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Celestron NexStar 130SLT Newbie


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Hello everyone.

For Christmas I received a Celestron NexStar 130SLT. My mother-in-law gifted it to me with the hopes I would be able to kindle an interest in Astronomy within my 8 year old son. He is pretty excited about it and I very much share that excitement with him as we start this journey in amateur astrophotography together. Thus far I have managed to get some nice lunar close ups. I am working on my understanding of the alignment feature. I hope I can contribute to this group as much as I feel it can benefit me.

John Drury

Malvern, AR

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Greetings & Welcome to SGL - nice to have you both aboard!

I'll second the idea of downloading Stellarium. It's an excellent star-charting and planetarium software-program. And free, as pointed out by happy-kat:


And some folks prefer Cartes du Ciel - which means Sky-Charts in French. But this is in English:


Both are truly excellent.

Clear Skies,


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I got a secondhand SLT 130 scope many years ago and it rekindled my interest in astronomy. It was a great scope and served me well.

Now several scopes later I am a wiser but much poorer man.

Be warned :grin:

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Hi John , welcome to the group.

It does take a bit of practice and fiddling to get the hang of alignment etc. Don't rush and enjoy the learning process..I have a Nexstar 6SE and found this article very useful when I started:

http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/385903-accuracy-of-nexstar/#entry4939483  See the post from "Tel" about 6 posts down.

Enjoy your new hobby!


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