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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Essential Telescope Bundle

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SKU: CEL-31145-BUN-E
$629.95 $769.95

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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Essential Bundle

Includes Red Flashlight, Moon Filter & Optical Cleaning Tool!

The Celestron 130 NexStar SLT telescope comes standard with two eyepieces, a focuser adapter and the StarPointer red dot finder. In addition, the High Point NexStar SLT Essential Bundle includes additional accessories that will enhance your astronomy experience even further:

A red flashlight is an essential accessory for all amateur astronomers, and we have included the Apertura Red LED Flashlight so that you can protect your night vision while observing.  When you step outside for the first time, it is harder to see in the dark.  That is because the pupils of your eyes are adjusted for the brighter light of your home.  It takes approximately 30 minutes for your pupils to fully adjust to the darkness, and once they have adapted you will be able to see better, not only as you move around but at the eyepiece as well.  A red flashlight can help you read a star chart or find something you’ve dropped without messing with your precious night vision.

A moon filter is also considered essential and here’s why!  Besides allowing you to see more detail the Moon, the filtering helps keep your eyes dark adapted.  Trust me, one look at the full moon unfiltered through the telescope's optics will ruin the view of any other object through your telescope for quite some time afterwards. To use the included Apertura 1.25” Moon Filter, just thread it onto the barrel end of any 1.25” eyepiece, insert the eyepiece into the diagonal, and you are good to go.

Last but not least, we have included an Apertura Lens Pen in this essential bundle.  Use this pen to gently clean away particles that land on your telescope’s optics or your eyepieces or filters.  One end terminates in a brush, and the other in a cleaning disc that will remove sticky residue like pollen.

Now, here's more information on the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Telescope, followed by info on each of the included essential bundle components:

About the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope

The Newtonian Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope has 30% more light-gathering power than 114 mm telescopes. The 130SLT, like the other models in the Celestron SLT Series, comes with a fully computerized hand control. The computerized hand control of this SLT telescope gives you the ability to automatically slew to any of its 40,000+ objects, including over 600 galaxies, 300 clusters, and dozens of beautiful binary stars. The Celestron NexStar 130 SLT computerized telescope is pre-assembled and has an adjustable steel tripod. This scope can be up and ready to use in a matter of minutes. The new SkyAlign alignment technology and the included StarPointer Finderscope with a red LED makes aligning the Celestron 130SLT 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) with the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT computerized telescope. Begin to explore some of the fainter Messier objects using the additional light-gathering capabilities of the 130SLT's 5" primary mirror. Because of the Newtonian design, the mirror gives fully color-corrected views that are best suited for astronomical use. The Celestron NexStar 130 SLT computerized telescope is the most popular of the SLT series because of the value it offers. If you are looking for a beginner's telescope with impressive performance, the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT computerized telescope is a smart choice!

Celestron 130SLT Standard Features and Accessories Include:

  • Computerized hand control with 40,000+ object database
  • Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for quick no tool set up
  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
  • Comes with "The Sky" Level 1 planetarium software and NSOL telescope control software for controlling your telescope via computer
  • Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
  • Sturdy stainless steel tripod
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment (includes 3V CR2032 lithium button battery)
  • Auxiliary port for additional accessories such as GPS accessory
  • Motorized altazimuth mount and fully computerized hand control
  • U.S. and International city database to easily set your location
  • Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units.

Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope Specifications:

  • 130 mm (5.1") diameter Newtonian Reflector
  • 650 mm Focal Length
  • f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • 40,000+ object database
  • Weight: 18 lb

About the Apertura Red LED Flashlight...

Keep your eyes dark-adapted during any activity at night with this mini red flashlight from Apertura!  Amateur astronomers go to a lot of trouble to keep their skies as dark as possible, from turning off porch lights to driving out of the city in search of  pristinely dark skies.  It takes about a half-hour for your eyes to truly adapt to the dark, and once that happens you will be able to see more detail and much fainter objects.  Don't ruin that dark adaptation by turning on a white flashlight to find an accessory or read a star chart!  When you use the Apertura Red Flashlight instead, your eyes will not react near as much as they do to white light, and they will stay dark-adapted.  Think of how much easier it is to see objects in the bedroom after the lights have been off for awhile.  Turning the light off lets your eyes adapt to the dark so you can see better.  In the same way, not using white light (and getting away from sources of light as much as you can) lets your eyes adapt to the dark and lets you see more stars, galaxies, nebulae...more celestial objects, and that is the name of the game when it comes to astronomy, right?

By the way, if you use a computer or your smartphone, you can buy rubylith film at an art store to make red covers for the screens.  Also use smaller pieces to cover the interior lights of your car!  It may not be perfect, but it will help quite a bit in the fight against white light! This red flashlight is short enough to fit easily in most astronomy accessory cases, your glove compartment, backpack, computer bag or purse.  

About the Apertura Moon Filter...

The Moon is bright and this Moon Filter is just the thing for more comfortable (and rewarding!) viewing. It's like putting sunglasses on your telescope eyepiece! To use, simply thread onto the barrel of any 1.25" eyepiece or Barlow lens (sold separately) and then insert into the focuser or diagonal as usual. You will be amazed at how lunar features, such as craters big and small, maria, and mountains come into view when your eyes are not overpowered by the moon's brightness. This Moon Filter works well for Venus as well!

The Apertura moon filter has been produced with high grade optical glass and is anti-reflection coated to prevent glaring and ghosting.

About the Apertura Lens Cleaning Pen...

The Apertura Lens Pen is just the tool you need to do a quick cleaning job on all of your smaller optics! Use the retractable brush to gently remove dust and any other loose particles. That may be all the cleaning your small telescope, binoculars, camera lenses, or eyepieces need, but if there is still some smudges, use the other end of the Apertura Lens Pen to gently remove them. The special non-liquid cleaning element is designed to be gentle yet effective and will never dry out.

Whenever the Apertura Lens Pen is not in use, make sure to retract the cleaning brush and use the cap. This Lens Pen is so portable; you can keep It in your camera bag or astronomy accessory case so it will always be available when you need it. Remember, only clean your optics when you have to! A few specks of dust is normal and won't usually interfere with your observations. If you do need to clean, always choose the tool with the least impact on the surface of the glass first. Taking care to only clean your optics when absolutely necessary will help keep the coatings intact and scratch-free.