SkyWatcher SkyMax 127 MC on AZGTi or AZGTe mount

A compact, 127mm Maksutov telescope on a wifi controllable very compact, easy-to-use mount.

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The SkyWatcher SkyMax 127MC  is a really compact sized model which shows great details on planets. The short tube makes easy to transport. This telescope has 127 mm aperture, which is more powerful than the 90 mm or 102 mm models. The central obstruction is 30% only, resulting in contrasty image even at high magnifications. Compared to similar aperture telescopes (eg. Explorer 130 models) this Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope is much shorter and weights less meaning that it is easier to transport, however the central obstruction makes the image a bit less contrasty. The recommended magnification range is 37.5x-260x and provides sharp images on Moon and planets. Dovetail plate is included but there's a standard photo thread at the bottom of the scope as well. The two eyepieces provided deliver 60x and 150x magnification. A Starpointer is included. The focuser has a T2 thread making it possible to mount cameras as well.

The AZ-GTi or AZ-GTe mounts are extremely compact, motor-driven Azimuthal GoTo mechanics that can be controlled via Wi-Fi on smartphone (or tablets). It is motor driven, but can be moved manually as well. Automatic object search (GoTo) can be used with a smartphone (or tablet). The power supply is from 12V, but it can be operated with the built-in battery compartment (runs from 8 pcs AA batteries). Thanks to internal power supply and wifi connection, the mechanism can be operated without any cables, which is extremely comfortable and safe. The included StarAdventurer tripod provides an extremely compact and lightweight set that is ideal for traveling. The head has standard 3/8 "connections, so it can be mounted on other photo tripods as well.

Connecting the telescope is quick and does not require a tool. The mount creates a Wi-Fi network that you can connect to your phone as you normally do. The required SynScan application can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store or Google Play stores. The mount is set up with 1 or 2 star alignment and then the mechanics will automatically be move to the selected objects. There are several extra features available. Excellent cooperation with the SkySafari 5 planetarium program. The product is under development, so later options and other planetary programs will be available.

Gerard Armstrong's opinion

After a few weeks, months of usage

Optical quality

Mechanical quality

Price/Value ratio

SkyWatcher Skymax-127 Maksutov-Cassegrain (127/1500) on AZ-GTi (WiFi goto) mount (with 25mm and 10mm Super eyepieces, Red Dot finder, star diagonal)
SkyWatcher Skymax-127 Maksutov-Cassegrain (127/1500) on AZ-GTi (WiFi goto) mount (with 25mm and 10mm Super eyepieces, Red Dot finder, star diagonal)
Pros

This is the best "Beginner" scope you can buy in my opinion. Comparing the optical results with the Observatory in Prague, well the view of Jupiter and Saturn was identical (I was really surprised).

Cons

Practical magnification is maybe 150 - 200. Beyond that images are too fuzzy (blurry)

Summary

The go-to really requires 3 star alignment to work properly (I think). Having only a South West facing balcony I used the North (polar) & scope level .. alignment method but it was not really accurate enough. I will have to take my scope out into an unrestricted dark sky spot to really test it out.

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The product comes with 3 years warranty

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