Last updated: 30 August 2003
Subject: ETX 125 Mars Experience Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2003 20:00:10 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan Hester) I just finished over 90 consecutive minutes viewing the Red Planet with my ETX 125. I've got to tell you...it was wonderful! The unit tracked the planet flawlessly. I made only a couple of minor corrections during my entire session...mostly when I changed eyepieces or used a barlow. The ETX 125 gave great resolution with a number of eyepieces. I used a Meade 26 mm and 3 element Meade barlow. The view was plenty sharp...so I went to a 20mm Celestron Explorer (cheap) with the barlow...the view actually improved over the more expensive Meade eyepiece...even with more magnification. I got good resolution and sharpness right down to a Meade Plossel 9mm...but believe it or not...the eyepiece of the night was an inexpensive Celestron 10mm. At 190x..Mars showed its polar cap..and I could make out every major maria on the planet. No improvement with filters...just the little 10mm and the ETX. It was worth staying up for... Your site just gets better and better...thanks for providing this fine service to us amatuers. Good seeing to all. Thanks...Dan
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