Last updated: 15 September 2003
Subject: Mars through Meade ETX 70AT Sent: Sunday, September 7, 2003 16:02:34 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul Peterson) On Aug.30th I was at a Public Viewing session hosted by the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas. I had set up my ETX-70AT to view open clusters as I usually do at these events since there are other scopes there that are more suitable for Mars. We had small crowd because of weather conditions, but still had some excellent views of objects near the zenith and of Mars. After the crowd had left, I aimed my ETX at Mars just to see how it would do. I used a 10mm Orion Sirius Plossl eyepiece with the Meade #126 Barlow to give a magnification of about 70x. I was blown away. Not only could I see the polar icecap clearly, I was also able to make out some surface detail. Just to make sure that I wasn't imagining things, I had several other people confirm what I was seeing. I then borrowed a 3mm Teleview Radian for a magnification of 116x. Due to the excellent seeing at the time, we were able to pick up even more detail. I don't plan on buying a Radian for this use however. I have a problem spending almost as much for an eyepiece as I did for the scope I plan on using it on <grin>. I have also gotten some excellent views of Saturn and Jupiter through this scope with quite a bit of detail. So while it would not be my first choice for a planetary scope, under good conditions the ETX-70 CAN give you very nice views of the planets.
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