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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope Review

Last Updated: 06.12.21


Main technical features


It comes with powerful optics that are enhanced by its Newtonian design so you can clearly view objects in the sky.

Beginners and even experienced astronomers will appreciate how easy this computerized telescope is to align.

Even though it comes with a sturdy construction it is still lightweight and easily portable.

Like all Celestron telescopes the NexStar 130 SLT is designed to be easy to assemble and set up.


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In-depth information


One of the most important factors to consider when you are looking for a computerized telescope are the optics. If the telescope isn’t powerful enough to bring planets, stars and other distant objects into view, it will simply be a waste of your money. Since the NexStar 130 SLT comes with a Newtonian design the 5 inch primary mirror is capable of producing color corrected views that are perfect for watching objects in the nighttime sky. The mirror also provides additional light gathering capabilities so everything appears bright and clear. You also have the advantage of the included 9mm eyepiece which will allow you to see details on the lunar surface, along with great views of globular star clusters.

Since this computerized telescope is from Celestron, it comes with their innovative SkyAlign technology so even beginners will find it easy to align. Simply aim the telescope at two or three bright stars or planets, enter the date and time and the telescope will do the rest. This also provides you with access to a database containing over 4,000 celestial bodies so you will always know exactly what you are looking at. You can also chose to control and align the telescope from your compatible computer. With several options for alignment, finding and tracking celestial objects has never been so easy. You can also add a GPS attachment for more advance control.

Celestron telescopes are designed for durability, and the NexStar 130 SLT is no exception. This ensures that you can get years of enjoyment out of this telescope. Even though it does come with a sturdy build, it is still lightweight and easily portable. Weighing slightly over 30 pounds you can easily take this telescope with you to astronomy classes or for watching the stars away from the bright city lights. Since it can also run on batteries, you never have to worry about finding a convenient outlet.

Since this telescope is designed to be portable, it is also simple to set up. The “quick release” fork arm mount is simple to work, and makes it easy to attach the telescope to the sturdy steel tripod. The tripod can also be adjusted for height so you can set it on the table or the ground. Since there aren’t any tools required setting the telescope up is a breeze, and it is just as easy to disassemble when you are ready to go.


Known issues

It has been noted that the battery life for this telescope is relatively brief, but this issue can be resolved with the addition of an inexpensive Celestron “powertank” battery.

Some consumers have mentioned that the telescope is sensitive to vibrations, and this can throw the alignment off.


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Ioana Moldovan

Ioana’s professional experience in the optics field has helped her understand the value of passing her knowledge forward. Her curious personality helps her gather useful information for her readers and her goal is to make technical information fun and accessible to everyone.

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