Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope

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  • Fully computerized mount with SkyAlign GoTo technology
  • 30% more light-gathering power than 114mm model
  • Database allows telescope to locate over 4,000 celestial objects
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  • Description

    We are proud to introduce the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope.  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.

    Explore The Cosmos

    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.

    General Features:

    • High quality 130mm Reflecting Telescope
    • Fully computerized Altazimuth mount
    • StarPointer finderscope helps 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
    • Good for terrestrial and celestial observing
    • “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

    Intelligent Design

    Powered by 8 AA (user supplied) batteries or an optional AC adapter (#18778), these NexStar GoTos love to travel.  The internal battery compartment provides power to the high precision servo motors for rigid low-vibration performance while eliminating cord wrap issues associated with external battery packs.

    With the NexStar’s ergonomically designed hand control, the user is free to remove the hand control from its holder for remote use or leave it cradled for hands-free operation.  With a touch of a button, you can select the object catalog, change the slew speed, view fascinating information about an object or simply know if a desired object is visible in the sky.


    Celestron's Revolutionary SkyAlign

    Using Celestron’s patented SkyAlign (patent pending), simply input the date, time and location into the hand control then slew the telescope to any three bright celestial objects in the sky.  You do not need to know the names of the stars – you can even pick the Moon or bright planets!


    Celestron 2 Year Warranty

    Celestron warrants your product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. Celestron will repair or replace such product or part thereof which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship. As a condition to the obligation of Celestron to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned to Celestron together with proof-of-purchase satisfactory to Celestron.  


    About Celestron

    In the late 1950s, Tom Johnson, founder of Valor Electronics, built a telescope from scratch to introduce his sons to the wonders of stargazing. What began as a hobby soon grew to be Johnson’s driving passion, and in 1960, he formed an Astro-Optical Division within his company. That department eventually became Celestron.

    Prior to Celestron, skilled opticians painstakingly produced high-quality Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes one by one, hand-figuring the glass for hours. Johnson wanted to bring observatory-grade optics to the masses, but achieving his dream required streamlining the manufacturing process. Johnson’s solution was developing ultra-precise match plates, allowing for mass production of the Schmidt corrector. With this groundbreaking new technique, Johnson created Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes of unparalleled quality, and brought them to market at a surprisingly low price. Celestron telescopes were an instant smash success that catapulted the hobby of astronomy to new heights.

    In 1970, Johnson unveiled his landmark product: the Celestron 8, with its standout orange tube, high-end optics, and $1,000 price tag. Armed with the “C8,” thousands of amateur astronomers observed celestial objects previously seen only in professional observatories. The C8 cemented Celestron as an industry game-changer and the world’s premier telescope brand.

    For more than 50 years, Celestron has continued to lead the market, creating dozens of revolutionary new products including telescopes, sport optics, and microscopes. With more than 80 employees around the world, Celestron remains guided by our founding principles as we commit to ever-increasing global growth. Today, we still produce our flagship product—the 14-inch Edge HD optical tube—at our headquarters in Torrance, California, using Tom Johnson’s signature method.

      What's Included

      Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope, Tripod, Accessory Tray, NexStar Hand Controller, StarPointer Finderscope, 9mm Eyepiece, 25mm Eyepiece, "The Sky" CD ROM Astronomy Software

    • Dimensions & Specifications

      Optical Design:

      Newtonian Reflector



      Focal Length:


      Focal Ratio:


      Focal Length of Eyepiece 1:


      Magnification of Eyepiece 1:


      Focal Length of Eyepiece 2:


      Magnification of Eyepiece 2:




      Mount Type:

      Motorized Altazimuth



      Highest Useful Magnification:


      Lowest Useful Magnification:


      Limiting Stellar Magnitude:


      Resolution (Rayleigh):

      1.07 arc seconds

      Resolution (Dawes):

      0.89 arc seconds

      Light Gathering Power:


      Apparent Field of View:


      Linear Field of View:

      91 ft @ 1000 Yards

      Optical Coatings:


      Slew Speeds:

      Nine Slew Speeds

      Tracking Rates:

      Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar

      Tracking Modes:

      Alt-Az, EQ North, and EQ South

      Alignment Procedures:

      SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Solar System Align

      Computerized Hand Control:

      Fully Computerized / Flash Upgradeable


      4000 Object Database


      Optional SkySync GPS Accessory

      Complete Weight:

      18 lbs


      Celestron 2 Year


      Download Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Instruction Manual
      Download Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Telescope Quick Set-Up Guide
    • Product Guarantee

      We stand behind all the products we sell, and your satisfaction is our top priority. If you're not satisfied with the quality of your purchase, simply send the item back to us in its original packaging within 30 days of its delivery.

      Manufacturer Warranty

      Celestron has a limited lifetime binocular and spotting scope warranty and all other products have a 2 year manufacturer's warranty covers against defects is provided. If you have specific questions about this product's warranty please contact Celestron's Customer Service department at 310-328-9560.

      Return & Exchange Policy

      At our site, returns are easy! You may return new, unused, and resalable items for a refund or exchange. Simply ensure that the item is returned in its original product packaging within 30 days of delivery.

    Customer Q&A

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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.

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