The Meade Polaris 127mm German Equatorial Refractor Telescope is an entry-level telescope that offers outstanding value and features for all beginners with its 127mm refracting optical tube and stable German Equatorial Mount. The steady equatorial mount is also equipped with slow motion control features so you could slowly gaze upon deep sky space, Moon and planets. The Meade Polaris telescope comes with 3 eyepieces that provide low, medium and high powered magnifications suitable for viewing both terrestrial objects and space objects such as Moon and Planets. A red dot finder scope is also included in this telescope to locate objects for observation.
Meade Polaris 127mm German Equatorial Refractor Telescope Features:
|Recommended Usage||Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets|
|User Level||For Beginners|
After just viewing the moon on the first use I then went on to find Jupiter. Seeing the planet and four of its moons was super exciting. On subsequent views and trying the different eyepieces I could actually make out the banding on it.
M42 looked impressive, even on the 26mm lens, and last night I had a brief view of Saturn, also with the 26mm and could just make out the rings. With more time I hope to use the other eyepieces to get a better view.
Unfortunately as of yet I have not been able to find any more deep sky objects, but that is purely my fault as I believe I will be able to see them with this telescope once I locate them. Patience and persistence!
The controls move smoothly and I have not had a problem keeping an object in view, even when not polar aligned. The only slight problem I have had so far is that even a slight wind will cause a wobble on the scope/tripod that makes viewing difficult, but again more my fault than the scope's.
Overall a very good telescope to start my astronomy journey on. Easy to set up, easy to use and good optics. Unfortunately the instructions on polar aligning are northern hemisphere based but there are plenty of videos on YouTube that will help for Southern Hemisphere polar alignment.
Overall I would recommend this telescope!
The ozscope staff were excellent, answering all my questions before I purchased and then after I received it. It arrived within 5 days (Perth) and was packaged really well. I will definitely be using ozscopes in the future, as I will definitely be getting a bigger scope eventually. (Posted on Apr 01, 2017)
Pros: light, price, portability, Good price, great first telescope
Cons: May encourage you to buy a big telescope!
The scope comes with an included 2x Barlow Lens which is not stated on this page but trust me its in the box. Speaking of the box it is a beautifully printed piece of cardboard and couldnt be any better packed, everything comes in its own individual boxes with bubble wrap. And OzScopes packs the whole thing is this beast of a cardboard box. The whole thing is a tad heavy at 13ish kgs, but still managable.
I must commend OzScopes on the delivery time, I ordered the scope on Thursday Evening and it had arrived at my door on Monday Morning, keep in mind I live in SA.
The instruction manual could use a bit of fixing but other than that I am more than pleased with the overall product, I hadnt taken a look at the disc included but there is a supposed 42min overview on the scope and how to assemble it.
Dont use the included software it is highly confusing and hard to navigate through, instead download stellarium, its a free program and uses your computers gps and interent to figure out where you are, you simply wait until night time for it to show the stars etc. and then use the built in compass symbols and an app on your phone of any sort of compass and line the two up and voila, instant fun for the night.
The box recommends that people aged 13+ buy this product and I would say that is partially true, unless you have some minor experience with what the parts are it can be a little confusing. However a few youtube videos from the likes of Orion will help you out. They have a fantastic video on how to balance your scope on this type of mount.
The manual misses this part as far as I can tell, I may not have looked hard enough but there is a bolt that is included with a handle on the end, that gets threaded into the hole in the bottom of the head, and allows adjustment of the "angle of the telescope." Without this screw you will be left wondering why the counterweight keeps pulling the telescope to a horizontal position.
All in all its a fantastic first telescope and has a learning curve to it but would work well as a christmas present and a family bonding device. (Posted on Mar 27, 2017)