Last updated: 21 January 2005
Subject: ETX 125 vs Homemade Dob Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 07:11:54 From: Nesmith, Shawn (snesmith@Group1Auto.com) I recently bought myself an ETX 125 as a late Christmas present. (Of course, my wife got an equally priced ring from the jewelry store) I'm very pleased with the scope so far. I've wanted a goto scope for a long time. Interestingly, I built a 8" truss dob last year according to the design by Barry Leger in an old Sky & Telescope issue. I was pleased with the construction, but was never pleased with the views, as there was a lack of contrast due to stray light, I believe. The first time I looked in the ETX, I was surprised to notice that I could tell very little difference between the 5" and the 8" at low power. I set them up side by side for comparison just to be sure and found that the views through the ETX of M31 and M42 were very similar to the 8". I was originally planning to get rid of the 8" but have decided to convert it to a tube dob for my kids to use while I'm playing with my ETX. That should take care of the stray light issues and make a little better deep sky scope. I plan to do some of the tune ups listed on this site, but overall I'm very pleased with this little scope. This web site convinced me to go 125 over a 105 or 90. Thanks! Shawn Nesmith Houston, TX 77024And:
I got the UHTC coatings as well as the autostar suite. I also bought the Meade dewshield, ac adapter/car cord, and a Vector PowerPak. I plan to get into some astrophotography using the LPI to start with, then maybe some more advanced stuff down the road. Shawn Nesmith
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