Looking for a telescope that can take you on a tour of the Universe and still fit within your budget? The Celestron NexStar130 SLT, or Star Locating Telescope, was designed to do just that. This compact, easy to use, yet powerful telescope system uses the same star locating technology you’ll find in Celestron’s top-of-the-line telescopes.
The NexStar+ hand control features a 40,000-object database of stars, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters, plus the Moon and planets. Simply select the object you wish to view and NexStar SLT’s high performance servo motors slew directly to the target, center it in the eyepiece, and then track it as it appears to move across the night sky. A computerized tracking telescope such as the NexStar 130 SLT is a great choice for families and groups because everyone can observe the same object without having to make adjustments to keep it in the center of the field of view.
The Celestron NexStar 130 SLT is a great companion on camping trips, too. The telescope breaks down into several lightweight components for transport. Once you arrive at your site, set up the telescope in minutes with no tools required. The telescope runs on eight user-supplied AA batteries, so there’s no need for AC power or an external power supply. Turn the telescope on and you’ll be guided through Celestron’s simple SkyAlign setup procedure. Once you’ve centered any three bright objects in the eyepiece, your NexStar SLT is aligned and ready to explore the cosmos.
With a 5” primary mirror—the largest aperture in the Celestron NexStar SLT family—the 130mm Newtonian reflector offers enough light gathering ability to explore fainter Messier objects, split double stars, and render stunning details on the surface of the Moon. Although they are similar in size and weight, the 130mm model gathers 30 percent more light than the 114mm NexStar SLT for brighter, more detailed views.
Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Fast Facts
- High-quality 130mm Newtonian reflector
- Fully computerized altazimuth mount can automatically locate and track thousands of objects
- Includes StarPointer red dot finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
- "The Sky" astronomy software CD-ROM provides information about the sky and printable sky maps
- Align on any three bright celestial objects with Celestron’s fast and easy SkyAlign procedure
- Flash-upgradable hand control for downloading product updates from Celestron.com
- Internal battery compartment prevents cord wrap during use
- Auxiliary port for additional accessories such as a GPS, StarSense AutoAlign, or SkyQ Link 2 WiFi Module
Newtonian Reflector Advantages
- Lowest cost per inch of aperture compared to refractors and catadioptrics
- Reasonably compact and portable up to focal lengths of 1000mm
- Fast focal ratios are excellent for viewing faint deep sky objects such as remote galaxies, nebulae and star clusters
Newtonian Reflector Disadvantages
- Generally not suited for terrestrial applications
- Slight light loss due to secondary mirror obstruction when compared with refractors
Telescope, tripod, 2 eyepieces, accessory tray, StarPointer red dot finderscope, "The Sky" planetarium software
Dimensions & Specifications
Good for Astrophotography
Highest Useful Magnification
Objective Lens Size Code
Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters
Viewing the Moon
Viewing the Planets
Celestron NexStar SLT Telescopes
For the Enthusiast
DocumentationDownload Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Instruction Manual
Download Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Telescope Quick Set-Up Guide
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Q1: Can I use an erecting eye piece on this to make the image upright?
A: Yes, as long as it is the erecting eyepiece it will work to correct the image in any reflector.
Q2: Can this telescope see planets, nebula's, galaxies and other deep space objects?
A: Yes, Celestron's NexStar 130 SLT will let you see deep-space objects. Every telescope has limitations, however, and the NexStar 130 is no exception. Its 5.12-inch optics will allow it to see out to Magnitude 13+. That's enough to bring in light from about 15 million stars, but a telescope with larger optics will bring in more.
Q3: What is the size of the complete set i.e. tube and the tripod?
A: The Celestron NexStar 130 SLT telescope's shipping size is 40 x 20 x 11 inches. Shipping weight is 35 pounds.
Q4: What length is the telescope tube on the Nexstar 130 SLT?
A: The length of the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT telescope's optical tube is about 26 inches.
Q5: Can you take pictures with this telescope?
A: Although this scope cannot take pictures out of the box, you can take pictures with the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT provided you have the necessary accessories such as a CCD imager or camera adapters.
Q6: How easy is it to learn to use the star align?
A: The Celestron NexStar 130 SLT telescope is easy for a novice to use. You'll have it up and running within a half hour. You'll need a good set of eyepieces and filters to get the most from your scope.
Q7: I am thinking about getting the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT. Is it capable of doing more stuff then the NexSar 60, 80, 102, and 114 SLT and in what ways? Also, if I get the Nexstar 130 SLT, I was going to get the Celestron Eyepiece and Filter Kit - 1.25 Inch Format. Will the kit match up with the telescope and is it duplicating what I would be getting with the telescope? The telescope's user level is listed as intermediate, but I would say that I am at a beginner level, would that be an impediment for me in operating the telescope?
A: A telescope with a 130mm aperture, such as the NexStar 130SLT has, is capable of gathering more light than one with a smaller primary mirror. Hence, you'll be able to see more distant objects, and your views of closer objects will be brighter under high magnification. The 130 SLT is intermediate in capability, but that doesn't mean a beginner can't operate it. The GoTo feature should simplify finding celestial objects for you. The eyepiece & filter kit will work nicely with the 130SLT. You will be duplicating the 9mm eyepiece, but since that's one you'll be using often, it might be a good idea to have a spare.
Q8: I have the NexStar 80SLT. Will it be possible to buy just the tube and use it with the mount that came with my 80 SLT?
A: Unfortunately, the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT optical tube is not available by itself.
Q9: I live in an area with several companies with lights. I also have several street lights near my house. I can see a few stars by eye. Will I still be able to see enough to make buying this telescope worth while? Will a bigger telescope better overcome the background light problem?
A: "Worthwhile" is a relativistic term. What I will tell you is that we have customers who use their 14 inch scopes off of balconies on Manhattan Island (light and pollution everywhere) and they love their telescopes. They still hate light pollution, but they love and use the scopes.
Q10: If I take the telescope in and out of my house then do I need do the star align each time?
A: The Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Telescope will save the coordinates originally entered but you will still need to three star align every time the unit is powered up.
Q11: Is this telescope of such size and weight the it would be considered to be a "grab and go"?
A: The Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Telescope
weighs 34lbs total and is considered to be a very portable telescope.
Q12: What is the maximum payload capacity of this mount?
A: The mount on the Nexstar 130 is not recommended to hold any other telescope. The mount is designed only for the 130mm barrel. The mount is strong enough to hold a camera adapter and a camera for astrophotography but additional weight is not suggested with this mount design.