Buying a Celestron Telescope

 

Hi guys and welcome to my computer and electronics blog. One of my favourite things to learn about is astronomy, I grew up in London so unfortunately the light pollution and foggy, smoggy skies meant that I couldn’t appreciate the night sky as much as I wanted to, however I would try pretty much every night and instead end up falling asleep watching the planes land.  I would, however, visit my grandparents, who live outside of London, on a regular basis and my grandpa would take me and my sister outside before bed time and point out different stars and constellations, and we would go down to their house whenever there was a lunar or solar eclipse to watch them.  As I grew up my love of the stars and night sky has stuck with me and my sister, and when we visited Malaysia together one of our favourite things was to head down to the beach at night, or sit at the edge of the cave in the jungle and watch the stars.

 

I have always wanted a telescope and after looking at the prices of new ones thought that I would never be able to buy one, never mind one which can actually see anything close up.   One day whilst visiting a friend I saw that they had just bought a new telescope, knowing their finances were similar to mine i asked how they afforded it and they told me about the great website which sells second hand goods and suggested I look it up.  I did and managed to find a Celestron 127 EQ PowerSeeker, here’s the link if you’d like to look for one as well; http://www.used.forsale/telescope

 

The Celestron 127 EQ PowerSeeker

 

Celestron is one of the biggest and best companies selling Telescopes, and they are known for their superior optics and innovative technology.  They have been around for 52 years and specialise in telescopes, binoculars, microscopes and other accessories.  

 

Aimed towards advanced beginners or amatuer astronomers, the Celestron 127 EQ PowerSeeker is a great starting telescope which is powerful enough to explore the night sky and revel in it’s beauty.

 

Features

  • Easy to set up, not tools required to assemble

  • 127mm (roughly 5 inches) aperture.
    This allows excellent light gathering which is essential for looking at obscure detailing in distant objects in the night sky.

  • Focal length of 1000mm

  • Eye pieces included:
    20mm (50 times magnification)
    4 mm (250 times magnification)
    3 time Barlow lens (which magnifies the above lenses, so the 20mm lens will have 150 times magnification, and the 4mm lens will have 750 times magnification)

  • German Equatorial Mount

  • Lightweight (17 pounds) Aluminium tripod
    Which means it is robust and Solid

  • Storage tray for keeping all the accessories neat whilst not using

  • Extra eyepieces

  • Extra T-rings for mounting

  • 2 manual slow motion controls
    Allowing easier and smoother tracking of an object as it crosses the sky.

 

The Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker uses mirrors to gather light and reflect the image back to you for viewing.  This is known as a Newtonian reflector telescope.  The use of mirror rather than lenses means that the a reflector telescope is better value, as the mirrors are cheaper to produce and last longer.  

 

 

There are so many great things about this telescope, and one of my favourite things is that the optics are high quality.  This means that it can last for years without needing to be updated, and should mean that if, or should I say when, I decide to upgrade a buy one which is for someone more experienced, I should be able to sell this one on and make most of the money back.  The aperture size is also great as it means that you will be able to see so many of the stars and galaxies out there, and having 2 eyepieces included means that you can focus on one star or a whole constellation with ease.  

 

Another great thing about Celestron is that if you have an iPhone 7, like I do, on the App store which helps you to explore the night sky and see how it has changed over the past 100 years, and how it is likely to change over the next 100 years.  You can also connect it to a Celestron WiFi telescope and it will automatically turn the telescope to any star, constellation, cluster, nebulae, galaxy, asteroid, comet, satellite that they have on their database.  Pretty damn neat huh!

 

 

If any of you are amateur astronomers, or find the night sky as fascinating as me I highly recommend purchasing a telescope, and buying a used telescope is a great way to keep it affordable. And if you have any advice for someone starting out please feel free to get in touch as I would really appreciate it!