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    Question Just got the Nexstar 130 slt and looking for accessories



    Hi! I just got the Celestron Nexstar 130 slt telescope and I am in the process of researching what kind of accessories I need. I haven't been able to use the scope much because I'm still figuring out how to even use the thing! I'm having issues with it actually finding stars, but I read that it's because I did 3 close stars, not 3 at opposite ends of the sky (the manual sure doesn't help a whole lot).

    What about filters? I see a lot of filters for sale but I'm not sure how useful they will be. Any that are super beneficial?
    I live near the city so is the LPR filter worth the price?
    What mm size eyepieces are best for viewing planets? It comes with 9 and 25mm. Any others I should purchase?
    Can anyone direct me to a place with tips for beginners for this telescope? I'm not having a whole lot of luck.
    Lastly, how can I transport the thing?? I see no travel bags or anything for sale

    Thank you!!
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    Default Re: Just got the Nexstar 130 slt and looking for accessories

    Congratulations on your new 130SLT, it's an excellent telescope. Enjoy it.

    Regarding accessories, other than an observing chair it's best to wait a few months until you get your feet on the ground so to speak. You have all the accessories you need to get started.

    Go to your public library and get the books 'Backyard Astronomer's Guide' and "Night Watch." They will help you get started.
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    Default Re: Just got the Nexstar 130 slt and looking for accessories

    Congrats on your new scope - you are in for a treat!

    LPR filters are really not that useful in a high light pollution environment. If you are going to do lunar observing a variable polarizing filter is nice but not essential. A solar filter will allow you to observe sunspots without going blind (literally!) and you can make your own with Baader solar film.

    The supplied eyepieces are likely Kellners - the 25mm is adequate but the 9mm has some issues in an f/5 scope. An inexpensive 10mm Plossl will be a great improvement .

    You will need a collimation eyepiece to get the best results from an f/5 scope. A rechargeable 12v power source will save you $ in the long run as your scope will eat AA batteries!

    For transport of my scopes I use a duffel/gym bag with some padding.
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    Default Re: Just got the Nexstar 130 slt and looking for accessories

    Welcome to the forum and the universe that you will see through your great new scope. Excellent advice given - ESPECIALLY - to use a chair. All these entry scopes are a perfect size to view from a comfortable sitting position and the lower height for your tripod will make it much more stable. After your initial 3 star alignment, you can re-tweak it after you have viewed for awhile to improve tracking accuracy. The above suggested books will help and a quick peruse of Sky & Telescope | Astronomy News, Tools & Resources where you can click on (news/observing news) will tell you what is currently most interesting and easily seen in the sky for the next few days. Don't worry about buying any more new toys until you have used your scope for a few weeks. I am a cheap old SOB, so I would never buy a "telescope bag" or "case". An appropriate sized gym bag or soft sided suitcase with a few gaffer taped inserts and dividers made from dense foam will work just fine. As you acquire accessories you can rearrange your dividers, rather than being stuck with the choices of a telescope bag maker. A LPR filter will help in an urban area, but a short trip to a darker site will help A LOT more. The LPR filter was a huge help 10 or 15 years ago, when all the light was mercury and sodium vapor sources, but now with a mix of LED and other broad band light sources as well as simply greater amounts of light pollution, the LPR is much less effective. Your included eyepieces will serve you well until you have made a list of things that you hope to see at higher magnifications or in a wider field to form a consensus on which eyepieces you want to upgrade to for maximum return on your investment. I'll wish you some clear weather and great views with your new scope.
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    Default Re: Just got the Nexstar 130 slt and looking for accessories

    A 4mm - 6mm eyepiece works good with that scope for planetary viewing with a 5mm being ideal in my experience. Jupiter will be at its closest to Earth this year on April 7, so you will want a high power eyepiece on or prior to that date.

    If you want an assortment of eyepieces and filters, then something like this seems reasonably priced: Meade Series 4000 1.25" Eyepiece & Filter Set # 607001. I have a similar set from Celestron. I haven't found the filters to be terribly helpful, but it was fun trying them to see if I could make out more detail on the planets.

    For alignment, try using one of the 2-star alignment routines and choose stars that are at roughly the same altitude and 60 or more degrees apart. Make sure you set your location and time as well as whether or not you are on daylight savings time.
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    Default Re: Just got the Nexstar 130 slt and looking for accessories

    Some helpful links for alignment:
    What your NexStar manual doesn't tell you
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRB1ngnVswY

    If you type 130slt in the search window of this forum, you will find a lot of threads on your telescope with many helpful suggestions.
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    Default Re: Just got the Nexstar 130 slt and looking for accessories

    Hi ecray01,

    I have had a 130 slt for about a year and a half and have had a great time with it. I have gradually added "stuff" and agree with others that getting used to the scope first is primary. Then you can check back with other 130 slt owners for helpful accessories. Definitely get a Cheshire or laser to check and align the primary and secondary mirrors.
    I have had great success with skyalign using three stars. First, make sure that your finder scope is spot on. I used a radio tower about a half mile away to set mine. Second, center the alignment stars with the star way out of focus. It should look like a big donut. This will help a lot to center the star. I have had really good goto accuracy using alignment stars that are relatively close together (maybe within a 90 degree range). I have a lot of tall trees, so I can only view small parts of the sky at a time.
    I purchased several inexpensive plossl eyepieces and a nice 5mm Celestron x-cell. I love the views with the 5mm, but seeing conditions rarely allow it. Bigger, but blurry is not better. My favorite eyepiece is a 12mm highpoint plossl. That gives me great view. Throw in a Barlow later for extra flexibility.
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    Default Re: Just got the Nexstar 130 slt and looking for accessories

    Welcome to the forum.
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    Default Re: Just got the Nexstar 130 slt and looking for accessories

    As everyone has said, hold off on accessories, other than a comfortable observing chair, for a while, especially filters.

    I have/had several different alt/az mounts and have improved my goto accuracy by always following this simple routine. When I end a session, I slew the scope to Polaris and then turn it off. When I start a session, I set the scope down pointing roughly (most of the time very close) at Polaris. I use the two star auto align with Polaris as my first star. Then I use a star in the SE or SW 30-60 degrees above the horizon as my second star. I use a reticle EP to precisely center the alignment stars, but defocusing the star to a doughnut will allow you to center easily as well. Obviously you must have the date/time entered correctly and the mount level. I do this with all my goto alt/az mounts with very accurate gotos, the three star alignments have never been as accurate for me.
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    Default Re: Just got the Nexstar 130 slt and looking for accessories

    welcome to the forum - i have the earlier version of the mount the GT but have the upgraded Handcontroller and sofware.
    yes it canbe very very choosy on its set up , currently i cant seem to get mine to track right , im thinking another update maybe required as it seems to be out by a good bit.
    good advise given , id get used to the scope and setting it up and viewiing through it, the tripod isnt the best unless they have upgraded it from the one i have small tubular light wieght, so i hang a 10kg weight undeneath to hold it down helps a lot
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