We are proud to introduce the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope Bundle. The bundle includes two very important accessories that will make your exploring much more enjoyable. 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.
- High quality 130mm Maksutov-Cassegrain
- 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
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.
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.
Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Telescope, 1.25" Eyepiece & Filter Kit, Powertank, Tripod, Hand Controller, Computerized Altazimuth Mount, StarPointer Finderscope, "The Sky" CD Rom Software, 9mm Eyepiece, 25mm Eyepiece
Dimensions & Specifications
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1:
Magnification of Eyepiece 1:
Focal Length of Eyepiece 2:
Magnification of Eyepiece 2:
Highest Useful Magnification:
Lowest Useful Magnification:
Limiting Stellar Magnitude:
1.07 arc seconds
0.89 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power:
Apparent Field of View:
Linear Field of View:
91 ft @ 1000 Yards
Nine Slew Speeds
Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar
Alt-Az, EQ North, and EQ South
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
Celestron 2 Year
DocumentationDownload Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Telescope User Manual
Download Celestron NexStar SLT Telescopes Information Sheet
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.
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.
Q1: How much does it weigh? How small will it fold into? Is it easily transportable?
A: The telescope's complete weight is 18 lbs. The telescope can detach from the mount and the tripod can fold down but it will require some separation of pieces to break it down. Once you break it down it is easy to transport.
Q2: is there a case for the 130slt?
A: There is no case available for the Celestron 130SLT at this time.
Q3: What do the different filters do? Is there one that you can view the Sun?
A: The filters with this kit are used to change the color skew of the object being viewed. For example, if you were to look at mars and it looks too red to make out a good amount of detail, you can apply a blue filter and the details would "pop" out. We do have filters that will allow you to view the sun. They are called solar filters and they can be applied to the end of your telescope so that you can view the sun.