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Posted by Mark on October 3, 2003 23:30:54 UTC

Hi,
I found this site only about a month ago and thought ďThis will be a great siteĒ. I am surprised that there is not more activity in here with the popularity of Meade scopes and all. Maybe if they made the forum more user friendly or if perhaps we just start chatting more and asking more questions. In any case it sure would be nice to see more post from people with the same scopes.

I am new to astronomy and purchased a Meade 125-ETX in early August, I think I got the last one in the US that didnít have a 6 to 8 week waiting list to receive it. So far I am loving it! The learning curve is not as bad as I thought it would be, of course I am cheating a little with the auto star.

I donít mind spending money on fun little accessories but I also enjoy inventing things my self. So far I have made a red LED light strip for my eyepiece box (very sweet) and a adapter so I can use my digital camera with my scope (cost 2.00 and saved 189.00).

Questions:

Dew Shields:
Are dew shields just a sleeve that goes over the scope? What are they made of? Can I just Use a piece of corrugated cardboard, wrap it around my scope?

Alignment:
I have got to the point where I can tell the AutoStar to go to an object and it will come into view with my 26mm eyepiece but not dead center I think this is the best I can hope for but is there any one out there that is getting better results?

Favorite Things to Look At:
What are some of your favorite things to look at? I have been looking at the globular clusters lately, messier 13, 92Ö and also the Andromeda galaxy. I bought the scope mainly so I could see mars; it is ok but not what I expected. I got up at 4:00 AM a few weeks ago and looked at Saturn and that was impressive! I think Saturn is my favorite so far in my short time spent with astronomy.

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