Summary: good value for the price. I won a C8 (8 inch SCT) which was my primary telescope. Since this little scope is portable, the chances are it is more convenient taking outside than the bigger also much heavier C8. The most impressive thing is the extremely easy setup you are required to do before a observation session. It took me like less than minutes to setup and align stars. Comparing to C8 which usually took me more than quarter hour to polarizing and setup.
Etx80 is the best telescope you can buy for this price!
15 February 2011
Summary: This new etx80 series is absolutley phenomenal. With its internal 2x flip up barlow lens, you can attain out of the box magnifications well over 200x on the moon, and the electronic tracking mount is stable enough to record flawless video at the maximum level of magnification. The scope is further compatible with a secondary external 2x barlow which physically quadruple's its lunar magnification ability, and stays vividly clear even at 400x.
Summary: I love this Meade ETX-80AT-TC Telescope. Great for a beginner and you can really see the planets. Even as an old man I was able to learn how to use it. Once you learn the setup it tracks the rotation of the earth and you do not spend your time keeping up with everything moving.
Summary: We have been looking for a telescope for my nine year old son. After checking out all the stores, We looked at E-bay. There we found more telescope for less money. My son and our whole family have been checking the stars and planet. The telescope we purchased has a tracking system built in it, this makes finding planets and stars much easier. Meade is the top of the line product, and we can not wait to get more eye pieces to see even more!!!