Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope

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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope Full Review

 

If you liked the NexStar 114 models, you're going to love the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope. Built to be bigger (not in size) and better, expect amazing features and functionalities that will make your stargazing experience twice the fun and excitement.

This telescope is worth the investment, thanks to its light gathering power that is 30% more than what its predecessor had. Combined with the SkyAlign Technology and StarPointer Finderscope with a red LED, tracking and pointing the telescope to that celestial body that you want to see would be a breeze.

With the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT, you won't have trouble seeing the details of the surface of the Moon, the rings of Saturn, the cloud belts on Jupiter, and even the Great Nebula in Orion (M42). Suffice to say that this telescope would wow an amateur, and impress an experienced observer. 

 

Features

Like most telescopes in the SLT series, the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT also comes with a fully computerized hand control. Computerized and hand control in the same sentence may seem a bit confusing. Wouldn't that constitute as automated? Yes and no. The telescope has over 4000 objects in its database, including 300 binary stars and 600 galaxies, which it automatically tracks and finds with just a press of a button or adjustments on the hand control.

In addition to the computerized hand control, the telescope is also compatible with the NexRemote telescope control software that allows you to control the device using your computer. 

The device is meant for easy no-tool setup, so unboxing it would be quick and convenient. It also comes with a pre-assembled, adjustable steel tripod that allows you to set up the telescope in minutes. Its internal battery compartment also serves as housing for the cord when the telescope is in use. When you need to connect additional accessories, such as a GPS, an Auxiliary Port is available for use.

Now for the best part. The Celestron NexStar 130 SLT uses mirrors instead of lenses, which is why it produces an image that is 5 times brighter than what a refractor telescope is capable of.  And when paired with different eyepieces, the view gets even better. When the 9mm eyepiece is used with the standard 25mm eyepiece, for instance, magnification is increased, and you will be able to clearly see the globular star clusters like the M13.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Is optimized for wide field views
  • Fully computerized altazimuth mount for easy adjustment
  • Quick no-tool set up thanks to its optical tube, quick-release fork arm mount and accessory tray
  • Light and portable for easy handling when using the telescope on the go

Cons

  • Battery life is significantly shortened because of its computerized features, nearly every move eats up power
  • The mirrors have to be collimated or aligned occasionally to ensure the telescope will have more light gathering power
  • Its performance may be affected with vibration

Conclusion

Performance-wise, the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope is a cut above the rest, providing you with clear images of celestial bodies that are light years away. As for the battery life, there is an optional PowerTank battery that you can use.

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