Celestron NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope

Celestron NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope
Item # CE-31145
  • The Celestron Nexstar 130 SLT Telescope includes a motorized altazimuth mount with computerized hand control and 4,000+ object database.
  • The Celestron Nexstar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope starts with a high quality 130 mm reflector that gathers 30% more light than a 114mm.
  • The easy to use hand controller and lightweight alt-azimuth mount makes this a nice beginners telescope that will be part of the family for years to come.
  • Easy, "no tools" setup means relaxing stargazing when coupled with two year Celestron warranty!


Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope - 5" Newtonian Reflector Telescope on GoTo Mount

Designed to be an affordable entry level to mid-level computerized GoTo telescope, the Celestron NexStar Star Locating Telescope (SLT) refractors and reflectors are available in the most popular sizes and are loaded with valuable design features. With pre-assembled, adjustable stainless steel tripods, and quick release fork arms and tubes, NexStar SLT telescopes can be set up in a matter of minutes — with no tools required! You can see details of the lunar surface, Venus and its phases, Mars resolved as an orange disc, Jupiter and its four moons, Saturn with its rings plainly visible and much more! You'll love the versatility and capability of this great little comet hunting scope.

Powered by 8 AA user supplied batteries or an optional AC adapter (#18773) these Celestron NexStar GoTo's 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.

At the heart of the Celestron Next Star 130 SLT is a quality 130mm Newtonian Reflector telescope with an aperture of 5". With a focal ratio of f/5 and focal length of 650mm, this telescope also features multi-coated, high quality Celestron optics and makes use of a rack and pinion style focuser. The whole system, including the drive and computer units weighs only 18 lbs.!

Celestron's most affordable NexStar telescope turns starry nights into space odysseys. The 130mm reflectors come with a fully computerized hand control with a database of over 4,000 celestial objects. With its pre-assembled, adjustable steel tripod, the Celestron 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. With the NexStar 130's you can see breathtaking views of the lunar landscape, Venus and its phases, Mars resolved as an orange disc, Jupiter and its 4 moons, Saturn resolved as a disc, with its rings plainly visible at medium and high magnification. Add to that beautiful star clusters, comets to chase and distant galaxies and you have a tool you'll use for many, many years to come!

With Celestron's Revolutionary SkyAlign technology, aligning your telescope is easier and faster than ever. Simply input the date, time and your location (the CPC models have built-in GPS that does this for you) and then align the telescope to three bright stars of your choosing. You do not need to know the names of the stars -- you could even pick the moon or bright planets! The NexStar Computer system will automatically figure out which stars were chosen and then align the telescope. There is no need to point the telescope North or to level the optical tube -- the initial position of the telescope is irrelevant. This makes for a fast and very easy method for aligning the telescope.

Celestron NexStar 130 SLT - 5" ReflectingTelescope on GoTo Mount Features

  • High quality 130 mm Newtonian Reflector Telescope on a Fully computerized Altazimuth mount.
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects.
  • Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube, sturdy stainless steel tripod and accessory tray for quick no tool set up.
  • Includes CD-ROM "The Sky" Astronomy Software which provides education about the sky and printable sky maps.
  • Proven NexStar computer control technology with a database which 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 and 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.
Celestron Product Number: 31145
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU CE-31145
UPC Code 050234311458
Manufacturer Celestron
Telescope Series Celestron Nexstar SLT
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
Mount Type Alt-Azimuth - Motorized
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 5.12"
Telescope Focal Ratio f/5
Telescope Focal Length 650mm
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 13.1
Highest Useful Magnification 345x
Optical Coatings Aluminum
Tube Color or Finish Celestron Grey
Optical Tube Outer Diameter Not provided by manufacturer
Length of Optical Tube Not provided by manufacturer
Optical Tube Weight N.A
Mount Weight N/A
Dew Shield Included? No, Not Necessary
Diagonal Included? No - Not Required
Finder Included Red Dot Finder
Eyepiece(s) Included 25mm, 9mm
Hand Controller Included? Yes
Power Adapter Included None - Requires AA Batteries
CD ROMs Included TheSky X First Light
Alignment Procedure 1-Star Alignment, 2-Star Alignment, SkyAlign, Solar System Align
Tracking Modes Alt-Azimuth, EQ North, EQ South
Objects in Database 4,000 objects
OTA Mount Type Single Arm
Tripod Type Included Adjustable with Steel Legs
Total Telescope Weight 18 lbs.

Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

130 SLT Prime Focus Solution
How hard could it be, I thought. You buy a telescope that has a computerized mount so you can track stars so you must be able to mount a camera on it. Well no. At least not straight away. I bought t-piece adapter and the adapter for the Canon, and yes I can see stars ... with this blue halo caused by looking through lenses. Also to mount the camera in this way it sticks out close to 12 inches from the side of the telescope. As you adjust the focus with this leverage, there's a point you have to lift the camera up to get over a hump in the mechanism that jams the focus mechanism. Prime focus which is focus without lenses is just not possible with this supplied focuser You can just get to the prime focus by hand-holding the camera over the hole with the focuser adjusted so that no mounting mechanics are available which is basically useless. One guy solved the problem by shifting the lens further up the tube with bolts that I just haven't been able to find anywhere (female 4mm thumbscrews) but the solution sucks. The alternative is to buy a new focuser and self mount it. I was beginning to lose the will to live with all the cash I'd spend on lenses, but I bought the SkyWatcher Dual-Speed 2-inch Low Profile Crayford Focuser for Newtonians. This device comes in a box. There are no instructions. Your just supposed to know what its for and how it work it. It doesn't fit, because it's designed for scopes with a larger diameter tube, so I built a silicon gasket by layering silicon sealant between cling film. After a couple of days, when I was satisfied with the gasket, I put screwed through the focuser and the gasket and then worked out where the holes should be on the telescope. I used the plastic washer part from "Corrugated PVC 40mm Screw And Washer Pack of 20" (Screwfix) to secure the screws on the inside of the scope and it's now solid. Because the new focuser is low profile it brings the camera into primefocus for astro photographics. The new focuser has for screws two of which are difficult to get the heads in. I used a grinder to flatten one edge of the screw head to get it in. If you follow what I've done, don't touch the black screws on the focuser. I did this can caused the focus knows to grind against the mount. I got it fixed, but removing or slackening the screws don't give you any more access to the mounting screws.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Larry / (Posted on 10/3/2013)
This telescope alwleod me to look at Venus that enlarged it to the size of the moon with an 11mm 82 degree Orion eyepiece! I'm sorry that the other reviewers didn't find this telecope amazing, but I did. Maybe they are more experienced than me, but I feel I made the right decision buying this telescope. This is my second telescope I have owned. My first one was a cheap Konus, that got me started. I tried to do my homework before buying this telescope. Here are the features I think I paid this kind of money for: 1 Wide field of view. Because the scope is short tubed, it sees a wider field of view than a longer tube refractor. 2 Huge 102mm lens. I would like to someday own the Celestron 150mm longer tube refractor, but it would serve a different purpose. 3 GOTO computer. It still requires effort on my part, but it sure is a cool feature. I don't expect it to work like a government or NASA product, it is a home telescope, and it is as good as it gets. Buy it without regret and unlock the views of the solar system.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Tochukwu / (Posted on 9/20/2012)
Included Items

Included Items

  • 130mm f/5 Newtonian Reflector
  • Computerized GoTo Alt-Azimuth Mount
  • Adjustable Tripod
  • 25mm 1.25" Eyepiece
  • 9mm 1.25" Eyepiece
  • The Sky Level 1 CD-ROM
  • Telescope Control Software
  • NexStar Hand Control
  • Star Pointer Finderscope
  • Instructions
Questions & Answers

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