This telescope is already a very compact and powerful telescope for planetary and deep sky observations. Its 127mm aperture Maksutov Cassegrain optics can collect approximately twice as much light as a 90mm telescope. Although the overall length of the tube was maintained at just 33cm, it has its design on a focal length of 1540mm. This enables a high-contrast planetary observation and many recognizable details. Even the most deep-sky observations are possible. The light gathering ability is at 329x of a dark adapted eye with 7mm. As a spotting scope for nature watching, the look offers a suitable alternative for low price. There are many adaptations for nature photography available. At 1540mm focal length for example there can be bird photography in low-cost operating area. An integrated T-2 threads makes it quite easy to connect an SLR camera. Of course you can make for example moon shots. The sharpness can be adjusted with a side knob. This moves the primary mirror in the front or rear direction. This mechanism enables a large area for the focus and offers a variety of adaptation possibilities. The external appearance is a real gem: It impresses with its elegant design, tube and finderscope shimmer in an aesthetic black tone.
This SkyWatcher Skymax 127MC is a 127 mm diameter compact telescope shows much more details than the 90 mm and 102 mm models. The optical quality is very good, and central obstruction is onély 30% resulting in a sharp and contrasty images even at high magnifications. Compared to similar aperture telescopes (eg. Explorer 130) this Maksutov-Cassegrain is much shorter and weights less meaning that it is much easier to transport. The recommended magnification range is 37.5x-250x and provides sharp images on Moon and planets. Dovetail plate is included but there's a standard photo thread as well. The two Barium eyepieces including the package deliver 52x and 130x magnification. A Starpointer and a 31,7 mm star diagonal is included as well. The focuser has a T-thread making it possible to mount cameras too.
The new NEQ2 mount has dovetail system, so putting the telescope on and off is very easy and fast. The steel tripod is more robust than the older aluminium one, so the mount stability has been increased. A clock drive can also be mounted to the mount, two different versions are available separately. The eyepiece holder between the tripod legs is very practical.
|Type of build||Maksutov|
|Focal length (mm)||1500|
|Aperture ratio (f/)||11,8|
|Limit value (mag)||12,3|
|Light gathering capacity||329|
|Max. useful magnification||254|
|Tube weight (kg)||3,2|
|Tube construction||Full tube|
|Type of build||ETX thread|
|Connection ( to eyepiece)||1,25"|
|Type of build||NEQ2|
|1.25'' eyepieces||25mm, 10mm|
|Deviating optics||1.25", 90° star diagonal|
|Finder scope||Red dot finder|
Area of application
|Moon & Planets||yes|
|Nebulae & galaxies||yes|
|Sun||not recommended (Only with appropriate Sun filter)|