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Orion StarMax 127 EQ

Orion starmax 127 eq

Keywords: Maksutov


Note  This item is being serviced and it is not available for check out.


Temporarily unavailable for new requests due to long waitlist.

Note: This equipment includes an equatorial mount that must be set up properly. For visual use, just point the polar axis of the mount approximately toward the  north star.  

The StarMax 127 telescope is a Maksutov-Cassegrain design that folds a long focal length into a relatively short and easy to handle optical tube. The long focal length (1540mm) makes it easy to reach high magnification for observation of the moon and planets. The 127 mm aperature is large enough for nice views of brighter deep sky objects.  Includes an adjustable tripod and equatorial mount with manual slow-motion controls. The equatorial makes it easier to track the moon and planets at high magnification, but can be confusing for beginners. The Equipment Manager can provide advice on setting up and using an equatorial mount.


  • Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with a 127 mm aperture and 1540 mm focal length
  • Equatorial mount with manual slow-motion controls (no motor drive or computer)
  • User level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Good for viewing the moon and planets, as well brighter deep sky objects
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    • This eyepiece provides a near optimum magnification for high power viewing of planets, the moon, and smaller deep sky objects.
  • 90-degree mirror diagonal
  • Soft case for the compact optical tube
  • Weight, fully assembled: 36.2 lbs

Note: This is a good telescope for beginners to learn how to operate a simple manualiy operated telescope on an equatorial mount.  It is not heavy and it does not come with a computer so there is less to set up.. There is no motorized tracking system but manual tracking is easy to do with an equatorial mount.  Some assembly and setup is required.  It is a good telescope for children, with adult supervision, to get started with Astronomy.

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