Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope Review

(Last Updated On: November 9, 2018)

If you are looking for beginner Telescope with some of the advanced features like computerized control, automatic tracking, etc. without investing too much on it then Celestron NexStar 130SLT is good option to consider.

A very good choice for those who don’t want to waste half to one hour of the night in setting up the Telescope every time they go for an outing. NexStar 130SLT is that kind of telescope, just take it out of the box assemble it and you are ready for go.

 

Specification

Optical Design: Reflector

Aperture: 130 mm (5.12 in)

Focal Length: 650 mm (25.59 in)

Focal Ratio: 5

Finderscope: StarPointer

Mount: Motorized Altazimuth

Eyepiece 1: 25 mm (0.98 in)

Magnification 1: 26 x

Eyepiece 2: 9 mm (0.35 in)

Magnification 2: 72 x

Accessory Tray: No Tool, Quick release

Tripod: Steel

Weight: 18 lb (8.16 kg)

Price: 350$ approx.

 

Optics

The Celestron NexStar 130SLT is a Newtonian reflector telescope that uses a 130mm or 5” primary mirror to collect the maximum amount of light inside the optical tube and therefore produces a high quality, clearer and sharper images of the deep space objects like Hercules globular cluster, Orion nebula, and stars.

Nexstar comes with two eyepieces of 9mm and 25mm. 9mm eyepiece gives a close up magnified view of an object up to 72x magnification while 25mm eyepiece offers a wide field of view in the sky up to 26x magnification.

 

Easy to track the objects

Nexstar 130SLT uses a sky align technology that is built in its computer. Just put the date, time and GPS location of your current position into the remote provided with the telescope and point it to any three brightest stars in the sky (don’t worry we don’t need to know the name of those stars) rest is automatically done by its sky align technology. It will tell you the name of that three star after aligning itself with the help of details of 4000 objects present in its database.

Once the telescope is fully aligned, choose a star or nebula or galaxies with a handheld controller, the telescope will automatically turn to that celestial bodies. So simple!!!

 

Tripod

A very big plus for Celestron NexStar 130SLT has that it has a solid steel tripod. Not like the other telescope in this price range which has an aluminum tripod. Steel tripod provides the solid and firm base to hold the telescope and also provides stability when the motor of Altazimuth mount rotates the device.

 

 

Pros

Celestron NexStar 130SLT Telescope weighs about 8.16kg making it the lightest telescope in its category. Easy to carry!!!

Inbuilt computer with handheld remote and sky align technology make planet tracking so easy. Perfect for beginners!!

Even at low magnification, this telescope provides great details and wide field of view for its 130mm aperture and quality eyepieces.

Features like automatic tracking and high-quality optics make this telescope perfect for Astrophotography.

The telescope comes with a 2-year warranty from Celestron that means the manufacturer will replace or repair the part or device for the next two years if any problem arises.

 

 

Cons

Like other Reflector, this telescope also needs to be collimated once in a while.

Not suitable for terrestrial viewing because of its inverted image optics.

Date and Time need to be entered every time before use.

 

 

Recommended Accessories

Battery gets drained really quickly due to its high power motor so a power tank is a must buy.

Celestron Power Tank (Price 57 $ approx.)

Or buy a

Celestron 18778 AC Adapter (Price 21$ approx.)

A good option if you intend to use this telescope in the backyard or on the terrace near the AC wall outlet.

 

Highest useful magnification of Celestron NexStar 130SLT is 260x so a 5mm Plossl (130x) eyepiece and a 3x Barlow lens will be a good option to look for in future to upgrade the telescope from beginner’s to intermediate level users.

Celestron X-Cel LX Series Eyepiece – 1.25-Inch 5mm (Price 65$ approx.)

And

Celestron 93428 X-Cel LX 1.25-Inch 3x Barlow Lens (Price 69$ approx.)

 

 

Our verdict

Celestron NexStar 130SLT offers a lot of great features like motorized tracking, a database of 4000 objects and much more at an affordable price. Newtonian design and Sky align technology enable us to learn the sky in a more efficient and easy way. Overall a great quality entry level computerized telescope. In fact, we were so impressed with this Celestron Nexstar 130SLT telescope that we had to include this telescope in our “The best telescope for beginners” list for this year. Our no.1 recommendation for any Beginner or an Intermediate users.

For those users who are having difficulty setting up the telescope, this video will help you on that.

 

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List of Best Books for Astronomy.

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