Last updated: 14 May 2005
Subject: ETX-105 User Report Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 14:15:38 From: rdl (firstname.lastname@example.org) I have my 105 for over 10 months now. A technical problem with the drives occured after 4 weeks. Meade repaired my scope, but it took them 3 months!! Since then, everything runs fine. The 105 surprises me every night I take it out. I have been inspired by Stephen James O'Meara's book on the Messier Objects. I don't live under the perfect Hawaian sky, but the 105 gives me nices images of the Messier objects. The last weeks, I have made plentifull of scetches. The autostar is such a help when browsing through the Virgo Cluster. I enjoy more time scetching and less time searching. I mostly use a 15 mm LER (yes, I wear glasses) as an optimum between contrast and power. Seeing and skyglow are mostly average here in Belgium although I glimpsed stars of mag 12.5 ! Not bad for a little 105 under mediocre skies. I also own an 8" dob. But since I have the ETX, the dob stays in. Even on weak galaxies, I prefer the smaller ETX over the dob for several reasons : 1) Portability, you can take the ETX in one hand, and go where you want. 2) Plug and play, key in the object and observe. No stress when an object gets lost. 3) Comfort, watch several objects in the same region, and you hardly have to move your seat. Plus the fact that you can look down in the eyepiece avoids neck pain. And you can keep your hands on pencil and scetchbook instead of guiding the scope on the object. 4) Optical quality, the images viewed through the ETX are so crisp that they rule over the pure aperture of my dob. One night with good seeing I managed to watch the moon at x200 (that is 50x per inch!). Amazing what views this ETX can handle when the sky allows it. 5) Average skies. I hardly see the advantage of larger aperture under mediocre skies. I can only but recommend on choosing for the ETX. But I also have some advice for others. 1)The focus knob is a mess : when wearing gloves or looking near the zenith is a pain. Try to replace it with a flexible one. 2)The viewfinder is not bad, but it allways gets in the way with my nose, try to turn it away. 3)Batteries, It's frustrating getting low on power in the middle of a session. Try on of those Energy Stations. They go along for weeks without recharging. 4) A dew cap is a must and it enhances contrast in suburbian regions. I made one myself of black foil. 5) A support for the Autostar : While scetching, where to put the Autostar? I use the adhesive velcro tape on the three legs of the base and on the back of the Autostar. Just push the Autostar on a leg and it sticks! Best Regards from Belgium. Rony De Laet email@example.com
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