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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope

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4.0

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  • Upgrade & Save!  Buy the NexStar 130 SLT Bundle
  • Fully computerized mount with SkyAlign GoTo technology
  • 30% more light-gathering power than 114mm model
  • Database allows telescope to locate over 4,000 celestial objects
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What's Included?

Telescope, Tripod, 2 Eyepieces, Accessory Tray, Planetarium Software, StarPointer Finderscope, NexStar Remote Software

Description

The popularity of our NexStar 114 models inspired us to go bigger! We are proud to introduce the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope. The Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope has 30% more light-gathering power than our 114mm telescope.

 

And the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope, like the other models in the SLT Series, comes with a fully computerized hand control. The computerized hand control gives you the ability to automatically track to view any of its 4,000+ objects, including over 600 galaxies, 300 clusters, and dozens of beautiful binary stars.

 

With its pre-assembled, adjustable steel tripod, the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope can be up and ready to use in a matter of minutes.

 

Begin to explore some of the fainter Messier objects using the additional light-gathering capabilities of the 130 SLT’s 5" primary mirror.

 

Because of the Newtonian design, the mirror gives fully color-corrected views that are best suited for astronomical use.

 

Portable, User-friendly Design

Powered by 8 AA user-supplied batteries or an optional AC adapter, this NexStar telescope is ready to travel. The internal battery compartment provides power to the high precision servo motors for rigid low-vibration performance while eliminating cord wrap issues associated with external battery packs. With the NexStar's ergonomically-designed hand control, the user is free to remove the hand control from its holder for remote use, or leave it cradled for hands-free operation. With a touch of a button you can select the object catalog, change the slew speed, view fascinating information about an object, or simply know if a desired object is visible in the sky.

 

General

  • Compatible with 2-inch eyepieces
  • High-quality 130mm reflector
  • Fully computerized altazimuth mount
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube, and accessory tray for quick no-tool set up
  • Sturdy stainless steel tripod and accessory tray included
  • Includes CD-ROM "The Sky" Astronomy Software, which provides education about the sky and printable sky maps

 

Computerized

  • Proven NexStar computer control technology
  • Database allows telescope to locate over 4,000 celestial objects
  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
  • Flash-upgradable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
  • Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use

 

About Celestron Reflector Telescopes


A Newtonian reflector uses a single concave mirror as its primary. Light enters the tube traveling to the mirror at the back end. Light is then "bent" forward in the tube to a single point, its focal plane. A flat mirror called a "diagonal" intercepts the light and points it out the side of the tube at right angles to the tube through the eyepiece. The eyepiece is placed there for easy viewing. Newtonian Reflector telescopes replace heavy lenses with mirrors to collect and focus the light, providing much more light gathering power for the money.


You can have focal lengths up to 1000 mm and still enjoy a telescope that is relatively compact and portable. Newtonian Reflector telescopes do require more care and maintenance because the primary mirror is exposed to air and dust. However, this small drawback does not hamper this type of telescope's popularity with those who want an economical telescope that can still resolve faint, distant objects. Newtonian reflectors produce a "right-side-up image" but the image will appear rotated based on the location of the eyepiece holder in relation to the ground. Newtonian reflectors are best for astronomical use where right-side-up does not matter.

 

Newtonian Advantages

 

  • Lowest cost per inch of aperture compared to Refractors and Catadioptrics since mirrors can be produced at less cost than lenses in medium to large apertures
  • Reasonably compact and portable up to focal lengths of 1000 mm
  • Excellent for faint deep sky objects such as remote galaxies, nebulae and star clusters due to the generally fast focal ratios (f/4 to f/8)
  • Adequate for lunar and planetary work
  • Good for deep sky astrophotography (but not as convenient and more difficult to use than Catadioptrics)
  • Free of color aberration due to the use of a primary mirror


 

Newtonian Disadvantages

 

  • Generally not suited for terrestrial applications
  • Slight light loss due to secondary (diagonal) obstruction when compared with Refractors

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Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Astrophotography , Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters , Viewing Nebulae , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

Warranty

2-Year Limited

Features

Alt-Az Mount , GoTo

Brand

Celestron

Weight Complete

18 lbs.

Finderscope

StarPointer

Lens Coating

Standard

GoTo

Yes

Good for Astrophotography

Yes

Telescopes Series

Celestron NexStar SLT Telescopes

Optical Design

Reflector

Aperture

130mm

Focal Length

650mm

Focal Ratio

f/5

Mount Design

Computerized GOTO

Battery Included

No

Eyepiece 1

25mm (26x)

Highest Useful Magnification

300x

Star Diagonal

1.25 inch

Object Database

4000 objects

Component

.89 Arc Seconds Resolving Power , 1.06 Arc Seconds Resolution , 13.1 Limiting Magnitude , 9mm (72x) Eyepiece 2

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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope
 
4.2

(based on 178 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (86)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (99)
  • Quality lenses (87)
  • Strong construction (85)
  • Easy to use (58)
  • Compact (45)

Cons

  • Unstable (34)
  • Difficult to use (10)
  • Poor lens quality (7)
  • Difficult to focus (6)
  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (146)
  • Travel (8)
  • Bird watching (6)
  • Bright conditions (6)
  • Low visibility (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (127), Avid adventurer (24)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (57), Yes (29)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great telescope to begin with

Bought this telescope after a while searching for a good first telescope and it was a very good choice loved it and got to advance my astronomy hobby but the only bad thing about it...Read complete review

Bought this telescope after a while searching for a good first telescope and it was a very good choice loved it and got to advance my astronomy hobby but the only bad thing about it is it wiggles with wind can be cut down if you add weight to the accessory tray thats the only reason i gave it a four star for. it was frustration with the alignment it was never accurate with the three stars align but got a star program and find my way around stars to align it using the two stars system after that it worked perfect.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Arrived damaged, but not from shipping

I spent 25 minutes unpacking the box and assembling the scope, only to discover that one of the vanes that supports the elliptical mirror was bent, apparently during assembly at the factory. I...Read complete review

I spent 25 minutes unpacking the box and assembling the scope, only to discover that one of the vanes that supports the elliptical mirror was bent, apparently during assembly at the factory. I sent in a request to Celestron support immediately, but have yet to hear back (it's been 3 days).

On the positive side,even with the bent support and things slightly out of alignment, I was able to make out the color bands of Jupiter and see 4 of its moons. The smart alignment was slow and I wasn't successful in using it. I ran out of tries after awhile, as the controller became impossible to read once it cooled down and the display slowed to the point that scrolling text was all blurred. Granted, it was about 18 degrees, but one would expect this to be considered in the design.

For now, I'm pretty disappointed in the product, but I will update this once their support gets back in touch with me on a resolution.

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4.0

So far so good

By David

from VOLCANO,HI

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope:

    Item undamaged, functions properly. The Sky Align worked after I programmed the correct closest city, so be careful. Saw Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Orion Nebula, the moon on first night. I wish I had bought the accessory bundle when I got the telescope. It seems as if higher power eyepieces or a Barlow eyepiece are needed to see planets really well, so I'm going to pick those up. So far I am happy with it. I got it as a first telescope for the family including a five-year old, so the tracking feature is really useful.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome

    By Robbin

    from BURNS,TN

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope:

      This telescope was easy to assemble and easy to operate.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great machine my grandkids are over the

      By Cliff

      from Aurora,ZZ

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope:

        Great machine my grandkids are over the moon with it

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized

        By Ron

        from LINTON,IN

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope:

          Great product for the price,couldn't find a better deal!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Celestron NexStar 130

          By George

          from CHANDLER,AZ

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Instructions Are Good
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Lenses

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope:

            First telescope. Easy to set up. I'm not that familiar with astronomy so the computerized object finder is great. It aligned easily once I got all the information loaded. Pretty easy to use and easy to setup. Lots of features for the money.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            Q1: Can I use an erecting eye piece on this to make the image upright?

            A: Yes, as long as it is the erecting eyepiece it will work to correct the image in any reflector.

            Q2: I live in an area with several companies with lights. I also have several street lights near my house. I can see a few stars by eye. Will I still be able to see enough to make buying this telescope worth while? Will a bigger telescope better overcome the background light problem?

            A: "Worthwhile" is a relativistic term. What I will tell you is that we have customers who use their 14 inch scopes off of balconies on Manhattan Island (light and pollution everywhere) and they love their telescopes. They still hate light pollution, but they love and use the scopes.

            Q3: I am thinking about getting the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT. Is it capable of doing more stuff then the NexSar 60, 80, 102, and 114 SLT and in what ways? Also, if I get the Nexstar 130 SLT, I was going to get the Celestron Eyepiece and Filter Kit - 1.25 Inch Format. Will the kit match up with the telescope and is it duplicating what I would be getting with the telescope? The telescope's user level is listed as intermediate, but I would say that I am at a beginner level, would that be an impediment for me in operating the telescope?

            A: A telescope with a 130mm aperture, such as the NexStar 130SLT has, is capable of gathering more light than one with a smaller primary mirror. Hence, you'll be able to see more distant objects, and your views of closer objects will be brighter under high magnification. The 130 SLT is intermediate in capability, but that doesn't mean a beginner can't operate it. The GoTo feature should simplify finding celestial objects for you. The eyepiece & filter kit will work nicely with the 130SLT. You will be duplicating the 9mm eyepiece, but since that's one you'll be using often, it might be a good idea to have a spare.

            Q4: Can this telescope see planets, nebula's, galaxies and other deep space objects?

            A: Yes, Celestron's NexStar 130 SLT will let you see deep-space objects. Every telescope has limitations, however, and the NexStar 130 is no exception. Its 5.12-inch optics will allow it to see out to Magnitude 13+. That's enough to bring in light from about 15 million stars, but a telescope with larger optics will bring in more.

            Q5: Can you take pictures with this telescope?

            A: Although this scope cannot take pictures out of the box, you can take pictures with the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT provided you have the necessary accessories such as a CCD imager or camera adapters.

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