Electric Focuser for Meade ETX-90

I noticed that one of the accessories for the ETX-90 was an electric focuser.  I thought it would be helpful since it is hard to get a clear image when focusing manually.

I purchased a Meade #1244 Electric Focuser.  The instructions were very straight forward to add it to the ETX-90.  It was able to connect the AutoStar controller also.

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Finderscope for Meade ETX-90

When I had my last observing session, I was very frustrated by the straight-through finderscope on the ETX-90.  I noticed there was a Meade right-angle finderscope but it wasn’t for sale anymore.  It was out-of-stock at many Internet websites too.  I monitored eBay for a while and one didn’t come up for auction.  I did some research and found some forum posting for some options.  One was to purchase an Orion Right-Angle finderscope.

So, I purchased one.  After it arrived, I removed the default finderscope from the ETX-90 but the Orion finderscope was too big to fit in the mount.  I then noticed that were mounts available from Orion for Meade telescopes.  I had a chat session with Orion and found they wouldn’t work for the ETX-90.  The only solution was to glue it to the telescope tube.

So, I decided to just live with the existing finderscope.

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DSLR adapter

I had purchased an adapter for my Meade ETX-90 to work with my film Nikon SLR when I first purchased the telescope.  But, like most things, I never got around to using it.

So, I started researching a Canon mount.  Meade no longer sold any T-Mounts for the ETX-90.  I purchased one from another source but it was on back-order for too long.

I re-did the research and found a mount at Telescopes.com for a Zhumell Mounting T-Ring for Canon EOS.

I had already purchased the Meade #64 T-Adapter to connect to the telescope so the T-mount on the Canon worked great. 

I realized quickly that I would need a quick release shutter cable but didn’t realize those had changed from the old SLR.  Fortunately, Canon had created a remote switch which I found on Amazon. 

So, I connected the whole assemble and I was able to see something in the Canon display.  The next step is to figure out the settings on the Canon and do some tests.

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Canon T3i

In my planning for future purchases, I wanted to eventually get a CCD camera but I knew that is a ways off.  In the short-term, I wanted to get a starter astrophotography camera but decided to go the more traditional route and use a DSLR with a telescope.  I did some research and found the Canon T3i to be a good starter camera that would work with the ETX-90 and also work for a family camera.

I added to my Amazon wish list and monitored the price.  Over the winter holidays, the camera went on sales as a bundle with a telephoto lens so I purchased it.

The camera out the box was great.  The manual had a bunch of controls and settings but the auto mode worked fine too.  I purchased a view accessories right away:

  • carry bag
  • small tripod
  • lens cleaning kit
  • memory cards
  • spare battery
  • camera pouch
  • book about camera
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