Last updated: 11 August 2003
Subject: New ETX-125 First Light Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2003 18:09:55 From: Mikel180@comcast.net (Mikel Stoer) Last night as the evening wound down in north Texas I took out my new ETX-125 for first light. After re-setting and re-training my Autostar (that I have been using with my ETX-90) I was some what concerned because the motors didn't sound right. Well I went ahead and started up. entered time and date ... the standard routine. A two star easy align in alt az followed with the standard adjusting to the star locations. Then I did a goto on Mars. It was a little after midnight at this time and mars was well up and near centered but I found that once the initial slew to was done and it started fine slewing all motor noise was gone. Nothing at all unlike my ETX-60 or 90. It is virtually silent. I switched eyepieces and with a 9mm (Celestron Plossel) I could easily make out the southern pole and some shading in different areas on the planetary surface. Awesome. Then I got worried. Every time I did a goto the object was almost out of the field of view. On a couple of occasions it actually was out side the FOV and I had to use the Autostar to slew in on the object. This is not what I've become use to once I learned to level and align the scope (back when my only one was the ETX-60at) properly. Well I tried to re-align the scope with virtually the same results. Goto's were ok at best but not good. I finally decided to call it a night and while breaking down my scope for the evening I took out the eyepiece to realize that I had been running with the 9mm in since the first look at Mars... That put a whole new meaning to what I had been doing all night. Instead of my goto's being borderline at 73x all night they were in or at the edge of the FOV at 211x. Quit a bid of difference. I am impressed. Great sight and thank you for all your help. Mike
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