Celestron NexStar 102SLT 102mm f/6.5 Refractor Telescope

Celestron NexStar 102SLT 102mm f/6.5 Refractor Telescope

Celestron NexStar 102SLT 102mm f/6.5 Refractor Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • 102mm Refractor-Style OTA
  • 660mm Focal Length, f/6.5 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Multi-Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Focuser, 9mm and 25mm Eyepieces
  • Computer-Controlled Alt-Az Mount
  • 4000+ Object Database
  • Multiple Alignment Procedures
  • Expanded Information on 100+ Objects
  • 90° Diagonal, Star Pointer Finder
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod
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Celestron NexStar 102 SLT overview

  • 1Description

Named after their venerable GoTo system, the Celestron NexStar 102SLT 102mm f/6.5 Refractor Telescope is a complete platform for making observations of the moon, planets, and bright deep-space objects such as binary stars, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. The combination of large aperture and shorter focal length translates to a fast f/6.5 focal ratio making this iteration of the NexStar telescope series ideal for wide-field astrophotography or making detailed images of the moon. Celestron includes two eyepieces and a diagonal, plus an unmagnified finderscope and stainless steel adjustable-height tripod.

Controlling the motorized single-arm fork mount is the NexStar computer hand controller. Set up is made easy through the use of several alignment procedures, and keeping objects centered is accomplished with variable tracking rates. Packed with over 4000 celestial objects in its database and expanded information on over 100 of those objects, users have the ability to add 99 of their own objects to help customize their experience. For fast observation sessions, simply choose Tour mode the NexStar build a selection of the best objects for that date, time, and location and automatically go to those objects.

Optical Tube
  • 102mm aperture
  • f/6.5 focal ratio
  • 660mm focal length
  • Anti-reflection multi-coated optics improves light transmission, color rendition, and contrast
  • Resolution: Rayleigh: 1.37 arcsec; Dawes: 1.14 arcsec
  • 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser
  • Integrated dew-shield prevents condensation on lens and limits peripheral light interference
  • Dovetail plate attaches to mount head quickly
NexStar Hand Controller
  • Pre-loaded, 4000+ object database, plus 99 user-defined objects
  • Expanded information on over 100 of the most popular pre-loaded objects
  • Tour mode: automatically shows the best objects overhead based on date/time/location when viewing
  • Alignment procedures: SkyAlign, Auto 2-star, 1-star, 2-star, Solar System
  • Slew speeds: 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec, 2°/sec, 4°/sec
  • Tracking rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
  • Backlash compensation: Trains-out play in drive gears for improved tracking precision
  • 2-line,16-characters/line LCD screen; 19 fiber-optic backlit LED buttons; Adjustable brightness to preserve night-adjusted vision
  • RS-232 port for tethering to a computer for remote control
  • Powered by mount to reduce weight
    Database Objects:
  • Named stars: the common name listing of the brightest stars in the sky
  • Named Objects: alphabetical listing of over 50 of the most popular deep-sky objects
  • Asterisms: a unique list of some of the most recognizable star patterns in the sky
  • Variable stars: select list of the brightest variable stars with the shortest period of changing magnitude
  • Double stars: alphabetical listing of the most popular double, triple and quadruple stars
  • Caldwell catalog: with a combination of the best NGC and IC objects
  • The complete Messier catalog
  • Select NGC objects
  • The solar system, including the Moon, Sun, and planets
  • Constellations
Mount and Tripod
  • Single fork arm alt-azimuth
  • Dual-axis DC servo motors with encoders; 0.26 arcsec motor resolution
  • Integrated bubble level
  • Dovetail saddle accepts plate for fast attachment
  • Tool-free assembly
  • Runs on eight user-supplied AA batteries, or optional 12 VDC power supply
    Tripod:
  • Stainless steel legs
  • Adjustable-height allows easy use by a wide variety of users, standing or sitting
  • Hand controller holder can be moved from leg to leg to avoid cord wrap
  • Accessory tray stays attached, even when folded
  • Accessory tray locks onto leg separator to improve stability and reduce vibrations
Eyepieces and Accessories
    Eyepieces:
  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • Accepts most 1.25" astronomical eyepiece filters
  • 25mm produces 26x power
  • 9mm produces 73x power
    Diagonal:
  • 1.25" barrel and eyepiece holder
  • 90° angle puts user's head in a comfortable viewing position
  • Corrects image horizontally but image is reversed
    Star Pointer Finderscope:
  • Wide unmagnified field of view speeds up alignment and finding subjects manually
  • Center aiming dot won't obscure small objects
  • Adjustable brightness preserves night-adjusted vision
  • Dovetail mounting bracket makes attachment to OTA fast and easy
UPC: 050234220965
In the Box
Celestron NexStar 102SLT 102mm f/6.5 Refractor Telescope
  • 9mm Eyepiece
  • 25mm Eyepiece
  • 90° Star Diagonal
  • NexStar Hand Controller
  • StarPointer Red-Dot Finderscope
  • "The SkyX - First Light Edition" CD-ROM
  • Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Celestron NexStar 102 SLT specs

    Optical Tube Assembly
    Optical Design Apochromatic Refractor
    Focal Length 660 mm
    Focal Ratio f/6.5
    Resolution 1.36 Arcsec
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Mount
    Type Alt-Azimuth
    GoTo Capability Yes
    Tripod
    Material of Tripod Stainless Steel
    General
    Batteries 8 x AA
    Adapter (Optional)
    Weight 14.0 lb / 6.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 29.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 38.0 x 17.0 x 10.0"

    Celestron NexStar 102 SLT reviews

    NexStar 102SLT 102mm f/6.5 Refractor Telescope is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value and easy to use I recently purchased this telescope and have used it 6 times now.� Good value and easy to use. Came packaged from the factory well and no damage during shipment.� Took about 15 minutes for easy assembly.� Easy to move the assembled scope around. Easy to align, with several options offered.� The auto 2 star alignment is the way to go (everyone knows where the north star is for first alignment step, and then the computer allows you to select a bright star from a list it brings up, and automatically slews to the one you select, to finish aligning the scope).� I casually enjoy the night sky so the ease of use, intuitive automation, and portability of this scope is perfect for me.� It is good for the moon, planets, stars, and the many star clusters.� I didn't give it 5 stars because the objective lens came dusty out of the box, and the hand held computer can be difficult to read when it scrolls text across the screen.
    Date published: 2018-04-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent refractor telescope good starting refractor microscope. don't use up your batteries, buy the battery pack. it doesn't use up much power. i think the hard part is calibrating the scope with the telescope and understanding the alignment process. also get the 2x barlow for better star and planet viewing. i would recommend getting the vibration dampers if you want to dabble in astrophotography.
    Date published: 2013-01-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Learning to love it I have had only one night to view the skies in the cloudy Pacific Northwest, and light pollution is a problem, but I am happy with the quality of the 102SLT and accessories. I love the star finding capability and am studying star charts to make the most of that feature. Spotting Vesta is an immediate goal and a test of my ability to find and "see" with the new scope.
    Date published: 2018-06-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good little refractor great for an apt where you can only se certain points in the sky like southeast and south west only grab and go to the balcony lol..
    Date published: 2015-06-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy with my Telescope Easy, beautiful and Incredible! :)
    Date published: 2014-07-10
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