Last updated: 13 April 2006
Subject: ETX-125/ Meade 826 Observation report Sent: Sunday, April 9, 2006 20:58:46 From: The Brown Family (firstname.lastname@example.org) I caught another super-steady night with my ETX-125/Meade #826 combo... Here's the report. My Meade ETX-125 / #826 EQ mount combination continues to impress, I bought this OTA from an observer who's Go-To electronics failed, so he separated the OTA from the forks. I had an old AC drive # 826 tripod handy, and the installation was a natural! This mount is a little short (especially at zenith!), but a lawn chair puts everything right. The mount is much heavier than the ETX OTA, so stability is never an issue. I had a chance to test the 125's optics (and the mount's stability!) last night, as I caught one of those rare, atmospherically stable weather conditions that allow very high magnifications! I was observing the moon, in the area around crater Wolf, very near the terminator, and I realized that I was running out of eyepieces! My Celestron Epic ED 8mm (232.5x) was a walk in the park for the ETX, so I tried a 7mm Vixen Ortho (271.43x), and I was getting no breakdown! At 316.67x (circle-T 6mm Ortho), I could see a crater along the rim of the crater that I was observing, and at 380.0x, (5mm Vixen Ortho), I FINALLY saw some softening of the image!!I must note that the detail between 316.67x and 380.0x wasn't improved, but the image was bigger, with no floaters! Time for Saturn! Using a Vixen 10mm Plossl to start, 190x was ultra sharp and clear, with two clear bands, a clear-cut shadow on the rings, and a Cassini Division seen clearly all the way around the rings! Pushing up to 271.43, the image remained sharp, with three small moons (Tethys, Rhea, and Enceladus, I think) visible with averted vision! Pushed to 316,67x, the moons were more visible, but the planet was softening. My best view was with a Sirius 7.5mm Plossl, with 253,37x, another victory for Plossl eyepieces! I highly recommend using a heavy EQ mount with these telescopes (get the spotter version,!) I had no trouble tracking at 300x-plus powers, very little correction (properly aligned!), and NO shakes! Last night, the ETX-125 gave me the finest views of the Moon and Saturn that I have ever seen, through any telescope, including a 10-inch Cave reflector, a 12-inch Meade SC, and even an 18-inch obsession! Maybe it's just my eyes, but the quality of image is unparalleled! I spent an hour last night just on Saturn alone, at 253.37x, seeing details I have missed in the past... I hope another night like this comes along soon! Chris Brown
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