The purpose of the GoTo-ETX interest group is to help users of GoTo Scopes
get the most they can out of their observing experience using these telescopes.
Our informal format is based on the concept of users helping users. We meet
every 2 to 3 months, for an evening at the home of one of our members (usually
Mike Bertin's home in Irvine, not far from UCI). Our group first met in
January 2002, and was focused (hahaha) on ETX telescopes. In January 2004 we
expanded our scope (hahaha) to include all types and brands of GoTo telescopes.
Our members and meeting attendees span the spectrum from experienced amateur
astronomers to brand new beginners. It's a good mix.
Group meetings begin with introductions, typically include a user-to-user
exchange of tips and information, and follow with a discussion or presentation on
a particular subject. They culminate with a short, urban observing session.
The presentations are usually made by group members; some of these have
included how to choose eyepieces for small scopes, favorite objects to look at, an
introduction to taking pictures with small scopes, a discussion of power
sources for our telescopes, and favorite books and resources for amateur astronomers.
The meeting notifications are sent by E-mail, and often include useful tips
for using your telescope.