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Celestron NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope

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Regardless of whether you're new at stargazing or an experienced astronomer, you'll enjoy viewing the beauty of the night sky and the wonders of space with the Celestron NexStar 130SLT computerized telescope. This telescope has many advantages over a manually operated model. You can adjust your view of the sky much easier with programmable coordinates that you could with a handheld model. The built-in software even allows you to print maps of the sky for reference or later review. This Celestron astronomical telescope features:

  • Computerized mount with keypad
  • Database of celestial objects
  • Pre-assembled tripod
  • Quick release parts

NexRemote Makes Stargazing Easy

The Celestron astronomical telescope features a fully computerized mount and hand control that makes finding things to view quick and easy. Make use of the hand control to automatically move the telescope to any of the over 4,000 celestial objects in its database. This database includes more than 300 star clusters, over 600 galaxies and dozens of binary stars. Celestron's NexStar 130SLT computerized telescope also makes use of NexRemote, a technology that allows you to control the device from your personal computer. Anything that you can do using the hand control you can also do using your laptop or PC. For example, you can:

  • Align in various tracking modes
  • Access the celestial object database
  • Program user objects
  • Connect to planetarium software
  • Create custom tours
  • Use speech controls to hear NexRemote talk out loud
  • Put the telescope into hibernation mode

Technical Specs for NexRemote

While NexRemote is an extremely useful tool, you do need a computer with certain specifications to make use of it. This includes:

  • Windows 98SE or later for basic use
  • Windows NT, 2000, XP or later for virtual port use
  • 233MHz or better processor
  • DirectX 7 or later
  • SAPI 5.1 or later for speech support
  • MDAC 2.5 or later for tour editing

All required software is downloadable from the Celestron website. You'll also need an RS232 serial port or a USB to serial adapter or a PCMCIA to serial adapter. At this time, NexRemote will not work with 64-bit versions of Windows Vista

SkyAlign Makes Setting Up Your Telescope Quick and Easy

Another technology included with the Celestron NexStar 130SLT computerized telescope is SkyAlign. Using this technology, all you need to do is point your telescope at three objects in the night sky, and it will tell you what they are. You just need to input some information into the telescope, such as date, time and GPS location, then point it at any three objects. This is a simple way to align the device and is ideal for both beginners and experienced users.

Standard Features

The Celestron NexStar 130SLT computerized telescope boasts many features that will keep your eyes on the skies instead of fumbling with parts. These include:

  • Collapsable stainless steel tripod
  • Shocks that dampen or eliminate vibrations
  • Accessory tray that holds extra lenses and other equipment
  • Quick-release functionality
  • Internal battery compartment
  • AC adapter

General Celestron NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope Information

This product is a Newtonian reflector telescope. That means it utilizes two mirrors, one concave and the other flat. This type is popular with beginner astronomers because it has a simple design that provides high-quality images at affordable prices. This design also ensures a sharp, clear view of larger but more distant objects and experiences fewer optical irregularities than some other types of telescopes.

Technical Specifications for Advanced Beginners

All telescopes function by transmitting as much available light as possible to the eyes by the use of lenses and mirrors - simple enough. However, like the f5 focal ratio that helps to provide relatively bright images, there are some factors that contribute to your Celestron NexStar telescope's optical performance:

  • 650 mm focal length
  • 130 mm aperture
  • 9 and 25 mm included eyepiece lenses
  • 9 slew speeds
  • A motorized altazimuth mount

The Celestron NexStar 130SLT computerized telescope is also compatible with 2-inch eyepieces. This addition offers advantages, including:

  • More comfortable viewing
  • A wider field of vision
  • Easier locating of distant objects

Support for Celestron NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope Owners

Celestron provides many ways for you to find answers to any questions you might have, and support representatives are available on your schedule. After all, you will be using this product at night. Support tools include the following:

  • Product registration
  • Setup videos
  • Customer service FAQs
  • Online knowledgebase
  • Customer service contact forms
  • Free astronomy-related online classes

The Celestron brand is dedicated to providing consumers with the highest-quality computerized reflector telescopes at the most affordable prices. The company also works to connect stargazers and promote collaboration between them on social media. Explore the skies with the Celestron NexStar 130SLT computerized telescope and share what you learn with the world.