Excerpt: Half of the price covers the HD CG-4 German Equatorial Mount & 1.75" Steel Leg Adjustable Tripod. There are few solid tripods of this quality at this price. A motor can be added later for under $. The optical tube is about average for a 127cc. The poorest part is the view finder, with a poor mount that means repeated alignments are necessary. It is worth every penny if you are a fan of Celestron.
Pros: Easy to Use, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I bought this scope to view planets from my window. Very versatile and easy to maneuver unlike other styles. Just need extra eye pieces as it only comes with one. B&H had the best price and were fast with shipping.
Pros: Accurate, Compact, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I purchased the Omni 127 which features the venerable and highly regarded Celestron 5" f/10 optical tube assembly on the CG-4 Equatorial mount. The 5-inch optics can only be described as extraordinary, some of the finest I have used in a half century of observing. But ironically, the superb optics are hampered by a mount that is nowhere up to the quality of the optics. That's why I gave it only 3 stars overall.
Pros: Excellent Quality Optics, No Focuser Image Shift, Quality Lenses
Excerpt: I purchased this as a gift for my girlfriend. We're both big fans of science and space, and I wanted to go beyond a beginner level scope. It's worth every penny. The tripod mount on this is very very stable and sturdy, handling the scope with ease. The fluid motion is smooth and easily assembled. Took it out the first night and pointed it at Jupiter, which easily revealed it's clouds and 4 moons as well as the Orion Nebula.
Pros: Accurate, Compact, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Summary: Just got this very nice telescope today and set it up tonight. Perfect weather for viewing tonight, so out I went. Didn't take long to get things lined up. Great views of the moon and Jupiter. I've never seen that level of detail on Jupiter through a telescope before. A nice line of moons and two bands on Jupiter itself. That's just using the 25mm eye piece that's supplied with the telescope. The tripod is excellent. Very sturdy and easy to use.