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Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2001 14:00:05 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (mike kulis) Hello All, ( Great site Mike) After doing experimentation with my ETX-70 I have found what I believe is the best view you can get out of the scope. Using other acessories from my fellow club members, and my own equiptment I wanted to find the best view I could get and maximize the scopes true visual ability. I believe after 12 different observing nights that I've found the best combination for this wonderful scope. I tried many different combinations of barlows with eyepieces and filters of all types also that most will use the #773 carrying case I also wanted to make sure that anyone that would follow my advice and findings would not have to lug a extra case around. The tests were conducted during 10 super clear dark location nights and 2 super sunny days. ( I do not do reviews for profit, I'm very opinionated as you may discover, the following is tests done by me to best utilize my scopes potentials, I have no reservations whatso ever!!! I just wish to share my ings.) ------------- The following are the acessories i tried out... #140 - Meade Instruments Series 4000 2x Apochromatic Barlow Lens 1.25" Meade MA 25mm and 9mm eyepieces supplied with scope 1.25" Meade series 4000 plossl eyepieces - 32mm 26mm 15mm 9.7 mm 1.25" Meade series 3000 plossl eyepieces - 25mm 16mm 9.5 1.25" Meade series 4000 fliter set #1 -yellow, light red, green, blue 1.25mm Meade moon filter series 4000 1.25" Celestron polarizer filter 1.25" Celestron Nexstar plossl Eyepieces - 32mm 25mm 13mm 8mm 1.25" Celestron Ultima eyepieces - 30mm 18mm 1.25" Celestron ultima series 2x barlow lens 1.25" Orion Ultrascopic 2x 3 element barlow lens 1.25" Orion Shorty Plus 3- element 2x barlow lens 1.25" Orion Lanthanum series eyepieces - 25mm 18mm 1.25" Orion Sirius plossl eyepieces - 26mm 17mm 12.5mm 1.25" Orion starter filter set- deep yellow, red, green, medium blue 1.25" Orion moon filter 1.25" Thousand oaks type 2+ solar filter J.M.B. Inc. class A solar filter Tuthill solar filter - mylar Televue 25mm plossl eyepiece Televue 2x 1.25" barlow Televue panoptic 19mm eyepiece 1.25" These were the items I tested with my Etx-70 here are my findings Of all of the items listed above these following are the ones i Believe no ETX-70 owner should be without And all of them will easily fit into the existing #773 case. these are the best of the list after judging pros and cons ------------------------------- #140 - Meade Instruments Series 4000 2x Apochromatic Barlow Lens 1.25" Meade series 4000 plossl eyepiece - 26mm 1.25" Celestron polarizer filter 1.25" J.M.B. Inc. class A solar filter- also the same one with the blue line sold by Orion Orion starter filter set- deep yellow, red, green, medium blue 1.25" --------------------------------- Unfortunatly I am pressed for time at the moment But i welcome any questions regarding this review and test, I wish i could write more. If you have any questions, comments, or desire more info on a particular area of the test, PLEASE EMAIL ME at email@example.com and I will answer your questions as soon as i can, once again i apoligize for having to run, best regards to all, and many clear nights to all Michael Kulis, Northwest Suburban AstronomersMike here: Meade recommends the #124 2X Barlow Lens for the ETX-60AT and ETX-70AT, not the #140.
Subject: ETX-70 5 Best Accessories Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2008 13:17:26 From: Mark Coady (firstname.lastname@example.org) Mike Kulis' post of the five best accessories for the ETX-70 is well thought out. Here are a few of things I have done - all from Ebay. 1. Seymour Solar makes a nice black polymer solar filter that has a threaded screw to make sure it doesn't come off. It gives a nice yellow/orange image of the sun. 2. Seben (a German company) makes a nicely priced 8-24mm zoom eyepiece that works well on its own and also with the stock Meade Barlow that comes with the ETX. It also works well with the Televue 1.8 Barlow that I normally use with my 8" Orion Dob. Although the field of view changes somewhat when going from low to high power, the images are quite crisp. It's one of the better "cheaper" zoom eyepieces on the market. 3. For those without the Meade tripod, you can get a tripod adaptor that screws into the base of the ETX. It distributes the weight nicely. I use it with a photographic tripod that (with level bubbles) I can set to my own latitude and get the ETX to act as an equatorially-mounted scope. 4. For those who hate the ETX-70's focuser knob, an extended replacement is available at a very reasonable price. For any of these accessories, just go on to E Bay, select "Cameras and Photo" then select "Eyepieces and Telescope Accessories". In the search window type in "ETX" and hit "Enter". You'll be amazed at the accessories available for all ETX models. Mark Coady Director, Publicity and Light Pollution Abatement Peterborough Astronomical Association Member, RASC Belleville Centre Member, RASC National Light Pollution Committee Member, International Dark Sky Association Member, Planetary Society email@example.com http://geocities.com/luckywimpy "Stars Up! Lights Down! Support light pollution abatement in your community!"
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