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Old Nov 21, 2004, 3:32 PM   #1
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I found this offer in Belgium for a Meade etx70 with full options for Euro 169 (USD 220), looking around on the web i found that Meade has a US offer for less than USD 100 but without the options.

Options:
- 3 x barlow lens
- 3 eyepieces, MA-25mm, MA12-mm and MA4mm
- Erecting Prism
- tripod
- backpack

Standard specifications:
ETX-70AT Astro Telescope - Includes achromatic refractor optical tube assembly (D = 70mm, F = 350mm, f/5) with multi-layer optical coatings; internal flip-mirror system for either straight-through or 90° observing position; steel-reinforced ABS fork mount with electric slow-motion controls, setting circles, and locks on both axes; electronic control panel; 9-speed (2x sidereal through 4.5°/sec.) dual-axis motor drive system with #494 Autostar computer controller; sidereal-rate tracking; internal battery compartment accepting six (user-supplied) AA-size batteries; MA9mm (39X) and MA25mm (14X) multi-coated eyepieces; #882 Field Tripod; operating instructions.

Got a picture of it at http://users.telenet.be/kim1-6502/meade.jpg
More at http://www.meade.com

This telescope might be good enough for beginer astronome and for kids but even if it is'nt it could be used for panoramas when the telescope is replaced by a camera.
One can program up to 200 presets, that should be plenty for panoramas

My question:
What do you think of it and has anyone tryed this?

Erik
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