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Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope Review

Updated on March 19, 2013

Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope

Stargazing has always been a hobby of emperors, warriors, the elite and those who believe in a higher power. What once was performed using the naked eye today is possible with Astronomical telescopes that magnify and resolve heavenly objects by up to 500 times. The Celestron 127EQ Powerseeker is a Newtonian reflector type telescope that uses an age old method of magnification using mirrors instead of lenses. It is designed for aspiring astronomers.

Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope

The Celestron Powerseeker 127eq Reflector Telescope is a simple and cost effective introduction to the passion of sky watching. Be it a shooting comet or the moon, distant galaxies or our own Solar system siblings, the Powerseeker telescope sets up in a jiffy without any tools required for assembly. It is intuitive to assemble but will require some amount of research about a few astronomical terms such as Altitude/Azimuth, Degree etcetera. Accompanying the Celestron Powerseeker 127eq Reflector Telescope is a β€œThe Sky Level 1” software that charts out star maps or charts of the night sky depending on your location and exact time of the day, so that you know exactly where to point the telescope at. Slow motion tracking, 3X Barlow lens and host of other interesting features should keep stargazing rookies occupied under clear moonlight nights.

Pros and Specs of the Celestron PowerSeeker Telescope

Excellent Optics - At its price range, the Celestron 127eq Powerseeker is endowed with clear and precise optics. It has a large aperture and provides a sighting eyepiece to track movements before zooming in with a high resolution of 1.1arc per second.

Quick Setup - With very few parts to assemble and detailed instruction booklet, the Powerseeker telescope is easy to setup and start using. Anyone can do it without the need of specialized tools.

Collapsible Altitude/Azimuth Mount - The Altitude and Azimuth mount is collapsible and offers a chance to convert this Newtonian reflector Astronomical telescope into a Terrestrial telescope.

High Magnification - The 250x magnification of the 20mm eyepiece and the 50x magnification of the 4mm eyepiece, when used correctly with proper star charts and the 3x Barlow lens provides a high magnification of any celestial objects.

Steady Weight - Weighing a total of 7.71kg, along with the counterweight, it is well balanced and rock steady even in a light breeze. Perfect for an all night encounter with the heavens. The stand is made from aluminum to make it easier during transportation.

The Sky Level 1 - As an add-on feature, the Celestron Powerseeker 127eq Newtonian Reflector Telescope comes with The Sky Level 1 software. It helps in studying night sky charts, finding interesting objects to view and provides a 10,000 object database with plenty of preloaded images of galaxies and stars.

How to Set Up the Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope

This is a helpful step-by-step guide to assist you to make sure you have your Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope ready to go so you can enjoy the night sky.

A Few Shortcomings Of The Celestron 127EQ

Barlow Lens And Eyepiece Are Not That Useful – The Barlow lens should provide 3x magnification over the lens you use but its only actually useful with the 20mm eyepiece in slightly increasing magnification. Similarly, the 4mm eyepiece provides so little magnification that it is seldom needed.

Need To Collimate – Being a Newtonian reflector type telescope, you need to collimate it by applying a piece of transparent tape on the center of the primary mirror. This is natural with all reflector mirror type telescopes.

Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope

Who Is The Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Perfect For?

As one Amazon Celestron 127eq Powerseeker Telescope Review put it, it is not meant for professional astronomers or passionate hobbyists but actually targeted towards newcomers to astronomy or for folks who wish to dabble a little in far off celestial objects. Anyone looking for an inexpensive but capable Newtonian reflector telescope should be happy with the Celestron 127eq Powerseeker.

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      jamesdesalvo lm 4 years ago

      @midnightjasmine: Thank. If you ever need any telescope advice please let me know.

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      midnightjasmine 4 years ago

      Always wanted a telescope when I was a kid but never got one. And this one look like a great entry level option.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I think the moon has to be my favorite object in the night sky -- especially when it is a full moon. There is nothing more beautiful.