The Meade ETX-125 AT Telescope is a practical and fairly compact instrument that makes for delightful evenings of stargazing with your time spent where it matters-at the eyepiece. Its 5" aperture of Maksutov-Cassegrain optics is bright enough for some deep space use and small enough not to merely amplify the light pollution unfortunately bestowed upon so many of us, and the whole kit and kaboodle weighs in at only 29 lbs so you can take it to remote locales fairly easily. Such a hit as a scope, an entire online community of its dedicated users exists, giving tips and sharing images.
Alignment is a breeze with the ETX-125 AT, too; after you get the scope roughly level and point it north, center any 2 stars in the view and tell the scope when they're centered. It won't take more than 5 minutes after you've done it once. After aligning, use the AutoStar hand controller's to take you to any object in its 30,000-item database, or be the boss with the ETX-125 AT's electronic controller at any of 5 dual-axis movement speeds: 8x sidereal for image centering in the main telescope at high power, 32x for image centering at lower powers or for pushbutton object-tracking in the altazimuth mode, slow mode for image centering in the viewfinder or for terrestrial tracking of nature and sightseeing, or medium speed for fast slewing across the sky. Select any of the by depressing the "speed" button on the controller.
The ETX-125 is set up for imaging, with lots of its owners using it for exactly this; it produces lovely, professional results when used in truly dark locations with a Meade Deep Sky Imager, but also can easily be employed for dabbling with the #64 SLR camera adapter and your camera's T-mount put on the back. Perhaps best of all, an included cable can control your scope's AutoStar by a computer, allowing you to remotely operate the scope.
The ETX-125 AT has Meade's UHTC Ultra High Transmission Coatings, an evolution in multicoating which optimizes performance. Used on every optical surface, UHTC decreases light loss by 20% and yields dramatic improvement when observing or photographing deep space objects.
The ETX-125 AT is powered by 8 "AA" batteries, but you can easily adapt it to AC or DC power with some optional accessories.
- Excellent 5" Maksutov-Cassegrain optics in a package which easily travels
- Makes a practical terrestrial-use spotting scope with optional 45° erect image diagonal
- Built-in flip mirror mechanism; viewing can be done from either 90° or straight through
- Fast and easy alignment procedure; just roughly level scope, point roughly north, and center two bright stars in view
- Ready for immediate imaging; digiscope through eyepieces with a digiscoping adapter, or add the #64 T-Adapter (plus your camera's T-mount) to use SLRs via rear straight-through port
- Included basic CD-ROM includes sky maps which can be printed for study