Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ 127mm f/8 Reflector Telescope

Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ 127mm f/8 Reflector Telescope

Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ 127mm f/8 Reflector Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • 127mm Newtonian Reflector OTA
  • 1000mm Focal Length, f/7.87 Focal Ratio
  • Multi-Coated Primary Parabolic Mirror
  • Manual German Equatorial Mount
  • RA and Dec Slow Motion Cables
  • 1.25" 4mm and 20mm Eyepieces
  • Low-Power Erect-Image Eyepiece
  • 3x Barlow Lens / 5x24 Finderscope
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod
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Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ overview

  • 1Description

Ideal for near and deep-sky observation, Celestron's PowerSeeker 127EQ 127mm f/8 Reflector Telescope features a respectable focal length and a large, parabolic mirror that produce detailed images of the Moon, clear views of the planets, and the ability to resolve bright distant objects such as nebulae and galaxies. The scope is outfitted with a 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser and two eyepieces to get new users started, and a 3x Barlow lens that effectively triples the magnification of any eyepiece used with it to expand the usability.

The included manual equatorial mount features slow-motion control cables with large knobs to make it easy to track objects even when wearing gloves, while also minimizing vibrations caused by handling the mount with your hands; and clearly visible indicators on the Right Ascension and Declination axes. An adjustable-height aluminum tripod rounds out the rig with a tray for accessories such as eyepieces, filters, and lights.

Optical Tube
  • 127mm aperture
  • f/7.87 focal ratio
  • 1000mm focal length
  • High-transmission multi-coated mirrors improve light transmission, color rendition, and contrast
  • Resolution: 1.1 arcsec, Rayleigh; 0.91 arc sec, Dawes
  • 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser
Mount and Tripod
  • Manual German equatorial
  • Dual slow-motion control cables enable fine adjustments with reduced vibrations
  • Altitude adjustment screws locks setting
  • Etched Right Ascension and Declination scales
  • Removable counterweight bar
  • 7.5 lb counterweight to properly balance OTA and accessories for smooth movement
  • Dovetail plate enables fast assembly and break-down
  • Adjustable-height
  • Aluminum-alloy legs
  • Tray to hold eyepieces, lights, and accessories
  • Spiked feet add stability on uneven/soft ground
Included Accessories
  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • Accepts most 1.25" astronomical filters
  • 4mm focal length produces 250x
  • 20mm focal length produces 50x
  • 20mm eyepiece has integrated prism to correct image horizontally and vertically for terrestrial use
    Barlow lens:
  • Triples the magnification of any eyepiece used
  • Low 5x magnification has a wide field of view for easier set up, alignment, and star navigation
  • 24mm aperture can resolve bright objects without being too big or heavy
UPC: 050234049214
In the Box
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ 127mm f/8 Reflector Telescope
  • 20mm Erect-Image Eyepiece
  • 4mm Eyepiece
  • 3x Barlow Lens
  • Star Pointer Finder
  • Equatorial Head
  • 2 x Slow-Motion Cables
  • Adjustable-Height Tripod
  • Counterweight Bar
  • 7.5 lb Counterweight
  • "The Sky" Level 1 CD-ROM
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ specs

    Optical Tube Assembly
    Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
    Aperture 127 mm / 5"
    Focal Length 1000 mm
    Focal Ratio f/8
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal No
    Finderscope Yes
    Optical Tube Dimensions Length: 20" / 50.8 cm
    Type Manual; German Equatorial
    Counterweight 1 x 7.5 lb / 3.4 kg
    Type Adjustable
    Material of Tripod Aluminum
    Batteries None
    Weight 22.0 lb / 10.0 kg (Fully Assembled)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 28.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 30.5 x 17.0 x 8.6"

    Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ reviews

    PowerSeeker 127EQ 127mm f/8 Reflector Telescope is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 48.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from you get what you pay for Got this for my daughter.Assembly was about 20 min, some of the instructions could've been better.Well, it is a $telescope, don't wait great images from it. I'd say stick to the hubble images from youtube.The spotting scope is so out of focus and misaligned, that, it is pretty useless, better aim the telescope manually to the sky and search, you may get lucky.Than, even at the clearest of the night (unless you are watching the moon) the image will be 20% of a pea size round dot with no definition.But, you get what you pay for.I am not bashing this thing, I am simply telling its capabilities.Oh good luck with Jupiter's moons or Saturn's rings. LOL
    Date published: 2009-09-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from not awesome AWE ALOT!!! I have NEVER owned nor used a telescope before the celestron powerseeker 127eq. I am speechless.... throw all the bad reviews and complaints OUT THE WINDOW! Take your time during setup reading the manuel NOT the quick set up and you're worry free. The finderscope mount SHOULD be curved to fit the bigger tubes of the 114 and 127 ( its mass produced to fit the 60-127). Dispite this fact mine is pretty much SPOT ON! I just located the moon and centered it in the eyepiece then tweeked the finderscope a few times to center it up. DONT put the caps back on. Once u line the finderscope up, DONT TOUCH IT and it'll work like a champ. As for the eyepieces... A++ there as well. Maybe I got lucky or living away from light pollution helps but I've had NO problems with getting objects to focus with or without the barlow. You have to remember that the maximum useful magnification is 300. But I'll say again, ALL THE EYEPIECES EVEN WITH THE BARLOW HAD EXCELLENT CLARITY! The only two cons I see are the shakiness of the tripod while focusing or tracking (I'm sure this is common, As I mentioned earlier I've never stargazed through a telescope before). Lowering the tripod completely helps to alleviate some of this. My MAJOR complaint is that all the planets weren't aligned so I didn't have to wait to see them all. A telescope for the beginner.. I THINK NOT!! Use the Celestron powerseeker 127 and become a PRO! And B&H Photo has the BEST DEAL ANYWHERE with price AND added extras for the 127eq. YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!
    Date published: 2012-10-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great starter scope! Got this scope a day before I went on vaca. Very easy to setup, and use. First day I got to see Jupiter and could make out the grey band (didn't think I would with the light pollution). The moon looked awesome, my 10 year old son was amazed. While on vaca it was used a few times, but I didn't have a real stable place for it (balcony on the roof) We could still make out Jupiter but it was shaky from people walking. This was also the first Eq mount I've ever used. Once I was able to get the spotter scope aimed it was easy to align it. The spotter scope it the only real weak point. It's plastic and doesn't hold aim very well. All together I'm very happy with this scope and I hope to take my son to a star party.
    Date published: 2010-09-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great starter scope for the aspiring astronomer I had a Tasco many many years, a "toy" type as a kid. This one is not. I've read more positive reviews then negative ones on the PS 127EQ. The EG mount got my attention as I can keep an object in view without having to lose track of it, just move one control and it stays in your sight. I added a rifle scope and a red dot sight as my finders.� If you want to get into astronomy and just look into the heavens once in a while, this is a great "starter" package.
    Date published: 2017-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellant Scope! This is the second scope i've ever owned and I love it! My fist was a toy compared to this one, i got it when I was 14y/o. Now at 51, I wanted to start stargazing again with omething a little more powerfull. This scope is an excellant value! Assembly took minutes with no tools.It has a very stable tripod and is very easy to use and set up. It took getting used to as my first scope was a refacting type and this is a reflector. It has very powerful lenses and I get some nice views of the planets. I was even able to see some of Jupiters moons on one night! I have yet to try to use it to find any of the many galaxies and nebulas. It came with a star finding CD, that I can use on my laptop to find objects in the sky! The only thing is it is VERY sensitive to vibration at high magnification and can be difficult to focus at that setting.
    Date published: 2008-12-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good deal The last time I touched a telescope was 25 years ago, so I was a bit reserved about buying the powerseeker. Thankfully, Celestron provides very useful information on how to use the product and the assembly was relatively painless. The first night I saw amazing images of the moon. However, trying to find anything else was a frustration. It is very difficult to correctly align the finderscope and it can easily move around if you touch it too much. Once you locate an object, trying to focus on it can be a challege. I think some of the frustration will abate over time with more practice. If you have the extra cash to invest in a motorized or go-to scope (i.e. the NextStar by Celestron) I would suggest going that route instead. The barlow lens is mediocre. If you try to connect it to a camera with a t-mount adapter, the scope could easily tip over. Focusing with the barlow or included 5mm lens was also very difficult. This wasn't unexpected as other telescope users have told me that included lenses typically are of poor quality. This is very true and you will need to invest in a higher quality barlow. Terestrial viewing is ok. Low contrast and the doughnut bokeh (common in telephoto mirror lenses) will be just as bad with the PowerSeeker (it is afterall a telescope that uses a mirror). Overall, this is a good value for the beginner, but beware you probably won't be viewing Jupiter's moons the first night. It will take some time and practice. As stated before, if you have the money to invest in a motorized or go-to telescope, you will probably be more satisfied with the extra investment. If you don't mind manual operation, you can't find a better telescope value than this one.
    Date published: 2010-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from literally "stellar" My expectations were really high after reading the reviews but still it was difficult to accept that such an inexpensive telescope could deliver excellent results.� It has surpassed my expectations. I would recommend the celestron or meade 8-24mm zoom eyepiece.� I am getting one and it will increase the ability to quickly see any magnification quickly and easily.� You can actually see through the 4mm and 3x barlow that come with it, however of course it is very twitchy due to the narrow field of view.
    Date published: 2017-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome beginner telescope I have had my powerseeker for 3 years now and have loved every minute of it. living in AZ i can view year round and in the 3 years of owning the telescope i have completed 5 astronomical league observing programs. if you truly take the time to understand this telescope you will fall in love with it potential. now with that being said there modifications needed. 1) replace the view finder with anything else, i replaced mine with a red dot finder from a bb gun. 2) take off the rear cell and place a 3 ring binder reinforcer in the absolute middle to assist with collimation 3) while mirror is off place small springs over collimation screws to helps assist with collimation, trust me it helps. 4)learn how to collimate your telescope-plenty of web videos- i use a cheshire tool or laser 5)join a club or search internet to learn what you can see for me that was the astronomical league--a wealth of knowledge can be learned once you truly understand your telescope you will be awwwed by what you see. I was so in aww that i bought a celestron 8se so i could push the magnification to 200+. so in summary this is a good beginners telescope that i have recommended to 4 friends and they all love theirs. once a month during new moon we go to dark site and enjoy the heavens. happy stargazing GJ
    Date published: 2012-04-08
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