Last updated: 19 May 2007
Subject: #140 Barlow for ETX-60AT Sent: Friday, May 18, 2007 22:39:52 From: Karl Triebel (firstname.lastname@example.org) Great website, thanks for keeping it updated. My dad bought my nephew an ETX-60AT for his birthday, I bought him the field tripod, and I've helped him get it up and running. We were a bit disappointed with the 25mm eyepiece after the first run, but we had a great time with the GOTO system. I hesitantly bought the #140 Barlow (2x) after reading some reports here that it would not focus properly, while others said it was fine. (The shorter Barlow was not in stock). I am happy to report that the #140 focused with both the 25mm and the 9mm eyepiece (and the change in focus between those two was not too far). Also, the #140 combined with the 9mm provided a terrific view of Saturn on a good viewing night. No Cassisini division, but a definite ring that even my 4-year old niece could identify. The #140 focus point was about three turns short of the "stop" when turning it clockwise, with the 9mm, so I am not sure if it will work with any greater magnification eyepiece. Oh, and this was only about an hour after sunset, and in the suburbs, so the sky was not very dark at all. I was also able to identify the shadow on Venus, despite how blinding bright our neighbor is right now. Unfortunately, the clouds came out before Jupiter did, so I did not get to see Io in front of the big gas giant. But I am sure I would have seen it based on the way the rings of Saturn were displayed. I was so excited to see Saturn's rings. I had a telescope when I was a kid but I cannot remember ever seeing the rings like this. Thanks Meade, for a really great "cheap" telescope. Karl Triebel Illinois
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