Product Comparison: Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ vs Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ (31045)

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General Specifications
PowerSeeker 127EQ
AstroMaster 130EQ (31045)
About the Product
Discover our Solar System with the Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ! You’ll be ready to observe in minutes thanks to the quick and easy no-tool setup. The 127EQ provides bright, clear images of the Moon, planets, star clusters, and more for great nighttime viewing.
Discover our Solar System with the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ! You’ll be ready to observe in minutes thanks to the quick and easy no-tool setup. The 130EQ provides bright, clear images of the Moon, planets, star clusters, and more for great nighttime viewing.
Key Specs
Optical Design
Newtonian Reflector
Newtonian Reflector
127 mm
130 mm
Focal Length
1000 mm
650 mm
Focal Ratio
Highest Useful Magnification
300 x
307 x
Lowest Useful Magnification
18 x
19 x
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Mount
  • The image I got out of this telescope was beautiful. At the lowest level of magnification, the moon barely fit in the view, and allowed for crisp viewing of craters, mountain ridges, and other lunar features.
  • The fact it has 2 eye pieces and a barlow is great for a kid or this is your first scope
  • This is an excellent telescope for the value, a great starter telescope for the young and old alike, but not too young, as it does require a certain degree of care and strength to move.
  • The finder scope is really crappy. I can't get it to aim at anything that the scope is pointed at.
  • Collimation is a nightmare! Most importantly
  • Have not figured out how to match the sighting scope to the main viewing scope
Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ (31045) Reflector Telescope
  • The optics are pretty good. They are very clear compared to what I have used in the past.
  • Versatile - can be used for land or astronomy. My primary purpose was for astronomy, but since we live near the water, it's nice to have something that also works for seeing boats off in the distance.
  • Easy to collimate and set up (but my husband is pretty mechanically-minded)
  • Excellent brightness of even faint, distant objects. This thing really does produce very bright, vivid images.
  • The image quality is quite great and be sure to collimate well before using it.
Size & Weight
33 in.
35 in.
17 in.
24 in.
11 in.
12 in.
21.38 lbs.
28 lbs.
Optical Coatings
Fully coated glass optics
5x24 finderscope
Built-on StarPointer
Optical Tube Length
508mm (20")
610mm (24")
Accessory Tray Included
Manual German equatorial mount with setting, Quick and easy no-tool setup, 3x Barlow lens triples the magnifying power of each eyepiece, No-Tool Tray with Eyepiece holder, 2 eyepieces: 20mm and 4mm, Starry Night Basic Edition software
All coated glass optics for clear, crisp images, 2 eyepieces – 20mm with built-in erect image corrector and a 10mm
Starry Night Basic Edition
Starry Night Basic Edition
Star Diagonal
What customers say about "Features"
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Mount
  • Easy setup and easy to travel with. It works when it works.
  • Sturdy metal fasteners and supports.
  • Easy to align the mirrors and focus on a distant object if you follow the manual
  • I got this one as a Christmas gift. It seemed like a good telescope for basic astronomy, with many nice features.
  • A decent scope with many features. Optics were good not great and it was just too unwieldy portability-wise. T
Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ (31045) Reflector Telescope
  • The eyepieces are also quite good for the price. There are 10mm and 20mm eyepieces that are perfect for beginners.
  • The tube is made of sturdy, rolled sheet metal, with good quality heavy duty plastic at either end.
  • Easy to set up. Quite user friendly (I’m horrible at getting binoculars to focus, but I could easily bring the moon into focus and stare for hours).
  • Easy and actually fun to assemble. However, the picture instructions provided are difficult to read and it seemed that some steps were glossed over.
  • It’s heavier than you think. I plan on dragging this all over the United States this summer, but it is a bit cumbersome. Finding a carrying case that you are sure this telescope will fit in is almost impossible.
  • Not computerized -- but depending on how you look at it, that also means one less thing to break
Mount Information
Mount Type
German Equatorial
CG-3 Equatorial
Tripod Material
Maximum Height Adjustment
0 in.
1.25" steel tube legs
What customers say about "Mount Information"
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Mount
  • Very impressive in quality. Reasonably strong tripod, although not tubular.
  • The tripod legs are not very rigid but if you tighten the top screws it will help alot.
  • The tripod is a little bit shaky for the size of telescope but it still works appropriately.
  • Tripod feels flimsy, although it does hold the weight
  • The counterweight on this telescope is not for looks, you need to use it to balance the telescope on the eq mount.
Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ (31045) Reflector Telescope
  • Tripod is sturdy enough to sit on thick carpet or outdoors with no issues
  • The tripod retracts for easy storage
  • Tripod is sturdy enough to be useful and keep the image clear
  • The tripod is actually made of light steel tube and it's not very stable with all the weight on top of it.
  • The mount is not so good. The RA adjustment is relatively smooth, and adding a little silicon grease helped a lot, the Declination adjustment is very rough.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
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