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Meade ETX Telescopes

Let Your Tour of the Universe Begin!

Meade ETX Telescopes Imagine having the GPS system for the universe. Once aligned, the Meade ETX telescopes allow you "push button" access to the heavens above. Since they were introduced in 1996 they have revolutionized amateur astronomy. Now even beginning astronomers can locate and explore the planets, galaxies, and nebulae, as well as star clusters, asteroids, and comets all at the push of a button.

Meade ETX Astro Telescopes, in four apertures (sizes), bring the full range of celestial images to your eye with astonishing levels of clarity, resolution and definition. Even the smallest Meade ETX telescope shows all the following objects clearly and sharply: the magnificent ring system of Saturn, as well as Saturn's largest moon, Titan; the distinctive cloud belt structure and four Galilean satellites of Jupiter; the Moon-like phases of the planet Venus; hundreds of craters, mountain ranges, and rilles on our own Moon; and a multitude of deep-space objects, including diffuse and planetary nebulae, galaxies and star clusters. In addition to all this, a Meade ETX telescope can also be used to obtain high-resolution views of terrestrial objects, from reading a license plate more than a mile in the distance, to resolving the feather structure of a bird at 50 yards.

Meade ETX telescopes are manufactured entirely at the Meade Irvine, CA facility. They produce optical performance and resolution that equals or exceeds any Maksutov optics of similar apertures ever manufactured at any price. In fact, the optics are so high in contrast, image brightness, and resolution that the ETX Models often out perform many telescopes of larger apertures.

Modern telescopes are typically one of three types, each with its own advantages: Refracting telescopes such as the ETX 70 use a large lens at the upper end of the optical tube to collect light. Refractors are easy to maintain, yield sharp images, and are relatively inexpensive in smaller apertures. Reflecting telescopes use a concave mirror as the primary optical element. They generally yield the largest aperture-per-dollar. Catadioptric (Mirror-Lens) telescopes employ a combination of mirrors and lenses to form the image. They are more portable in larger apertures, and are extremely popular among advanced amateurs. The ETX 90, ETX 105, and ETX 125 are a Maksutov-Cassegrain, mirror-lens design.

The fork mountings of the ETX models include high torque, DC motors on the telescope's vertical and horizontal axis. This allows the telescope, to not only automatically locate stellar objects, but to also compensate for the earth's rotation, keeping the objects centered once they are found. The motors can be operated at any of nine speeds from 2 X sidereal for tuning at high magnifications, to 5°/second for quickly slewing (moving) across the sky. The Meade ETX telescopes can be operated for more than 40 hours with AA batteries (6 for ETX70 / 8 for ETX 90-125). The ETX series can also use a cigarette plug or AC power cord (accessories available below). The telescope can be used with no power when you are not utilizing the electronic features.

The ETX flip-mirror system allows for a traditional observing through the eye piece in the up position, or flip the mirror down for terrestrial observing with the optional 45° erecting prism. The compact and easily portable design, flip mirror system, and automatic tracking which compensates for the earth's rotation make the ETX telescopes perfect for photography using the optional T adapter for mounting your camera.

Super Bonus worth up to $350.00
The two most popular ETX accessories are now included FREE!
Autostar controllers are now included free with all ETX telescopes. The Autostar controller turns your ETX telescope into an automatic celestial object locating system. Simply do a quick (less than one minute) telescope alignment, and you are ready to observe any object in the Autostar's 30,000 object database (14,000 objects for ETX 70).
5,386    objects from the Index Catalog (IC); galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters of all types; the complete Index Catalog

7,840    objects from the New General Catalog (NGC); additional galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters of all types; the complete New General Catalog
109    objects from the Caldwell Catalog of the best objects for small telescopes
110    Messier (M) objects; the complete Messier catalog
16,800    stars from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) catalog, including double stars, variable stars, and other stars of special note
50    Earth-orbiting satellites
26    asteroids, including all of the brightest asteroids
15    periodic comets
8    major planets from Mercury to Pluto
Meade ETX Telescopes
In addition to the objects in the Autostar's database, it offers automatic GO TO capability. You can find any astronomical object of known Right Ascension and Declination. Enter the object's RA and Dec. from a star catalog or monthly magazine, press GO TO, and the Autostar does the rest. This is particularly useful in the case of periodic phenomena, such as comets. The Autostar offers a 200 object user defined memory. Its digital readout displays telescope position in RA and Dec. It also displays the location, mythology, and important objects located in 88 constellations. The Autostar will even give you a guided tour of the night sky choosing the best objects for any given night! Plus, over 20 other options including major events: Moonrise times, Moon phases, minimums of Algol, Equinoxes, etc. It also has a timer, alarm, eyepiece power calculation, and much more.

A Field Tripod is now also included free with your ETX telescope. These tripods provide a rigid platform for your telescope. The ETX telescopes can be operated either in the altazimuth mode on the table or tripod, or in the equatorial mode on the field tripod or table top tripod. The Autostar controller allows fully automatic astronomical tracking in the more convenient altazimuth mode.

Meade ETX-80/70/60 Accessories

Meade 4000 Eyepieces

Meade Series 4000 Super Plossl Eyepieces

The optional eyepieces allow you to have additional magnifications, both higher and lower, than those included with your scope. Meade eyepieces yield extremely high-resolution imaging. The magnification, or "power", of a telescope eyepiece combination is equal to the focal length of the scope, divided by the focal length of the eyepiece. As an example, a telescope with a focal length of 350mm (ie the ETX 70), with a 9mm eyepiece, would have a magnification of 350 / 9 or 39 X.
Meade 4000 Eyepiece 6.4 MM
Stock # 841 Price $80.00 Quantity
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Meade 4000 Eyepiece 9.7 MM
Stock # 840 Price $80.00 Quantity
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Meade 4000 Eyepiece 15 MM
Stock # 842 Price $80.00 Quantity
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Meade 2XBarlow Lens
Meade ETX #124 2x Barlow Lens: This multi-coated lens doubles the power of any eyepiece used with it. You simply insert the Barlow into your telescope's eyepiece holder, then insert the eyepiece of your choice into the Barlow. It works with any ETX model, and is intended for astronomical applications.
Stock # 1727 Price $39.95 Quantity
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Meade Erecting Prism
Meade ETX 45° Erecting Prism #933 for ETX 70/60: The ETX telescopes have an internal mirror to reflect the light to the 90° astronomical observing position. In this position the image is upright, but reversed (a mirror image). The Erecting Prism gives you a correctly oriented image for terrestrial observing, and a convenient 45° viewing angle. This allows you to use your ETX telescope to do double duty as a powerful spotting scope for hunting, bird, and ship watching, etc.
Stock # 1327 Price $50.00 Quantity
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Meade T-Adapter
Meade ETX T-Adapter #64ST for ETX 70/60: The T-Adapter plus a T-mount, allows you to use your ETX Scope as a lens for your 35MM or Digital SLR. The T-Adapter threads to the rear cell of the telescope, followed by a t-mount specific to your brand of camera. The camera body is rigidly coupled to the telescope's optical system, which in effect becomes the camera's lens. This is an amazing accessory for anyone interested in photography.
Stock # 1331 Price $21.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX Sony/Minolta T-Mount: For use with your ETX Telescope and the T-Adapter above.
Stock # 1724 Price $16.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX Nikon T-Mount: For use with your ETX Telescope and the T-Adapter above.
Stock # 1725 Price $16.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX Pentax Bayonet T-Mount: For use with your ETX Telescope and the T-Adapter above.
Stock # 1726 Price $16.00 Quantity
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Meade AstroFinder Software
Meade AstroFinder Software #506 for ETX 70/60: The AstroFinder Software can be used with your ETX Telescope equipped with an Autostar Computer Controller to operate the telescope directly from the display of a personal computer. With the AstroFinder software, and your PC connected to the Autostar via the RS-232 serial port (aka comport), you can point and click on any space object shown on the PC display. The telescope automatically slews to the object.
Stock # 1329 Price $40.00 Quantity
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Meade USB to RS-232 Adapter: This allows you to use the cable included with the AstroFinder Software on a computer that only has a USB port, and no RS-232 serial port or comport.
Stock # 1330 Price $35.00 Quantity
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Meade #3200 Lunar and Planetary Filter Set: Color filters are a great aid to the lunar and planetary observer. They increase your enjoyment of Solar System viewing by permitting the observation, or photography, of detail that is virtually invisible without the aid of filters. These color filters help to increase the image resolution and contrast, while reducing glare on the planets and Moon. Color filters can be the difference between seeing fine details on Lunar and Planetary surfaces, and not being able to make them out. This set comes with yellow, blue, red, and neutral density filters giving you the right filter for most viewing conditions. The Meade Lunar and Planetary Filters fit Meade PL, WA, and MA eyepieces, as well as most other 1 1/4" eyepieces. They come in protective plastic cases.
Stock # 1328 Price $40.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX-90AT Telescope

With Free 497 Autostar Controller and 883 Deluxe Field Tripod

The Meade ETX-90EC may be all the telescope ever needed for the beginning to intermediate observer. It is also a great ultraportable, diffraction-limited field telescope for the advanced astronomer who already owns a larger instrument. Observe the ever-changing cloud patterns on Jupiter, and the shadows cast on the planet by one of its four largest moons; the magnificent rings and satellites of Saturn - you can even see the ring-shadow on Saturn's surface; Moon craters, lunar rilles, mountain ranges, and fault lines by the hundreds, all in brilliant high-resolution detail. In deep-space the motivated observer will find it hard to see the huge quantity of visible objects: the incandescent filamentary structure of the Orion Nebula; the elliptical luminosity of the Andromeda Galaxy; the shining orb of the Hercules globular cluster. These are just a few of the literally thousands of celestial objects viewable with the Meade ETX-90AT.
Stock # 828 Price $595.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX-105AT Telescope

With Free 497 Autostar Controller and 883 Deluxe Field Tripod

The ETX-105AT yields 36% more light-collecting power than the ETX-90, with a relatively small increase in price. From the eight major planets and the Moon, to galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters; not to mention terrestrial objects can be observed with a significant, immediately apparent increase in resolution and image brightness. The ETX-105 is still compact and easily portable, making it a very popular compromise between size and light-gathering capability.
Stock # 1232 Price $699.95 Quantity
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Meade ETX-125AT Telescope

With Free 497 Autostar Controller and 883 Deluxe Field Tripod

The ETX-125AT offers twice the light-collecting area of the ETX-90, and permits an even broader range of astronomical study. Enjoy the heightened level of detail in Jupiter's cloud belts, with whirls and festoons. The Great Red Spot is readily visible, transiting the planet's disc; the Cassini division in Saturn's rings can be seen, as well as additional features of the planet's surface. You can also see microfine lunar detail beyond the reach of smaller telescopes. Continuing your journey into deep-space the ETX-125AT's larger aperture enables observation of galaxies and nebulae in wider array; all 110 of the Messier listed objects take on a readily discernible structure. The observer who has a serious interest will find the Meade ETX-125AT a deeply satisfying instrument for a lifetime of high-resolution observing.


Stock # 829 Price $895.00 Quantity
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Accessories for ETX 90, 105, and 125

Meade ETX 125/105/90 Eyepieces

Meade Series 4000 Super Plossl Eyepieces

The optional eyepieces allow you to have additional magnifications, both higher and lower, than those included with your scope. Meade eyepieces yield extremely high-resolution imaging. The magnification, or "power", of a telescope eyepiece combination is equal to the focal length of the scope divided by the focal length of the eyepiece. As an example, a telescope with a focal length of 1250mm (ie the ETX 90), with a 25mm eyepiece would have a magnification of 1250/25 or 50 X.
Meade ETX 125/105/90 Eyepiece 6.4 MM
Stock # 841 Price $80.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX 125/105/90 Eyepiece 9.7 MM
Stock # 840 Price $80.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX 125/105/90 Eyepiece 15 MM
Stock # 842 Price $80.00 Quantity
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Meade 2X Barlow Lens
Meade ETX #126 2x Barlow Lens: This multi-coated lens doubles the power of any eyepiece used with it. Insert the Barlow into your telescope's eyepiece holder, then insert the eyepiece of your choice into the Barlow. It works with any ETX model, and is intended for astronomical applications.
Stock # 835 Price $34.50 Quantity
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Meade Erecting Prism
Meade ETX 45° Erecting Prism #932 for ETX 125/105/90: The ETX telescopes have an internal mirror to reflect the light to the 90° astronomical observing position. In this position the image is upright, but reversed (a mirror image). The Erecting Prism gives you a correctly oriented image for terrestrial observing, and a convenient 45° viewing angle. This allows you to use your ETX telescope to do double duty as a powerful spotting scope for hunting, bird, and ship watching, etc.
Stock # 836 Price $50.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX T-Adapter
Meade ETX T-Adapter #64 for ETX 125/105/90: The T-Adapter, plus a T-mount, allows you to use your ETX Scope as a lens for your 35MM or Digital SLR. The T-Adapter threads to the rear cell of the telescope, followed by a t-mount specific to your brand of camera. The camera body is rigidly coupled to the telescope's optical system, which in effect becomes the camera's lens. This is an amazing accessory for anyone interested in photography.
Stock # 830 Price $32.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX Sony/Minolta T-Mount: For use with your ETX Telescope and the T-Adapter above.
Stock # 1724 Price $16.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX Nikon T-Mount: For use with your ETX Telescope and the T-Adapter above.
Stock # 1725 Price $16.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX Pentax Bayonet T-Mount: For use with your ETX Telescope and the T-Adapter above.
Stock # 1726 Price $16.00 Quantity
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Power Adapters for Meade ETX 125/105/90

The ETX 125/105/90 can be powered by a power adapter, as well as batteries, giving you extra freedom in powering your telescope.
Meade ETX AD Aadpter for ETX 125/105/90: This adapter allows your telescope to be powered by either a standard 110v home electric outlet, or a car cigarette lighter. It includes a 25ft. cord that goes from the power source to your scope's control panel.
Stock # 838 Price $32.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX DC Adapter for ETX 125/105/90: This adapter allows your telescope to be powered by car cigarette lighter. It can also be powered by a female cigarette lighter plug attached to a 12 volt battery. It includes a 25ft. cord that goes from the power source to your scope's control panel.
Stock # 838 Price $20.00 Quantity
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Meade ETX Hard Case

Meade ETX Telescope Cases and Bags

These Hard Carry Cases offer protection and easy portability for your Meade ETX Telescope. They are fully lined with fitted foam inserts, and hold the complete ETX telescope plus optional accessories in one convenient portable case.
Meade ETX Hard Carry Case for ETX 105 - 07606:
Stock # 1234 Price $136.95 Quantity
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Meade ETX Astro Finder Software

Computer Software


Meade AstroFinder Software #505 for ETX 125/105/90: The AstroFinder Software can be used with your ETX Telescope equipped with an Autostar Computer Controller to operate the telescope directly from the display of a personal computer. With the AstroFinder Software, and your PC connected to the Autostar via the RS-232 serial port (aka comport), you can point and click on any space object shown on the PC display. The telescope automatically slews to the object.
Stock # 1335 Price $40.00 Quantity
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Meade USB to RS-232 Adapter: This allows you to use the cable included with the AstroFinder Software on a computer that only has a USB port, and no RS-232 serial port or comport.
Stock # 1330 Price $35.00 Quantity
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Meade #3200 Lunar and Planetary Filter Set: Color filters are a great aid to the lunar and planetary observer. They increase your enjoyment of Solar System viewing by permitting the observation, or photography, of detail that is virtually invisible without the aid of filters. These color filters help to increase the image resolution and contrast, while reducing glare on the planets and Moon. Color filters can be the difference between seeing fine details on Lunar and Planetary surfaces, and not being able to make them out. This set comes with yellow, blue, red, and neutral density filters giving you the right filter for most viewing conditions. The Meade Lunar and Planetary Filters fit Meade PL, WA, and MA eyepieces, as well as most other 1 1/4" eyepieces. They come in protective plastic cases.
Stock # 1320 Price $40.00 Quantity
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Specifications and Features: ETX-70AT, ETX-90AT, ETX-105AT, and ETX-125AT Astro Telescopes
TELESCOPE: ETX-70AT ETX-90AT ETX-105AT ETX-125AT
Optical Design Achromatic refractor Maksutov-Cassegrain Maksutov-Cassegrain Maksutov-Cassegrain
Primary Mirror Diameter N/A 96mm (3.78") 116mm (4.56") 138mm (5.43")
Clear Aperture 70mm (2.8") 90mm (3.5") 105mm (4.13") 127mm (5.0")
Focal Length, Focal Ratio 350mm f/5 1250mm f/13.8 1470mm f/14 1900mm f/15
Near Focus (approx.) 17 ft. (5.2m) 11.5 ft. (3.5m) 15 ft. (4.6m) 15 ft. (4.6m)
Resolving Power (arc secs.) 1.6 1.3 1.1 0.9
Optical Coatings multi-coated
objective lens
MgF2; standard aluminum/SiO MgF2; standard aluminum/SiO MgF2; standard aluminum/SiO
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings N/A optional at time of purchase optional at time of purchase optional at time of purchase
Limiting Visual Stellar Magnitude 11.3 11.7 12.1 12.5
Image Scale 4.14°/inch 1.16°/inch 0.99°/inch 0.76°/inch
Maximum Practical Visual Power 240X 325X 420X 500X
Optical Tube Dimensions (dia. x length) 3.6" dia. x 12" (9.3cm x 30.4cm) 4.1" x 11" (10.4cm x 27.9cm) 4.88" x 12.9" (12.4cm x 32.8cm) 5.75" x 14.2" (14.6cm x 36cm)
Eyepiece(s) MA9mm, MA25mm Super Plössl 26mm Super Plössl 26mm Super Plössl 26mm
Secondary Mirror Obstruction (dia.; %) N/A 1.1" (27.9mm); 9.6% 1.32" (33.0mm); 9.4% 1.55" (39.4mm); 9.6%
Telescope Mounting fork type; double tine fork type; double tine fork type; double tine fork type; double tine
Setting Circle Diameters Dec.: 3.7"; RA: 7" Dec.: 3.5"; RA: 7" Dec.: 3.81"; RA: 7.8" Dec.: 4.3"; RA: 9"
RA and Dec. Motor Drive Systems DC servo motors with encoders, both axes; 9-volts DC DC servo motors with encoders, both axes; 12-volts DC DC servo motors with encoders, both axes; 12-volts DC DC servo motors with encoders, both axes; 12-volts DC
Slow-Motion Controls electric, 9-speed, both axes electric, 9-speed, both axes electric, 9-speed, both axes electric, 9-speed, both axes
Autostar Controller included (#494) included (#497) included (#497) included (#497)
Hemispheres of Operation North and South North and South North and South North and South
Batteries (user-supplied) 6 x AA 8 x AA 8 x AA 8 x AA
Battery Life (approx.) 20 hrs 20 hrs 20 hrs 20 hrs
Bearings Dec.: Acetal; RA: Nylon Nylon, both axes Dec.: ball bearings; RA: radial ball bearing Dec.: ball bearings; RA: radial ball bearing
Materials:
Tube Body Mounting high-impact ABS aluminum aluminum reinforced high-impact ABS internal aluminum structure with high-impact ABS internal aluminum structure with high-impact ABS
Primary Mirror
Correcting Lens
N/A Pyrex® glass
BK7 optical glass, Grade-A
Pyrex® glass
BK7 optical glass, Grade-A
Pyrex® glass
BK7 optical glass, Grade-A
Tripod; net weight #882 Field Tripod; 6 lbs. #884 Deluxe Field Tripod; 11 lbs. #884 Deluxe Field Tripod; 11 lbs. #884 Deluxe Field Tripod; 11lbs.
Telescope Dimensions 15" x 7.3" x 8.5" 15" x 7.3" x 8.5" 17" x 8" x 10" 19" x 8.9" x 10.8"
Telescope Net Weight, less tripod 6.8 lbs. (3.0 kg) 7.8 lbs (3.5 kg) 13.5 lbs. (6.1 kg) 15.2 lbs. (6.9 kg)
Telescope Shipping Weight, less tripod 11.9 lbs (5.4 kg) 12.4 lbs (5.6 kg) 18.4 lbs (8.3 kg) 25.2 lbs. (11.4 kg)

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