Tele Vue NP127is - 127mm APO Nagler-Petzval Refractor

Tele Vue NP127is - 127mm APO Nagler-Petzval Refractor
Item # TE-NPI-5054
  • The Tele Vue NP127is just got a make-over! Both the optical and mechanical designs have been revised to further reduce atmospheric defocusing ability.
  • A new lens prescription delivers smaller spot sizes over a broader wavelength, a stainless steel lens cell provides better thermal stability, and advanced multi-coatings maximize contrast and transmission.
  • The new Tele Vue NP127is telescope has a new 10:1 focuser pinion assembly, and a longer captive dew shield and strikes quite a pose with gloss black anodized metal on the dew shield and rear cell.
  • While all these changes are welcome, the Tele Vue NP127is is kept its predecessor's fast f/5.2, flat-field optics and the ability to image across a 52mm diagonal sensor. All Tele Vue imaging system accessories are compatible with the NP127is.


Televue NP127is - 127mm APO Nagler-Petzval Refractor

Never one to rest, Tele Vue took the opportunity to tweak the scope in small but meaningful ways. Both the optical and mechanical designs have been revised to reduce atmospheric defocusing sensitivity (visually the difference is virtually indiscernible). The new lens prescription 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. Advanced multi-coatings are applied to maximize contrast and transmission. Still the fastest in the industry, there is just no competitive comparison considering its f/5.2 speed and flat-field.

The instrument has also been mechanically updated from its longer captive dew shield to its new 10:1 focuser pinion assembly, made for Tele Vue by Starlight Instruments. Along with an all new gloss black anodized metalwork treatment, the handsome new shapes of the dew shield and rear cell bring a refined elegance to this high performance APO refractor.

The non-vignetting focuser retains its 3” input and 2.4” output to reduce bulk and permits imaging across the largest commercially available CCD chips (52mm diagonal). No need for a heavier, more cumbersome 3” focuser. Every 2.4” focuser we make is tested to hold and drive a minimum of 6 lbs of weight in vertical orientation.

Except for a new Focusmate Driver attachment (available shortly), all other Imaging System accessories fit as previously.

Televue NP127is Imaging System

For 25 years, Televue has pushed the boundaries of APO refractors, as well as eyepieces, to the recognized pinnacle of performance. We were gratified but not surprised that Backyard Astronomer's Guide said of the NP101: "…Optics don't get any better than this." No wonder "Sky and Telescope" rated the NP tops (May & June 2002) and selected it as the test instrument for its landmark review of the SBIG STL-11000 CCD camera (July 2004). The "is" versions of the Televue-60, 102i, NP101 and NP127 retain the exemplary wide field and planetary visual capability while adding new features to make imaging easier and more flexible.

Just what makes the TeleVue NP-127is so special? The standard by which it is built. The four-element air-spaced Nagler-Petzval system begins with a precision machined 660mm focal length optical tube that's fully internally blackened to prevent any stray light inflections. Then it's combined with a 127mm aperture extra low dispersion glass doublet as the primary lens with a with a secondary field-flattening/aberration-correcting extra low dispersion glass doublet at the opposite end. All optical surfaces receive index matched multi-coatings. This design offers up diffraction-limited apochromatic peformance - simultaneously correcting for field curvature, astigmatism, spherical aberration, coma, secondary spectrum and spherochromatism.

Televue was determined to make the NP127is series optically, mechanically, and functionally as perfect as possible for imaging up to 50mm diagonal chips without penalty to its near ideal visual operation. How? By applying the developments created for the Televue-60is to the new NP101is and NP127is and then going beyond. The NP101 (f/5.4, 4") and NP127 (660mm, f/5.2, 5") maintain their optical specifications yet with redesigned 4-element optical systems. Larger rear lens groups absolutely minimize vignetting in formats up to 52mm diagonal. For these large chips an optional field corrector was developed so the corners of the newly brightened edges would virtually be as perfect as the center of the field.

Televue Product Number: NPI-5054

All Televue products are available to ship world-wide from OPT, and are covered by a Five Year Limited Product Warranty! Always be sure to save your original packaging materials should you need to return any Televue product for warranty or repair.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer Tele Vue
Telescope Series Tele Vue NP
Optical Design Refractor - Apochromatic
Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only
Warranty 5 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 5"
Telescope Focal Length 660mm
Telescope Focal Ratio f/5.2
Optical Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
Highest Useful Magnification Not supplied by manufacturer
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 13
Tube Color or Finish Televue Ivory
Optical Tube Outer Diameter Not supplied by manufacturer
Length of Optical Tube 33"
Optical Tube Weight 14 lbs.
Dew Shield Included? Yes
Dew Shield Outside Diameter Not supplied by manufacturer
Finder Included None
Diagonal Included? No - Sold Separately
Eyepiece(s) Included None

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

Superb Imaging Scope
I was planning to upgrade my imaging scope assortment and set my spending limit to $4k. I saw a used NP127is on OPT
in excellent condition and couldn't pass it up at $6.8k. While my Atik 383L+ mono KAF8300 CCD chip doesn't take full advantage of the full size sensor illumination provided by the NP127is, the NP127is made a significant difference over my 8300 and 80mm APO at f6. Specifically, the flat field (no surprise), crisp details and color contrast. I noticed that with fairly dark skies or with narrow band imaging, the low intensity pixels are quite flat accross the field, so there is a minimal gradient on the background. I have about 16 images from my NP127is posted on Flickr, and comments are typically about the detail and sharpness. In the locations I image, the seeing is usually average at best, and this fast refractor does very well with resolution under not-so-great seeing conditions. I use the Tele Vue Large Field Corrector TE-LCL-1069. My recent narrow band image of the faint Sharpless 2-308 using the NP127is was selected for the NASA AstronomyPicture of the Day for December 24, 2013 at:
You can also see other images done with my NP127is and the link to Flickr at my website:
I have used it for about 25 nights so far, and I absolutely love it.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Jeff / (Posted on 1/15/2014)
Included Items

Included Items

  • NP-127is APO Refractor OTA
  • Sliding Captive Dew Shield
  • Custom Fitted Case
  • 2" Accessory Adapter
  • Imaging Insert
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