Celestron NexStar 130SLT 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope

Celestron NexStar 130SLT 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope

Celestron NexStar 130SLT 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope

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  • 130mm Newtonian Reflector OTA
  • 650mm Focal Length, f/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
  • Sky and Constellation Tour Modes
  • Expanded Information on 100+ Objects
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod
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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT overview

  • 1Description

Named after their venerable GoTo system, the Celestron NexStar 130SLT 130mm f/5 Reflector 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/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, 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
  • 130mm aperture
  • f/5 focal ratio
  • 650mm focal length
  • Aluminum multi-coated glass parabolic mirror improves light transmission, color rendition, and contrast
  • Resolution: Rayleigh: 1.07 arcsec; Dawes: 0.89 arcsec
  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 1.7 inches; 33% by diameter; 11% by area
  • 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser
  • Dovetail plate attaches to mount head quickly
NexStar Hand Controller
  • 4000-object pre-loaded 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, planets, and 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 12VDC power supply
  • 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, and locks onto leg separator to improve stability and reduce vibrations
Included Accessories
  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • Accepts most 1.25" astronomical eyepiece filters
  • 25mm = 26x power
  • 9mm = 72x power
    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: 050234311458
In the Box
Celestron NexStar 130SLT 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope
  • 9mm Eyepiece
  • 25mm Eyepiece
  • 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 130 SLT specs

    Optical Design Newtonian reflector
    Aperture 130 mm
    Focal Length 650mm
    Focal Ratio f/5
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal None
    Mount Type Motorized alt-azimuth
    Dual-axis DC servo with digital encoders
    GoTo System NexStar hand controller
    Tripod Stainless steel legs, adjustable height
    Finderscope StarPointer red-dot
    Power Source 8 x AA batteries
    Optical Tube Length 21.0" / 53.3 cm
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 31.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 40.0 x 20.5 x 11.0"

    Celestron NexStar 130 SLT reviews

    NexStar 130SLT 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 27.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2010-05-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2013-01-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice telescope, but has issues I am in an area with a lot of light pollutions, so far I have only looked at the moon. The Celestron NexStar 130 produces a very clear image of what you point it at. That being said I have to say that I am little disappointed by it. Upon opening it, I immediately had problems with it. After no small amount time I was able to get this all fixed. Here are my issues: The paper work/manual appears to be outdate. I.E. images don't match what you actually get The manual doesn't cover any type of problem solviing. I.E. had to several internet searches to learn how to reset the language and to look up No response 16 and No response 17 error messages Getting the battery cover on and off is a pain The screen on the hand control unite is hard to read in the light Had to use an external power supply, as the batteries weren't producing enough power giving me errors The Celestron tends to shake a lot, especially when there camera is attached Can't focus on a camera on the moon without a barlow 2x attachment Instructions for the GPS unit are lacking
    Date published: 2015-08-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Scope, Decent Mount 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.
    Date published: 2010-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite Happy So Far 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.
    Date published: 2014-04-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple To Use Starter Telescope 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.
    Date published: 2012-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This telescope certainly met if not exceeded my expectations The telescope assembly was quick and easy. I was viewing the moon within 1/2 hour. Unfortunately the clouds moved in almost immediately after I was setup. Sadly clouds every night since I had that wonderful glimpse of the moon
    Date published: 2016-10-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good Choice The weather in Chicago hasn't been too compliant, but so far this telescope is proving to be a good choice. Sky Align was a little more time consuming for the third point. The telescope is a good first choice for me.
    Date published: 2015-01-04
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