Celestron Nexstar 130 SLT Newtonian Telescope
With a fully computerized hand control giving you the ability to automatically slew to any of its 4,000 objects
Read an in-depth review of the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT by Ian Morison, Jodrell Bank Observatory
And the 130 SLT, 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 slew to 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 NexStar 114 SLT can be up and ready to use in a matter of minutes. Our new SkyAlign alignment technology and the included StarPointer Finderscope with a red LED makes aligning a breeze.
View the details of the lunar surface, the rings of Saturn, the polar ice caps on Mars, the cloud belts on Jupiter or a number of the Messier objects such as the globular cluster in Hercules (M13), or the Great Nebula in Orion (M42). 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.
The key advantages of the SLT Series over similar looking telescopes:
Compatible with Celestron’s StarSense AutoAlign for completely automatic set-up on the night sky
Advanced NEXSTAR + handset
Internal battery compartment - no external corded battery pack
SkyQ Wi-Fi link compatible
SkyAlign - the simplest, fastest & most beginner friendly alignment method available on any computerised telescope.
Four additional alignments including 1 star align and solar system align
Auxiliary port for additional accessories (GPS module, SkyQ Wi-Fi link)
PC control software INCLUDED (NSOL disc)
Sky Maps CD-ROM INCLUDED (The Sky disc)
GPS module compatible (quick and easy set-up)
User friendly StarPointer red-dot finderscope
Compatible with Celestron’s NexRemote for advanced PC control
Compatible with 2" 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
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 upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
Auxiliary port for additional accessories such as SkySync GPS Accessory (93969)
Includes NSOL telescope control software for basic control of your telescope via computer (with optional RS-232 cable)
Compatible with optional NexRemote telescope control software, for advanced control of your telescope via computer
OPTICAL DESIGN: Reflector
GPS: Optional CN-16 GPS Accessory
WEIGHT: 18 lb (8.16 kg)
APERTURE: 130 mm (5.12 in)
FOCAL LENGTH: 650 mm (25.59 in)
FOCAL RATIO: 5
MOUNT: Motorized Altazimuth
EYEPIECE 1: 25 mm (0.98 in)
MAGNIFICATION 1: 26 x
EYEPIECE 2: 9 mm (0.35 in)
MAGNIFICATION 2: 72.22 x
ACCESSORY TRAY: No Tool, Quick release
CD ROM: The Sky Level 1 & NexStar Observers List (v2.6.4c)
HIGHEST USEFUL MAGNIFICATION: 306 x
LIMITING STELLAR MAGNITUDE: 13.1
RESOLUTION: 1.06 arc seconds
RESOLVING POWER: 0.89 arc seconds
PHOTOGRAPHIC RESOLUTION: 400 line/mm
LIGHT GATHERING POWER: 345 x
ANGULAR FIELD OF VIEW: 1.7 °
LINEAR FIELD OF VIEW (@1000 YDS): 91 ft (27.74 m)
OPTICAL COATINGS: Aluminum
SECONDARY MIRROR OBSTRUCTION: 1.7 in (43.18 mm)
SECONDARY MIRROR OBSTRUCTION BY AREA: 12 %
SECONDARY MIRROR OBSTRUCTION BY DIAMETER: 34 %
COMPUTER HAND CONTROL: Fully Computerized / Flash Upgradeable
SLEW SPEEDS: Nine slew speeds: 4°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, .5°/sec, 32x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 2x
TRACKING RATES: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
TRACKING MODES: Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South
ALIGNMENT PROCEDURES: SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, SolarSystem Align
Warranty: 2 years
The SLT 130 is perhaps the value for money SLT. It has the largest aperture of the four models but is one of the least expensive. The telescope is a 130mm Newtonian so this is easily enough aperture to be able to see all 110 Messier objects, the rings of Saturn, the main cloud belts on Jupiter, countless features on the moon, and a great many of the best double stars. Photography is possible with the 130 SLT. With prime focus photography, there is enough back-focus to accommodate a dSLR. A-focal photography is also possible by using a support adapter such as the Baader Microstage. The SLT mount cannot be tipped into an equatorial position, so long exposure photography is not possible. Prime focus or a-focal photography is thus limited to very short exposures such as the moon and the brightest planets. Video imaging of the moon and planets is possible.
Requirements. You will need a 12v DC Powertank or a 230v AC to 12v DC adapter. The SLT mounts can accept AA batteries but they may not last longer than one nights observing.
Budget for a power supply, a short focal length eyepiece for the moon and planets (e.g. 5mm), or perhaps the Omni 2X Barlow lens instead of another eyepiece. Budget also for a Baader single polarizer for the moon and a weak light pollution filter such as the Baader 1.25” Neodymium.
- Optical Design
- 5 inch
- Mount Type
- AZ Go-To
- Focal Length
- 650 mm
- Focal Ratio
- Optical Coatings
- 26x, 72x
- What is more important?
- Brightness over image resolution
- Telescope to navigate for you?
- Yes, I would like a scope to guide me.
- Two Years
- Normally on display?
- Yes - But Check First If Making A Special Journey!