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Celestron NexStar 127SLT Mak Computerized Telescope (Black)

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  • High quality 127mm (5") Maksutov-Cassegrain
  • Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for quick tool no set up
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • Auxiliary port for additional accessories such as GPS accessory
  • Includes "The SkyX" Planetarium software
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Celestron NexStar 127SLT Mak Computerized Telescope (Black) + Celestron 18778 AC Adapter (Black) + Celestron Accessory Kit
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 40 x 19 x 11 inches ; 29.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 30.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0038LX8XE
  • Item model number: NexStar 127SLT Mak
  • Batteries 8 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Designed to be an affordable entry level to mid-level computerized GoTo telescope, the NexStar SLT refractors, reflectors, and Maks are available in the most popular sizes and are loaded with valuable design features. With preassembled, adjustable stainless steel tripods, and quick release fork arms and tubes, NexStar SLT telescopes can be set up in a matter of minutes – with no tools required! You can see details of the lunar surface, Venus and its phases, polar caps on Mars, Jupiter and its four moons, Saturn with its rings plainly visible and much more! Most NexStar SLT’s can also be used as a land-based spotting telescope.

Customer Reviews

This scope is a great size and works very well.
Samuel Wyld
You can see jupiter's moons and color bands, saturn and its rings and the orion nebula looks awesome in this telescope.
I did a good bit of research before buying this telescope and I have been very happy with it.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Fields on July 12, 2011
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November, 2012: After owning this product for 18 months, I am downgrading it.

The optics of this scope are pretty good. And the idea of an alt-az tracking mount with go-to features is sound. But the kit as actually delivered is problematic. If my experience is any indication, about half of the time, the kit will be out of commission due to failure of critical components.

As I noted in my original review, the Finderscope failed shortly after I got the kit, making the scope extremely difficult to aim and steer, and impossible to align for purposes of the tracking feature.

Since then, the Altitude motor has failed twice, and the plastic bracing of the tripod split clear through--fortunately NOT while it was holding the scope tube. Each of these situations has meant 2-1/2 months of the kit being out of commission while I begged Celestron for a return materials authorization number, shipped the materials to Celestron, waited for Celestron to check the parts in, and then waited 6 weeks for them to service or repair the parts.

The root cause is apparently low-quality materials, including cheap Chinese motors.

Celestron sells the SLT mount, hand-controller, and tripod as a kit without any optics for about $350. I recommend steering clear of that kit and any kit containing a tripod or mount made by Celestron, including their much-ballyhooed self-aligning SkyProdigy mounts, which, in their photos, appear to be made from the same underlying components.

At this point I am more seriously looking at products from Orion and Meade to replace the unreliable components from Celestron.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By RoyDeBoy33 on October 2, 2010
Although I didn't get my 127slt on Amazon I'm still gonna leave my opinion on this scope.When it arrived it was so easy to set up(NO PROBLEM IN SETTING UP ON YOUR OWN).On the 1st clear night I had I took it outside and within 5 mins I was up and running Sky allign is so easy to use, you just point it at 3 bright objects in the sky and the Nexstar hand control does the rest.The only thing that stopped me giving it 5 stars is the eye pieces could have been a bit better. None the less its an excellent starter scope. I'm in the process of saving up for my new scope already and I'm gonna stick with celestron, its the CPC1100 GPS Scope.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gerald on May 25, 2013
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PRO - Image quality is pretty nice from my (novice) perspective.
PRO - Easy to assemble
PRO - Easy to operate
PRO - Purchasing an additional adapter, it was easy to directly attach DSLR camera. Astro photography adds another degree of fun.

CON - Vibration is a bit of an annoyance possible the result of the tripod.
CON - Only a few months into owning it and only a few times using it, the handheld control failed. - Bootloader invalid package 0080 - After a little research it seems this is not that uncommon and there is a fix. However the fix requires purchasing additional cables to perform a firmware update on the handheld controller which requires connecting to computer. I've yet to try this until I get the necessary cables. This may turn out to be an easy thing to correct but it is disappointing given the initial cost.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert on January 15, 2012
I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase of this telescope. Alignment and tracking feature works very well as long as you follow Celestron's tips in the manual. I leveled the tripod and put in the time and my lat and long to give as accurate a location as possible. It has several options for alignment but I find skyalign to be the simplest and quickest. I used skyalign and chose betelgeuse, jupiter and a bright star that I didn't know to align with and I was up and running. I observed Jupiter for over an hour with barely any perceptible drift. The tour function works pretty well, though I recommend a lower power eyepiece to start because it seems that how far away you are from your alignment stars (or planets) has an affect on accuracy. Sometimes it puts objects dead center, sometimes it will be toward a side of the eyepiece. The good news is that you can center it and the scope will continue to track it very accurately allowing you to swap in a more powerful eyepiece. On the topic of eyepieces, the ones that come with the scope feel very cheap. I would describe them as "plasticky". They work decently, but if you have any interest in making amateur astronomy a long term hobby, you will absolutely want to get some new eyepieces and a barlow. I won't fault Celestron for the eyepieces, I planned on buying better ones anyway. My only gripe, and not against the scope itself because it does its job splendidly, is that this scope doesn't come in a 6" or 8" aperture. It was working so well that I got selfish and was yearning to see more. As far as accessories go, you will certainly want a power source that is NOT 8 AA batteries. The AC adapter and an extension cord comes highly recommended. I would also recommend the car cigarette lighter power cord as well if you plan on traveling for darker skies.Read more ›
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