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Levenhuk Skyline PRO 127 MAK Telescope

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Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope. Objective lens diameter: 127 mm. Focal length: 1500 mm.
  • Category: Telescope
  • Product ID: 28300
  • Country: PRC, controlled by Levenhuk, Inc. (USA)
  • Warranty: lifetime
  • Weight: 44.1 lb (20.0 kg)
  • UPC: 6900000283004
  • Package size (LxWxH): 45.3×19.7×9.8 in (115.0×50.0×25.0 cm)
  Levenhuk Skyline PRO 127 MAK is the most powerful catadioptric telescope in the Skyline PRO series. A perfect blend of high-quality views and small dimensions of the tube is the main feature of the Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design. The long focal length and large aperture make this model perfect for planetary observations. With it you may observe... more

Levenhuk Skyline PRO 127 MAK is the most powerful catadioptric telescope in the Skyline PRO series. A perfect blend of high-quality views and small dimensions of the tube is the main feature of the Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design. The long focal length and large aperture make this model perfect for planetary observations. With it you may observe the atmospheric flows of Jupiter, the gaps in rings of Saturn, the most prominent features of Mars’ surface, large and small craters and highlands features of the Moon. Using 5-centimeter (2-inch) wide field of view eyepieces with this telescope will allow you to observe compact nebulae and star clusters. This model does not take up much space, so you can carry it easily and set it up wherever you find yourself. The mount accepts additional computerized drive systems and pole alignment finders, making it perfect for astrophotography.

The lenses and mirrors are fully multi-coated, which allows for maximum light gathering and increases their service life. The telescope tube is set up on an equatorial mount with slow-motion controls. You can also install dual-axis computerized drive system and a pole alignment finder (purchased separately) on your mount. It is equipped with setting circles which - after a quick adjustment - allow for locating objects by their celestial coordinates and tracking them with just a turn of an equatorial control. The adjustable height tripod has a practical accessory tray where you can store all your tools. Red Dot finder scope allows you to quickly navigate to the desired location.

The kit includes 10-millimeter (0.4-inch) and 25-millimeter (0.98-inch) eyepieces with 52-degree field of view of 150x and 60x magnification, respectively. The lenses are made of glass and are fully multi-coated. Focusing your telescope is as easy as adjusting the primary mirror with a move of the smooth-turning knob. The rack-and-pinion focuser is made of metal and accepts both 31.75-millimeter (1.25-inch) and 50.8-millimeter (2-inch) eyepieces; so you can use eyepieces purchased separately - not just those supplied with the kit - therefore increasing the magnification to the highest practical power of 250x.

Levenhuk Skyline PRO series was designed for advanced and demanding astronomers and includes a range of different models. The one thing in common is maximum precision and reliability during observations and astrophotography, high-quality materials and optics.

The kit includes:

  • Telescope optical tube (optical elements inside)
  • Red Dot finder scope
  • Diagonal mirror
  • 10 mm eyepiece 1.25", 2"
  • 25 mm eyepiece 1.25", 2"
  • Equatorial mount
  • Tripod
  • User manual and lifetime warranty

You can find a review on this telescope here.

Here you can find a list of celestial objects you can see with this telescope.

Find out the names of the most interesting celestial objects to observe here and here.

Optical design

Maksutov-Cassegrain

Optics coating

fully multi-coated

Objective lens diameter (aperture), mm

127

Focal length, mm

1500

Highest practical power, x

250

Focal ratio

f/11.8

Resolution threshold, arcseconds

1.1

Limiting stellar magnitude

12.5

Eyepieces

SUPER 25 mm, SUPER 10 mm

Eyepiece barrel diameter

1.25

Finderscope

Red Dot

Tripod

steel

Tripod height (adjustable), mm
in

700-1120
27.6-44.1

Mount

German equatorial EQ3

Optical tube dimensions, mm
in

143x370
5.63x14.57

Optical tube weight, kg
lbs

3.3
7.3

Usage

General use product.
May be used by kids
over 3 years old.
4.0 3

Levenhuk Review:

You can find a review on this telescope here.

Here you can find a list of celestial objects you can see with this telescope.

Find out the names of the most interesting celestial objects to observe here and here.

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Levenhuk Skyline PRO 127 MAK Telescope - Total: 12 Negative 0 Positive 12


John McNeill (2015-12-07 02:17): Positive
I want to buy a decent telescope for my wife for Christmas. Neither one of us has any telescope experience. Is the Skyline Pro 127 MAK a good choice for a telescope that will not soon need to be "upgraded"? Can one learn on this scope, and then be well satisfied with this telescope for a long time? Though she will be an amateur astronomer, can this telescope be considered a professional instrument for an amateur? Need some guidance on this - John Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dear John, thank you for interest in Levenhuk products. Yes, this model is very powerful but it can be used by beginners & amateurs as it comes with Maksutov-Cassegrain design. No extra alignment are needed. The telescope can be used both in the city (with high light pollution) and countryside. The model is very compact, so can be easily transported. You will be able to observe planents of our Solar system as well as deep sky. Is there any additional information you might need?

Mike Crotteau (2015-03-01 04:22): Positive
Oh! The description on your website isn't quite correct. The tripod is covered with 1mm aluminum layer (2mm would be much better in terms of reliability) Levenhuk Customer Service:
Thank you for your feedback on Levenhuk Skyline PRO 127 MAK Telescope.

Chris (2014-11-06 10:57): Positive
What are the advantages of Levenhuk Skyline PRO 127 MAK Telescope over the Levenhuk Skyline 127 GT MAK Telescope. Why should I Choose one over the other? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Hello Chris, thank you for your inquiry. The main difference between Levenhuk Skyline PRO 127 MAK telescope & Levenhuk Skymatic 127 MAK telescope is that the last one comes with the azimuth GoTo mount with a SynScan AZ hand controlle. The database of the Levenhuk Skymatic 127 MAK includes over 42000 objects. The Skyline PRO 127 MAK comes with a German equatorial EQ3 mount. Is there any additional information you might need? Looking forward to your reply.

Alex Vargas (2014-01-19 05:04): Positive
Hello please help me with choosing my first telescope for deep-sky, planets and nebulae. Reliable instrument for many years to come, willing to spend up to $800. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Due to the Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design Levenhuk Skyline PRO 127 MAK telescope makes a perfect instrument for both planetary and deep-sky observations. This optical design is one of the most flexible and also allows for compact dimensions of the tube.

MIKE (2014-01-06 06:45): Positive
Are the following enough for observing in the city: 1. Levenhuk Skyline PRO 127 MAK Telescope 2. Levenhuk T510 NG Digital Camera 3. Erecting prism. What other accessories I might need? Levenhuk Customer Service:
This list is quite enough, but we'd like to recommend you to suit yourself with a couple of eyepieces with long focal length for small magnifications! For example, take a look at the following models: https://www.levenhuk.com/products/eyepiece-levenhuk-plossl-32mm/ (47x), https://www.levenhuk.com/products/eyepiece-levenhuk-plossl-40mm/ (37x)

Jim Lyons (2013-11-02 11:58): Positive
I guess my question wasn't clear enough: I want to know what benefits will I get if I use an eyepiece with barrel diameter of two inches. I mean in terms of image quality of course. Maybe filed of view will be wider or I dunno... maybe the object itself will become bigger so I could see it better? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Field of view will increase, you will be able to use eyepieces and filters with 2" barrel diameter, which have better optical qualities, also it will be a lot easier for you to attach an SLR camera for prime focus shooting.

Jim Lyons (2013-10-28 11:50): Positive
Which adapter do I need to install eyepiece on it 2" and what good will it make? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You need this adapter https://www.levenhuk.com/products/focuser-adapter-levenhuk-ra-1-25-to-2/ which allows you to install accessories of 1.25" barrel diameter on the 2" focuser.

Shelly (2013-09-12 09:51): Positive
As I get it, there are no such telescopes with direct connection to PC and anyways I will have to buy additional equipment, for example a digital camera? I read your articles and have some additional questions. In your article you say that the best option will be a refractor telescope (for using as both telescope and spotting scope). quote: 'Also, you need to know that these telescopes can be additionally equipped with a diagonal prism and, in the correct orientation, will become a wonderful device for terrestrial observations. Refractors are best suited for urban observations since they successfully cope with urban flare.' But in your respond you strongly recommended Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design. So why is it better than refractor (for using as a spotting scope and telescope). and the last question. in your articles you say: 'Disadvantages of the catadioptric telescopes: long thermal stabilization, chromatic aberrations, coma.' what's the coma? and chromatic aberrations? what disadvantages are worse? these cons or the ones of refracting system? such as 'these telescopes are not able to provide correct color rendition, and you might need to install a hood for protection from dew condensation' and what is 'dew condensation'? could you please answer using a simple language? I'm not a professional, I don't know this terminology. Thank you in advance for your detailed answer. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, to display photos on the PC monitor you will need a camera. A refracting telescope or refractor is a good choice for observations of Solar System planets and the Moon under urban illumination conditions. In you first question you wrote: requirements: good observations of stars (deep sky objects) and planets (Solar System), necessary condition is that it would be a great spotting scope for terrestrial observations. For these purposes we recommend the models with Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design - advanced and multipurpose optical design, that is perfect for observing planets and deep-sky objects in the city or in the countryside. The Catadioptric telescopes combine all the best features of refractors and reflectors. The image produced by these telescopes has no chromatic aberrations, which are common among reflectors. Refractors also can produce the effect of chromatic aberrations. Chromatic aberrations consist in dispersion of light passing through the optical system. White light is decomposed into its constituent color beams, whereby the object's images in different colors do not coincide to the images’ space. Chromatic aberration lead to reduced image sharpness, and sometimes also to the appearance of color contours, bands, spots that the object doesn't have in reality. For astronomers, this effect can alter the true color of the star. Chromatic aberration can increase the effect of spherical aberration. Coma is an off-axis aberration, associated with the slope of light rays coming from the source to the optical axis of the telescope. The image of the star will be in the form of a drop or comet with a bright core and a large tail.

Shelly (2013-09-12 07:41): Positive
I forgot to tell that with all these requirements (telescope+spotting scope) I'd like to have an opportunity to display images on the monitor, do these models, that you suggested, have this function? Or suggest any other variants. Thank you. Levenhuk Customer Service:
The image can be displayed on the PC monitor using a camera. You can attach a digital camera or special camera for astrophotography to this telescope. For example, https://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk-t130ng-digital-camera/

Shelly (2013-09-12 07:12): Positive
Good evening! We want to buy a telescope in your store. requirements: good observations of stars (deep sky objects) and planets (Solar System), necessary condition is that it would be a great spotting scope for terrestrial observations. Or it makes sense to use a spotting scope for these purposes? It would be great to choose from 3 options: 1) premium 2) optimal price/quality ratio ($500 max) 3) economical option Levenhuk Customer Service:
For your purposes telescopes with Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design will suit very well. We recommend the following models: -The Levenhuk Skyline PRO 90 MAK Telescope https://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk-skyline-pro-90mak/ -The telescope with an autoguider Levenhuk SkyMatic 127 GT MAK https://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk_skymatic_127gt/ To get direct images you will need an erecting prism, for example https://www.levenhuk.com/products/45degree_erect_prisma_levenhuk_7517/ Also consider this model, Levenhuk Skyline PRO 127 MAK Telescope.

Steve Brainerd (2013-08-16 08:34): Positive
I would like to find a telescope (not more than $900 + - 100, so I could see planets (middle sized) and the image would be sharp enough, it's ok if it doesn't have capability of taking pictures. And if possible color images. Levenhuk Customer Service:
According to its specifications and price/quality ratio this model will be an optimal choice. Color images can be achieved by using the superposition astrophotography method.

Bill Fourman (2013-04-01 07:48): Positive
Good afternoon! I have a question about Levenhuk Skyline PRO 127 MAK EQ. Does an erecting prism 45 deg come in the kit? Thank you! Levenhuk Customer Service:
The 45° erecting prism is not included in the kit.
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