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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit

Includes Free
Value $10.95
B&H # CEN130SLT Mfr # 31145
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You Pay: $422.49
Product Highlights
  • 650mm f/5.0 Newtonian Reflector
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • "GO-TO" Capacity

The Celestron NexStar 130SLT Newtonian Reflector Telescope offers a number of excellent features, including freedom from most optical aberrations, reasonable compactness & portability, and (most importantly) a ton of light gathering power per dollar spent.

The Newtonian telescope is the most popular configuration for more serious beginning or intermediate level astronomy enthusiasts. Deep-sky observation of galaxies, star clusters and nebulae, as well as lunar and planetary viewing are all possible with stunning resolution.

Celestron's NexStar SLT (Star Locating Telescope) refractors and reflectors have a sophisticated alignment system called SkyAlign™, which lets you use practically any three celestial objects to align the scope when these are included with the date, time and location. It is fast, accurate and easily performed by anyone.

Pre-assembled adjustable stainless steel tripod
Quick release fork arm and tube
Auxiliary port accepts accessories such as the CN-16 GPS module
City database of USA and international highlights easily sets location
Can be used for terrestrial observations at distance
Optical Design Newtonian reflector
Optical Lens Diameter 5.1" (130mm)
Focal Length 25.6" (650mm)
Focal Ratio f/5.0
Maximum Useful Magnification 250x
Resolving Power 1.06
Optical Tube Dimensions 21.0" (53.3 cm) in Length
Mount Type Altazimuth
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Finderscope StarPointer™
Tripod Full size steel
Motor Yes
GO-TO Capability Yes
PC Compatible No
Power Source (8) 1.5-Volt "AA" batteries
(optional #18778 AC adapter)
Weight 18.0 lbs (8.16kg)
Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit
  • 9mm (62x) & 25mm (26x) Eyepieces (1.25")
  • Star Pointer Finderscope
  • NexStar Hand Controller
  • The Sky CD-ROM Software for Windows
  • Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CelestronNexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit
     
    4.1

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Quality lenses (7)
    • Accurate (6)
    • Strong construction (4)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (12)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (12)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9), Yes (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I love this product

      I have long been interested in astronomy, but until I retired had no time. I did a good deal of reseach before I selected the Celestrom 130 SLT as I knew almost nothing about...Read complete review

      I have long been interested in astronomy, but until I retired had no time. I did a good deal of reseach before I selected the Celestrom 130 SLT as I knew almost nothing about telescopes. I also did a great deal of comparrison shopping for a vendor after I knew which scope I wanted.

      The telescope simply does everything as promissed. I was able to align it on the first try, and found the use of the tour and lunar menu options to be extremely accurate. Everytime I select an object from the menu to observe, it is right there centered in the eyepiece.

      The only con I would point to is that while the 25mm lens is perfect for alighnment and the 9mm lense is perfect for lunar observation, you need stronger optics to observe planets and stars. The Celestron website has an excellent review on the 130 written by a real scientist that really helped me decide which accessories I need to add. I just ordered the 1.5" lens and filter accessory kit because it has everthing this gentleman suggested included.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not sure I'd recommend this.

      B&H delivered on time. No problem there. However, the quality of this telescope is questionable. Thought list price was overpriced. Happy to purchase on sale. However, overall construction is...Read complete review

      B&H delivered on time. No problem there. However, the quality of this telescope is questionable. Thought list price was overpriced. Happy to purchase on sale. However, overall construction is kind of cheap. My son reviewed specifications and other reviews and chose this for Christmas list. Problem is the overall quality of image looking through included eyepieces at Jupiter on perfectly clear night: could not make out the bands and overall image fuzzy. There was some kind of smudge seen in middle of image, could not make go away. The software is older: up to Windows XP. Instruction set is hard to follow. Hints at purchasing more filter and eyepieces to enhance the images. Very shocked these would be required considering this scope was supposed to be good for basic viewing. At price and quality of components was expecting a decent case. But no case came with the scope. Rather another cost recommended.

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      5.0

      Quite Happy So Far

      By Stormryder

      from Charlotte, NC

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Reasonably Compact
      • Reasonably Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

        Being new to using a telescope and astronomy in general, there is a lot to learn, but this telescope was pretty easy to get up and running. Had it all assembled and was looking at Jupiter within an hour or so. Was pleasantly surprised at how well things looked even though I was trying to view the sky through a limited opening of trees in my backyard with a fair amount of light pollution nearby. Am anxious to take this scope out of the city and check out some constellations, the Moon and other planets. Would highly recommend this telescope to the newbie. If I had to offer a knock, it would probably be to have the motor adjust the position a bit faster, however I may simply be missing a setting. Not a big issue at all though.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Nexstar 130 SLT

        By jtand3

        from Lakewood, CO

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

          The scope is really easy to set up, even for first timers, and the SkyAlign system works very well and is simple to use. Only thing that would make it better would be higher magnification eyepeice.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          Not sure I'd recommend this.

          By Sodbuster

          from Pacifica, CA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult To Focus
            • Difficult to Use
            • Poor Lens Quality
            • Poor Quality
            • Poor Quality Oveerall

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

            B&H delivered on time. No problem there. However, the quality of this telescope is questionable. Thought list price was overpriced. Happy to purchase on sale. However, overall construction is kind of cheap. My son reviewed specifications and other reviews and chose this for Christmas list. Problem is the overall quality of image looking through included eyepieces at Jupiter on perfectly clear night: could not make out the bands and overall image fuzzy. There was some kind of smudge seen in middle of image, could not make go away. The software is older: up to Windows XP. Instruction set is hard to follow. Hints at purchasing more filter and eyepieces to enhance the images. Very shocked these would be required considering this scope was supposed to be good for basic viewing. At price and quality of components was expecting a decent case. But no case came with the scope. Rather another cost recommended.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Share this review

             
            1.0

            Difficult to set up

            By DC the New Star Gazer

            from Boca Raton, FL

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

                  Was delivered promptly by B&H. As always, great service.

                  Setup tells you to find 3 bright stars to align. Tried many times and each time it said "failed".

                  Will try again but most likely return.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love the 130 SLT

                  By Jamie LW

                  from Vancouver, Canada

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Awesome
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Quality Lenses

                  Cons

                  • Nothing

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy
                  • Star gazing

                  Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

                  I have 2 other telescopes but this Celestron scope is my goto buddy, I can't imagine using another reflector scope as much as I use this one... perfectly priced & just so darn easy to use.If you're not convinced, please check out some of the awesome reviews and referral links.

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                  • No

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Simple To Use Starter Telescope

                  By Stan

                  from Howard Co, MD

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Lenses

                  Cons

                  • Unstable

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy

                  Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

                  I had long wanted to get a telescope but with young kids there just has not been time. Now they are of the age that their interest in space is growing...

                  I did quite a bit of research and found the NexStar 130 SLT to be the best bang for the buck starter scope.

                  I chose to buy from B&H based on previous positive experiences for photo equipment. They have excellent customer service and shipped very quickly.

                  Assembly is very simple and the instructions are easy to follow. The featured "SkyAlign" really makes alignment a breeze. Once you input your location, time, etc and align on any three bright celestial objects, it is ready to go. The computer knows what objects are possibly viewable for that date and time and screen out the rest. Tell it what you what you want to view and the motorized mount slews the telescope accurately to that object.

                  I am still very new to using this scope but we recently took it on a trip to visit family. It disassembled backed and reassembled very easily. Setting up again was a breeze. Seeing Saturn was quite a thrill for all of us.

                  Speaking of breeze, one of the down sides to the scope is that the tripod and mount are a little shaky in the breeze. I did go over and tightened all the screws which did help. However, the tripod legs have a little play in them that I will want to correct.

                  Some items to consider purchasing: It will eat batteries. Consider buying plenty of batteries, external battery pack and/or ac adapter. Objects can be a little small in the view finder. A borlow lens will increase the image size. The Moon and Venus are very bright. Consider neutral density filters to improve viewing comfort and image detail. It would also be nice to have a bag to fit the scope and tripod for travel.

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                  4.0

                  Easy to use

                  By Cliff

                  from Central Australia

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Quality Lenses

                  Cons

                  • Missing some timezones
                  • No way to add cities

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy

                  Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

                  The telescope arrived in good condition, after being shipped halfway around the world. The instructions for setting it up were straightforward, and there were no problems getting it up and running.

                  The first time I used the automatic SLT SkyAlign feature, it took me 3 tries to get it right - this was due to the fact that they don't have my city listed in their database, nor my timezone, so I had to manually set the Lat/Long, and had to adjust the time setting to fit a different timezone. However, once I got those values right, I was able to point at 3 bright stars, and the system reported that it had successfully initialized.

                  Once initialized, the system was able to automatically direct me to several planets, constellations, and nebulae, and I was able to fine-tune using the hand-held controller.

                  One minor annoyance is that the up-arrow key (used during fine-tuning) is very close to the Enter key, and if you hit the Enter key accidentally, the telescope slews back to the last object selected, which destroys any fine tuning you've just done. It would be nice if that were a little more difficult to do accidentally.

                  Viewing conditions were not ideal, but I was able to clearly see Saturns rings, and even the division between them. I was also able to get a good view of Mars, and of the Orion Nebula. I'm looking forward to taking it out of town on a clear night to see what it can really do.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Good to start with

                  By Ross

                  from New York

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Focus
                  • Unstable

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy

                  Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

                  Works ok to get started on finding things to look at. Disappointed that my dslr (canon 7d) won't focus despite having the right attachments. Lot

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great unit

                  By AVDude

                  from Nanaimo, B.C., Canada

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Astronomy

                    Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

                    Great for beginners and beyond. Comes with everything you need to get going right away. Even comes with 2" eyepiece adapter. Instructions were clear. Easy to use and setup. Hard to beat for the price.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Product!

                    By Lil G

                    from Houston, TX

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy

                      Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

                      This is my first telescope and it works great for beginning astronomers. I would 100% recomend this to a friend!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Great product so far

                      By Ray

                      from Nyc

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

                            Nice and compact

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent Scope, Decent Mount

                            By Dan the Man

                            from VA

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Astronomy
                                • Low Visibility
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

                                This was the first real telescope that I have purchased. So far I really love the thing. It is insanely easy to locate and find stars, even if you don not align it. The optics are clear and I would definitely recommended this to anyone seriously considering getting into astronomy. There are a few minor issues I did have, however. The tripod is good but does have small vibration problems and also the mount that grabs the tube itself is good but it can be difficult to determine if the tube is locked in place well. These setbacks are well worth the low price though.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                "A Must Have"

                                By PhotoJoe

                                from Coconut Creek,Fl

                                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate
                                • Compact
                                • Quality Lenses
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Astronomy

                                  Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

                                  The Celestron Nexstar SLT130 does what it says..Very easy to use and very reliable.Setup is fast and has sturdy construction.Great to use for astronomy viewing.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I love this product

                                  By Doug

                                  from Scottsdale, AZ

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Needs more lenses

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Astronomy

                                  Comments about Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5.1"/130mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

                                  I have long been interested in astronomy, but until I retired had no time. I did a good deal of reseach before I selected the Celestrom 130 SLT as I knew almost nothing about telescopes. I also did a great deal of comparrison shopping for a vendor after I knew which scope I wanted.

                                  The telescope simply does everything as promissed. I was able to align it on the first try, and found the use of the tour and lunar menu options to be extremely accurate. Everytime I select an object from the menu to observe, it is right there centered in the eyepiece.

                                  The only con I would point to is that while the 25mm lens is perfect for alighnment and the 9mm lense is perfect for lunar observation, you need stronger optics to observe planets and stars. The Celestron website has an excellent review on the 130 written by a real scientist that really helped me decide which accessories I need to add. I just ordered the 1.5" lens and filter accessory kit because it has everthing this gentleman suggested included.

                                  Share this review

                                  Batteries & Power Supply

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                                  Required item: 8 AA batteries or power supply (not included) are required to power this device.

                                  Varta -  High-Energy 1.5 V AA E91 Alkaline Battery - 4 Pk
                                  • You Pay: $1.23
                                   

                                  Eyepieces, Lenses & Diagonals

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                                  Eyepieces widely enhance your stargazing experience.

                                  Celestron -  X-Cel LX 2.3mm Eyepiece (1.25")
                                  • You Pay: $59.95
                                  Usually ships in 7-14 business days ? Estimated arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days. Your order will only be charged at time of shipment.
                                   

                                  Accessory Kits

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                                  Save by purchasing eyepieces and filters in an accessory kit.

                                  Celestron -  Eyepiece and Filter Kit - 1.25"
                                  • You Pay: $127.00
                                   

                                  Filters are a great enhancement for lunar and planet viewing.

                                  Celestron -  Moon Filter (1.25") - For Viewing the Moon When Bright
                                  • You Pay: $11.89
                                   

                                  Cleaning and Anti Fog

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                                  Help keep your optics clean & fog free with these tools.

                                  Pearstone -  Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
                                  • You Pay: $4.99
                                   

                                  Navigation & Alignment

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                                  Aim your scope at an object in the sky with a guiding system.

                                  Celestron -  SkyQ Link WiFi Adapter
                                  • You Pay: $94.95
                                  Back-ordered ? This item is backordered by the manufacturer. Order now and we'll deliver when available. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item
                                   

                                  Astrophotography

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                                  Take stunning portraits of constellations, nebulas, star clusters, and our home galaxy.

                                  Celestron -  NexImage Solar System Eyepiece CCTV Imager
                                  • Price: $99.95
                                  • Instant Savings: -$10.00
                                  • Offer ends AUG 31 '14
                                  • You Pay: $89.95
                                   

                                  Power Supplies

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                                  Don't get caught in middle of a star party without power.

                                  Celestron -  AC to DC Power Adapter
                                  • You Pay: $18.95
                                   
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