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How much planet detail will I see with a Meade ETX-125PE?

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How much planet detail will I see with a Meade ETX-125PE?

Postby Brad12 on Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:36 pm

Will I be able to see divisions in Saturns rings, detail in Jupiters bands, and will Mars show anything more than a orange disk? Will Neptune or Uranus be at all possible and if so will they show a disk or will it be just a spec of light?
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Postby Jne_K on Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:04 am

Hi

I've had an ETX-125 up to 200x on Saturn on a good night and was able to see, not only the Cassini division in the rings, but also the shadow of the rings on the planet. Also some very subtle surface detail. Jupiter will be no problem on cloud belts and you should be able to see the spots, but is currently too low for good observing. Will get better this summer, though, as it climbs higher in the sky. Mars is not going to do much for you, right now, due to its distance, but when closer, you will see surface detail and polar caps easily.

If you really want to pursue them, you can see Uranus and Neptune, but, no, not going to be much more than points of light. These two are really beyond the grasp of amateur telescopes. Stick to Saturn, Jupiter and Mars and you will be happy. The ETX-125 is a great planet scope and don't forget the moon.
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Postby Brad12 on Sat Mar 15, 2008 6:52 pm

Thanks Jne_K
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Postby Jne_K on Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:12 am

You are very welcome.
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ETX125-PE accessories

Postby binskyhere on Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:26 pm

I just purchased a Meade ETX-125PE and was wondering what accessories would be good for better viewing for me? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Eddie
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Postby Jne_K on Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:04 am

Hi

First thing is always to add more eyepieces. An eyepiece kit, such as the Meade ETX kit.
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