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Meade ETX-125EC

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Due back in 8 days on April 30, 2019 (Tuesday).

The ETX-125 Maksutov-Cassegrain offers good optical quality in an easily transported smaller apperture telescope.  The Meade AutoStar computer handbox with over 30,000 object library and a solid mount and tripod make this an excellent choice for new observers looking for a portable scope that can be set up quickly.



The Meade ETX-125EC telescope features an advanced Maksutov-Cassegrain design for pinpoint star images and extraordinary contrast, making it a great deep sky performer and ideal for detailed lunar and planetary observation as it easily soars to high magnifications. This 90mm (3.5") model has a focal length of 1250mm (f/13.8) with Meade's best Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC).

Electronics include the Meade AutoStar keypad with over 30,000 object library and which can be linked to a PC using an optionally available software and cable connector set, allowing the telescope to be controlled via a laptop or other PC. The telescope is conveniently internally powered by 8 (user-supplied) AA batteries which will run it for approximately 20 hours under normal usage. An AC adapter is also available for separate purchase.

  • 90mm f/13.8 Maksutov-Cassegrain optics - 1250mm focal length
  • Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™)
  • AutoStar hand controller with 30,000 object library
  • Field tripod


Note: This telescope was recently serviced by Bob Mulford, a SAS member.  Here's his notes on the telescope:

The Meade ETX-125ECs are not as easy to use as today's scopes. The ETX series was introduced in 1996 and the electronics, at least on the older models like those in our possession, are not nearly as sophisticated as modern offerings.  The alignment requires several steps including leveling the mount, leveling the scope, and finding north. I did this alignment process reasonably carefully, but did use some shortcuts that I think beginners might use, and while the GoTo system pointing was always close, it was not always close enough to put the sought object, including alignment stars, in the field of view. Still, I was able to use it effectively.

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