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Celestron NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope - Best Telescope for Astrophotography
Celestron NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope

Celestron NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope - Best Telescope for Astrophotography

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Your Price: CAD $604.70
Retail Price:CAD $619.00

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Celestron NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope

Quick Overview

General Features

  • Compatible with 2" eyepieces
  • High quality 130 mm 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
  • “TheSkyX – First Light Edition” astronomy software with a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and 75 enhanced images

Computerized Mount Features

  • 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 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

The popularity of our NexStar 114 models inspired us to go bigger! We are proud to introduce NexStar 130 SLT. The NexStar 130 SLT has 30% more light-gathering power than our 114mm telescope.

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 130 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.

Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
Aperture (mm)130 mm (5.12 in)
Focal Length (mm)650 mm (26 in)
Focal Ratio5
Eyepiece 1 (mm)25 mm (0.98 in)
Magnification 126 x
Eyepiece 2 (mm)9 mm (0.35 in)
Magnification 272 x
FinderscopeStarPointer
MountMotorized Altazimuth
Accessory TrayNo Tool, Quick release
TripodSteel
Weight (lbs)18 lbs (8.16 kg)
Highest Useful Magnification307 x
Lowest Useful Magnification19 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude13.1
Resolution (Rayleigh)1.07 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes)0.89 arc seconds
Photographic Resolution400 line/mm
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)345 x
Angular Field of View (deg)1.7 °
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds)91 ft (28 m)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction1.7 in (43 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter33 %
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area11 %
Optical CoatingsAluminum
Slew SpeedsNine slew speeds: 4°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, .5°/sec, 32x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 2x
Tracking RatesSidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking ModesAlt-Az, EQ North and EQ South
Alignment ProceduresSkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Solar System Align
Computer Hand ControlFully Computerized / Flash Upgradeable
GPSOptional SkySync GPS Accessory (93969)

Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .
Terrestrial Observation: No
Lunar Observation: Great
Planetary Observation: Very Good
Binary and Star Cluster Observation: Very Good
Galaxy and Nebula Observation: Fair
Photography: No
Terrestrial Photography: No
Lunar Photography: No
Planetary Photography: No
Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography: No

Best Telescope for Astrophotography

Astrophotography is a little more difficult than regular observation. One of the biggest differences is the fact that you need a telescope that is actually designed to be able to take the photos needed and desired. According to a lot of astrophotographers, the NexStar 130 SLT computerized telescope is by far the best one available on the market for anyone that is actually interested in astrophotography. This telescope comes with a focal ratio of f5, and it has a focal length of 650mm.

While using this particular telescope, you will find that it is extremely easy to move, and this is entirely thanks to the fact that it has a motorized Altazimuth mount. You will not have to worry about being able to follow objects in order to get that perfect picture of your favorite object in the sky. It also has SkyAlign. This is an excellent aspect about this telescope because you will no long have to worry about just looking at one object. With SkyAlign, you will actually be able to align the telescope with any 3 celestial objects in the sky that are bright.

There have only been two things about this particular telescope that have been logged as needing help. The first thing is its battery. The battery life is rather short compared to others. Therefore, it is imperative when using this telescope that you charge the battery to full before heading out to do your astrophotography. After all, you would not want to be in the middle of your project and have the telescoping die. The second thing about this telescope is that it is a little sensitive to vibration. Therefore, when you are using it, you need to make sure that it is on a surface that will not conduct vibration.

However, the pros of the NexStar 130 SLT far outweigh these minor setbacks. For instance, you will not find another telescope in its price range that has as wide a field of view as this telescope. Therefore, you will be able to broaden the horizons of your astrophotography experience. It is also very light and portable. Therefore, you will not have to worry about it being too heavy to move around as you see fit.

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