Tele Vue NP127Is 5" f/5.2 Nagler-Petzval apochromatic refractor


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The original Hot Product TeleVue NP-127is has long been regarded as one of the finest optical systems available for both visual observing and imaging, and this new upgraded version is even better . . .
Our Product #: NP127is
TeleVue Product #: NPI-5054
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Product Description

This updated and improved TeleVue refractor optical tube has:
• new design 127mm f/5.2 four-element Nagler-Petzval apochromatic optical system
• stainless steel front cell for improved thermal stability
• 2.4" rack and pinion focuser with 2" accessory adapter
• Focusmate 10:1 ratio dual-speed fine focus made by Starlight Instruments
• longer retractable dew shield for improved contrast
• state-of-the-art visual and imaging capabilities
• 5-year warranty

The newly updated TeleVue NP127is (Imaging System) refractor sets even higher optical and mechanical quality standards for the serious observer and celestial imager than the original Hot Product version that so impressed Sky & Telescope in 2007. TeleVue first reinterpreted the incredible design flexibility of the Petzval portrait lens into an astronomical objective over 20 years ago. They've been refining the design ever since. No other optical design affords the same freedom to simultaneously correct for coma, astigmatism, field curvature, secondary spectrum, spherical aberration, and spherochromatism that the Nagler-Petzval design provides.

This four-element air-spaced Nagler-Petzval system has a 127mm aperture ED doublet at the front of the scope, with a second field-flattening/aberration-correcting ED doublet at the rear. The newly-designed optical system delivers smaller spot sizes over a broader wavelength range than previously, while a new stainless steel front cell helps provide better thermal stability in extreme climates and temperature conditions.

The artful combination of materials and optical design gives the TeleVue NP127is diffraction-limited performance into the furthest reaches of the visual spectrum. In addition to exceptional visual performance, both inside the solar system and beyond, it has been optimized for deep space imaging, particularly with CCD cameras having large format detector chips with diagonals up to 52mm across. Every optical and mechanical element has been optimized to work as a single integrated unit, with new features to make imaging easier and more flexible.

For visual use, the scope's 660mm focal length is long enough, using a 1.25" TeleVue 2.5mm Nagler eyepiece, to provide 264x for high magnification observations of the Moon, planets, and binary stars; yet it will also produce a huge 3.6° field at 21x, using a 2" TeleVue 31mm Nagler eyepiece for wide field observing.

Its quality, easy set-up, and airline portability beckons your use. Manufacturing advances in lens finishing, including interferometric monitoring of all surfaces, and TeleVue's stringent made-in-the-USA telescope assembly and quality control, insure uniformly excellent results with every telescope, and a level of manufacturer-direct service that's all too rare.

Whether you are interested in terrestrial nature studies, astronomical rich-field or planetary observing, or photography of the earth and skies, just put in an optional star diagonal and eyepiece or attach a camera and the TeleVue NP127is is ready to satisfy your observing desires right out of its case.

This Telescope's Optical and Mechanical Systems . . .

Nagler-Petzval apochromatic refractor optics: 5" (127mm) aperture, 660mm focal length, f/5.2 apochromatic four-element air-spaced optical system. ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements in both the front and rear doublets of the system provide images that are free from spurious color and other optical aberrations.

The newly-redesigned optics feature a field-flattening rear lens group that is larger than that in the previous version of the NP127. This minimizes vignetting in photographic formats having up to a 50mm diagonal. In addition, for CCD cameras using a detector chip with a 35mm or larger diagonal, an optional large field corrector is available so that the stars in the newly brightened non-vignetted corners of the image are virtually as tightly-focused and sharp as those in the center of the field.
The new front lens cell is made of stainless steel. This provides better thermal stability in extremes of heat and cold and when taking your scope from a warm house outdoors to observe on a cold winter's night.

Multicoated optics: Fully coated on all surfaces with multiple layers of antireflection materials for high light transmission and good contrast.

Dual-speed rack and pinion focuser: The newly-designed focuser has a non-vignetting internally-tapered drawtube with a 3" entrance aperture and a 2.4" exit aperture. This tapered design prevents any restriction of the larger converging light cone from the scope's larger field-flattening rear lens group. The drawtube terminates in an end ring that has a tilt capability to correct for any residual focal plane tilt. This is particularly important with the more stringent focus requirements of CCD cameras. The end ring also accepts a "position stop" for an optional digital micrometer that allows repeatable focus measurements with a 0.0001" accuracy.

The new focuser's draw tube also permits quick change from visual observing to astrophotography using separate supplied visual and imaging adapters. It allows full camera rotation without focus change, and without the need to buy a separate camera angle adjuster as some other scopes require. To maintain squareness to the optical axis while changing camera orientation, the draw tube has four lock knobs that tighten against a taper on the supplied imaging adapter and 2" visual accessory holder.

The imaging adapter is threaded to accept TeleVue's new Imaging System accessories - including large diameter extension tubes, optical accessories, and camera and CCD attachments, all with mating threads. The separate visual adapter has a 2" non-marring brass clamp ring with two lock knobs to hold a 2" star diagonal or other visual accessories firmly in place.

Fine focus system: The focuser is equipped with a renowned Starlight Instruments Feather Touch 10:1 reduction ratio micro-focus system on the right focus knob. While the left focus knob still provides TeleVue's standard focusing speed, the Feather Touch micro-focuser on the right knob provides extremely sensitive fine focus adjustment for imaging. Focus changes are measurable with an optional Digital Micrometer Kit to better than 1/10,000" for precisely repeatable focusing. Both the standard focus and the Focusmate use large knurled focus knobs that are easy to operate, even while wearing gloves or mittens in cold weather.

An optional Focusmate Driver (#TVFDF2004) permits pushbutton electronic motor control of the focusing process. The Focusmate Driver has directional pushbuttons and adjustable speed. A tap on a pushbutton permits vibration-free focusing in steps as small as approximately 0.0005". The Focusmate Driver can be remotely computer controlled with software under development. The #TVFDF2004 is designed only for the new Feather Touch focuser version of the NP127is, serial number 1175 and above.

Optional photographic accessories: Optional photo accessories include the following: a Large Field Corrector for optimized edge performance with large diagonal CCD chips; extension tubes of various lengths to bring various CCD and 35mm cameras to focus; an adapter to connect the SBIG STL11000 CCD camera; an adapter to connect a standard 35mm camera using a T-Ring; an adapter to connect a Canon EOS or digital SLR using a wide mouth Canon T-Ring; a 1.5x extender to increase the focal length and focal ratio for lunar and planetart imaging; and a 0.8x focal reducer for even wider field deep space imaging.

Sliding captive dew shield: The new, longer retractable dew shield slows the formation of dew on the lens to extend your undisturbed observing time. The longer dew shield also improves visual and photographic contrast by shielding the lens from off-axis ambient light (the neighbor's yard light, moonlight, etc.) For transport, the retractable lens shade keeps the overall length of the optical tube to a manageable 33" when it is retracted.

Mounting rings: No mounting rings are supplied for the 127mm diameter optical tube. The optional TeleVue #MRS5 dual 5" mounting ring set is designed specifically for installing the NP127is on wide variety of equatorial mounts and mounting adapters.

Finderscope mounting point: No finderscope is supplied. However, dovetail accessory mounting slots for a finderscope and other accessories (such as a piggyback camera mount) are provided on the optional TeleVue #MRS5 dual mounting ring set.

Carrying case: A custom foam-fitted locking hard shell case is standard. The case has a large accessory compartment built into its lid.

Tech Details

Aperture 5"
Focal Length 660mm
Focal Ratio f/5.2
Heaviest Single Component 16 lbs.
Highest Useful Magnification 264x
Lunar Observation Fair
Resolution 0.91 arc seconds
Visual Limiting Magnitude 13
Warranty 5 years


Review by:
I've owned one of these now for almost 8 years. It still performs as new, despite having traveled probably 25000 miles over the years back and forth to different locations in the western USA. Pinpoint stars, no noticeable chromatic aberration make this a wonderful scope to own if you are visual or an imager. Support has been excellent - you call them and they answer technical questions right then and there. Still, I can't give it 5 stars because it's really expensive. They've pretty much held the price constant though over the years. (Posted on 11/30/2018)
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Supplied Accessories

  • Lens shade
  • Dust cover
  • Hard case
  • Visual adapter ring
  • Imaging adapter ring