A compact but powerful, high-contrast, high-resolution Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope. High-transmission multi-coatings are employed on all optical surfaces for optimum performance.
|Average Rating (6 Reviews): |A handsome looking telescope
Sunday, 1 December 2019 | Andrew
Sky watchers colour scheme has changed recently and the green anodised dovetail bar and lining really lift the scope above the ordinary as far as appearance goes. As I unboxed the 'scope and looked at it in the polythene bag the first thought I had was "that is a handsome looking telescope". I mounted it on a heavy duty camera tripod and took a look at the upside down world around me and in particular my favourite test target, an electricity pylon about 400 or so yards away, to spot the female companion to the sparrow hawk that hunts in my garden, taking a rest on top of it. The image was sharply defined and clear and very pleasing. Unfortunately the nights were cloudy and it was not until about ten days later I had an opportunity to test it under the cold November sky.
I started with a look at the moon and was blown away by how sharp and clear everything was. Then a quick peek at Saturn which was not well placed in the evening sky and the rings showed up nice and sharp. Later in the evening when Orion came over the horizon I focused on M42 and found it with no problem even though it was surrounded by light pollution. I then star hopped my way to M31 and again found a beautiful sight filling the eyepiece.
I bought this 'scope as a grab and go 'scope to mount on an EQ5 that I am awaiting parts for and I have not been disappointed. It performs as well as it looks.
Thanks also to FLO for their trademark speedy service.
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 | Niall
I bought one of these with the EQ3 mount. For planetary and lunar work it is spectacularly good. It seems to occupy that sweet spot of having a decent aperture but still being incredibly compact and at 3.5kg fits on a huge range of mounts. Also performs very well on brighter messiers - especially globular clusters. Can just about resolve outer stars on M13, easily see the centre of M57, can see the swan in the swan nebula. But really excels at planetary - mars polar ice caps and Jupiterís GRS easily achievable. However - narrow field of view makes finding targets a challenge and also these scopes must must must have some sort of dew shield as they are dew magnets!
Friday, 20 April 2018 | Joseph
Had 3 of these on my time ..all optically EXCELLENT..
RED SPOT on Jupiter and thw HOLLOW it sits in NO problem ..likes about 220x on a good night. ..However, MARS and Saturn easily take 400x same nights.
Partially esolves a lot of globs
and good on Clusters witj a 30mm Vixen PLOSSL..
Came in a nice protective bag super fast to Oz at a great price.
Well dfone First Light Optics
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 | John
This is a nice instrument at a great price from FLO. Very sharp across most of the field of view. It fit well on my AZ4 mount. There are some stray reflections visible from bright object just outside the field of view but it is minimal. Highly recommended
Sunday, 7 April 2013 | Steven
I bought a Mak 127 specifically for viewing the moon and planets from central London.
The quality of the optics is exquisite and probably only surpassed by APO refractors of similar diameter at more than twice the price.
The Skywatcher Dob 200 is better value, but if you live in a small flat like me and want a dinky little scope that you can hide in a corner, then get a Mak.
Thursday, 26 May 2011 | Jamie
As I already own a Skywatcher 150P on EQ3-2, which I love, I wanted another scope more dedicated to planetary and bright object observations. So I decided to stick with Skywatcher and chose their Skymax 127. Although slightly smaller in light gathering power than the 150 the focal length is double. This allows for fantastic planetary views and great magnification. The views have a brilliant contrast and viewing Saturn was truly awe-inspiring. Several moons and the Cassini division being clearly visible.
The scope itself is a very compact, quite light, tube which makes it great as a "Grab and Go" scope being less cumbersome than a reflector or refractor.
The build quality seems very good with a lovely paint finish on the tube (black diamond) and white front and rear housings, although the generic instructions might leave you a little confused. SW eyepieces and diagonal are supplied as standard and are suitable for the scope.
The focuser is silky smooth with a very tactile rubberised knob which allows very precise focusing. The focuser also allows for a direct camera attachment with a suitable T-Ring screwing directly on to it.
I would highly recommend this scope especially with such a small price tag. Brilliant scope!
Q1. Does this come in the Black Diamond Version (all Black)?
Yes - this telescope has a black tube colour.
Q2. I have a skywatcher 130p az goto synscan, will this fit the stand and will I need to purchase anything else for it to fit, I understand the finderscope may be in the wrong position can this be overcome?
The 127 OTA will fit straight onto the AZ Goto Mounts but you are correct, this will cause the finder to be in a different postion to normal.
You can fit a Rigel Finder or a Telrad Finder to the OTA as these are supplied with double sided sticky pads to attach the finder base to the OTA. This will allow you to fit the finder in a position that you find most comfortable.
Q3. Does this scope take a 2" diagonal and therefore 2" eyepieces?
No, the 127 Skymax will only accept 1.25" fittings, diagonals, eyepieces etc...