Meade ETX105EC Telescope w/ Autostar Controller (497) and Tripod (884) – Electronics

Meade ETX105EC Telescope w/ Autostar Controller (497) and Tripod (884) – Electronics
Meade ETX105EC Telescope w/ Autostar Controller (497) and Tripod (884)OK i’m 2 weeks into discovering this little scope.i read and read for weeks and decided this was a great deal for a mak-cassegrain with autostar or “go to” feature. this is my first scope, so take that with a grain of salt. i live in the mountains in a new home, hence the eagerness to get a good scope. upon opening it i rushed to local photog store and picked up a barlow 2x and moon filter. another $65 total but suggest you get these at once.first impressions:good quality on scope. proud to keep in on display in the great room. guests notice it and can’t wait for it to get dark!finderscope is a bear to align, but with practice should be easier.tripod is sturdy and no complaints thus farautostar is NOT user friendly on first test drive…takes time to get comfortable i hope.it does take 8 AA batteries. buy NiMH rechargeables.the slow autostar display is enough to make me drink too much red wine waiting for it to finish! thank goodness i figured out the “enter” key or “mode” key lets me bypass the excrutiating slow scrolling text. (fyi mode functions as “back” or “escape”)figuring stuff out takes a lot of time…be patient. now i am technically versed as i work for software company and this is giving me a bit of a challenge….why? poor autostar documentation. if the user manual for autostar was more detailed with a quickstart tutorial, it would go quick. reality…i have the mind to call Meade and ask for their technical writer and scream obscenities at them :}nonetheless, i plan on keeping the scope and am excited to learn more and get to know my way around the night sky. get the book Nightwatch – great for a newbie like myselfwould like to post a final review once my neighbor gives me an autostar tutorial with his LX200…just waiting on clear skies in Utah! i do hope to give this scope a 5 star rating once i figure out autostar.