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Orion 9826 StarMax 127mm Equatorial Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope

by Orion
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  • 127mm (5") aperture combined with a very long 1540mm focal length make the StarMax 127 a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with multiple proficiencies
  • Ideal telescope for sharply detailed views of planets such as Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, as well as the Moon and brighter deep -sky gems
  • High-resolution imaging and visual performance in a telescope only 14.5" long!
  • Includes sturdy adjustable tripod and AstroView equatorial (EQ) mount for convenient slow-motion celestial tracking
  • Includes a 25mm Sirius Plossl 1.25" telescope eyepiece, 6x30 finder scope, 90-degree mirror diagonal, soft case for the optical tube and accessories, EQ mount polar -alignment scope, Starry Night software, and more!
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Orion 9826 StarMax 127mm Equatorial Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope + Orion 08890 1.25-Inch Premium Telescope Accessory Kit (silver) + NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
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Product Description

For the discriminating observer who wants performance and quality optics as well as portability and easy set-up, the StarMax 127 EQ is the telescope of choice. Its Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design and big 127mm (5") aperture deliver bright, high-resolution images in a tube only 14.5" long! The StarMax 127 EQ's light-gathering power gives faint deep-sky objects distinctly more presence in the field of view, and for vivid planetary and lunar study, its long 1540mm focal length (f/12.1) permits magnifications upwards of 250x with optional eyepieces. Internal tube baffling and multi-coatings on the meniscus lens maximize image contrast and brightness. The StarMax 127 package includes our beefy AstroView equatorial mount with adjustable aluminum tripod, a 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece (1.25"), mirror star diagonal, 6x26 correct-image finder scope, and padded case. One-year limited warranty.

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127mm (5") aperture combined with a very long 1540mm focal length make the StarMax 127 a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with multiple proficiencies. Ideal telescope for sharply detailed views of planets such as Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, as well as the Moon and brighter deep -sky gems. High-resolution imaging and visual performance in a telescope only 14.5" long!. Includes sturdy adjustable tripod and AstroView equatorial (EQ) mount for convenient slow-motion celestial tracking. Includes a 25mm Sirius Plossl 1.25" telescope eyepiece, 6x30 finder scope, 90-degree mirror diagonal, soft case for the optical tube and accessories, EQ mount polar -alignment scope, Starry Night software, and more!

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  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 42.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic 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.
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  • ASIN: B0000XMSQG
  • Item model number: 9826
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2003

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Eric N. Gross on August 10, 2009
When I first heard of the Orion Starmax series I was a bit skeptical. I figured that any scope designed to be this compact and portable would inevitably come at a great cost. Well, fortunately I was wrong. These small and portable Maks are remarkably strong performers, especially on the Moon and planets. And the somewhat larger sizes - such as this Starmax 127 - can also give respectable views of nebulae and clusters.

The tube is very sturdy and well-built. Collimation was spot-on. The focus knob on the back of the tube adjusts the mirror's position and has proven to be very easy to use. When put into action, the Starmax can deliver almost unreal views of the Moon and very beautiful detail on Jupiter. Tight binaries such as Lyra's Double-Double are easily split, and the scope can handle 300x on good nights without any trouble. (It comes with a 25mm Plossl for 61x.)

There are only three minor weaknesses with this scope. The first is that the focal length is so long (1540mm) that wide-field views are not attainable. Secondly, the finder scope is rather poor, and I recommend that you look for another finder. Finally, if you buy the Apex version of the Starmax everything will be the same except for a 45-degree diagonal that gives right side up views. This diagonal is not very good quality.

But once you deal with those issues, you will have a scope that gives refractor-like image quality within the solar system but can still reach out into deep space from time to time. This makes an excellent first telescope if portability is an issue. If you already own a large scope then this one would excel for taking with you on vacation.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R&J on August 14, 2014
This is a long read, but I've covered this scope (and any of its shortcomings and their fixes) in great detail. I've also included several handy tips for the newbies out there. At some point, I'll try to post some pics.

For me, it's all about convenience. The more convenient something is, the more I'll use it. And the more I use it, the more I'll see with it, year after year. I'm guessing that the old adage, "Like father, like son", will prove true, and since I was making this purchase for my son, I put a lot of "me" into it.

I chose this 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope for my son to enjoy at his new home in a dark-sky suburb of south-central Wisconsin. The consistently high reviews of this model, along with its strong optical performance and unique combination of features make this a good choice for a first scope, which could possibly be joined by a fast, rich-field reflector or refractor down the road, should his interest and enthusiasm for amateur astronomy grow.

As you've read, this is a great lunar and planetary scope, and it does well on many deep-sky objects--especially globular clusters. It's also suitable for terrestrial viewing, when paired with a 45-degree diagonal. And since my son likes to disappear into northern Wisconsin or Michigan's UP from time-to-time, this scope's portability had real appeal.

Orion is a first-rate company in every regard. I've been dealing with Orion products and customer service on and off since 1988, and given that experience, I considered giving this little Mak a try to be a risk-free proposition. Happily, I was right.

The new scope arrived in excellent condition, no doubt in part to the very careful packaging by the OEM.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By StarsNBikes4ever on September 23, 2012
I completely agree with the first reviewer. I've owned this scope for several years and would never sell it. I did upgrade the diagonal and finder. I am very impressed with the solid mechanical construction and very good optics. This is my quick peek scope when I don't want to set up my larger 14 inch scope.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ju W. on August 3, 2014
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This scope has been great so far, providing excellent views of the moon and planets and pretty decent views of deep space objects. The tripod that it comes with is decent. The gearing in the mount is smooth and provides great manual tracking. The legs could be better though, they dont seem very sturdy.
Some advice if you purchase this; buy a right angle correct image finder as well to replace the stock one. The stock straight through finder works fine and will do well with terrestrial viewing, but it is terribly difficult to use when trying to find anything overhead. A right angle finder along with a green laser or red dot for initial pointing is a good combo.
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