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Features:
  • 130mm Newtonian Reflector OTA
  • 650mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Multi-Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Focuser, 9mm and 25mm Eyepieces
  • Computer-Controlled Alt-Az Mount
  • 4000+ Object Database
  • Multiple Alignment Procedures
  • Sky and Constellation Tour Modes
  • Expanded Information on 100+ Objects
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod

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Deal of the day: Celestron - NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope - Compact and Portable - Newtonian Reflector Optical Design - SkyAlign Technology - Computerized Hand Control - 130mm Aperture https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007UQNNQ

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randyc asked this question on 11-30-2022 at 01:38 PM
11-30-2022 at 01:38 PM
You can, but a DSLR might be pretty heavy hanging off the viewfinder. There are plenty on small astronomy cameras that fit in the viewfinder, weigh less and take great pictures and video.
11-30-2022 at 01:38 PM
Yes, but you need a really good one to capture enough light to reallt get anything smaller than the moon. I have a nikon 3200 and got better pictures with a zoom lense on that for Saturn and Jupiter. But it is pretty good for getting the moon.

I am a relative novice with the camera, so perhaps others cen get better results. You have to work off of manual settings once the camera is hooked up.

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Celestron makes excellent scopes, this is no exception.

If this is your first scope, I recommend getting one without a computer. Scout craigslist for scope under $100. Learn the ropes, feel the sky for your latitude. Any small scope will do. After you gauge your skill and hone in your forte, spend the money on a bigger scope (larger dia). Enjoying the night sky is not about click and see, its about dexterity and patience. Slow and steady is the way to go.

Depending on your location (latitude) you will need to get a planisphere. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0961320745 (30-40 degrees)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0961320753 (40-50 degrees)
Red headlamp to read the Planisphere and other maps/books in the night. The red light reduces eye strain.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09XHZTL3C

After you get good at reading sky maps, locating celestial bodies etc. Spend the money on a jump scope (8" or higher). You will appreciate the quality of Celestron scopes much better. Dont make the the mistake I made of incremental sizes and collection 10 scopes you hardly use. Let the first one be small and non computerized. Then jump to the largest one you can afford.
You can, but a DSLR might be pretty heavy hanging off the viewfinder. There are plenty on small astronomy cameras that fit in the viewfinder, weigh less and take great pictures and video.
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Amazon [amazon.com] has Celestron - NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope for $444.95. Shipping is free.

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$105.00 lower (19% savings) than the previous price of $549.95

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About this Item:
  • COMPUTERIZED STAR LOCATING TELESCOPE: The Celestron NexStar 130SLT offers a database of more than 40,000 stars, galaxies, nebulae, and more. Simply choose an object and the telescope finds it for you in the night sky and tracks it as it moves.
  • NEWTONIAN REFLECTOR OPTICAL DESIGN: With a large, 130mm aperture, the NexStar 130SLT can gather enough light to see our Solar System and beyond. View Saturn's rings, Jupiter's cloud bands, the Moon's craters, and the Orion Nebula in brilliant detail.
  • COMPACT AND PORTABLE: The ideal telescope for adults and kids to use together, the NexStar 130SLT is compact, lightweight, and portable. It's easy to transport just about anywhere—your favorite campsite, a dark sky observing site, or simply the backyard.
  • FAST SETUP WITH SKYALIGN: Celestron's proprietary SkyAlign procedure has you ready to observe in minutes. Center any 3 bright objects in the eyepiece and the NexStar SLT aligns to the night sky, ready to locate thousands of objects.
  • UNBEATABLE WARRANTY & SUPPORT: Buy with confidence from Celestron, a leading telescope brand in California since 1960. Purchasing from an Authorized Dealer on Amazon gives you a 2-Year US Warranty and unlimited support from our team of US-based experts.
  • BONUS FREE STARRY NIGHT SOFTWARE: Your Celestron NexStar 130SLT includes a free download of Starry Night Special Edition, one of the top-rated astronomy software programs. Simulate the sky, learn about celestial objects, & plan your observing session.

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0007UQNNQ [amazon.com]

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Celestron makes excellent scopes, this is no exception.

If this is your first scope, I recommend getting one without a computer. Scout craigslist for scope under $100. Learn the ropes, feel the sky for your latitude. Any small scope will do. After you gauge your skill and hone in your forte, spend the money on a bigger scope (larger dia). Enjoying the night sky is not about click and see, its about dexterity and patience. Slow and steady is the way to go.

Depending on your location (latitude) you will need to get a planisphere. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0961320745 (30-40 degrees)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0961320753 (40-50 degrees)
Red headlamp to read the Planisphere and other maps/books in the night. The red light reduces eye strain.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09XHZTL3C

After you get good at reading sky maps, locating celestial bodies etc. Spend the money on a jump scope (8" or higher). You will appreciate the quality of Celestron scopes much better. Dont make the the mistake I made of incremental sizes and collection 10 scopes you hardly use. Let the first one be small and non computerized. Then jump to the largest one you can afford.
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Can a DSLR be hooked into the viewfinder without much trouble?
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Can a DSLR be hooked into the viewfinder without much trouble?
You can, but a DSLR might be pretty heavy hanging off the viewfinder. There are plenty on small astronomy cameras that fit in the viewfinder, weigh less and take great pictures and video.
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You can, but a DSLR might be pretty heavy hanging off the viewfinder. There are plenty on small astronomy cameras that fit in the viewfinder, weigh less and take great pictures and video.
Any recommendations to help me get started with a search? Thanks.
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Interesting that the lead time on a number of Celestron products is strangely long, e.g. this scope shows 12/13 delivery for me. Guess Amazon is waiting on stock.
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Same question. I have a 5D MK IV. What additional hardware would I need to use this to start taking photos I can stack? Is this powerful enough to see the Cassini Divide? Will it track?
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Search SVBONY camera on Amazon and you will see some options. I think I have the SV305 and it is amazing for the moon and planets. It should capture anything you can see with this telescope.

Edit - You can also use a good smartphone if you get a nice mount for it. Personally, I never had great luck using a phone though.
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Search SVBONY camera on Amazon and you will see some options. I think I have the SV305 and it is amazing for the moon and planets. It should capture anything you can see with this telescope.

Edit - You can also use a good smartphone if you get a nice mount for it. Personally, I never had great luck using a phone though.
The scope sends the image to the computer then we take the screenshot for the picture, is this correct? Thanks for the info. SV305 is currently $185 after $15 off coupon.
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Yes, you use a USB and software on your computer. Most astonomy cameras need software to run them. You do not need to take screenshots though. The software has the ability to capture images or video.

There are plenty of similar options, but I can only recommend what I own.
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The scope sends the image to the computer then we take the screenshot for the picture, is this correct? Thanks for the info. SV305 is currently $185 after $15 off coupon.
That is the pro version. The regular one is on sale for $135. USB 3.0 is probably worth the $50.
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Can a DSLR be hooked into the viewfinder without much trouble?
Seems like you're not gaining any image quality advantages with a DSLR vs. other cheap camera.
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