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Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ Telescope

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Dimensions & Specifications

Aperture
127mm
Brand
Celestron
Component
13 Limiting Magnitude, 1.09 Arc Seconds Resolution, 4mm (225x) Eyepiece 2, .91 Arc Seconds Resolving Power
Eyepiece 1
20mm (50x)
Features
Equatorial Mount
Finderscope
5x24
Focal Length
1000mm
Focal Ratio
f/8
GPS
No
GoTo
No
Highest Useful Magnification
225x
Lens Coating
Standard
Mount Design
German Equatorial
Optical Design
Reflector
Recommended Usage
Viewing the Planets, Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Moon
Star Diagonal
1.25 inch
Telescopes Series
Celestron PowerSeeker Telescopes
Warranty
2-Year Limited
Weight Complete
17 lbs.

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  • Perfect for the aspiring astronomer
  • Easy to assemble 127mm German Equatorial reflector
  • Pre-assembled aluminum tripod and accessory tray
  • Slow motion controls for smooth tracking
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Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ Telescope
 
4.1

(based on 87 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (45)
  • Accurate (38)
  • Quality lenses (26)
  • Compact (22)
  • Comfortable eyepiece (15)

Cons

  • Poor lens quality (19)
  • Unstable (19)
  • Difficult to focus (9)
  • Difficult to use (6)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (62)
  • Bird watching (11)
  • Bright conditions (3)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (56), Avid adventurer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Beginner Scope

Great beginner scope. I won this at a raffle and have enjoyed it everyday, I live in AZ so winter month is great stargazing weather. Scope is easy to set up, less than...Read complete review

Great beginner scope. I won this at a raffle and have enjoyed it everyday, I live in AZ so winter month is great stargazing weather. Scope is easy to set up, less than 10 minutes, and tons of fun for family with kids.
Eyepieces included are good for moon viewing and decent for deep space. invest in other eyepieces. The finder scope is terrible. Mine does not focus but does a OK job of getting you in the area. The mount is solid and light weight and great for traveling. The kids and I truly enjoy this scope and I will soon be upgrading and hey for the money you can't go wrong.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

An OK beginner scope

Santa Claus brought this scope to my boys a few years ago, and after a pretty decent amount of use I can say that it is a n OK, but not great scope with...Read complete review

Santa Claus brought this scope to my boys a few years ago, and after a pretty decent amount of use I can say that it is a n OK, but not great scope with probably more negatives that positives.

The optics are ok, but collimation is nearly impossible (though it did come fairly well-collimated from the factory). This is a Bird-Jones (or Jones-Bird) design scope, which means it has a built in barlow lens that most reflectors do not. As such, laser collimation is not really an option unless you first remove that lens, which is not recommended. Considering that checking collimation with a Cheshire really isnt effective in this scope, it makes getting a good image in your scope much more of a challenge requiring trial and error.

The collimating screws on the scope have little to no give, so in order to do a traditional collimation, you will need to replace the primary mirror collimation screws with longer ones and put small springs around the screws so there is some give. Once you do this, collimation is much easier.

The eyepieces and barlow that come with the scope are not great, but workable if you are looking at the moon and maybe Jupiter or Saturn. I would be surprised if you ever use the 4mm.

The tripod is quite shaky when making adjustments or if even a light breeze comes in. There are ways you can make it more steady, like adding some weights to the legs, but that is not really a fix, more of a bandage.

Focusing is very sensitive with this scope. You can get a good focused image, but it will take some patience.

The finderscope that comes with the scope is fairly poor. That was the first thing I replaced.

There are some decent accessories you can get with this scope, like the motordrive. With that accessory and some higher quality eyepieces, this scope has the possibility of working pretty well for you if you are a beginner. There are definitely better options out there if you are willing to put a little more money into the investment (remember the purchase of a telescope can and should be a lifetime investment in astronomy).

Take your time, do your research, and possibly consider something that will work a little better for your needs than this scope. You will be happy you did.

Just an aside, I am considering taking this scope, getting a solar filter for it, and using it exclusively for solar observation. That may breathe new life into this scope and could be something to consider as you make your purchase.

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5.0

good scope

By Ryan

from MOUNT AIRY,NC

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Poor Lens Quality

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ Telescope:

Better made then i thought for the price. My first reflecter and the weight surprised me. Alittle heavy but a big improvement in light gathering power then the small refractors. I purchased the extra powerseeker eyepieces (9mm and 15mm) and put the eyepieces that came with the scope away.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
3.0

Nice Beginner Scope

By Nick

from Providence, RI

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor Lens Quality
  • Unstable

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ Telescope:

I have read so many reviews that don't mention anything about the actual telescope and how it works. Many just talk about the product arriving on time and in good condition. Well I have used this telescope for over a year, and overall it is a nice telescope. This was my first real telescope. It is very easy to use, once you familiarize yourself with it. It has slow motion controls which really come in handy. The tripod is ok. It is easy to adjust the height, however it does occasionally get a bit wobbly from footsteps or the wind. The eyepieces that come with the scope are not great, neither is the Barlow lens. I ended up purchasing a better quality eyepiece that greatly increased the ability of the telescope (I highly recommend getting a good quality eyepiece). Overall I like the telescope, but I found myself wanting a bit more power. The moon looks incredible with a decent eyepiece. The planets are nice, but you can't get a whole lot of detail with this telescope. I would recommend this to a friend, but would caution anyone to think about what you want out of your telescope before you purchase. If you are looking to spend like $100-200, this is a perfect telescope for you.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
3.0

Not the brightest star but it'll do

By Bobby

from RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA,CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Unstable

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ Telescope:

Good starter telescope

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ Telescope

By Gary

from HAMPTON,VA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ Telescope:

      Purchased for my grandson for Xmas and seemed a good buy for the money and his desire to learn astronomy.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Collimation impossible

      By Mike NEPA

      from Northeast Pennsylvania

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Garbage

      Cons

      • Difficult To Focus
      • Difficult to Use
      • Garbage
      • Poor Craftsmanship
      • Poor Lens Quality
      • Poor Quality
      • Unstable

      Best Uses

      • Paperweight Spaceconsumer

      Comments about Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ Telescope:

      Purchased this and it was way out of collimation and near impossible to recollimate. Prepare to spend at least 6 hours to get the mirrors even remotely aligned. Tripod is a lightweight aluminium and about as sturdy as a coke can. Equtorial knobs barely function as intended. Overall a complete waste of money and space. Best bet is to spend a little more money on an orion telescope, much better quality and 50x easier to collimate.

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      • No

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      Customer Q & A

      12 Questions About This Product
      Q: "Does this telescope come with a tripod? Is this a good choice for viewing planets (i.e. good enough to get good pictures of Saturn's rings?"
      A: The Celestron PowerSeeker 127 DOES come with a tripod. You should be able to get fairly nice, short-exposure photos of Saturn's rings through a short-focal-length eyepiece, using a digital camera. You'll need an adapter, though. Zhumell makes a good one, the Universal Digital Camera Adapter (small).
      Q: "Will I be able to experience decent views of nebulae and galaxies with this scope? Is there a motor drive available?"
      A: Yes, with the Powerseeker 127EQ you will be able to see many nebulae and galaxies. There is no motor drive available, however.
      Q: "Is their a solar filter for this telescope?"
      A: The Solar Filter for C5, N5, etc., should fit and work just fine.
      Q: "I am a first-time telescope buyer and am not sure if I want to purchase this scope or the Celestron Starhopper 6in Dobsonian. Is the extra $100 really worth the improved quality of the Dobsonian? Which would you recommend?"
      A: The PowerSeeker 127 EQ is a good beginner's scope. However, the 6-inch aperture of the Starhopper will give you brighter, crisper views. It's worth the extra money.
      Q: "Would I be able to view from inside our home? Our windows are double glazed and also tinted?"
      A: Yes, you would be able to use the Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ telescope to some degree inside your home. Bear in mind, though, that magnification magnifies EVERYTHING, including imperfections in window glass. That means you'll want to use lower magnification levels inside.
      Q: "Could this scope be mounted on a smaller "table-top" tripod. I am looking for a nice beginner table-top sit down scope to look out an open 2nd story window and show my son the moon and planets?"
      A: Unfortunately, the Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Reflecting Telescope cannot be mounted on a tabletop tripod.
      Q: "Can I see the crators on the moon up close?"
      A: The great thing about astronomy is just about any telescope can view the moon in amazing detail.  The crators of the moon are very visible and the moon is a great target for this telescope.  Even Jupiter with its moons and Saturn and its ring structure are all very visible in this telescope.
      Q: "I was wondering if I can equip the "Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes" with this telescope (Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ Telescope?"
      A: Sure can!  The motor drive is a fantastic accessory for this telescope.  The motor drive will allow you to automatically track objects in the sky.  No more will you need to constantly adjust the mount to keep objects in your field of view.  The motor drive will do that for you - a simple upgrade that can make a big difference in your telescope
      Q: "Can the Celestron Power seeker be connected to our home computer?"
      A: Not likely.  The Celestron PowerSeeker series telescopes are an entry-level telescope that is great for beginners getting started in astronomy.  For connection to a computer - you would want to look for telescopes featuring GoTo technology - many of them offer software packages that will allow you to connect directly to your computer.  Check out the Celestron NexStar SE series telescopes - they include the cables and software for connection to a PC.
      Q: "What is the size of the star diagonal in this scope Is the star diagonal included"
      A: This telescope does not come with a star diagonal. It will accept any 1.25inch diagonal.
      Q: "Can you connect this to a pc in any way?"
      A: The Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ is completely unautomated and cannot connect to a PC in any way.   It does come with tutorial software on how to use your new telescope and some basic tips.
      Q: "Will the images in this telescope be upside down?"
      A: Yes. As the Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ Telescope is a reflective telescope, it will project images upside down.
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