Last updated: 16 February 2004
Subject: Planets feedback on Etx-90 EC Date: 2/15/04, 07:40 From: Irwan Adinatha (email@example.com) I finally left USA and stay here for good in Surabaya, Indonesia. I've been using the etx for deep sky purpose and Mars back in Michigan in 2003. When I got back here and look at the sky, I was actually amazed because we got some very bright star ( I never paid attention to the sky when I left for USA). So when my tripod finnaly arrived ( I shipped it along with all my stuff), I gave the clear night sky a shot. I didn't know about the constellation here so I did a one star aligning, from the home position, the etx pointed to a bright star that I have selected randomly and I aligned it. I take shot at the orion nebula and it wasn't too bad ( I was lucky with the one star aligntment :D), with 20mm eyepieces, I can see the edge of the nebula on the first shot then I thought... hey why don't Jupiter, who knows I could see something. Then It pointed to Jupiter and when I held my breath and took a peek into the eye pieces and whoaaaaaaa... never did I thought that I would see Jupiter that clear !!!!! Way better than Mars !!! I could see the two brownish bandsss !!!! and the moons too !!!! ( I confirmed that by winstars software) Do I have a chance for the red spot?? I gotta try that :D The following night, I tried Saturn and I was equally amazed !!!!! I Could see the Ring, I SAW SATURN !!!!! Now I just remembered about tha Cassini division but it was too faint for that since I was peeking right from my backyard in a big city. Do I have a shot at Cassini if I took the telescope to darker place out of town ? Overall, I was really pleased and this is the best $600 I have spent in my life !!! This telescope is satisfying for planets even though bigger always better :D But not every one has $15000 pocket money to spent for an Obsession. Currently I have 10" mirror and I plan to build a dobsonian, I hope I can see more stuff up there !!! Regards, Irwan Adinatha
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