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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid scope with a few drawbacks, March 1, 2008
This review is from: Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope (Camera)
I received this telescope as a Christmas present, and have been mostly satisfied with it.

On the plus side: the optics are good, it has a large aperture, a solid mount, and comes with one useful eyepiece.

On the downside, the 4mm eyepiece is completely useless. It yields blurry images and is so small it is nearly impossible to look through. Likewise the 3x barlow lens is very cheap and will only work with the 20mm eyepiece, and poorly at that.

One word of advice: you will need to put a piece of tape in the center of the primary mirror if you want to collimate it properly, which is needed for sharp images. Almost all reflecting telescopes come with a mark in the center of the mirror that is used for this purpose. You can easily find instructions on how to do this online.

That being said I would still recommend this telescope because it is the most powerful one you can get in its price range. You will most likely want to invest in another high zoom (~10mm) eyepiece and barlow lens. When used using my Ccelestron Powerseeker 127 eq with a quality eyepiece, I have show my roommates views of great views of Saturn that "look fake". Several hundred craters are easily visible on the moon when conditions are favorable.
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Initial post: Dec 20, 2009 10:16:26 AM PST
Sammy says:
Thank you for your review. I was disappointed when my telescope arrived and I had similar results. I was about to return it when I read your review, attributing the blurry images to the eyepieces and not the telescope itself.

Would you please recommend a specific eyepiece and barlow lens that work well for you? I am a novice and am not sure what to look for.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 10:07:09 AM PST
hunter61073 says:
The best eyepiece to purchase for ANY telescope is a "zoom" eyepiece. You can turn the ep and it is variable... from 7mm to 26mm. They can be purchased for about 100.00. A telescope is as good as the eyepiece your looking through.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2014 2:20:54 PM PDT
Scott Un says:
What specific brand do you recommend to go with this telescope?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2014 8:05:04 AM PDT
J. H. Smith says:
Celestron of course.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2014 8:05:45 AM PDT
J. H. Smith says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2015 3:44:43 AM PST
Charlie says:
J. H. Smith, then the right idea would be to give the proper advice. I'm guessing your opinion is based purely on brand name, so instead of "This is very poor advice" (which is a pathetic presentation of opinion by the way) you should probably lean more towards the constructive side, something like, "I'm not a fan of Celestron... I prefer [insert product name here]. Here is a short list of why the product I recommend is better.. [insert technical data/proof/evidence here]."

Until you can learn to do that, kindly learn to keep your undervalued and worthless opinion to yourself. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2015 9:00:39 PM PDT
Orange T. says:
I think you both mean well!

The Zoom Eyepiece is certainly the most convenient and in some special instances may be the right choice, however because there are more optical surfaces and pieces that move, in general zoom eyepieces are not the absolute sharpest. The special circumstance may be that when the stars appear to be twinkling, this is caused by the Earth's atmosphere, then having the ability to zoom to say a 9.4mm magnification (magnification is the focal length of your telescope ÷ the number on the eyepiece) may give you the best view on that night of "seeing".

Hope that helps someone!

Clear Skies,
Orange County Telescope

Posted on Aug 2, 2015 8:35:58 AM PDT
It is best to spend a few $$ for a laser Collimator to collimate it. You will own this for the rest of your life and then some.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2015 10:59:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 13, 2015 11:02:01 AM PDT
Herb H says:
I have found the bright Celestron Omni Ploessel 32mm ($40) to be an excellent match for this telescope.

The 127EQ is a so-called Bird Jones design and large magnification eyepieces (< 12mm) don't seem to work well with it, even when it's perfectly laser-collimated. That's at least my experience over the last two years.

As others have pointed out here, a laser collimator seems to be an essential tool to check the collimation on the 127EQ. Otherwise you might just end up buying fancy eyepieces hoping to get the blurriness away, and that won't work ... As I said, that's at least my experience with the 127EQ.
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