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Celestron Omni XLT 150 Reflector Telescope

Item# CELE253
 
4.5

(20 Ratings)

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  • Aspheric shaping for reduced aberration
  • StarBright XLT optical coatings
  • CG-4 German equatorial mount
  • Ball bearings in both axis of the mount

 

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What's Included?

Telescope, Eyepiece, Tripod

Description

Omni XLT series features the stable platform of the CG-4 mount and high quality optics. Using aspheric shaping technology in conjunction with hand-figuring the optics, the Omni XLT presents an image with virtually no spherical aberration. We also added our famous StarBright XLT coating system to further enhance light transmission.

 

Features include: 

 

  • High quality optics start with each lens and (or) mirror being hand selected so only the finest grade of optical glass is used
  • StarBright XLT coatings provide maximized light transmission
  • 25mm multi-coated eyepiece - 20mm eye relief, 50-degree FOV
  • CG-4 German equatorial mount with setting circles and slow motion controls - to accurately locate and track sky objects
  • Ball bearings in both axis of the mount for smooth performance
  • Heavy-duty pre-assembled stainless steel tripod featuring 1.75" legs, accessory tray and bubble level
  • Easy no-tool setup
  • The Sky Level 1 planetarium software with 10,000 object database and enhanced images

 

 

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

Equatorial Mount

Brand

Celestron

Weight Complete

46 lbs.

Finderscope

6x30

Lens Coating

StarBright XLT

GPS

No

GoTo

No

Good for Astrophotography

Yes

Telescopes Series

Celestron Omni XLT Telescopes

Optical Design

Reflector

Aperture

150mm

Focal Length

750mm

Focal Ratio

f/5

Mount Design

CG-4 Equatorial

Eyepiece 1

25mm (30x)

Highest Useful Magnification

150x

Star Diagonal

1.25 Inch

Objective Lens Size Code

150

User Level

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Celestron Omni XLT 150 Reflector Telescope
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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Pros

  • Strong construction (17)
  • Accurate (10)
  • Quality lenses (10)
  • Compact (4)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (11)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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5.0

Omni xlt 150 Newtonian

By Astro rick

from Duluth Minnesota

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Clear Views
  • Easy to Use
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Heavy Mount

Best Uses

  • Astronomy
  • Great Entry Level Scope

Comments about Celestron Omni XLT 150 Reflector Telescope:

I have owned my omni 150 for a couple of years now , it's a well built mount & scope for a entry level scope . With 2" eyepieces the sky comes alive. Moon : planets : & bright deep space objects : are easy to find . Although I added a Celestron red dot finder in dark locations I find it works better than the cross hair finder . I also do public outreach with my astronomy club & people are amazed at the quality & views you get with this entry level scope .

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GOOD TRANSACTION, GREAT PRODUCT, NO PROB

By John

from FISCHER, TEXAS

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron Omni XLT 150 Reflector Telescope:

    EVERYTHING WAS AS I EXPECTED. GOOD JOB.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Manual Newtonian Reflector

    By Shannon

    from POCAHONTAS,IL

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron Omni XLT 150 Reflector Telescope:

    I am new to astronomy and did a lot of research before settling on the Omni XLT 150. I wanted something with big enough aperture to see deep sky objects on a manual equatorial mount, and this instrument fit the criteria.

    Ordering from Hayneedle was a pleasure. Ordered the scope on a Sun evening and it arrived the following Fri - as advertised (got the eyepieces and collimator on Wed). I was very concerned about the scope's condition during transit due to the fragility of the mirrors. The unit is packaged in two boxes - one with tripod, mount, and all the hardware, and the other contained the optical tube, 25mm eyepiece, finder and bracket, and 2" eyepiece holder (comes preinstalled with the 1.25" adapter). My stomach sank when the tube box was opened - the tube was held in place at each end with styrofoam plugs and the mirror side was smashed, like the box suffered from a big jolt. Little bits of foam packaging everywhere. I suppose the packaging did it's job because, to my delight, the tube, mirrors and all, was intact and in fine condition.

    The assembly process was a non-event with little reference to the manual needed. The size and weight of the assembled CG-4 mount are impressive. This appears to be a very sturdy platform. I am disappointed in the setting circles however. The right ascension circle is very loose with lots of play even when locked down. This will make the mount useless in trying to find objects by coordinates alone. This is easily overcome by star hopping from one object to another to find your target. If you are like me and new to the night sky, I highly recommend getting a planisphere and a good guide book that tells you exactly where to look. Once the tube was atop the mount and properly balanced, collimation was in order. Both the primary and secondary mirrors needed adjustment, but not much, and this was easily accomplished in less than 5 minutes with a laser collimator (also highly recommended).

    First light occurred in the evening after assembly while the sun was still out. The moon was just past first quarter and I was impressed. I took the scope up to 250x magnification (with the additional eyepiece kit - this scope only comes with 25mm which offers 30x mag). The lunar surface offered incredible amounts of detail at this power, and the supplied 25mm eyepiece also provided very clear views. I was out until 2am the first night and saw several deep sky objects for the first time with my own two eyes. First up was M31 - mighty Andromeda. It was still too low in the north east to make out much of the arms, but the core was easily detectable. Next on the list was M13 - The Great Globular Cluster high overhead. The diffused ball of light really came to life at 187x magnification. It was as though the ball was dusted with hundreds of brilliant sparkling diamonds. It really did take my breath away! M57 - Ring Nebula was next and easily found. It too offered the best view at 187x. Moving too the south and onto M22 and M28. Both were easily found using Kaus Borealis as a guide. The moonlight turned these too into little fuzz balls to my disappointment. All in all though a very good first time out. The following night was spent studying the lunar surface until Jupiter and Venus rose in the east (late). Jupiter's tropical and equatorial belts were easily seen and so were the four Galilean moons. Venus was a very bright yellow crescent which needed a filter to cut down the intensity .

    This is my first real telescope and I'm am very satisfied. The entire unit is of solid construction. The right ascension and declination fine adjustments are very smooth and I'm looking forward to getting the motor drive for the CG-4. I look forward to many years of spectacular views and "first times".

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    EXCELLENT TELESCOPE

    By Rosa-Delpino Family

    from Havelock, NC

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron Omni XLT 150 Reflector Telescope:

    This was a family purchase in order to get the everyone excited about astronomy. We are definitely amateurs, and this was our first telescope. After one evening of taking our time and trying to figure everything out, we were up and running. The detail in the moon is amazing and we even got to see Saturn's rings! My wife, the kids, and I couldn't be more happy with this purchase and plan to take it with us to the mountains on our next vacation. Excellent telescope for the new budding astronomer!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great telescope

    By ridgehopper

    from north georgia

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron Omni XLT 150 Reflector Telescope:

    i use it looking at stars and beyond

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    Customer Q & A

    Q1: Can it be used for terrestrial viewing?

    A: No. The Omni XLT 150 is a reflective telescope. Because of the mirror system this telescope flips the image you see upside down and backwards. If you would like to use this telescope for viewing land objects you will need to purchase an erecting prism to correct the image.

    Q2: Can you order this with a motor drive?

    A: Yes, we do carry a motor drive for this mount.  The item number for this motor drive is CELE228.

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