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Posts Made By: Fred Rains

September 10, 2006 08:37 PM Forum: Maksutovs

The little scope that could...

Posted By Fred Rains

Ron, I just saw this post and had to say something. I love the ETX90ra. I had one when they first came out and sold it before I learned how to use it properly. I picked another one up about four years ago and have enjoyed it as much as any scope I have ever owned. Believe it or not, using the Kochab technique for polar alignment, the setting circles are fabulous. I used the ETX for the last Messier Marathon just to see what it could do and found a commendable 100 objects. Would have found a few more if the clouds had cooperated. I use the ETX 10 times as often as my Celestron G9.25 just because I can grab it and be on the back porch in two minutes. The polar alignment takes litterally two minutes and I'm off to the races. I recently showed a buddy of mine how to use the same technique with his 70's vintage Questar and he was amazed. We compare views often between the two scopes and there is a slight advantage to the Q3.5. One of these days I'll get a Questar just for the sheer mechanical beauty of the thing, but until the kids get through school, the ETX90ra will more than do the job.
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God Bless!