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Meade ETX 70AT

 
 
Meade ETX 70 AT

Meade ETX 70 AT

Meade ETX 70 AT

Meade ETX 70 AT


My telescope is a Meade ETX-70, and I've had it since April 2003. When I was buying this, my first telescope, I did a lot of research on the internet into what to get (see my equipment guide) and Meade came forward as being very good quality. Although it doesn't have such a wide aperture, it makes up for it in optical quality.

It's also got motor controlled mounts, so that you can move it very slowly and precisely, and with the 'Autostar', the hand-held guider, you can align the telescope so that it can point you at whatever you want to see, and track it, compensating for the Earth's rotation. It isn't perfect but is quite good, the object will usually be in view (even if not exactly in the centre) and will stay there for quite a long period of time even on high magnifications. At the back it's got a port which you can fix your SLR camera onto to take photos with the prime focus method (although the tracking isn't really good enough to take great prime focus pictures, but I have taken some good afocal images with it.)

Saturn's rings are clearly visible, cloud bands can be seen on Jupiter along with the planet's four largest moons, and on a very good day (when it passed by very close recently) I was able to see the polar ice caps on Mars. Detail can be seen in the Orion Nebula, and when used on low magnification you can see quite a wide field, with very good resolution. In all, I think it's an excellent first telescope, and it may even be all you ever need.


Specifications:

Type: Refractor
Objective Diameter: 70mm
Focal Length: 350mm
Focal ratio/photographic speed: f/5.0
Resolving Power: 1.6 arcseconds
Mount: Alt-azimuth


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