I had been on an order list for
the Meade 127mm Triplet Refractor beginning when it was first
announced. After waiting for two years, Meade announced the scope
was "discontinued" although it had never even made it
When I first arrived at the 2008
NEAF Telescope Show on opening day, I was surprised to see Astro-Tech
with a very similar (probably the same) scope being sold as a
127mm ED Triplet Refractor. I learned that two of the telescopes
had already been sold and only the Astro-Tech demo was available.
It had some very minor cosmetic paint nicks from use as a demo
and a focuser with some issues. I purchased the scope through
the friendly staff at High
Point Scientific at a discounted price.
Some specifications of the never-released
Meade Series 5000 127mm Triplet Refractor from sales ads:
Meade still has PDF files online
that include the 127mm Series 5000 APO Triplet Refractor HERE
As the Sun was setting I took
these photos of the scope on an Orion Atlas mount set up on my
Scope with 31mm Televue Type
Close-up of illuminated reticle
image correct finder scope. Note the blue rotating collar. At
first glance it looks like the focuser is rotatable but it is
not. The blue ring is for mounting the finder bracket and the
finder can be rotated to different positions.
Drawtube has two inch brass compression
ring. Focuser is dual speed with tension and lock down screws.
I made a graduations template for the focuser tube and printed
it on clear label stock. If your drawtube has no graduations you
can use the template HERE.
Note blank space with no text
on front ring......waiting to be branded:
OTA baffled well:
:Dew Shield retracted:
Dew shield fully extended:
Close up of 99% coated 2 inch
Using a self-modified
Canon 450D DSLR, I imaged a house on a mountain ridge 1.81
Live view display of the Canon
450D, framed area will be magnified for focusing:
Camera live view is set to 5X
Camera live view is set to 10X
for fine focusing:
Image taken of the house on the
ridge above with the Canon 450D and Astro-Tech 127mm Triplet Refractor
Set up with Canon 450D (XSi) for
star testing and imaging but the clouds never cleared::
A very sturdy case was provided
with the scope along with a screw-on metal dust cap, rings with
dovetail and carry handle, two inch diagonal, finder scope and
Telescope case closed:
IMAGES WITH SCOPE:
Click here for gallery of Modified
Canon 450D (XSi) DSLR astro images using the Astro-Tech 127mm
On April 28, 2008 took first deep
sky images with the Astro Tech 127mm Triplet using a modified
Canon 450D camera and images of M51, M13 and the Virgo Core of
Galaxies can be seen HERE.
I am now using both the Astro-Tech
127mm and the Orion ED 80 for imaging on the Atlas EQ-G mount
using an ADM side-by-side system and a photo of the setup can
be seen HERE.
Lunar images using the Astro-Tech
127mm at prime and also with a Televue 2X Big Barlow along with
star testing results and video can be seen HERE.
Comparison 127mm Triplet test
images using .8X and f/6.3 Focal Reducers can be seen HERE.