Last updated: 7 May 2006
Subject: ETX-80AT-BB, First Light Sent: Saturday, April 29, 2006 07:09:20 From: Don Wittenauer (firstname.lastname@example.org) Great web site. Lots of useful information. Thanks. Bought the ETX-80AT-BB last weekend from the Discovery Channel store. Reminder to all, you get what you pay for! I really like this telescope. It has been cloudy since I bought it. It has been sitting in my kitchen. I have used it a lot to watch the various birds feeding in the backyard. You can get real close. It is good that it comes with the erecting prism. Last night it was clear. I just sat in the back yard and scanned the skies. There sure are a lot of stars you can't see with the naked eye. Even with street lights, neighbors lights, car lights; I was able to see a lot of stars. Even saw a couple of bright objects screaming across the sky. No flashing lights. Going faster than any of the airplanes. No tails either. I was able to keep up with them with the motor drives. Focusing can take a lot of turns with the small knob. Can get cramps in the hand. Mostly used the 26 mm lens. Tried the 9.7, to narrow of a view for me at this time. I enjoy seeing more stars in the field of view. After all, its not about power, right? I need to learn to use the Autostar. I am really pleased with this scope. This is my first scope. I'm 53 and have never looked through a scope in my life. If my grandson likes it, I will be buying him one. He is seven and takes his parents camping a lot. They will find it easy to take along and it can be used 24 hours a day. Thumbs up on this scope. Don Wittenauer
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