AT with an azm that has a "tick" or a
> jump. I've torn the third one down and see no missing gear teeth, no
> excess grease, encoders are clean too! I did find that the flanged
> sleeve bearings are "split" but Meade seems to think that is O.K.. I've
> seen pictures of teh ETX70AT dismantled and the sleeve bearing are
> not "split". To bad as goto are graet and the optics are pretty good. I
> have an ETX70AT that tracks well enough for 15 sec. astro pics and
> MallinCam video.
> Jamie

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