Last updated: 13 January 2001

There is some confusion on the various ETX models. Check here for some clarifications. Send any information you have to etx@me.com.


Sent:	Tuesday, January 9, 2001 22:41:27
From:	rseymour@wolfenet.com (richard seymour)
The Meade 4504 (a DS-114 on a German Equatorial Mount, also seen as
114EQ-DH4) and comes with a Starfinder version of the Autostar.

ETX-60 and ETX-70

Subject:	 ETX versions
Sent:	Thursday, January 11, 2001 18:40:03
From:	bob@shutan.com (Bob Shutan)
Though it's been said in various spots of your site, I would like to add
my two cents worth regarding ETX-60 and ETX-70 versions.

The ones you see in Meade's current ads are the later versions-- easily
identified by the electrical/communication ports being at the base of
the FORK arm. This latest version REQUIRES Meade's #506 software/cable
set for linking to a home computer. However, we also sell the original
version (70mm only) which is supplied on the same drive base as the
ETX-90/EC-- easily identified by the electrical/communication ports
being near the bottom-- on the DRIVE BASE. This version requires the use
of Meade's #505 cable and/or software set-- just as the ETX-90/EC would.
This "original" ETX-70/AT also has other advantages such as a numeric
keypad on the autostar, Plossl eyepiece, etc.

Another item to watch out for is solar filters. If you have a new 60- or
70mm model (ports on FORK arm) it will require a little larger filter
size as compared to the original 70mm. (We carrry both sizes).

So remember, be aware of just what 'ya got before ordering accessories!


Bob Shutan
Shutan Camera & Video

ETX Astro, ETX Model M, ETX-90RA

The first ETX model was known as the "ETX Astro". When the ETX-90EC was announced in January 1999, this original model became known as the "ETX-90RA". This same model is still sold today in some markets as the "ETX Model M". All of these model names refer to the original design 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain ETX, lacking the electronic handcontroller, motorized slewing, and Autostar capability. They are NOT upgradeable to the "EC" models.

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