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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Series Newtonian Reflector Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on June 19, 2012
This is a great telescope... IF you understand a few basics!

MOST of the reviews I have seen are from other novices, like ME!

HOWEVER... given a little more time, and effort. this CAN be a GREAT telescope!

BUT... it DOES require a little knowledge, and understanding!

Once you aquire some DEEPER understanding about how the scope works, ALL "double images", and the "tracking issues" etc. are GONE!

In short... Ya gotta be smarter than the telescope! Just learn HOW to use it properly!
Pros: Easy for beginners!
Cons: DOES NEED to be co-limated!...
Would recommend: Yes
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this is a terrable scope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on June 5, 2011
Never in your life buy this scope, it is worthless, the go to system is not usable,the optics are blurry, if you purchase it you will regret doing so, if I were you I would get something more expensive
Cons: go to not usable, optics are poor, celestron did not fix it...
Would recommend: Yes
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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Series Reflector Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on January 12, 2009
Since this was our first telescope we didn't have anything to compare with. The step-by-step instructions are very easy to follow. At first we thought that the collimation was off but after trying I noticed that I could see the inside of the tube when the eye was centered. Celestron was closed for the holidays until the 5th of Jan. I called and waited 25 minutes only to speak with a person who knew nothing about telescopes. I asked to speak with someone that did and he said there was no one else. I asked for his name and requested to speak with a supervisor and he claimed that he wasn't permitted to release his name or forward the call. I contacted Opticsplanet to replace it. They have an easy online system to request returns. Unfortunately, I threw away the outer shipping box to send the telescope back to Opticsplanet for a replacement. They on the other hand have been quick and courteous. The product arrived very quickly. Chicago to Honolulu in 4 days after ordered but the post office decided not to deliver it until 4 days after it arrived on island. The only object we can look at is the moon. When I look at stars or planets they appear as comets. So now I have a expensive lunar telescope. There are many reviews about this one so if you decide to purchase it ensure that it has no defects before discarding the shipping box since once that is gone you are stuck with it. Sad that Celestron has no customer support.
Pros: Unknown
Cons: ZERO support from Celestron...
Would recommend: Yes
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Low Quality Mirror

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, WA Written on January 10, 2009
I have really mixed feelings about this telescope. For the most part it works as expected, but after the first night of viewing in cold weather (about 10F) the mirror coating has started to deteriorate, causing what appears to be significant bubbling or pitting around the entire perimeter of the mirror and less significant imperfections across the surface of the mirror. This is my first telescope, so I'm no pro, but I'm guessing this mirror failure is due to the expanding and contracting of the relatively low-quality mirror. If you're looking for an excuse to buy a really high-quality telescope with zero-expansion optics just keep this in mind.

The hand control display doesn't work well in cold weather, either. The scrolling text on the LCD screen is unreadable and response to input is slow. At 35F - 40F this isn't an issue.

Battery life at 10F was about 2 hours.

SkyAlign worked the first time (thank goodness for that), but hasn't worked since. I've switched to using Solar System Align with my exact GPS coordinates. This is much easier and less time consuming than using SkyAlign, and the result is fairly accurate alignment.

If you're new to astronomy like me, you certainly won't be blown away by this telescope. Saturn looks like a tiny little star with a line through it when using a 9mm eyepiece and 2x barlow lens. That's about 144x magnification. I haven't tried my 4mm eyepiece but that would more than double the magnification to 325x which might make Saturn l...
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Would recommend: No
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Good scope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on March 10, 2008
This is a very nice, high end beginner scope. For those who complain about having to use it in the cold, or the SkyAlign not working really need to take a look at themselves. When the sky is clearest, it is winter. The SkyAlign works great if you get the scope set up properly and take the time to use the alignment.

If you are looking for the best scope for the money and you are just starting out or need to get a smaller scope for certain things, this would be the one to get.
Pros: Easy Set up, easy use of SkyAlign
Cons: Neutral lenes, aperture is small to see all the deep space objects...
Would recommend: Yes
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Excellent

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NC Written on January 14, 2008
Great scope for the money, very easy to use and great optics. Highly recommended.
Pros: Easy to setup, Excellent optics, Great price
Cons: 9mm eyepiece is a little cheap ...
Would recommend: Yes
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great x-mas present!!

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, IN Written on November 26, 2007
My entire family loves this telescope and we have had hours of fun, quality time using it together. None of us knew anything about astronomy before, but it has been very easy to use and is a nice balance as a mid-range telescope for the price-- it's sophisticated but not so much that we're afraid to use it!...
Would recommend: Yes
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Merle

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, NE Written on November 7, 2007
Don't know much about computers or the stars, but I got this to work first time out. If I can do it, anyone can!...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great Beginner Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on November 6, 2007
I received this scope as a birthday gift from my father. I know little to nothing about astronomy, other than what I have read on the Optics Planet forums and articles. I can say that this scope was easy to use. The instructions were clear and the setup was easy. I can see how the alignment process will only get quicker ans easier with time and practice. I would recommend this scope to any beginner or intermediate backyard astronomer....
Would recommend: Yes
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