Astronomy Telescopes

Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ

The Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ telescope is a best seller and it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular. It’s designed to be the ideal telescope for beginners and judging by the reviews this model receives it meets that target.

The telescope has a Manual German Equatorial mount enabling smooth tracking of objects as they move through the night sky, using two slow motion control knobs that make adjustments to the telescope in both Right Ascension (RA) and Declination axes (DEC).

It’s small and light, so it can easily be transported on camping trips and other excursions into the countryside. The optics are of fine quality and deliver crisp images of the Moon, Saturn’s rings, and Jupiter’s moons.

Quality, all-glass optics deliver crisp views of the Moon, the rings around Saturn, and Jupiter’s Galilean moons. Among the accessories you’ll find two eyepieces (20mm and 10mm), a finderscope, and a 3x Barlow lens. 

And if you have any difficulties assembling or using your telescope then Celestron have extensive resources in the form of a knowledge base, as well as easy to follow ‘how to’ videos. 

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Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope Reviews

However, you can also learn a lot by reading the reviews on Amazon.  Enthusiasts for this telescope are a mine of useful information when it comes to getting the most enjoyment out of it.

One reviewer, in a review submitted in June 2017 on, gives it 5 stars and says it’s a ‘Great ‘Scope” and then proceeds to explain why some people have given it bad reviews in astronomy forums.

The reviewer explains the importance of collimation, how to best use the tripod, finder scope etc.  In other words, he/she explains why some have had difficulty with it and that all their complaints can be resolved with the correct use of the telescope and all its accessories.

The reviewer points out that it’s an instrument that requires a certain amount of care and attention to detail in order to balance and align to such a degree that it manages to find observable objects. It is suggested that the telescope is collimated with the eye and that the finderscope is properly aligned.  

The reviewer also suggests that the user gets to know the Barlow, and how to fine tune the balance using the counterweight.

Another reviewer tells a similar tale of eventually learning to love this telescope but only after fine tuning it so that it produced the fine images that it is capable of capturing.  This reviewer again mentions collimation and suggest that the Celestron collimation 1.25″ eyepiece is an ideal accessory.  He/she updates the review several times and reports back a year later to say that the telescope is still producing clear images after the initial collimation, suggesting that it only needs to be collimated correctly once.  

The same review recounts the help received from the Celestron Technical Support desk and also mentions how a Celestron motor drive was a great enhancement to the experience.

Reading on, another reviewer confirms the statements above, adding that one should dispense with the finder scope that ships with the telescope and use a red dot finder instead, like the Gosky red dot finder.  

The upshot of all these reviews by satisfied customers who are happy to own a Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ is that persistence and patience pays off in the end.  You have to be willing to get to know the telescope and to configure it for proper use, otherwise you will be disappointed.  Some of the negative reviews seem to have been written by those who did ot learn this lesson and consequently gave up too soon.

The Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ is a Newtonian Reflector telescope, so named after Sir Isaac Newton who presented his first telescope of this type in 1668.

Celestron PowerSeeker Series includes 8 other telescopes and as with all of them the advice is to use the Celestron’s free SkyPortal app along with the Starry Night planetarium software package.

This software, available for macOS and Windows, provides easy-to-understand explanations of all kinds of astronomical phenomena, along with additional information about images and processes.

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Last update on 2022-01-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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