Last updated: 13 July 2004
The book Using the Meade ETX has been published by Springer in its Practical Astronomy Series. It was written by your humble webmaster, with contributions from Clay Sherrod and Dick Seymour. Cover images by the author (me), Rick Krejci, and Gerald Wechselberger.
The following reader comments have been sent in to me. If you have purchased the book and would like to offer comments, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for posting here. Thanks.
Subject: Your Book Sent: Thursday, July 8, 2004 16:28:57 From: MALCOLM GIBB (email@example.com) I did a review of 'Using the Meade ETX' for the Observatory Magazine which is a subscription only magazine founded at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich. I also included it in the newsletter 'Ad Astra' which I edit for my local astronomical society, the Association of Falkirk Astronomers. There is a copy of it on the web site (which I also manage) and you can read it by clicking here! Regards, Malcolm Gibb. www.astronomy-falkirk.co.uk
Subject: ETX Book 3rd Edition Date: 3/14/04, 08:07 From: Jacky Poupot (firstname.lastname@example.org) I'm Jacky from Strasbourg in France. Ever not still buy the ETX 125 but I think In 2 or 3 weeks... It will be good ! You will find in the joined file a picture of you Third Edition Book. And I LIKE it ! It's for you collection on the Web ! Best Greatings from France :) Jacky
Subject: your book Date: 3/13/04, 15:38 From: Ilkleyal@aol.com i got your etx book, the pics are crappy, why?Mike here: Some of the pictures were taken a long time ago and the only versions available were low-resulution JPEG files. That, combined with the printing process, resulted in some of the pictures not being of higher quality.
Subject: Your Book Date: 1/2/04, 16:18 From: david lee hawkins (email@example.com) Recently got your book, 3rd printing 2003. THANKS!!!!! My ETX is my 1st scope ever, so as you can imagine, I hadn't a clue what I was doing. Heck I didn't even know where Polaris was!! Your book addressed a lot of questions I had. I am still not 100% on setting up the scope, because my tracking and go-to's are questionable. But learning to do it correctly sure is fun!!!! Kinda reminds me of learning to ride a bike, except i haven't fallen off my ETX yet!!! Also Thanks to Doc Sherrod for his input. This book is a tool that MUST be acquired when you get an ETX. Meade owes you big time. Seeya at the ASO star party I hope. David HawkinsMike here: Thanks! I hadn't heard they were in the 3rd printing.
Subject: Review of your book on my website Sent: Wednesday, July 9, 2003 01:46:23 From: Dr.Christoph.Ozdoba@gmx.net (Christoph Ozdoba) you might be interested to know that I have a short review of your book (which I strongly recommend to all ETX users) on my "Astro" website. It's a German site, but as your book (and your website) are the two most relevant ETX references and most of my readers read English, I thought they should know about it ;-) If you are interested: http://www.ozdoba.net/astro/astro_meade_buch.html Kind regards from Switzerland, Chris Ozdoba -- http://www.ozdoba.net/
Subject: I Bought Your Book Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2003 19:44:10 From: "Stephen E. Hutson" (Steve@ADPartnership.net Hey, Mike! I wanted to let you know that I bought your book, even though I don't have an ETX. :-) I also have a great deal of respect for P. Clay Sherrod. His "A Complete Manual of Amateur Astronomy" (1970's) became very dog-eared from much use. I sent him an e-mail last year, and received a nice reply. 'Looks like we're getting a nasty ice storm tonight and tomorrow. There's a very good chance we'll lose power for a day or two. :-( Perhaps we'll get clear skies once the power goes out, and we'll be without light pollution for the night. :) Clear Skies, -- Steve ===================================================== == Stephen E. Hutson, American Dream Partnership == == Steve@ADPartnership.net == =====================================================
Subject: #497 & Polaris Sent: Friday, October 11, 2002 18:42:49 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Steven Miller) Just got a copy of your book and love it. It's already a bit dated, though, since the Meade 60AT has apparently been discontinued and the ETX-105EC released since it went to press. Got a new edition in the works?Mike here: Yes, publishing cycles can create difficulties staying current. As to an update, we'll see...
Subject: Your Book Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2002 15:40:32 From: GDREITLEIN@aol.com I just finished your book. Nice job. Just what the doctor ordered. You should get a public service award. An idea - which you've likely thought about. Make a deal with Meade to have a copy of it with every (appropriate) scope they sell. It is my opinion that Meade's manual writers are not putting themselves in the shoes of new ETX users. The manual I got was beyond confusing. After your book , and several frustrating nights before it, I more fully realize how inadequete their instructions were. I say you drop them a line and make them an offer. Show 'em this note if you like- or others like it. Keep up the good work. Thanks again, George Dreitlein
Subject: Using The Meade ETX Sent: Friday, September 20, 2002 17:31:55 From: Jamessell@aol.com I bought a Meade ETX-90EC as a 50th year birthday present to myself in 2000. I bought the tripod. I went out in the dead of winter (Birthday is December 21st) and froze. It has been out several times since but I never got it set up to use the electronics. I bought your book and just finished the Dedication and Preface. I am tired but have to go out for a few beers right now so I will not read more until tomorrow. The book will probably sit next to throne where I keep most of my reading materials. The current library includes "The Universe in a Nutshell by Hawking, "Just Six Numbers by Martin Rees, "the Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene, and "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" by Franklin. You are, therefore, in distinguished company. I hope and trust your book will finally get me on the true course. Although I am now 52 (almost 53), three of my six children are boys aged 7 to 11 and I hope I can perhaps teach them some of what your brother taught you. I'll let you know how it goes, if you don't mind. James S. Sell Philadelphia
Subject: etx 105 Sent: Friday, August 9, 2002 18:56:27 From: BOBCATH28@email.msn.com (ROBERT DEROUIN) Gee Mike!, Since there is a question of why the new ETX 105 wasn't included in your ETX book,do you think that a revised edition is on the way???????? Hmmmmm??(O.k.,O.k.,only kidding!!). Bob D.Mike here: Who knows. Once the current printing (and any more reprinting) runs its course, anything is possible. But that won't be entirely my decision.
Subject: BOOK Sent: Wednesday, August 7, 2002 14:13:25 From: Glynowen5@aol.com Dear Mr Weasner, Following a review in the Summer edition of the FAS ( Federation of Astronomical Societies ) news letter by Clive Down, I ordered your book "Using the Meade ETX". Although I think it is in many ways a gentle yet fairly comprehensive introduction to the ETX, I am surprised ( and disappointed ) to find no reference to the ETX105. Surely it would have been preferable to itemise the full range of ETX models, so that readers could see the differences between the models - which will be of help when deciding which model will be most suitable for themselves? Your web site does have links, and some of these appear to require payment for their information, which is seen on this side of the pond as an unpopular act! We are already taking a pounding with prices as it is. The 105 costs £749 and the 125 costs £1,049, a tripod £199, cases and autostars £129 each. £1 =$1.5. Do say! Best Wishes, Glyn Owen, Penzance, Cornwall, EnglandMike here: The book was written prior to the ETX-105EC being announced. Publishing cycles being what they are there was no way to include it. As to links that require payment, there are NONE like that on my Site. The entire Site is free to all. The expenses are all mine (hence the "Pledge" concept for those who wish to help offset the expenses).
Subject: regarding your book Sent: Sunday, July 7, 2002 19:40:00 From: Carpeyes55@aol.com I got your book from the Science book club. I love it. I'm a first time user of the Meade telescope so I have a lot to learn. Your book is so easy to understand, anticipates my many questions and answers them is such easy terms. I love it. Thanks so much for writing it. Alisa
Subject: re Book availability Sent: Saturday, June 22, 2002 15:29:17 From: email@example.com (Dan Durie) Just ordered your book from BarnesandNoble.com. Said they ship within 24 hrs. And only $28.45 including shipping. I CAN'T WAIT!
Subject: book Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 6:52:57 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tim Murray) Bought and read your book cover to cover. Good work.
Subject: Hello and WOW! Sent: Monday, June 3, 2002 21:40:53 From: email@example.com (Linda Hicks) Congrats on the success of your book. That's great! Ken Hicks
Subject: ETX Book Sent: Saturday, June 1, 2002 15:54:29 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard H. Arland) FINALLY! I received my copy of your newest book from Barns & Noble. I had it on order since mid March. I am definitely impressed. Great job! Not only does it make sense, I can actually understand it! The book is very well organized and is a definite asset for anyone who has an ETX. From one author to another, congratulations on a job well done. Rich Arland in (cloudy) Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Subject: Book Sent: Friday, May 31, 2002 12:50:29 From: email@example.com (Mike Quinn) Your site and especially your book have both been a tremendous aid! Thank you for writing it. Thanks, Mike Quinn
Subject: YOUR BOOK Sent: Friday, May 31, 2002 6:36:19 From: Rich.Stein@kp.org FYI I ordered your book from Amazon on May 24, 2002. It was shipped on May 26. I received it on May 30.
Subject: Re: AstroPhotography and book Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2002 22:03:46 From: MacGyver2@cox.net (Sean Gallagher) Finally got it... the right equipment makes all the difference in the world. Now I can take a good shot of the moon! Here she is tonight... I am definately improving! Also I got your book, it's really great, thanks for writing it & I liked your dedications in the front. Sean Gallagher Phoenix, AZ
Subject: Graet Book! Sent: Monday, May 20, 2002 19:42:38 From: JRPowell59@email.msn.com (Joseph Powell) I got your book (Using the Meade ETX) last Thursday, and I thought I knew my ETX-125 and tripod (deluxe field). I'm only half way thru it and I learned a lot so far. I was having trouble aligning it, but thanks to you AGAIN I'm doing better. I recommend it for any ETX user! Thanks again, Joseph Powell New Jersey USA
Subject: Book Sent: Friday, May 17, 2002 6:54:37 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (I Nobu) I bought your ETX book! That is also wonderful!! Good Luck! Nobu
Subject: re: AMazon saying "don't bother" Sent: Friday, May 10, 2002 23:02:19 From: email@example.com (Richard Seymour) To: firstname.lastname@example.org There's always amazon.co.uk and amazon.ca (or barnes and noble, or your local telescope store... or any small bookseller would be happy to order it in...) i'm stunned... ==dickMike here: Yes, other bookstores should be able to get it. There is also the Springer link mentioned on the Book page. And:
Subject: Amazon says "don't bother"; B&N says we'll take your money Sent: Saturday, May 11, 2002 7:00:02 From: email@example.com (Tom Mehle) Dick, Thanks for the suggestion. I just ordered the book from www.bn.com; they have it in stock for immediate shipment. I guess amazon.com must have too much money, no longer seeing the need to stock books that are in demand. TomMike here with an update: The publisher contacted Amazon.com and Amazon.com continues to offer the book for sale. Dealers linked from the Amazon.com page may or may not still have it in stock.
Subject: Using the Meade ETX Sent: Friday, May 10, 2002 16:06:06 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Mehle) You may be interested to know that my order for your book on Amazon "bounced" I'm disappointed ... > Greetings from Amazon.com > > This notice serves as confirmation that we have initiated a refund in > the amount of $33.86 for Order 058-6005762-0429206 from email@example.com > > 1 of "Refund for Using the Meade ETX: 100 Objects You Can Really See With > the Mighty ETX..." > > ================================================== > Reason for Refund: Other > Memo from Seller: > We are extremely sorry. We ran out of this book. We will remove it from > Amazon.com which can take 24-36 hours. Please do not reorder. > ==================================================
Subject: great book!! Sent: Tuesday, May 7, 2002 21:05:11 From: BOBCATH28@msn.com (BOBCATH28) It took only 4 days to get my copy of Mr.Weasner's book from Amazon.com.It does make a great guide for anyone who has (or is planning to buy...) a Meade ETX telescope.I knew ahead of time that the book would be'small' for its price,but because Mike's website has been so invaluable to me,and I'm sure to many others,that I surely had to have it!!Just think!, a hardcopy version of his illustrious website!!!! I only wish it had a few more lunar and planetary photos taken with the ETX scopes.I suppose it is our (the etx owners) fault that we didn't send in enough photos for Mike to add to the book!!Let's try harder to make it in next time!!Thanks Mike!,for such a wonderful book.Keep up the great work!!!!!!! Bob Derouin,Johnston,RI
Subject: New Patch? Sent: Tuesday, May 7, 2002 8:06:55 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Rory Calhoun) First, thanks for your GREAT BOOK! I bought mine in April -- it reads just like your web site -- real easy and inforative. It adds so much more to the enjoyment of my etx125! Thanks again. Thanks Will
Subject: book Sent: Monday, May 6, 2002 20:28:08 From: email@example.com (Carlos Family) I bought your book. Great book very helpful much like your site!!! Ed
Subject: Book Sent: Sunday, May 5, 2002 10:52:50 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Me) I got your book. Awesome stuff. Lots of good information! tim
Subject: Read your book Sent: Thursday, May 2, 2002 12:47:14 From: email@example.com (Dimitris Rakopoulos) I have managed to finish your book. I think it is absolutely great. Last time I wrote to you I had finished a couple of chapters. Well I got the time to finish it up. It's not only a book. It is a companion. I always have it with me when I go out to see the stars. Whenever I want to find something regarding my ETX I check your book - and of course your site. Great work. Best regards. Thank you for giving us the greatest resource for the ETX. Dimitris Rakopoulos
Subject: Book Sent: Thursday, May 2, 2002 3:37:07 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Shoesmith) I received your book from Amazon.com yesterday, a good read! Richard
Subject: ETX book Sent: Monday, April 22, 2002 18:12:22 From: email@example.com (John Martellaro) Your book came today. Pretty damn cool. (A little light on the CCD section, though.) -- John Martellaro ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ QUANTUM THREADS: http://www.applelinks.com/quantum HOME PAGE: http://www.martellaro.com/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "What does your choice of computer say about you?"
Subject: Book Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2002 21:02:31 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (psydoctor) Great site, and even better book. I just got mine from Amazon --- it was back ordered 50 days ago. Dr. Jim Gregory
Subject: Re: book Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2002 18:32:26 From: email@example.com (David Tindall) Could you please pass this message on to Bill Farmakidis in Sydney. I received my copy of your new book last week. I ordered it online from Dymocks Books. www.dymocks.com.au The Australian price is $65.95 plus postage. Great book! Cheers, David Tindall Queensland, Australia.
Subject: BOOK Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2002 15:09:03 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ray Marchionna) I just finished your book, outstanding! Please keep up the good work, and pass our thanks on to Dr. Sherrod, and Mr. Seymour. What would we amateurs do without people like you to explain things in concise terms? Thanks to you all. Ray Marchionna
Subject: Book Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2002 21:06:15 From: Marknjuli@aol.com Just wanted to let you know, I ordered your book from Amazon through your link on 4-7 and received it on 4-11. I read it cover to cover twice over the weekend. Very well done! You, Dick and Clay did a great job. The book should be mandatory reading for anyone who has, or plans to get an ETX. Especially if it's their first scope. Mark
Subject: book Sent: Friday, April 12, 2002 13:43:35 From: MellowshipSlinky@aol.com I've read it cover to cover and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is a little in the dark (pardon the pun) as to what these things can do....I would go as far as to say that, before any eyepiece, autostar or even tripod is purchased, buy this book as it is a fundamental ETX accessory. Best Wishes, Rob Vanderpere-BrownMike here: Glad things have apparently worked out. Before you decide to tackle any enhancements be certain your telescope actually NEEDS an enhancement. For many people, no enhancements are required (telescope or body).
Subject: Congratulations Sent: Friday, April 12, 2002 10:34:45 From: email@example.com (David Green) My copy of the book finally arrived this week. I had to write and congratulate you on a fine effort! Your enthusiasm is so contagious, it was all I could do not to log onto Astromart and buy an ETX-90 on the spot. (Though, to be honest, I'm leaning more toward an ETX-125....) Great work, and good luck with moving lots of copies off the shelves. Clear skies, David
Subject: book Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2002 15:04:19 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (a.hatwood) Well done with the book, I got a copy through W.H.Smith in the UK.
Subject: 100 Objects Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 4:11:34 From: KingLear3@aol.com Great book !! It took Amazon 2 months to deliver it, but it's worth the wait. Once I read the first page, I didn't put it down until I finished reading it. I especially enjoyed the section on photography, caring for the scope, eyepieces, and autostar, balancing and transparency/seeing. I now know why I can't see galaxies when the skies are clear. Thanks - Leary Wong
Subject: Book Sent: Tuesday, April 9, 2002 1:12:15 From: email@example.com (Schfer Werner) Thanks again for your great efforts to help me. Your site is great. Last week I got your book via amazon in Germany. You see, now your book has arrived in Europe too. My first impression: good and helpful book, I can recomend it to every ETX owner. Greetings Werner Schaefer
Subject: Book cost- curiosity Sent: Friday, April 5, 2002 9:04:01 From: firstname.lastname@example.org I have a question that is 'burning' to be asked, and please do not take it wrong! I just purchased your book on using the ETX from Amazon, and although I was aware of the cost when I purchased it, I guess for the price I expected a huge, hardcover volume. (I did not look closely at the description on Amazon, if it is there) I was VERY surprised to find a thin, 200 page, softcover book, when it arrived. Again do not get me wrong, I have been reading it and it is really good info, well written, including Clay's stuff. It's just that page for page, it is probably the most expensive book I have ever purchased, (and I buy about 20 books a year) at let's see, about 20c per page!! I have been considering self-publishing a book of my own, a photography book, but at those costs if they are typical, I would never sell anything and the cost to me would be prohibitive. Just curious about this stuff, and I am not sorry I bought it, only as I said, a bit surprised! I plan to keep it in a locked case, and pass it down to my grandson (who by the way, I just bought, his first telescope!) ;-) Thanks for writing the book. It is a great help! Take care Doug NoyceMike here: I don't have anything to do with the book pricing; the publisher sets that. However, the price is typical for the Practical Astronomy series for that page count and number of images.
Subject: Book Sent: Thursday, April 4, 2002 7:35:06 From: GBMULLEN@msn.com (Gerald Mullen) Got the book after a long wait from Amazon on April 2. Really nice job and worth the wait. The site gets better all the time. Best Regards Jerry Mullen
Subject: The ETX Book Sent: Wednesday, April 3, 2002 15:37:43 From: email@example.com (Don Barbee) It came today via 'Brown'. I'm really impressed it's very informative and well laid out. I can't wait to use it. Naturally it started clouding up right after it got here. I bought it thru Amazon so they owe you some site $'s, right? Just FYI. all the best, Don PS- Very touching dedication. Your brother was obviously a large influence in your life.
Subject: Your Book Sent: Friday, March 29, 2002 9:33:13 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Philippe HAAKE) What a nice day.......... I receive your book yesterday here in Geneva Switzerland. Odrered in Amazon germany Really nice, indeed.... Thanks a lot for your great book Best Greetings From SWITZERLAND Phil ICQ 3128404 http://astroclub.net/sag/index.html http://astroclub.net/sag/ephemeride/index.html http://community.webshots.com/user/beruberu1 email@example.com
Subject: ETX125/EC paranoia 2 Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 11:01:53 From: MellowshipSlinky@aol.com I just got your book from Amazon.co.uk. It arrived at work today so I haven't had a chance to sit down with it yet, although I must say, having sneeked the odd peek throughout the day, it looks to me like it's going to be indispensible when I pick up my ETX125 next week! I called the dealer yesterday and the 'scopes there waitng for me to get to NY (I ordered a hard case as well for the journey back to the UK), i've already bought the autostar - i've ordered a wide angle 18mm plossel and a 2x barlow from Amazon.com which should arrive at my friends in a couple of days...so hopefully, by next weekend I should be a fully paid up member of the ETX club! Anyway, i'm off to make a start on your book. I'll let you know how it goes when I pick up the ETX125 and give you a full report on travelling with it. ULP! Wish me luck! Regards, Rob
Subject: Book! Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 8:44:38 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (roy bailey) Wife bought it for me from a book company advertising in a brochure within the Astronomy Now magazine. Some good tips, Thanks ! Roy Bailey.
Subject: Book Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2002 13:49:28 From: email@example.com (Michael Kaye) I have just received a copy of your book from Amazon. Not had a chance to read it but nevertheless it looks like a great read.
Subject: Thanks! Sent: Friday, March 22, 2002 11:00:28 From: AntonyM@tesco.net (AntonyM) From: Brian Mellors, London. England. c/o AntonyM@tesco.net ( reply taken ) Thanks for publishing your super book, it might have saved me 75 dollars having my ETX125 serviced, to try and improve pointing. I bought a second 497 AutoStar, but both work about the same.
Subject: Your Mighty ETX book! Sent: Sunday, March 10, 2002 15:19:19 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Karen Sheard) Instead of flowers for 'Mother's Day' this year, my children, aided by their father bought me a copy of your book 'Using the Meade ETX'. I just wanted to let you know how delighted I am with it. I was having some pretty despairing times with my ETX-70AT, but I am over that now with a renewed enthusiasm! Unfortunately it has been raining a lot (pretty normal for March in the UK), but that gives me more reading time anyway! Many thanks for making the effort to write this book. Kind Regards Karen Sheard Leeds, Yorkshire, UK. ps> In recognition I have just given you a really nice review at amazon.co.uk - hopefully they will publish it!
Subject: ETX 70 Sent: Friday, March 8, 2002 16:42:01 From: email@example.com I'm from Germany and found your HP over astronomie.de. I work at a wholesale-trade for books and already found your book. Its a pit its in english. English is ok, but astronomy-english?? Ouch ;-) What about translating in german? I think, it would be saled quite good, there are many, many ETX-Users in Germany! Best regard and clear skies Silke :-) ______________________________________________________________________________ Ohne Risiko spielend zum Brsenguru werden. Haben Sie schon eine Strategie? Spekulieren und tolle Preis gewinnen http://boersenspiel.web.deMike here: I'll pass your ETX book translation comment onto the publisher.
Subject: Your book and new equipment Sent: Monday, March 4, 2002 13:23:33 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dimitris Rakopoulos) I have just received your book from Amazon.co.uk. I have already read 2 chapters and I think it is great. It is a very useful guide that can help anyone with an ETX to get started and get to know its potential. I'll send you my comments as I read on. Good lucky with your book. Best regards, Dimitris Rakopoulos
Subject: Book review Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 12:55:22 From: email@example.com (Nigel Thomas) New book exellent. Keep up the good work (and support) Regds Nigel Thomas
Subject: Using the Mighty ETX Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 5:52:56 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (John Cuckney) Amazon delivered your new book to me here in UK on Monday 11th Feb - seems we have beaten the Publisher's date. As skies are cloudy here I am half-way through it. Congratulations - very good. I think you should persuade Meade to add $10 to price of eacg scope and include a copy in each box! John Cuckney email@example.com www.cuckney.net
Subject: Your book Sent: Monday, February 11, 2002 5:06:30 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ken Test) Just thought I would let you know. Your book was readily available at the London Astrofest over the weekend. I persuaded my wife to buy me a copy ! It looks an interesting read. Keep up the good work. Regards Ken Bush Sutton, Surry, UK
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