Building of the success of the smaller 90mm iteration, Meade Instruments
upgrades the aperture and focal length to give you a complete
GoTo-enabled observation rig with the ability to make detailed
observations of the Moon and planets, with the ability to reach outside
the solar system and resolve bright deep-space objects with their ETX125 Observer 127mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope.
The compact and powerful Maksutov design uses a front corrector plate
with a convex meniscus lens to correct off-axis aberrations, like comas,
and chromatic aberration to produce images with true color rendition.
The nature of the lens results in a smaller secondary mirror - limiting
obstruction and increasing contrast, while eliminating the need for
periodic collimation. This optical path results in a slower focal ratio
and narrower field of view versus a similar Schmidt-Cassegrain variant,
but the optical benefits makes this an ideal scope for all types of
For those who want to use it for
astrophotography, an internal mirror flips down to direct the light path
straight back for prime-focus photography using a DSLR camera body and
optional adapters. An equatorial tilt plate is integrated into the
tripod, which allows for proper polar alignment and single-axis tracking
for smoother and more precise tracking as required by long-exposure
The brain of this system is Meade's revolutionary
Audiostar hand controller. Equipped with a 2-line LED display and 20-key
red backlit keypad and an integrated speaker, it controls the motorized
mount for precise GoTo capabilities. Its internal 30,000+ object
database is updateable via the internet, and has the capability to take
you on a hands-free guided tour of the night sky above them, with four
hours of audio commentary on select objects with expanded information.
To consult star charts, logs, or to change eyepieces and filters, the
controller also has a built-in red LED utility light that won't affect
your night-adjusted vision.