Celestron Powerseeker 127EQ Review

Celestron’s 127 EQ from the PowerSeeker series is definitely one of the most rewarding low-end telescopes – it packs a huge scope, premium quality features, and it was built like a wall of bricks. Due to its massive popularity, we’ve decided to take it for a spin and see the extent of advantages it has over similarly priced telescopes, so let’s begin.

Celestron Powerseeker 127EQ – At first glance

People who have the faintest clue about astrophotography and its terminology could understand the gist of 127 EQ telescope through this simple definition – it’s a reflector telescope with an equatorial mount equipped with a 39.4 FL lens. 

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Celestron - PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 127mm Aperture
  • PERFECT BEGINNERS TELESCOPE: The Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ is an easy-to-use and powerful telescope. The PowerSeeker series is designed to give the first-time telescope user the perfect combination of quality, value, features, and power.
  • MANUAL GERMAN EQUATORIAL MOUNT: Navigate the sky with our Newtonian Reflector telescope. It features a German Equatorial mount with a slow-motion altitude rod for smooth and accurate pointing. Adjust rod to desired position, then easily secure by tightening cross knob.
  • COMPACT AND PORTABLE: This telescope for adults and kids to be used together is compact, lightweight, and portable. Take the telescope to your favorite campsite or dark sky observing site, or simply the backyard.
  • MULTIPLE ACCESSORIES: The Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope comes with two eyepieces (20mm and 4mm), plus a 3x Barlow lens to triple the power of each. Users can also download BONUS Starry Night Astronomy Software Package.
  • UNBEATABLE AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Buy with confidence from the world’s #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You’ll also receive a 2-year and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.

Now, if you don’t know anything about telescopes (or astrophotography for that matter) and have simply heard that this is a great cheap telescope for beginners, it most certainly is. You could easily deduce that it offers much in terms of performance and quality of features by looking at it; it packs a highly adjustable mount, relatively short tubing, superb optics, and a variety of gratis accessories.  

Manufacturer specs

This section covers every tiny detail about the Power Seeker 127EQ and aims to help intermediate-level astrophotographers and experienced sky-gazers understand its mode of operation, its performance, and at the end of the day, is it valuable for the money or not. Celestron’s Power Seeker 127EQ specs are:

Design type: Newtonian Reflector Telescope

Aperture: 127 mm/5 inches

Focal Length (FL): 1000 mm/39 inches

Focal Ratio (FR):f/7.87

Main eyepiece: 20mm with 50x magnification

Complementary eyepieces: 4mm with 250x magnification and three Barlow lenses

Finder scope: 5×24

Mount type: German Equatorial

Mount material: aluminium alloy 

Tube length: 508 mm/20 inches

Actual dimensions 33 inches by 17 inches by 11 inches

Weight when assembled: 21.38 pounds 

Main features

First and foremost, the spotlight of the primary feature of the Power Seeker 127 EQ is its 127 millimeter aperture. Basically, perhaps only a handful of entry level and mid-priced telescopes are outfitted with a scope as big as this and you’d typically need to upgrade the one your model initially came supplied with. 

What really makes this feature so special is not only its sheer size, but the clarity it is able to provide as well. Basically, the 127 millimeter aperture allows you to spot distant stars, clusters, planets, satellites, and nebulas with pristine, vivid clarity. 

The second most notable feature of Celestron’s Power Seeker 127 EQ is its tubing. One of the reasons why this telescope is so compact and portable is because its tube is slightly smaller (and lighter) than average. Although this isn’t anything new or revolutionary for Newtonian reflector telescopes, most models are far less transportable.

In terms of optics, it’s not too surprising to hear that this telescope uses a tiny spherical mirror. What most experienced astrophotographers know about this particular type of mirrors is that it greatly suffers from the phenomenon called ‘chromatic aberration’.

 Of course, it doesn’t lower the quality of the telescope overall, but it does mean that you’ll need to put a little more effort in finding your way around this issue (recalibration or via special attachments).

Lastly, this telescope also sports a German Equatorial mount made of top-shelf aluminium; it’s robust and was obviously to last decades with proper maintenance and use.

Optics quality

The quality of optics Power Seeker 127 EQ has to offer is great; even superb for the money. The entirety of the optical elements sport fully coated glass that provides exceptional levels of clarity, contrast, and brightness. 

With its highest magnification level being 250x and lowest 18x, we can safely conclude that it’s absolutely perfect for planet watching, star observation, or gazing at the moon and a good chunk of the stars closest to earth.

It’s not, so great for deep space observation, which shouldn’t really be an issue since reflector telescopes weren’t even designed for that particular use. 

The main eyepiece mounted on this telescope features a 20 millimeter lens while the complementary 4 millimeter lens is what makes it a bit more versatile. Furthermore, you’ll also receive three Barlow lenses to further amplify the maximum magnification you can achieve with the Power Seeker 127. 

Pros

Even though there are numerous great things that Power Seeker 127 EQ can boast about, the biggest benefit it can offer you is in the realm of optics. It’s packed with a massive aperture (127 millimters), which is extremely rare for a telescope in this price point category.

It’s true that large aperture scopes can be pretty useless without quality mirrors and lenses, but 127 EQ excels in this particular area of performance as well. All optical elements are manufactured from top-quality glass and are coated with high-transmission aluminium that provides additional image clarity.

What’s even more surprising is that a telescope of this quality maybe shouldn’t be so cheap and readily available. It belongs to the lower bracket of the middle price point category, bordering with the budget ‘entry level’. 

Cons

Optical aberration is to be expected when gazing at the starry skies through a telescope equipped with a spherical mirror, and such is the case with Celestron’s 127 EQ. This basically means that some of the images you ‘capture’ will be followed with minor distortion or coma-tails riding on the stars you are watching. 

Luckily, there are numerous ways to combat this issue, such as recalibrating your telescope or by purchasing coma-correcting attachments. This involves a bit more cash and effort, so it’s obviously a disadvantage of sorts. 

Conclusion

Is Celestron’s Power Seeker 127 EQ the best telescope on the market? Arguably, it might be one of the finest models in the budget and middle price point categories, especially due to the fact that it comes supplied with top-shelf features and most of its flaws can be bypassed and corrected. 

Beginners and first-timers adore its user-friendly and easy-to-use design while a bit more experienced astrophotographers like it for its high-quality optics. In a nutshell, this is a great telescope that has certainly earned all the attention it has garnered.  

About Derek

Hey! I'm Derek, I've been interested in astronomy since.. well, forever! I'm an engineer by trade, but I've been playing around with telescopes for many years. I hope to impart some of the knowledge I've learned over the years onto you!

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