Celestron NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope
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Celestron NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope
The Celestron NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope is designed to be an affordable entry-level to mid-level computerized GoTo telescope. With pre-assembled, adjustable stainless steel tripods, and quick release fork arms and tubes, the NexStar 130SLT can be set up in a matter of minutes, with no tools required! See details of the lunar surface, Venus and its phases, Mars resolved as an orange disc, Jupiter and its four Galilean moons, Saturn with its rings plainly visible, and much more! Experience the versatility and capability of this great little comet hunting scope.
Celestron NexStar 130 SLT 5-inch Reflecting Telescope Features
- A high-quality 130 mm Newtonian reflector telescope on a fully computerized Altazimuth mount.
- StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects.
- Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube, sturdy stainless steel tripod and accessory tray for quick no-tool set-up.
- Includes CD-ROM with The Sky astronomy software which provides education about the sky and provides printable sky maps.
- Proven NexStar computer control technology with a database that allows the 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 software for the hand control and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet.
- Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use and an auxiliary port for additional accessories such as a GPS accessory.
- 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.
- Telescope Aperture: 5.1 inches.
- Telescope Focal Ratio: f/5.
- Telescope Focal Length: 650 mm.
- Optical Coatings: Aluminum.
- Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 13.1.
- Lowest Useful Magnification: 19x.
- Highest Useful Magnification: 307x.
- Light-Gathering Power Compared to Human Eye: 345x.
- Telescope Tripod Included: Yes.
- Telescope Eyepiece(s) Included: Yes - 2 Eyepieces Included.
- Finder Included: Yes - Red Dot Finder Included.
- Focuser Style: Rack & Pinion.
- Focuser Size: 2 inches.
- Focuser Speed: Single Speed.
- Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth.
- Objects in Telescope Database: 4,000+.
- Telescope Power Source: AA Batteries.
- Telescope Warranty Period: 2 years.
This telescope control software replaces the hand control and allows the user to remotely control their Celestron computerized telescope from their personal PC or laptop.
SkyAlign alignment technology makes setting up a computerized telescope simple, fast, and accurate. Just point the telescope at any three bright objects — stars, bright planets, or even the Moon — and your telescope can orient itself with the night sky.
The new Lithium Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery chemistry has significant advantages over other battery chemistries, great for those Astronomers on the go.
Celestron’s patented StarSense Technology makes it easier than ever to locate objects in the night sky, even if you’ve never used a telescope before. Turn it on and push ‘Align.’ In about three minutes, you’re ready to observe!
WiFi technology encircles the globe in a web of connectivity, knowledge, and information. Now, Celestron is using that same technology to allow stargazers to connect to the night sky and enhance their experience of the cosmos in fun and unique ways.
|Aperture||130 mm (5")|
|CD ROMs Included||TheSky X First Light|
|Drive Type||DC servo motors|
|Encoder Resolution||.26 arc sec|
|Instrument Capacity||8 lbs|
|Power Consumption||12V DC 750 mA|
|Slew speed||4 Degrees Per Second|
|Telescope Connection||Vixen Style|
|Telescope Series||Celestron Nexstar SLT|
- NexStar SLT Newtonian Reflector, 130 mm OTA.
- NexStar Quick-release Computerized Single Fork Arm Altazimuth Mount.
- NexStar Sturdy Tripod with Adjustable Steel Legs.
- NexStar+ Hand Controller.
- Accessory Tray/ Spreader.
- StarPointer Finderscope/ red dot.
- 1.25-inch Eyepiece 1: 25 mm/ 26x mag.
- 1.25-inch Eyepiece 2: 9 mm/ 72x mag.
- Software on CD ROM: TheSky, First Light.
- 2 Year Telescope Warranty.
The Celestron SLT 130 is a perfect telescope for beginners like me. I had a cheap telescope that took the fun out of looking the sky. The better optics and Sky Align feature makes this telescope much more enjoyable.
How hard could it be, I thought. You buy a telescope that has a computerized mount so you can track stars so you must be able to mount a camera on it. Well no. At least not straight away. I bought t-piece adapter and the adapter for the Canon, and yes I can see stars ... with this blue halo caused by looking through lenses. Also to mount the camera in this way it sticks out close to 12 inches from the side of the telescope. As you adjust the focus with this leverage, there's a point you have to lift the camera up to get over a **** in the mechanism that jams the focus mechanism. Prime focus which is focus without lenses is just not possible with this supplied focuser You can just get to the prime focus by hand-holding the camera over the hole with the focuser adjusted so that no mounting mechanics are available which is basically useless. One guy solved the problem by shifting the lens further up the tube with bolts that I just haven't been able to find anywhere (female 4mm thumbscrews) but the solution sucks. The alternative is to buy a new focuser and self mount it. I was beginning to lose the will to live with all the cash I'd spend on lenses, but I bought the SkyWatcher Dual-Speed 2-inch Low Profile Crayford Focuser for Newtonians. This device comes in a box. There are no instructions. Your just supposed to know what its for and how it work it. It doesn't fit, because it's designed for scopes with a larger diameter tube, so I built a silicon gasket by layering silicon sealant between cling film. After a couple of days, when I was satisfied with the gasket, I put ******* through the focuser and the gasket and then worked out where the holes should be on the telescope. I used the plastic washer part from "Corrugated PVC 40mm Screw And Washer Pack of 20" (Screwfix) to secure the screws on the inside of the scope and it's now solid. Because the new focuser is low profile it brings the camera into primefocus for astro photographics. The new focuser has for screws two of which are difficult to get the heads in. I used a grinder to flatten one edge of the screw head to get it in. If you follow what I've done, don't touch the black screws on the focuser. I did this can caused the focus knows to grind against the mount. I got it fixed, but removing or slackening the screws don't give you any more access to the mounting screws.
This telescope alwleod me to look at Venus that enlarged it to the size of the moon with an 11mm 82 degree Orion eyepiece! I'm sorry that the other reviewers didn't find this telecope amazing, but I did. Maybe they are more experienced than me, but I feel I made the right decision buying this telescope. This is my second telescope I have owned. My first one was a cheap Konus, that got me started. I tried to do my homework before buying this telescope. Here are the features I think I paid this kind of money for: 1 Wide field of view. Because the scope is short tubed, it sees a wider field of view than a longer tube refractor. 2 Huge 102mm lens. I would like to someday own the Celestron 150mm longer tube refractor, but it would serve a different purpose. 3 GOTO computer. It still requires effort on my part, but it sure is a cool feature. I don't expect it to work like a government or NASA product, it is a home telescope, and it is as good as it gets. Buy it without regret and unlock the views of the solar system.