From: "Russell Whitaker" <email@example.com>
>I've never owned a decent amateur optical telescope,
>but am interested in picking one up.
>I saw an ad in this month's National Geographic for
>a Meade ETX-60AT Astro Telescope, selling with Autostar
>Hand Controller for $299. Found the online product listing:
>I'm primary interested in observing Earth's moon, Mars,
>our gas giants and their larger moons, NEO Eros, as well as
>some of the brighter stars (higher absolute magnitude)
>Anyone have experience with Meade optics? Any contrary
I have a ETX-70 that I got as a gift, and I love. These units
interface with a laptop with no problem, and Meade sells some
pretty good software for them. Now if I didn't like in Chicago's
For a little more money they make a ETX-90 which has Matsukov-
Cassegrain (sp?) optics.
Maybe Amara our resident expert could help.
Extropy Institute, www.extropy.org
Adler Planetarium www.adlerplanetarium.org
Life Extension Foundation, www.lef.org
National Rifle Association, www.nra.org, 1.800.672.3888
Ameritech Data Center Chicago, IL, Local 134 I.B.E.W
P.S doubles as a spotting scope.....
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