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Model: mak127otaPart Number: 10672
A compact but powerful, high-contrast, high-resolution Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope. High-transmission multi-coatings are employed on all optical surfaces for optimum performance.
“…Optically, all the lenses are multicoated and the internal baffles had no shiny surfaces that could cause reflections of bright objects…The Focuser was quite smooth with very little image shift…The field was sharp across 80 percent of the view…We were pleased with the quality of the view even when pushing the telescope to higher magnifications…Mars and Saturn bore high magnifications well…The rings of Saturn appeared sharply defined…Turning to the Moon, it was a revelation through the Skymax…This telescope certainly does a good job on the more detailed Solar System objects…In the deep sky, the Skymax performed well on everything to galaxies to nebulae” Sky At Night Magazine
Supplied with soft carry-case.
NOTE: Our photo shows the finderscope mounted right of centre whereas the actual position is left of centre.
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!
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 globsand 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
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
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.
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!
Yes - this telescope has a black tube colour.
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.
No, the 127 Skymax will only accept 1.25" fittings, diagonals, eyepieces etc...
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