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Sky-Watcher USA’s hot new scope tested

Combine 5 inches of light-gathering power with easy portability, and you have a winner of a scope.
Sky-Watcher USA's Maksutov-Cassegrain 127mm
You can’t judge a telescope by its sparkly tube, but the new Sky-Watcher USA Maksutov-Cassegrain 127mm sure looks nice right out of the box. I’m always excited to try out new equipment, and I’m especially fond of small portable scopes. The reason is simple: I use them more. So when I had a chance to try out this new 5-inch scope, I jumped at it.

Design
The telescope is a compound Maksutov-Cassegrain hybrid system. Most observers are familiar with the Schmidt-Cassegrain design, like the classic 8-inch Celestron telescope. These scopes are short and compact because the light traveling through them reflects several times, which results in a “folded” light path.

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