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Edmacho
2007-Feb-12, 06:26 AM
hey,

I was wondering if this scope would be sufficient for some at least decent piggy back astro photos. Or prime focus, I don't care.

http://meade.telescopes.com/products/meade-etx-80at-tc-astro-telescope-with-autostar-42229.html

What do you guys think? The price looks very promising to me, but I was a little discouraged by the people's comments saying that the go-to is always slightly off...

Anyone else have this scope? Recommend it or no?

JohnW
2007-Feb-12, 06:04 PM
hey,

I was wondering if this scope would be sufficient for some at least decent piggy back astro photos. Or prime focus, I don't care.

http://meade.telescopes.com/products/meade-etx-80at-tc-astro-telescope-with-autostar-42229.html

What do you guys think? The price looks very promising to me, but I was a little discouraged by the people's comments saying that the go-to is always slightly off...

Anyone else have this scope? Recommend it or no?

It's a not-very-good achromatic refractor on an alt-azimuth mount. If Meade (or someone else) sells a wedge to turn this into an equatorial mount, it might be barely adequate for astrophotography, but even if the mount is stable, the telescope design will give you blue halos around all bright objects.

Unless you're on a tight budget and absolutely have to have goto, I think there are better choices.

ozark1
2007-Feb-12, 10:12 PM
hey,

I was wondering if this scope would be sufficient for some at least decent piggy back astro photos. Or prime focus, I don't care.

http://meade.telescopes.com/products/meade-etx-80at-tc-astro-telescope-with-autostar-42229.html

What do you guys think? The price looks very promising to me, but I was a little discouraged by the people's comments saying that the go-to is always slightly off...

Anyone else have this scope? Recommend it or no?

There are better choices but the Meade ETX line can achieve a lot more than you think

http://www.weasner.com/etx/guests/2006/guests_deepsky3.html

If you go here, you'll find remarkably good photos with the ETX-70 or even the ETX-60.

aurora
2007-Feb-12, 10:19 PM
It's a not-very-good achromatic refractor on an alt-azimuth mount.

I always thought that the ETX's were maksutovs. The ones that I have seen were, anyway.

However, the ETX line is not something I would recommend for most people. I know a number of people that have bought them, I know of no one that uses them regularly.

JohnW
2007-Feb-12, 10:42 PM
I always thought that the ETX's were maksutovs. The ones that I have seen were, anyway.
The bigger ETXs are Maks. The 80 is a refractor.