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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerised Newtonian Reflector Telescope

SKU: CLS-31145

  • Compatible with 2" eyepieces

  • High quality 130mm 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

  • BONUS Astronomy Software download with a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and 75 enhanced images

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Regular Price: $1,299.00

Special Price $1,099.95

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The popularity of Celestron NexStar 114 models boosted the birth of its big brother telescope - the Nexstar 130 SLT. The Nexstar 130 SLT has 30% more light-gathering power than the 114mm predecessor.

Like the other SLT telescope series, the 130 SLT comes with a fully computerised hand control. This gives you the ability to automatically slew to any of its objects, which includes over 600 galaxies, 300 clusters and dozens of beautiful binary stars. The Newtonian design provides fully colour-corrected views that are best suited for astronomical use, and its strong and convenient steel tripod allows the NexStar 130 SLT to be up and ready to use for your celestial adventurers in a matter of minutes! 

NexStar SLT

Computerized Mount Features:

  • Proven NexStar computer control technology
  • Database allows telescope to locate over 40,000 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

Compatible with:


Optical Tube Info: 

Optical Design

Newtonian Reflector


130mm (5.19")

Focal Length

650mm (25.59")

Focal Ratio


Focal Length of Eyepiece 1

25mm (.98")

Magnification of Eyepiece 1


Focal Length of Eyepiece 2

9mm (0.35")

Magnification of Eyepiece 2



Red Dot Finderscope (StarPointer)

Star Diagonal


Optical Tube


Highest Useful Magnification


Lowest Useful Magnification


Limiting Stellar Magnitude


Resolution (Rayleigh)

1.07 arc seconds

Resolution (Dawes)

0.89 arc seconds

Secondary Mirror Obstruction

43mm (1.7")

Optical Coatings


Optical Tube Length

533mm (21")

Optical Tube Diameter

Not given by Celestron

Optical Tube Weight

Not given by Celestron


Vixen / CG-5 Dovetail Bar

Mount Info:

Mount Type

Computerised Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm

Instrument Load Capacity


Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod)

863.6mm - 1371.6mm

Tripod Leg Diameter


Mount Head Weight


Accessory Tray


Tripod Weight


Slew Speeds

9 slew speeds - max speed 3°/second

Tracking Rates

Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar

Tracking Modes

Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South



Dovetail Compatibility

Vixen / CG-5 dovetail

Auxiliary ports

  • 1 Aux port
  • 1x hand control port (hand control can use either port)

Autoguide port


USB Port

Yes, Input on hand control

Power Requirements

  • 8xAA Batteries (Not included)
  • 12 VDC-750 mA (Tip positive)

Motor Drive

DC servo motors

Alignment Procedures

  • SkyAlign
  • 3-Star Align
  • Solar System Align

Periodic Error Correction


Computerized Hand Control

1 Hand Control Port and 1 Aux Port

NexStar+ Database

Over 120,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects


  • Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software
  • SkyPortal App

Included Items

  • Newtonian Reflector OTA
  • Single Fork Arm Mount & Tripod
  • Accessory Tray
  • Nexstar+ Hand Control
  • 2x Eyepieces (25mm & 9mm)
  • Star Pointer Finderscope

About Celestron
Celestron was founded by Tom Johnson whose first telescope design was a simple 6-inch reflector, built for his young son. He gradually progressed to making larger scopes in more sophisticated designs. Today, the Celestron company is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing optical equipment including telescopes (computerised and non-computerised), binoculars, spotting scopes and its accompanying accessories. Celestron's legacy spans 50 years, and has grown to enjoy recognition from amateurs to serious astronomers globally. The company seeks to remain innovative by growing its product offerings, while supporting science education around the world.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Optical Design No
Mount Type Alt-azimuth mount
Aperture 130mm (5.19")
Focal Ratio f/5
Eyepiece 1 25mm
Eyepiece 2 9mm
Eyepiece 3 No
Finderscope Make Star Pointer
Electronic Hand Control Yes
Motor Drive Yes
Go-To Functionality No
Focal Length 650mm (25.59")
Tripod No
Tube Length 533mm (21")
Highest Magnification 307x
Warranty Information 2 Years Warranty
Additional Specifications of Product No
Shipping Dimensions No
Shipping Weight No


Customer Reviews

Good quality, great cost/benefit Review by Lyndon
Overall Score
Purchased from Optics Central last week after a lot of online research, comparisons, You Tube reviews etc.
Price from Optics was about $125 cheaper than the nearest AU-based competitor I could find at the time - everything arrived well-packaged, fast delivery - all good.

I am a complete novice with nothing to compare to so the following is biased: I feel like I got a really good deal on what this scope can offer for the price. I wanted something easy to use that would maintain my interest as a hobby. The 130SLT is very easy to set-up (there's a good You Tube video on 'how to' out there), the computerised hand controller and motor-driven mount are super-easy to use (a quick scan of the instructions and away you go with Sky Align positioning and auto-tracking).

Tonight I viewed the lunar eclipse in fantastic detail with the stock lenses and when the cloud cover got in the way I pointed it at the Milky Way found a group of stars that looked interesting and asked the controller to identify what caught my interest (turned out it was a nebula) - very cool. Even better, this was a nebula I could not pick out with the naked eye - so the scope seems to pull in a lot of light and seriously, I just never knew there were so many stars out there - this telescope draws back the curtain.

If this scope is in your budget, I recommend it and for me it was definitely worth going for the computerised controller and automatic tracking; you can get on with the business of being in awe without testing your patience.

Other reviews I have read suggest you will immediately want to get a Barlow lens among others and start to kit yourself out with higher quality lenses. I think it is true - you will immediately want the flexibility of different magnifications and a filter to reduce the glare of the moon when viewing. I don't think this is anything to do with 'inadequacy' of what you get in the package and everything to do with the sense of potential you have after using the scope for just a short period of time.

Other reviews have also suggested the tripod is a bit 'light' and is prone to wobbling a lot. True, it is not a heavy tripod and more weight might be good for added stability but I personally haven't found movement to be excessive or inhibitive to operating or viewing. I don't see a deal breaker in this. To be clear, the tripod is not flimsy or anything like that - based on reviews elsewhere I had low expectations, but I think it is perfectly adequate and my expectations were exceeded.

So overall - very very happy with the quality and cost/benefit of this hardware!

(Posted on 8/10/2014)
Great Telescope Review by Adam Harper
Overall Score
What can i say? It's everything that I wanted! Great built, stunning optical quality (bright and sharp images!) and it comes with a computerised hand control. This makes it really easy to control! (Posted on 10/10/2012)
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