I had given up on my Meade ETX 125 telescope a long time ago. But after getting my new Orion SkyView Pro mount, I removed the ETX tube from the Meade forked mount, and attached a dovetail rail on it to see what it would do on a decent mount. It was still too shaky with it mounted on just the plastic mount pad on the bottom of the OTA, so I added a cradle to hold the front of the scope, and tied it down with a strap. I was also nervous about that plastic mounting pad. Plastic is supposed to get brittle and break eventually, so I didn't trust it. I like it now! I tried it out on Jupiter tonight, and this is the result of the scope on the new mount.
We're supposed to be back to cloudy skies and rain for the next few days, so this might be the only chance I get for a while.
Exposure info: Nikon D5500 - Meade ETX 125, 127mm x 1900mm Telescope gives a focal ratio of f:15 - 1/8 Second - ISO 100 - Cropped and reduced.
(Ignore the lens data from the EXIF. I had to insert something to include it in my gallery, so I told POTN it was my Tamron lens. I guess that's cheating, but they give us no choice.)