Last updated: 25 January 2004
Subject: ETX-60 observations... Date: 1/23/04, 19:45 From: ROBMURR@aol.com Great website! Will get your book too! First clear night out in my light polluted backyard with the ETX-60... Here are some mods I did mostly swiped from your website... 1. Flexible focus cable...a must have, no two ways about it. 2. Finder scope...got the red dot sight with dimmer switch..another must have. 3. Better tripod..I built mine from aluminum crutches for about $15 total cost. See this sites Tech Tips, look for crutch tripod. Very sturdy. I put velcro around the tripod top to hold flashlight and autostar. 4. Glare shield...made from flexifoam? from the craft store and some velcro. 5. I made some attachments to my bubble level and compass so that they can fit into the eyepiece holder to make it easy to level and point the scope north. Ok, to the north I have giant trees, south is more open. I level the scope base on the tripod, level the scope tube, then point it north..Try to do the alignment... It picked two stars hidden by trees..told it was ok but it was not...never got it to align properly. Decide to use the one star alignment instead on Betelgeuse... From then on alignment was fine..went to Rigel, Orion nebula,Sirius,Pleades and a few other M objects. Told the scope to go back to Orion, found it just fine. Not sure why I cant get it to align any other way but one star method. Stars with both supplied eyepieces look pin sharp in the center, less sharp towards the outer part of the eyepiece. I did try the scope for just a minute manually the other night on Saturn and Jupiter. I could see two bands on Jupiter and the rings around saturn but I was using the 3x barlow and saturn was not that clear. I am thinking of getting the 2x instead. My previous scope, the Orion short tube, gave better views of Saturn than the ETX-60 but I was using much more expensive eyepieces and a lower power barlow then. Have not been able to try this on the moon yet... Either I am in a very light polluted area where I cant identify or find anything or I am somewhere where I am overwhelmed with dark sky and too many stars to try and find my way around...thats why this scope is so important to teach me where things are...books on stars just have not been very helpful to me... I wish this scope had been around 30 years ago when I had an old 3 inch homebuilt reflector on a terrible Alt/Az mount! Rob
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