And while I was just looking for a little bit more power than my prior mostly 80% manual telescope, this one seemed like a good idea but it was not. For me it was not a good idea as I just wanted to get into the computerized navigation telescope market but alas it is way too old and is power **** and as a warning, this model series was brand new in 2003. Also aside from the huge power source issues, datenesses and the spotty at best 'wifi' alternative adapter, it is really not a great system that actually works for anyone who wants a smooth operating system and navigation system. Avoid it.
This was my first telescope. I also bought the DC power cable because I don't recommend using just the AA batteries. It works, but it looks like it is struggling. With an external battery, I have no problem at all. The mount is maxed out with the weight of the telescope and wind can really knock it around. That being said, I love this telescope. I can carry it with one hand with the battery and cable in my other and a couple eyepieces in my pocket. Alignment is super easy and quick. The slew speed is slower than my CGEM, but I wouldn't expect them to be comparable. The tube itself is great. I can see the Cassini Division in Saturn and the bands of Jupiter. On clear, still nights, I can see the red spot on Jupiter. I was a bit underwhelmed with my 8" SCT because the planets looked basically the same through either telescope. Jupiter is just blindingly bright through the 8". Finally, the accuracy of the GOTO after aligning on just 2 stars is incredible. I can use the 9mm eyepiece, select Saturn and it will slew almost exact. I am probably to blame for the error because I align with the 25mm eyepiece to speed up the process. In all, for the ease and speed at which I can set up the 127 SLT and have very accurate GOTO, this telescope is a fantastic buy. My only warning is to NOT put more weight on the tube. ie. Heavy Camera or Guide Scope.
It's great so far.Saw Vega in Lyra.Leo 3 Viewed Juipter it was awesome.Saw both bands A close up of Moon However I hate The red dot finder. Instead I used my old 6x30 Finderscope from My old Celestron C102 HD Refractor. It fits perfectly in the same bracket. Listen Celestron my old 6 x 30 Finderscope is far more accurate.Way easier to align. You should be selling all Nextstar telescopes with these. Do you make a 6x30 with a right angle Finderscope.If so how much?