Last updated: 28 August 2005
Subject: ETX FLIP-FINDER BRACKET Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2005 14:43:52 From: Paul Kinsella (firstname.lastname@example.org) Here's some news on the ETX I mentioned a week or so back. Apologies for sending 4 photos but I think between them they show all you need to know about how this looks and works. I've just got one for my ETX-105 and the news is good - a well-made product, designed by an ETX-user that, in my opinion, makes the ETX a better instrument all-round. I "discovered" it from a plug in the UK magazine "Astronomy Now" and when I rang the makers a week after the issue came out they said they were practically flying off their shelves. This accessory is designed to move the finderscope further away from the main eyepiece and as you can see from the pictures it moves it far enough away that there are no longer any frustrating problems with the eyepieces and finder getting in one anothers way. I'm only able really able to use my right-eye for observing so using short-focal length eyepieces with the right-angle finder has been a real nuisance. I bought the "deluxe" model, that came with new thumb-screws to hold the finder, these are much bigger and easier to fine-tuned than the standard ones - and owing to a minor fitting problem I ended up needing to use the original ones to keep the new barrel in place For reference you're supposed to remove the old finder holder, fit the barrel and secure it in place using some provided little mini-screws, then re-attach it. But I've either lost or never had the Allen key to do this so had to fit things in-situ and re-using most of the old screws was much easier in this case than fitting the new ones. The "unfolded-rear" photo shows the installation very nicely. Once I'd got around these little problems with the first stage, it took about 5 minutes to install and provides a rock-steady finder support. Contrary to the instructions, I found that even with the right-angle finder it fitted into the hardcase without having to rotate the prism and retained alignment near-enough perfectly when I used it next. One word of warning, the finder is now several inches higher than before, so with the standard tripod at full-height and pointing horizontally, at 5'10" (1.78m) I'm only just able to use it comfortably, although this of course isn't going to be a problem during most people's observing sessions. Price - well it turned out that the manufacturers are only 20 miles away from me so delivery charges were negligible, so it came to around 50, what's that about $80-90 ?? Although bear in mind that over here in the UK we're used to paying a lot for our kit - for instance the DSI is typically 269 which is roughly $500, and a new ETX125-premier would cost me the equivalent of about $1,750 ! As far as I'm concerned this is as near to a "must-have" for the ETX as I've come across - there are different models for the 90, 105 and 125, for more details see www.epsilon-telescopes.co.uk and you know what - I think it makes the ETX simply look better too ! Thanks for the excellent website Paul Cheltenham UK
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