Shopping with a limited budget can be time consuming because we need to choose carefully, including when looking for your first telescope. Thankfully Celestron have many reliable yet affordable telescopes in their catalogue. If you want to spend less as well, in this Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ telescope review we will talk about this amazing yet cheap model that will deliver a satisfying performance which is also a nice option for a gift. Without further ado, here is what you may want to know about the telescope.
In this article, we are going to give you information about:
- What to Look for in a Telescope
- What is the Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope
- What Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Look Like
- How are the Specification of Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope
- How are the Performance of Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope
- How are the Mounting of Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope
- Who Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope is made for
- Is Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope for you
- 1 Choosing for a Telescope
- 2 About Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope
- 3 Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Design
- 4 Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Specification
- 5 Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Performance
- 6 Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Mounting
- 7 Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Users
- 8 Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Review
- 9 Conclusion
Choosing for a Telescope
Our universe is old and is vast, it is amazingly enormous or probably unlimited and as a human that is always curious about what our eyes can’t view from afar, the celestial objects and events are always interesting to watch. This is a little moment we appreciate so much from the universe and while it is not a very interesting activity for most people, those who appreciate the beauty of space will understand how unforgettable our first peek into those celestial objects through a telescope was.
Telescopes were created because our eyes can’t see too far away due to the limitation of its size and our body is also evolving to only need eyes this big to survive. This device is very necessary and probably the first we look into when taking an interest in astronomy. It is also fun to play with both children and adults with the same interest. However, choosing the best option our money can afford right now can be a little bit time consuming.
- If you have a camera or often pay attention to smartphone’s camera specification, we are sure you will be familiar with Aperture as well. Aperture in professional cameras control the brightness of the image that passes through the lens and this is the same with a telescope. In Telescope this is the size or diameter of the lens or mirror utilized to focus the light from distant objects. A good telescope with reliable performance image quality will be only limited by its Aperture size.
- After the Aperture, you may want to choose between lenses or mirrors. These are two main types of telescopes with refracting lenses being smallest in terms of size and mirror being more affordable for larger sizes. For those who want to view terrestrial and celestial objects, refracting lenses are probably the better option but the mirror type will not suffer from chromatic aberration or where the colors are not brought to a common sharp focus.
- The mounting also matters and commonly you will find the telescope in either alt-azimuth or equatorial. With equatorial, we follow celestial objects as it moves through the sky by moving the tube in only one direction or right ascension but with alt-azimuth we move the telescope in an east-west direction but also slightly up and down. When looking at objects that are low in the sky it won’t be a problem but as it goes higher, it becomes difficult to follow e.g. when they are directly overhead.
About Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope
While those factors will help you to pick a new telescope and especially useful for first time buyer or user, the performance among products are very subjective to their manufacturers but, in an ideal world, their limitation should only be decided by the aperture size as the bigger they are, the better as well to gather light. But, it will also affect their size and as hobbyists we also need to consider how big they are, moreover, if you will need to transport it later.
Telescopes may not be a very popular item to buy in modern day where you can find tons of sophisticated new devices and tools but still, there are quite the options out there even though you already sort them out based on the type. We personally prefer to stick with popular names, not because they are well-known but these brands usually have better product quality and easier to access while also offering different types and a varying sizes to match your budget.
One of the best brands to choose from is Celestron and this is also a very popular name among hobbyists because their products are marketed more for this user spectrum. You can find various different models in their catalogue whether you prefer lenses, mirrors, or a combination of both like Celestron NexStar 8SE Vs Evolution 8. These are amazing telescopes but quite expensive as well and if you plan to spend less than $200, the PowerSeeker 127EQ is a very good telescope without a hefty price.
As Celestron writes about the line description, this family of several different telescopes are made for beginners without asking too much from the pocket yet still very good in quality and value. The Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope is the biggest among its brothers which started at 50mm and as the name suggests, this model has 127mm aperture. Performance wise, we do think that it is one of the best in this price as you can see decent image quality through them but, it may require adult help if it is given as a gift for children.
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Design
Many first-time buyers tend to stick with Newtonian Reflector like this one because they are very affordable and compared to Refractor, it is also lighter if you will travel and hunt for an ideal place for viewing. The main tube itself is 17 pounds but the box will weigh almost 30 pounds. Inside this box you will find the main tube, along with the mounting component, and tripod so we can instantly use the device. It also has two different eyepieces or can be added with more if needed.
As you can see from the sample picture above, this telescope is using equatorial mount thus smaller children will need the help from their parents to properly assemble them. The main tube itself is light but very sturdy and made from aluminum with this black shiny coating. The optical tube length is about 20-inch while the height of the tripod is adjustable from 26 to 46-inch.
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Specification
Moving further, as it has been mentioned above that the most important specification in a telescope is the Aperture, it is easy to shop from Celestron because they always put the size on the model name so we can quickly browse which size we need. This telescope has 127mm or 5-inch Aperture which is the biggest in its line combined with 1000mm focal length and focal ratio at f/7.87. This model is very similar to AstroMaster but the latter seems to have shorter focal length.
Still the same with the AstroMaster line, Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope is also packed with two eyepieces in which one is standard 20mm with 50x magnification and the other is 4mm with 250x magnification. The highest useful magnification is claimed to be 300x but usually telescopes are not useful till the maximum magnification and ends up about half of the number in real-life application.
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Performance
Moving to the performance, we do think this telescope is working very well and exceptionally good considering the price range. If this is your first telescope, viewing planets and celestial objects will not be as clear as those pictures we see from astronomy websites or Google image since consumer models especially like this inexpensive PowerSeeker 127EQ will only let you see for example the Moon and but using the 4mm eyepiece, you can see the crater very detailed.
What we are not very fond of is the eyepiece quality itself and while it is understandable due to how they want to keep the production cost low, the two eyepieces and the Barlow lenses are made of plastic and not properly coated. The 20mm is not threaded for filters while the 4mm does yet it has a small eye relief which often makes your eyes almost touching the telescope and making the image become blurry.
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Mounting
The last point we want to talk about is the mounting as it may affect your experience as well. Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope is very sensitive to vibration that affects its image quality. While it has the same Equatorial as Astromaster, they are different variants and this model comes with a traditional German Equatorial instead of Celestron owned CG-2. Stability has been an issue in this line but we can try tightening the two bolts at the top and rear, just behind the plastic cap to improve the stability.
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Users
While it is quick to judge that an affordable telescope must be bad, it is not always the case and Celestron proved it with PowerSeeker 127EQ which is not only friendly to your pocket but also friendly to use. It will allow you to see the planets even with the eyepiece included but mounting them and aligning it can be tricky. In our opinion it is a great gift for other enthusiasts or for yourself especially hobbyists who just want to have a device to let them view the planets and moon.
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Review
|- Newtonian Reflector|
- 127mm or 5-inch Aperture
- 1000mm focal length
- 20mm and 4mm eyepiece
- German Equatorial
|- Performs well|
- Easy to upgrade
|- Cheap component
- Less stable mounting
Celestron has been making many reliable products and one of them is this 5-inch PowerSeeker Newtonian. It is performing really good and very bright as well which is why most of us are satisfied with the product yet, it still leaves some to be desired such as better material quality.