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    Default Celestron Nexstar 127 Mak or 130 Newtonian



    Greetings all,

    I'm looking to finally (at 40y/o!) buy my first telescope. I'm an Australian, but currently have access to free shipping from US Amazon. As such, I was looking to buy the Celestron Nexstar 130, but after reading one particular review on Amazon, and several posts here, it seems the 127 Maksutov might be the way to go? Could anyone comment on this as a choice for a beginner looking to get into the hobby with kids?

    Thanks very much in advance.

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    Default Re: Celestron Nexstar 127 Mak or 130 Newtonian

    Never trust Amazon reviews, they are usually generic and if you look closely you will find the same review on multiple items.

    Depending on what you are planning on using the telescope for (type of viewing) will best determine what style of telescope to get.
    The Mak is a very good telescope but has the narrowest field of view of the different styles. So if you are wanting to view faint fuzzies it is not the best telescope to choose, the newtonian would be the better choice in this case.
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    Default Re: Celestron Nexstar 127 Mak or 130 Newtonian

    If you decide to buy the 130SLT, I would suggest buying a high power eyepiece (e.g. 6mm focal length) at the same time or after you've owned it for a while. A high powered eyepiece is helpful for seeing detail on the moon and on the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and for viewing other small objects in the sky.
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    Default Re: Celestron Nexstar 127 Mak or 130 Newtonian

    My experience with Newt 130 is not too good. I prefer refractors. Why?
    Newtonian scope has one huge advantage. It is light. But, you need to colimate it, especially cheaper ones. Mirror is hard to clean, and it's open. I didn't like focusing at all, because it was shaking the view badly. My first scope was a Newt and I sold it very quickly. You will get similar or better view from 80-85 refractor. Easier handling too.
    I never tried a MAK. I heard good things about them.
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    Default Re: Celestron Nexstar 127 Mak or 130 Newtonian

    I do like a good Newtonian. Collimation usually is not a big deal but yes, poor quality ones are more problematic and faster optics make it a bit more tricky.

    We don't usually have to clean the mirror very often. Yes, you have to take it out in order to do the cleaning, but then you can put it in clean soapy water and clean it very nicely (rinse with distilled water).

    The difficulty with shaking while using a 130mm Newtonian is typically that those OTAs are often sold with a very inadequate mount and tripod. The Newtonian optics/design are not the usual cause of that particular problem.
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    Default Re: Celestron Nexstar 127 Mak or 130 Newtonian

    I cannot compare the one against the other. But, along with Tomdraug, I concur, if you desire a reflector, go bigger. The planets will look like dots, and will disappoint. A 6 inch or an 8 inch would provide nicer views of planetary objects and DSO's.
    2 types of reflectors.Dobsonian and Newtonian. Pros and cons on both. I'm not about to split hairs here. I have noticed Dobs cost less. It also appears to be the favorite choice at least on this forum.
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    Default Re: Celestron Nexstar 127 Mak or 130 Newtonian

    Personally, my favorite from the Celestron SLT series is the 102 refractor, sharp optics, wide field of view, no central obstruction, and no worries with collimation. My second choice would be for the 127Mak, really nice on the planets and moon and no worries with collimation, but has a narrow field of view and not quite as friendly with DSOs, although this can be alleviated some with an appropriate focal reducer. My last choice would be for the 130 Newt, but it will outperform the Mak on most DSOs.

    By the way, I love the SLT mount for a small to medium sized scope!

    My only reason for having a Newt is for having large aperture that is just not feasible or affordable in one of the other designs of scopes. That being said, in my opinion, an 8" Dob is one of (if not THE) best starter scopes around.

    Do not disregard binoculars, every astronomer needs a decent pair. They are the ultimate in portability, useful no matter what scope/scopes you have, useful during the day, easier and more comfortable to use (especially for children), will show/teach you a TON of stuff, and are FUN!! A mounted pair will show more than a hand held pair, but if you keep the magnification low they can easily be hand held.
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    Default Re: Celestron Nexstar 127 Mak or 130 Newtonian

    Thank you very much for the replies everyone. I keep changing opinion on which telescope to buy. The intent of the telescope, is to share in some astronomy with my kids. Viewing planets, nebulae etc. After a lot more reviews and scouring the internet, I think I've once more changed my mind to the Sky-Watcher ProED 120mm Doublet APO Refractor Telescope.
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    Default Re: Celestron Nexstar 127 Mak or 130 Newtonian

    Quote Originally Posted by Infomorph View Post
    I think I've once more changed my mind to the Sky-Watcher ProED 120mm Doublet APO Refractor Telescope.
    That is a NICE scope and very capable, you can't go wrong with that one.

    What mount?

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    Default Re: Celestron Nexstar 127 Mak or 130 Newtonian

    The ProED120 will be an amazing scope, and a perfect balance between wide-field and higher magnification observing, as it is plenty capable od both. I had the 100 version and it was awesome.

    Also, as Oz eluded to, what mount are you considering with this? It's not an overly heavy scope, but will still require adequate mounting to get the best use and stability. The overall usability of a scope starts on the ground and works its way upward.
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