Meade ETX125 Observer
The Meade ETX125 Observer - the legend returns, in a new revised guise. Here at Telescope House, the Meade ETX125 in its various incarnations has been a firm favourite - providing a efficient, easy to use Goto telescope which is powerful enough to resolve significant detail, but compact enough to take practically anywhere. The 5-inch aperture, f/15 focal ratio Maksutov Cassegrain telescope at the heart of the system delivers consistently excellent, high contrast views - particularly for planetary and lunar observations. However, the telescope is no slouch when it comes to observation of brighter deep sky objects either. A properly designed and executed Maksutov telescope is one of the most pleasing telescopes to use, combining razor-sharp optical performance and long focal length in an incredibly compact body.
The ETX125 comes with two Meade 1.25” Super Plössl Eyepieces: 26mm (73x magnification) and 9.7mm (196x magnification), and will take all standard 1.25" design eyepieces. We would recommend an additional 32mm or 40mm eyepiece in order to provide a wider field view of larger objects for use with this telescope (this also helps in the alignment procedure).
The Meade ETX125 Observer is a double-tined fork mounted telescope, making it intrinsically more stable than many single-forked alternatives. The Meade Autostar Goto System is intuitive to use and easy to set up in the field. Once you're used to the alignment procedure, you can be up and observing many of the 30,000+ celestial targets in the Autostar's memory, in a matter of minutes. The Meade ETX field tripod is a substantial mounting platform and also includes an equatorial wedge plate, for polar alignment (if deemed necessary). Meade have revised the servo motors and running gear on this new version, making it more reliable and quieter in use.
The Meade ETX125 Observer telescope has a comfortable vertically-mounted visual eyepiece port, plus a rear photographic port which you can attach a DSLR camera to (with the addition of the Meade 64 T-adapter). There is a built-in flip mirror system between these two ports, which allows for perfect framing of targets in the visual port, then a quick and easy switch to your attached camera - ensuring the target is within the field of view of your camera. Once you've used this "frame and flip" function, you'll appreciate the ease with which it's possible to centre objects in the ETX125.
Meade SKU 205005
Clear Aperture 127mm (5")
Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain
Optical Coatings UHTC™ - Ultra High Transmission
Focal Length 1900mm
Focal Ratio f/15
Viewfinder Red Dot
Eyepiece(s) Two 1.25” Super Plössl Eyepieces: 26mm (73x magnification), 9.7mm (196x magnification)
Dew Shield No (available separately)
Mount Type Fork type; double-tine
Hand Controller AudioStar™
Object Database 30,000 objects
Tripod Full Size Steel Tripod with EQ tilt plate
Time Chip Yes
Software Planetarium software on DVD
Product Weight 11.2 kg (24.7 lbs)