Last updated: 19 June 2009
Subject: ETX-LS WOES AND WOWS Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 10:17:36 From: Michael Pierce (firstname.lastname@example.org) I also just got the ETX-LS and was very excited...The first night I could not get it to align ! after 3 hours of watching the thing scan around the night sky searching for stars and watching it pass them buy in the eyepiece...I was like there it was you stupid machine!!! I finally went to bed very disappointed and tossed and turned all night with buyers remorse and trying to figure out why it was not working. The next night I could not wait to get home and do it all again....but it stayed cloudy for the next three days... after having three days to search around on line and finding nothing it dawned on me that the time must be off ( despite the gps) and turns out the "daylight savings time" was off as well. it asked me " is it daylight time?" to which i replied "no" since it was dark outside....my mistake ...it was refiring to daylight savings time. I set all that up manually and viloa...it searched for stars got aligned and i was looking at the rings of saturn, uranus or neptune? not sure exactly...smudgy nebulas and really cool star clusters...i was like WOW THIS IS AWESOME...it tracks really good too! I stayed up that night till past 3 am in my back yard ( which by the way is saturated with light pollution)...cant wait to get out to some dark skys. so i think everything is great.... and then last night i took it out to the back yard and the darn thing would not align...turns out the time was off some how again? it thought I was in california and the time was off ...i set it back to Houston time and i was back in business. so here some advise for some others 1. make sure the daylight savings time is set to the proper "yes" or "no" it just says "daylight time"? not "daylight savings time" 2. make sure time and location is correct...you may have to set it manually each time like i do. which sucks. once that is done the scope works awesome ! but yes it is tricky and has some bugs and it moves around really slow and takes the "long way around" some times...which can be frustrating....so grab a chair and something to drink and be prepared for some weird moments of what the heck is this thing doing....but i still think Galileo would be pretty excited about the ETX-LS but he would still want his trusty old fashioned telescope around. Michael Pierce
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