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Celestron 31145 NexStar 130 SLT Series Newtonian Reflector Telescope

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  • Compatible with 2 inch 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, includes CD ROM 'The Sky' Astronomy Software
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Style Name: Nexstar 130SLT
  • Product Dimensions: 71.1 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm ; 907 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 14 Kg
  • Batteries 8 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 31145
  • ASIN: B0007UQNNQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 May 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,158 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Style Name:Nexstar 130SLT

Product Description

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.
- Includes CD-ROM The SkyX First Light Edition astronomy software which provides education about the sky and printable sky maps.

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.
Otras características:
Altazimuth mount: Yes
Fixed focal length: 65 cm
Magnification: 26x
Weight: 8.16 kg

Manufacturer's Description

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 114 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.

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Apologies for length of this review, but based on 4 months solid use and all we have experienced.

This model was purchased at Christmas as a first telescope for complete novices, largely on the strength of the computer governed motorised Go To function and the good size of the mirror at just over 5 inches. The Go To makes it easier to locate objects, and the size of the mirror means that faint objects well beyond the capacity of the naked eye can be seen. It also provides some basic detail of the the planet Jupiter.

The kit arrives with everything you need bar batteries to power the motors (8 AAs not supplied). No complex assembly of parts is needed. The tripod folds out and a plastic tray for odds and ends sits between the three legs, also providing some bracing of the legs. The motor and telescope support arm has some weight but is easily managed, locating on the top of the tripod and secured by screwing up a large plastic nut by hand under the tripod head. The optical tube assembly, OTA, slides into a place locating a metal bar in a dovetail fixing on the support arm. It is secured by tightening a nut by hand, though the OTA needs to be cupped in the arms underneath to lift it fully in place to get the nut tight enough to take out slack and make the connection solid, which is essential. Not the best of design but it works ok with some patience. Once fixed you probably won't have to undo it again. The direction finder slides into a dovetail on the OTA. This is a good design. It contains no lenses. A red LED (not laser so safe to look at) shines against a piece of glass in the finder as a dot with adjustable brightness. The telescope is moved until the red dot is directly over the object of interest.
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I recently purchased the Celestron Nexstar 130SLT and I am more than happy with my purchase! The quality of the scope and mount is excellent and the 'go-to SkyALign' mount is a breeze to set up; simply input your local time, date etc.. and aim the 'starpointer' at any three bright stars or objects in the sky (even the moon can be used for this)and thats it!! This worked first time for me and I was using the 'tour' feature within minutes! The on-board computer has thousands of sky objects in its database and is a marvelous feature.
The two lenses that come with the scope are of a good quality especially the 9mm eyepiece. I would however recommend investing at some point in the Celestron eyepiece kit which has several better quality lenses as well as a Barlow x2 and several colour filters and a Moon filter, however the two eyepieces that come included here are more than adequate to start off with.
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Style Name: Nexstar 102SLT
I've wanted a telescope for the past decade, and I recently decided that it was now time to splash out and buy one so that my children (oldest is 6 years) could explore the Moon and planets with me. When it comes to astronomy and telescopes I am a complete novice and so I did a lot of research before settling upon the Celestron Nexstar 102 SLT. Here is what I have learned...

Firstly, a telescope is like a mechanical eye that collects light and focuses it onto an eyepiece. The bigger the aperture of the telescope, the more light it can collect and the fainter the objects it can see - so big is good. Imagine that in the dark, the pupil in your eye has a diameter of 5mm that allows light into your eye where it is focused by a lens. That means your pupil has a surface area of almost 2 square cm to gather light. The Nexstar 102 has an aperture with a diameter of 102mm, giving its lens a surface area of over 800 square cm - meaning that it can focus over 41,000% more light onto its eyepiece than you can with your naked eye. This means that it can gather light from very faint sources, such as distant stars and galaxies.

Secondly there are two main types of telescope, reflectors and refractors. Reflectors use a curved mirror to bounce the collected light into an eyepiece, whereas refractors use a glass lens. Generally mirrors are cheaper than lenses, are not so heavy and can be made bigger (remember, big is good) but mechanically reflectors are more fragile than refractors and need regular calibration (called "collimation"), whereas refractors are more robust. So reflectors and children might not mix as well as refractors and children. The Celestron Nexstar 102 SLT is a refractor.

Next, I wondered what I would do with a telescope once I had bought one.
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Style Name: Nexstar 127SLT
I think this is a great little telescope. I recently sold my C6-SGT as there's not much room in my house and I was tired of stubbing my toe on it, so I thought something less-heavy and occupying less floor space would be just the ticket. So I bought a Celestron 127 SLT.

Coming down from a C6, I thought there would be a significant trade-off in optical quality, both in terms of power, resolution and light grab, but it isn't immediately apparent, with bright, clear viewing. All my long eye relief eyepieces work well with it, and I don't need to use the 9mm and 25mm plossls that come with it, though there is nothing wrong with them. Through a Celestron 5mm X-cel, the banding and red spot on Jupiter are both easily discernible I'm happy to say that the little 127mm Maksutov copes very well, with excellent resolution and contrast. If the optical tube has been built down to a price then it isn't immediately noticeable and can easily cope with 300x. I really can't find fault with it optically; this is one powerful little telescope.

Celestron goto system is great and easy to use. Takes about 2 minutes to set the telescope up ready for viewing

The tripod, however, is a different matter. This telescope deserves something a little more sturdy, even if it added £50 to the price. Only other bugbear is the rear thread on which the eyepiece assemble is mounted. The thread is too small to accommodate my focal reducers and I can't seem to find any that fit on the internet. Hence, the 127 SLT is best used for planetary work. If galaxies and star clusters are your thing, then something with a shorter focal length might suit you better.
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