- Aperture: 127 mm (5-Inch)
- Focal Ratio: f/15
- Focal Length: 1900 mm
- Optical Design: SCT
Meade ETX125 Observer Telescope
The ETX125 Observer Telescope by Meade:
Meade's ETX series has always been there for novice astronomers, providing the utmost in quality, performance, and value. These treasured scopes are among the best a novice astronomer can aspire to and are fully capable of retaining their value your entire observing and imaging career through sheer quality. Each new model in the series has always brought new improvements and enhancements, building on the legacy of their predecessors, and the ETX Observer series is the next step of that legacy!
Meade is well aware that many were excited about the 80 mm and 90 mm apertures, and are excited in turn to announce the return of the ETX 125, taking mobile astronomy to a whole new level. This large 127 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope marries the portability of the ETX with Meade's premium optics. Enjoy detailed close-up views of the Moon and planets, and be amazed by the stunning views of star clusters, nebulae, and more!
The ETX 125 Observer comes equipped with Go-To technology and the top quality Audio-Star controller. This controller is the heart of the telescopes computer guided system, not only finding and tracking objects in the night sky for you, but also boasting a number of features of its own such as a 30,000+ object database, built-in speaker, and over 4 hours of of audio content that educates you about objects you observe. These features make this one of the premier choices for a computer controlled and guided system available, making learning about the night sky a fun and easy experience. Start exploring the night sky now, and behold the infinite possibilities!
The ETX 125 Observer comes to you loaded and ready for action with an array of useful accessories and additions. From the built in Flip Mirror to the red dot finder and it's mounting bracket, each accessory packaged with this scope is of great use and greater quality! The Flip Mirror lets you use an eyepiece and a camera simultaneously, which is good because this scope isn't just perfect for imaging- it comes with a pair of stellar quality eyepieces! These eyepieces are the 9.7 mm and 26 mm Series 4000 Super Plossls from Meade, 1.25-inch eyepieces that are well worth putting to use. The internal 90-degree diagonal makes for a more comfortable viewing position for you, the user- a convenience that is sure to be appreciated. The red dot finder can easily be mounted with the included bracket and makes for accurate and reliable guiding. When used in conjunction with the flip mirror, you can actively guide your scope while having your camera ready for your needs at the same time. The ETX 125 Observer also comes with a compass and bubble level that makes setup and alignment quick and easy. And all of this is mounted atop a steel field tripod with a built in EQ tilt plate, a stable and reliable platform to mount your system a top without any worries. This stable tripod is perfect for the telescope it is being sold with, just like the rest of these accessories. As a whole, the synergy of each part creates a truly splendid product!
OPT Product Number: ME-205005
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
Specialized Multi-layered coating that are preciesely designed to improve the performance of your telescopes optics. You'll see brighter star clusters, more fine details in nebulas, and more surface features on planets with UHTC than without. Averaged over the entire visible spectrum, total light transmission to the focus increases by 15%.
|Eyepiece(s) Included||26mm & 9mm Super Plossls|
|Finder Included||Red Dot Finder|
|Hand Controller Included||AudioStar|
|Mount Design||Alt Azimuth|
|Mount Type||Computerized GoTo|
|Objects in Database||Over 30000|
|Optical Coatings||Multi Coated|
|Optical Design||Maksutov Cassegrain|
|Software Included||AutoStar Suite|
|Telescope Aperture||127 mm (5")|
|Telescope Focal Length||1900mm|
|Telescope Focal Ratio||f/15|
|Telescope Series||Meade ETX|
|Warranty||1 Year Warranty|
- ETX125 Observer Telescope 127 mm (5-Inch)
- Mounting Platform
- Steel Field Tripod
- 1.25-Inch Eyepiece No. 1: 9 mm Super Plossl
- 1.25-Inch Eyepiece No. 2: 26 mm Super Plossl
- Audio-Star Hand Controller
- Bubble Level
I've only owned this 6 weeks
I gave this a 4 star but in realty I'd give it a 3 1/2 star if that was an option. I would like to start with the negatives first. I really feel if you are going to spend $700 plus for a telescope Meade should have included the power supply with it. With that said, purchasing the correct power supply is a must. Just because it fits doesn't mean it is correct and can cause damage to your telescope. I would suggest you purchase the appropriate power supply before trying to polar align the scope. I attempted to get my scope polar aligned with just a brand new pack of batteries. It never happened and it took awhile to realize it was lacking power. It needed a power supply to give it enough power to work correctly. I purchased the ETX125 in hopes to be able to take some decent images of deep space objects and so on but it has been a journey finding the right adapters and set up to accomplish my goals . I do wish Meade provided more information on this subject in the instruction manual. I also think the port for the camera option is a bad design, especially if you are wanting to photograph objects straight up in the sky. That was not thought out very well. The port for the eye piece seems to be a better solution as far as weight and angles but then you run into other issues. The issues can be overcome but only with many hours spent researching. It would be nice if Meade provided more detailed video's in the use of their product. My final negative for now is that I wish Meade created a carrying case for this scope. I do understand that some may not want to spend more on the price if the case was included but having an option to buy a case separately, would be a huge bonus for those who travel with it. The pluses.... It is easy enough to move yet built solid. The aesthetics are pleasing; that helps since it is in my living room for all to see. For its size you can certainly see some really nice clear objects through it. I didn't really know if I would like the 'go to' capabilities because the hunt is half the fun for me but I have found that it doesn't completely take that away. I can still hunt if I so desire but its there if I need it. Overall I am having fun and enjoying the night sky. Once I get all the other stuff worked out I'll like it even more. For the price, its a good scope.
i bought my etx125 back in 2006. being a carpenter, i built a nice wooden case to put it in when not in use or to transport on camping trips. dawn thing still works like new.!!
I'm an old man used to an old way. Just don't like computer driven telescopes. I thought I was ordering what I saw in the picture, just a better scope. I didn't know I was paying for the same scope, just with a computer. I'll probably get used to it all. But right now, it's frustrating to use.