Last updated: 16 March 2012
Subject: ETX 125 - Experience Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 14:19:09 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com) I have now been the proud owner of the discontinued 125PE for one month. I must admit after a couple of weeks in, I was seriously thinking of cutting my losses and buying something else. I had major difficulties in alignment, focusing, using the red dot finder, basically everything! However, I have just come in from a two hours observing session and have been thrilled with the views I mysteriously seem to have enjoyed. The question I have asked myself is what has happened in the last two weeks to transform my observing? Well, credit where it is due! I have scoured your sight and found the advice contained therein invaluable. For anybody who is feeling the same as I did, please persevere, you will be rewarded spectacularly. The advise I found of particular value is as follows, but in no particular order: * When aligning the red dot finder scope, do it at night and use POLARIS as your distant object and use a Barlow to refine the centring process more precisely. * Train the drives using POLARIS. I did it every other day for one week to make sure the drives were truly bedded in. Perfect! * Make sure the OTA is perfectly level using a spirit level and the DEC scale shows "0" degrees. Mine showed 10 degrees when perfectly level! Adjust by loosening the dome and rotate the disc accordingly. * When searching for alignment stars, make sure you are slightly out of focus, the "doughnut" effect. Worked for me. * Buy a 12v power extension cable. The power supply is constant and thus drive training is performed consistently. * Let the scope achieve temperature equilibrium. Stick it outside and leave it for 40 minutes. * By a focus extension cable. So much easier! * Have patience! Read your site. Digest & learn. This is a fabulous instrument and needs time to appreciate its functionality. best wishes Mark ( St.Albans, England)
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