If you are a beginner to the field of Astronomy and want to invest in your first telescope and have a budget less than 150$ then, Celestron 127 EQ Powerseeker Reflector (the one with mirrors) Telescope is the best bet for you. Click here to know more about reflectors.
Remember, there are lot of other telescopes present in the market that is priced around $100 or even less than that but for beginners we always recommend Celestron 127EQ because they have better build quality and amount of accessories you get with this is amazing. In fact, no other brand provide such quality and accessories in this price. In simple words we can say it is a full value for the money device. Another reason for our recommendation is device comes with a brand name “Celestron” who are in field of astronomy for past 50 years and well known for making high quality telescope at an affordable price.
If you are searching for a honest and true review about the product then you are at right place. In this post, you will get all the important information about “Celestron 127 EQ Powerseeker Telescope” such as its specification, its pros, cons, etc. with every other minute details that can help you making a buying decision.
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Aperture: 127 mm (5 in)
Focal Length: 1000 mm (39.37 in)
Focal Ratio: 7.87
Eyepiece 1: 20 mm with magnification power of 50x
Eyepiece 2: 4 mm with magnification power of 250x
Barlow Lens: 3 x
Mount: German Equatorial
Optical Tube Length: 20 in (508 mm)
Price: 135.14$ (approx)
My Rating: 8.5/10
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The Celestron 127 EQ PowerSeeker is a Newtonian reflector telescope which uses mirrors to gather light and form the image. It has an aperture of 5 inch which is very good in this price range as we already know bigger aperture results in more light to enter into a device which basically results in better picture quality.
The device comes with two eyepieces of 20mm and 4mm and a Barlow lens with 3x magnification power.
Celestron 127 EQ PowerSeeker has a highest useful magnification of (5″ x 50)=250x (click here to know more about highest useful magnification) which we can easily get it with 4mm eyepiece without using 3x Barlow lens because 4mm eyepiece when combined with telescope’s focal length of 1000mm gives 250x magnification (magnification=telescope focal length/eyepiece focal length). If we combine it with 3x Barlow lens result will be 750x, that will result in blurred and very poor image.
So basically, 20mm eyepiece is more than enough for the device as it gives 50x and when combined with 3x barlow lens we will get 150x magnification, which is very good for the device.
The quality of optics is excellent which is fully made of glass with a highly reflective aluminum coating.
Device comes with an equatorial mount with slow motion control for smooth tracking.
The accessory tray is present which helps to store accessories safely.
Even after having 5″ aperture the device is still very compact comparing to other telescopes with the same aperture.
The biggest problem of any reflecting telescope is collimating (click to learn about collimation) the device. The same problem is also present here and the instruction manual given with device to collimate is not very helpful(basically of no use). But don’t worry there is a lot of resources available online that can help you on that. Lot of youtube videos are also there that will help you to collimating the device properly. I will suggest you buy laser collimator, more on that in recommended accessories section.
Another problem is the use of spherical primary mirror rather than parabolic one which sometimes results in image distortion (in a very rare case) but to counter this Celestron has used corrective lens in this telescope which basically does the great work most of the time.
Eyepiece provided are made of cheap quality plastic.
What can we see with this Telescope
As we have already told you it’s a beginners telescope so don’t get’s your hope very high of exploring the galaxies situated very far away, In a dark night with good weather condition you will be able to see crater’s of Moon clearly, Mars and Venus are visible to, nice view of Jupiter and rings of Saturn with some of its moon are also present (i can say from my experience those rings looks really marvelous when you see it first time and really motivates you to reach the second level in field of astronomy). Many many more things are there to explore with this telescope within our solar system. It just needs your patience and dedication.
Celestron 127EQ power seeker is a great starter telescope and does the better work than another telescope in this price range. Even the device is in lower price range but the quality in not compromised with the main telescope (I am not talking here about the eyepiece provided with it, as it is rightly said to buy your telescope for its optics/tube not for its eyepiece that is something which can be purchased later). Overall a good investment, if you are a beginner to the field of astronomy with a budget less than 150$ and have no intention of comparing this device with a 1000$ telescope.
Recommended accessories to use with device
I always suggest to every telescope owner to buy a separate eyepiece after calculating the highest useful magnification of device. In this case, I will recommend you buy, Celestron 93230 8 to 24mm 1.25 Zoom Eyepiece (price 58$ approx)
The quality of this eyepiece is mind blowing, it is zoom-able so it also helps us to solve the problem of replacing your eyepiece regularly. The result which you will get with this eyepiece is much better than the bundled eyepiece comes with the device.
If and only if you are having difficulty collimating your telescope then I will suggest you buy,
Solomark Telescope Alignment 1.25″ Next Generation Laser Collimator 2″ Adaptor for Newtonian Telescopes (price 22$ approx)
It will make the process of collimation very easy.
Vibration suppression pads
To provide the more stability to telescope buy,
Astromania Anti-vibration Suppression Pads Telescope Mounts (price 22.99 $)
it does a reasonably good job for its price.
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