Sky-Watcher Star Explorer 127mm Maksutov Cassegrain
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Sky-Watcher Star Explorer 127mm Maksutov Cassegrain

Sky-Watcher 127mm MAK, compact, great optics and very simple to use with the Star Explorer GOTO system
NZ $1,340.00 NZ $1,299.00 Save NZ $41.00 incl GST

Telescope Description

The Sky-Watcher 127/1500 Star Explorer is a fully automatic telescope ideal for beginners and those who want to get straight to observing. Aligning the mount takes mere minutes with the “Bright Object” alignment mode, and the computerised SynScan system is the ultimate upgrade that allows automatic pointing and tracking of more than 42,000 objects in the sky! This means less time spent finding a faint nebula or a distant planet and more time to enjoy observing. Astronomy has never been so easy!

The Maksutov-Cassegrain is a compact and powerful optical design that combines a front meniscus lens and two mirrors. The optical tube is closed by the front meniscus, keeping the mirrors protected from atmospheric agents such as humidity, dust and pollution. The tube is short but the focal length is long allowing high magnification with the standard eyepieces.  With maximum practical magnification of 256x , this Sky-Watcher Telescope will reveal details in Saturn’s rings, Jupiter’s bands, the Martian polar ice caps, and the phases of Venus and the moon.

The Sky-Watcher 127/1500 Star Explorer GoTo is for amateur astronomers seeking superior equatorial control and the ease of a high-precision computerised Go-To telescope mounting system for imaging or visual applications, the family of SynScan TM Pro Series mountings are the answer. All SynScan TM Pro Series models are premium-grade observing platforms which have been thoughtfully designed for ease of operation. With the user-friendly push-button hand control, locating and viewing the treasures of the night sky becomes a walk in the park. The SynScan TM hand control allows you to point the telescope at a specific object or tour the skies at the touch of a button. The user friendly menu system allows automatic slewing to over 42,900 objects. Even an inexperienced astronomer can master its variety of features in a few observation sessions.

  • SynScan Computerised Handset
    • Features include ongoing firmware updated from the internet. Pointing accuracy enhancement (PAE), and capacity to store star alignment data. Accepts GPS Mouse for convenient entry of time, date and location.
  • 42,900+ Object Database
    • Including planets, named stars, double-stars, variable stars & user defined objects.
  • Object Catalogues
    • Messier, IC, NGC & Caldwell

Star Explorer Mount Features:

  • SynScan Database with 42,900+ Objects
  • Two Star or Brightest Star Alignment
  • Pointing Accuracy Enhancement Feature (PAE)
  • Unknown Object Identification Feature
  • Pointing Accuracy up to 10 arc min
  • Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar
  • Slewing Speeds: 1x, 2x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 128x, 400x, 500x, 600x, 800x
  • Compatible with Vixen Style Bars
  • Power Requirement: 12V DC of AA Batteries (not supplied)

In the Box:

  • 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain
  • Star Explorer AZ Go-To Mount
  • Stainless Steel Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • SynScan Hand Control
  • PC Connection Cord (serial port)
  • Eyepiece Super 25mm (60x) & Super 10mm (530x) – 1.25″ Barrel
  • 90° Star Diagonal – 1.25″ Barrel
  • 6×30 Finderscope
  • Battery Pack for AA batteries

Recommended Usage – Astronomy

Download the Star Explorer Manual 

*5 Years Sky-Watcher Limited Warranty*


Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain
Optics coating full multi-layer
Diameter (aperture) 127mm
Focal length 1500mm
Aperture ratio (aperture ratio) f/ 11.8
Eyepieces included 1.25" Super 25 mm, Super 10 mm
Diagonal 90 Degree Diagonal
Finderscope Optical, 6x30
Filters supplied Moon filter
Tripod Steel
Tripod height Adjustable, 630-1150mm
Resolving Power  0.94″
Stellar Limit Magnitude 12.5
Highest Practical Magnification 254x
Light gathering power (compared to the unaided eye) 329
Focuser Diameter 1.25"
Control Type Telescope Autoguider
Installation and positioning system SynScan AZ
Database SynScan Database: Total 42,900 Objects, including Complete M, NGC, IC & SAO Catalogues
Alignment Method: Two-star or Brightest star alignment
Pointing Accuracy Enhancement (PAE) feature
Unknown Object Identification feature
Pointing Accuracy: up to 10 arc min
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar Slewing Speeds: 1.0x, 2.0x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 128x, 400x, 500x, 600x, 800x
Tracking Mode: Dual Axis Tracking
Quiet Operation Motor Type & Resolution: DC Servo Motors. Resolution 0.8923 arc sec or 1,452,425 steps/rev

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