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Using the Meade ETX: 100 Objects You Can Really See with the Mighty ETX (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) Paperback – 25 Jan 2002
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"If you own a Meade ETX it will show you what can be done and how to do it." -- Spaceflight, Vol.45, Issue 1, 2003
In 1996 Meade, the world's largest astronomical telescope manufacturer, introduced the ETX, a low-cost and genuinely portable instrument capable of results close to the theoretical limits of optical performance. Since then several different models have been introduced, most of them controlled by on-board computers that automatically point the telescope at objects selected from a database of 12,000. Unfortunately not all these objects are visible when looking through the ETX! (They are included because they can be imaged with special equipment. ) Mike Weasner is a world expert on the ETX range, and describes the "best" 100 objects to start with, and offers hints and tips about using and looking after the telescope to get the best possible results.
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.....that helps compensate for the pretty grotty manuals that Meade provide - like the ones with our ETX 105. If you have one, you'll know that these manuals are cobbled together assemblages of the right information, but not in the right order. Magnificent Meade optics, amateurish manuals.
Mike Weaver's book is a distillation of data from his "Mighty ETX" website edited neatly together in a straightforward format.
If you have a Meade ETX, or are just thinking about which 'scope you might buy, this is a very useful book - much of its advice applies pretty generally to 'scopes of this size by other makers, although some of the instructions are of course specific.
Endorsed by Patrick Moore, too. Highly recommended.
Not only does it provide invaluable information on caring for and servicing your telescope, it gives you an impartial and realistic expectation of what can actually be seen with these little beauties.
As anyone who takes up astronomy as a hobby will know - telescope manufacturers often exaggerate the abilities of their product and infer that you are actually buying the Hubble space telescope by printing highly resolved images of nebulae and galaxies on the box and in the manual - this book will give you a good overview of objects to be seen and how you will see them.
The book also serves as a beginners guide to astronomy and, whilst it primarily covers the ETX90, is relevant not only to the other scopes in the ETX range but to small telescopes in general giving tips to novices and old hands alike. For complete beginners it explains, in laymans terms, astronomical jargon and sheds light on some crucial equations and factors that anyone into this thing needs to know, showing how to calculate magnification and which eyepiece is best for any given application etc.
In short, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in astronomy and would go as far as to say that it is a crucial purchase for anyone who owns, or is considering investing in a Meade etx telescope - and, believe me, they are an investment!
that will be more informative than the feeble reference manual that isprovided with your ETX.
Then there is more and better information available free on MikeWeasner's terrific website (referenced on almost every page of thebook).
Also Meade's web site "F.A.Q", will provide you with all the settingsrequired in order to setup the ETX's
Another book I recommend, that was written for the Meade ETX is "The ETXGuide"
For more experienced users of telescopes, "Using the Meade ETX..." isinappropriate the technical information, is sparse there are badillustrations, no hints in fact it contains nothing but ridiculouslysimple explanations.
If you want to know anything about accessories, programming the AutoStar,what the inside of the ETX looks like, CCD imaging, or similar topics,then you won't find it in the book. If you want a good astronomy book,consider "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide" or "NightWatch".
I have had my ETX125 for only 3weeks and I have found more useful info onthe above sites and with the "The ETX Guide" than this book.
In summary, there is no need to buy this book, save your money, try thealternatives I suggest.
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