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- DescriptionFor the avid stargazer or amateur astronomer, common planets, stars, and constellations such as Orion are like old friends in the night sky. Don't settle for viewing them with the naked eye or the minor magnification of binoculars. Take a close-up look at all of the celestial features you've been missing out on with the Meade ETX-60 AT refractor telescope. Designed with the novice astronomy buff in mind, Meade ETX-60 telescopes have stunning optics and serve up sharp images of objects in space. The compact size of this 60mm f/5.8 achromatic refraction-type telescope means that it is easy to pack and take with you to various viewing locations. With a powerful 39x magnifying capability, you'll feel as if you are tethered to the International Space Station rather than standing in your own back yard. This wide-field, deep-sky telescope returns crystal clear images with either 90-degree or straight-through observation positions. The eyepiece can be replaced with specialty eyepieces, such as a Barlow lens, for specific viewing purposes. The variable focal length allows the telescope to focus on terrestrial objects as well as those light years away. Satisfy your astronomical curiosities with the Meade ETX-60AT refractor telescope. Setup is a breeze for the ETX-60AT. Once out of the box, simply install one of two high-quality eyepieces and six AA batteries for a whopping 20 hours of use. The Meade ETX can be used either on a tabletop or with accessories such as a tripod mount. Designed with budding astronomers in mind, the Meade telescope is easy to use as well. Set your site location by selecting a city from the given list. Once outdoors, the scope can be aligned by one of three methods. Beginners may prefer the Easy Align feature, which uses the telescope's computer to choose two stars to align itself with and make automatic adjustments. More experienced stargazers may prefer the One Star Align or Two Star Align features, in which the user manually chooses which stars and other objects to view. Consult the user manual for easy-to-follow instructions. Once aligned, the Meade ETX will automatically bring any of the 1,400 pre-programmed stellar objects into view with the push of a few cursor buttons on the attached electronic hand controller. Whether you are searching the sky for Jupiter, Orion, or Aldebaran, the Meade ETX will auto rotate and find the object for you. The ETX-60AT is compatible with most Autostar computer software accessories via a serial interface adapter. These accessories include Starry Night, Deepsky 2000, and Skymap. Updates on the positions of moving objects such as satellites and comets, as well as the locations of newly discovered objects, can be downloaded when the telescope is connected to your personal PC. The Autostar program will also provide important astronomy information about the objects being viewed, including their age, distance from Earth, and spectral types.Smaller than many similar telescopes, the Meade ETX-60 has dimensions of 21.2 inches by 13.2 inches by 7.6 inches and weighs 10.2 pounds. These telescopes can be used with computers and a variety of available accessories, including eyepieces and tripods.
- ModelETX-60 AT
- Focal Length13.8 in. (350 mm)
- Optical DesignRefractor
- Max. Magnificationx 36.1
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- wel8571Apr 23, 2017by
Great Beginners Telescope
Star rating is difficult. As a first time, beginning 'scope, 5 stars. Easy to set up and use. Was able to observe 4 moons of Jupiter on the first clear night. Every thing I expected. As for digital, well it does connect to a computer, but it is not a "pixel" optical device. Like any other instrument, there is a learning curve to get the most out of it. There is good customer support and several forums with "tips and tricks", Unless something far better for a similar price, I'll keep this. I'm 500 feet up overlooking an airport several islands, and a fair amount of ocean traffic. Unless something far better for a similar price, comes along, I'll keep this.
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- kodonivan2012May 13, 2013by
Good, inexpensive scope with lots of bells and whistles, but has limits
I have had the Meade ETX 60 AT for several years now. I usually use it during the summer when it is really clear. This scope is fantastic for lunar observations. You can also pull in the rings of Saturn and see 4 of its moons. You can usually see the striations of the atmosphere of Jupiter. This scope does not really like to be over magnified. I bought a Barlow lens for it and a higher magnification lens and in unison, it was too much focal point and I couldn't focus. It is a great scope for it's size and simple to use, as long as you can get it level and find magnetic North, the Telstar system is amazing. You just need to understand it has limitations and is a 60 mm refractor, which is about as small as you want to go. A friend had the ETX 90 and it had amazingly higher resolution, with a lot higher cost. Read full review
- filmbassOct 02, 2011by
For just over $100, an unbeatable deal with Meade tripod and backpack
The discontinued Meade ETX-60 AT BB telescope is a very compact refractor (lens) telescope designed for easy setup and portability. It's good for beginners, and also a great pick-up and go scope for vacations, hiking, and taking to remote locations where taking a larger instrument would become impractical. The BB model I got includes a tripod and nice fitted backpack, which are both highly recommended if you are lucky enough to find one at a good price. The well designed Meade tripod is surprisingly sturdy and lightweight for its size, and does an excellent job of supporting the telescope at higher magnifications without much vibration. The Meade backpack zips smoothly and facilitates good, protective compact storage, and even has provision to strap the tripod to it. The quality of the optics of the telescope itself was a pleasant surprise to me, being that much of the construction is of plastic. It has a decent objective lens capable of producing clean, sharp images of Jupiter and lunar craters at low to medium powers, both with and without the flip-in Barlow lens, using the economy 25mm and 10mm eyepieces that come with it. Focusing is tedious because the knob is small and in a tight location, but once you get close, it allows a very fine tuning, which is nice. You just have to keep turning it until it becomes sharp. (Best to prefocus at a distant object in the daytime first.) At higher powers, though, even with better eyepieces not included with this telescope, the objective is not capable of producing a clean, circular diffraction pattern; but this was not unexpected of an instrument at this price level (most of the cost is in the electronics), but it's fine up to about 100x. Most relieving is that it doesn't produce smeared or elongated stars at low to medium powers, which makes viewing brighter star clusters and nebula like M57 (Ring Nebula) or M42 (Orion Nebula) a pleasing experience. But besides the ETX-60's low price and compactness, the best feature it's got going for it has to be the intuitive computerized GOTO, which can make all the difference in giving you a rewarding night of observing, especially for beginners. The motor is a bit loud if you are trying not to disturb a quiet neighborhood in a small backyard, but it's not half as loud as a garage door opener. It does help to know the brightest stars in a few constellations, along with the exact direction to north, because the easiest way to do the setup is by lining it up with north and letting the computer do the rest. The computer will automatically point to two bright stars, one at a time, and after you fine tune and center each one using the hand control, setup is done! After that, just type into the hand control what you want to see, and the telescope will bring it into the view and continue to track it even as the earth rotates and the stars continually move slowly across the sky. As long as you are careful in lining up the initial stars, the GOTO is impressively accurate for a telescope of this price range. Read full review
- mrlgb01Oct 19, 2012by
PORTABLE, LIGHTWEIGHT, VALUE FOR MONEY, EASE OF USE, QUALITY BUILD.
This little scope has a HUGE advantage as a beginner scope in that anyone who can read the manual and takes the time to set the scope up correctly, can be viewing objects that usually would never be seen on a first night out by a novice with a new telescope! I bought my scope second hand, complete with the backpack, tripod, a 26mmm, 15mm and 4mm EP lens, a 45 degree prism for terestrial use, dew shield and autostar hand held computer. Everything is contained in a well constructed backpack with ample padding, and makes the scope Good To Go almost anywhere, camping, packpacking, aircraft travel... mine has been everywhere with me! It sets up in minutes and has been used to observe some great objects in the Southern Hemisphere skies as well as used to view some great land based sights such as the longest waterfall drop in the Southern Hemisphere located in Lesotho, just outside Semonkong. The views were crystal clear and the tripod was rock solid even in a high wind area. Be sure that everything is tight, there can be some small vibrations seen under very high magnifications. For me, the sign of a good scope is reflected in the number of times that YOUR scope is used in any given month. you can have an 18" Dob lurking in the corner of your living room collecting dust... while this little 60mm will be out every night collecting stars, galaxies, clusters and some fantastic views of the closer planets. The one key to this little scope is to undestand that you will NOT see objects the way the box and most books depict them... those Hubble, glossy prints you will NOT see..If you expect those views, keep looking at photos that are downloaded from Hubble...and don't waste your money on any Telescope. Be prepared to see glowing fuzzy patches of light that are clusters of stars thousands of light years away from earth... and contain many millions or billions of suns... the thrill is in realising that that faint fuzzy is in fact thousands of light years across and could contain planets just like our own...the trill is in finding objects that no naked eye has ever seen...and gettig to know it as a friend. It is great to revisit parts of the sky and recognise certain formations or shapes and become familiar with often observed areas. I started by using a great little book I also bought off Ebay - called Turn Left at Orion. It was written for small scopes like this and helped me understand the objects I was looking at - and what I would ACTUALLY see when looking through my eyepieces. The only addition I would highly recommend is to upgrade the power supply - there are commercial products available that will allow you to connect the scope to a mains supply if viewing in your back yard - or an extension lead that can be run from your car cigarette lighter socket. The scope runs on 6AA batteries (9V DC) - which I find will generally give me around 15 - 16 hours of use on a quality set of new batteries. I have made up my own power supplies that takes care of this feature, but I have used batteries while in very remote areas where I have no other alternative --- and everthing works 100%. Just have a few spare full sets stashed in your backpack - it can save a frustrating power loss just as you get the best view of Jupiter you have ever seen! The only other tweek - a velcro patch stuck on the one fork arm and the matching velcro patch on the rear of the Autostar hand held..it stops the controller from hanging in the dirt! This scope deserves 5 stars Read full review
- buddyboy110Oct 30, 2013by
This ETX60 is perfect for my 11 year old grandson. The optics are perfect and the scope is in like new condtion. It is very easy to use and i know he will enjoy it immensely. He has an ipad and i had him download Starwalk which is a very nice astronomy package that will really be helpful in locating Stellar objects with his beautiful little scope. I also purchased the adapter cable to mirror whats on his ipad to the big screen tv. The scope has the built in barlow lens and the 45 degree image erector for terrestrial viewing. This scope is very easy to align and use. The 495 controller is nice and bright and is simply amazing.I am waiting for a nice clear weekend to give it to him. He is very smart and i know he will really enjoy and learn a great deal about astronomy.
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