Orion StarSeeker III 127mm Mak-Cass GoTo Telescope Review

My personal review of the Orion 127mm Mak-Cass GoTo Telescope. (Shot on an IPhone 5s with a Steadicam Smoothee. Thanks Dave Roberts.)

Comments

Lip stick says:

NOBODY, understands 127mm??? 

People, I, understand 20 x bigger, 50 x bigger, you can see craters, you can see the rings of Saturn…

So, what is the zoom max for the moon and Saturn, for the OSS lll???

300 zoom, 1000 zoom???

Roberto Solis says:

Thanks for the review. This is the one I have been looking at and now I think it is the right one for me. My question, how is the database on the computer that it come with?

CoolSpace says:

Great review! What version of the Synscan hand controller does it come with. I think they came out with version four recently so I would like to know if this is version III or IV. Thanks!

SC Forsythe says:

We just bought the same telescope (102mm version) but have had an issue with a large black spot in the middle of anything we are looking at.  Have you had that issue?  Any ideas?  Thanks!

Mike Stap says:

ADMIN,
WHAT CAN THIS SCOPE REALLY DO
I HAVE A SCOPE WITH THESE FEATURES:
Optical design
    Maksutov-Cassegrain

Optics coating
    fully multi-coated

Primary mirror diameter (aperture), mm
    127

Focal length, mm
    1500

Focal ratio
    f/11.8

Resolution threshold, arcseconds
    1.1

Limiting stellar magnitude
    12.5

Eyepieces
    SL 10 mm, SL 26 mm

Eyepiece barrel diameter
    1.25″

Barlow lens
    2x, with camera adapter

Finderscope
    optical, 6×30

Focuser
    1.25″

Tripod
    steel

Tripod height (adjustable), mm
in
    630-1150
24.8-45.3

Telescope control
    Auto-Tracking

Mount
    AZ 114 GT (azimuth)

Drive type
    servomotors

Tracking rate
    sidereal, lunar, solar

Pointing accuracy
    up to 10 arcminutes

Tracking mode
    dual-axis tracking

Navigation system alignment
    brightest star, two-star

Hand controller
    SynScan AZ with automatic navigation

Objects in the database
    42,900

Power supply
    1A, 11–15V DC

Optical tube dimensions, mm
in
    143 x 370
5.6 x 14.6

Optical tube weight, kg
lbs
    3.3
7.3 
IS THERE ANYWAY TOO TO INCREASE F LENGHT FRM 1500 TO SAY 1800 AND MAGNIFICATION FRM 250 TO 300 AND WAT CAN INCREASE APERTURE FRM 127 TO 150 OR FILTER.
I ALSO HAVE 5X BARLOW AND 3X EXTENDER.
WILL ALL THESE BE HELPFUL. THE TELESCOPE HAVENT ARRIVED YET SO JUX WANTED TO KNOW LITTLE SOMETHING.
THANKS.

starbase1127 says:

Chad – I replied at length about cleaning the mirror, but somehow this may have been lost. Brief repeat: A William Optics 2″ diagonal screwed directly onto my scope. Contact Orion tech Support, beg forgiveness, and ask about cleaning and reassembly of scope. Good luck.

Craig Bowden says:

Orion push back expected shipping date from middle of June to beginning of July. Already been waiting a mouth, Sorry Orion now going with Celestron Nexstar 6se.

starbase1127 says:

Chad, My congratulations. This is the best and most comprehensive review of this fine scope on the  web. I owned an earlier version and agree that it is a fine telescope. I’ve been in this hobby  for 40+ years and have owned at least 20 major telescopes up to 18″. A fine review. One minor note, in my earlier version of this scope I was easily able to add 2″ capability by buying a 2″ star diagonal that screws directly onto the back of the scope. This enabled using high quality 2″ eyepieces with this jewel of a telescope.
Dave – Kansas City Astronomical Society.

Sergio Briones says:

you recommend this telescope, thanks 😀

gi169 says:

Nice review, thanks…

Association Astro Photo Météo 53 says:

Good

Waqas Hussain says:

My question is that when I connect SynScan to mount, i get message on that

No mount detected, start in standalone mod

I bought bk mak127(1.25 )+ az synscan two days ago, first day it was working and mount was rotating around now what could be the possible reason for this error message.

Edward Short / The Hoosier Craftsman says:

Would you suggest a telescope for a budget of 400. My wife and I are looking into buying one. We have never owned so we are beginners. There are a couple of brands we are checking out. also any pointers would be nice. Thanks

Patricio M says:

I found that it helps with the vibration if you do not extend the legs all the wait out and also when the legs are spread out pull them apart just a little more and be careful with the tightening knobs they can brake easy made out of plastic. 

D tocco says:

please do a video on how to do the star alignment mine is not beeping like the manual says it should be and how do you do the tracking

Thomas Bess says:

Nice review

skywalker says:

Chad, I was looking at the Celesetron SE 8 , until I reviewed it, so many problems with it and Customer service is bad. It cant find many reviews that have any neg problems with Orion, like focus problems aligning, and customer service problems can u add anything to this after u have had it in 2014 to 2017

Craig Bowden says:

 Thanks for the review .I have the skyquest 8” Dob which is very challenging for astrophotography. The StarSeeker lll is going to be my next telescope .Have you tried astrophotography with this scope.

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