Celestron’s innovative NexStar Star Location Telescope (SLT) has been a customer favorite for years thanks to its unique combination of high-quality optics, a user-friendly computerised interface, and a sturdy single fork arm mount.
This telescope comes with a pre-assembled, adjustable stainless-steel tripod, quick release fork arm, NexStar+ computerized hand control, 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain optical tube, and lots of bonus accessories.
The entire telescope kit weighs in at just 16 pounds. The simple, no-tool assembly and fast SkyAlign alignment procedure will have you ready to observe in minutes. This makes NexStar 102SLT your perfect companion for impromptu observing sessions and all-night stargazing marathons alike.
Your NexStar 102SLT will reveal details of the lunar surface, Venus and its phases, the polar caps on Mars, Jupiter and its four moons, and Saturn with its rings plainly visible. It can also be used as a land-based spotting telescope for daytime and wildlife observations.
Computerised AltAzimuth Mount – The NexStar SLT telescope features a single fork arm altazimuth mount, which allows the telescope to track the desired objects as they appear to move across the night sky. The mount sits on a pre-assembled, adjustable steel tripod.
NexStar+ Hand Control – This computerised hand control enables you to automatically slew to any of 40,000 celestial objects with the push of a button. The NexStar+ database includes more than 600 galaxies, 300 clusters and dozens of beautiful binary stars. Not sure what to observe? Choose the Sky Tour feature and the NexStar+ hand control will automatically generate a list of all the best celestial objects currently visible based on your exact time and location.
SkyAlign Technology – The proprietary SkyAlign alignment procedure makes setting up and using a computerised telescope faster and easier than ever before. Point the telescope at three bright objects in the sky, and the telescope can triangulate its position and locate any other object in the sky automatically. You don’t need to know the names of the stars, you can even pick the Moon or bright planets.
Power – Feel free to enjoy your NexStar SLT in remote dark sky locations. It’s powered by 8 AA batteries (not included) or a PowerTank portable battery (sold separately). The internal battery compartment provides power to the high precision servo motors for rigid low-vibration performance while eliminating cord wrap issues associated with external battery packs. You may also power your telescope with a 12V AC adapter (sold separately).
Your telescope includes a StarPointer red dot finderscope, a star diagonal, and two eyepieces (25mm and 9mm). The two eyepieces offer different magnifications for low- or high-powered observing. The star diagonal provides a right-side-up view and a more comfortable viewing angle when looking up at the sky. The StarPointer red dot finderscope will help you quickly center an object in your eyepiece for easier observing.
NexStar 102SLT is ready to grow with you as you become a more experienced amateur astronomer. It’s compatible with all Celestron’s latest accessories, including StarSense AutoAlign, SkyPortal WiFi module, and PowerTank Lithium.
Your purchase includes a free download of Celestron’s Starry Night. This powerful software will help you learn about the night sky, celestial objects, and how to plan your next observing session. Celestron Starry Night is the premier astronomy software package on the market, providing resources and knowledge to view our solar system and beyond.
- High quality 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain
- Fully computerised Altazimuth altazimuth mount
- StarPointer red-dot finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
- Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for quick, no-tool set up
- Sturdy, stainless steel tripod and accessory tray included
- Perfect for terrestrial and celestial observing
- BONUS Starry Night Special Edition Astronomy Software download with a 36,000-object database, printable sky maps and enhanced images including 3D renderings of stars, exoplanets, and galaxies
Optical Design: Maksutov-Cassegrain
Aperture: 102mm (4.04")
Focal Length: 1325mm (52.16")
Focal Ratio: f/12
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1: 25mm (.98")
Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 53x
Focal Length of Eyepiece 2: 9mm (.35")
Magnification of Eyepiece 2: 147x
Finderscope: StarPointer red dot finderscope
Star Diagonal: 1.25" Star Diagonal
Optical Tube: Aluminum
Highest Useful Magnification: 241x
Lowest Useful Magnification: 15x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 12.5
Resolution (Rayleigh): 1.37 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes): 1.14 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 212x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 35mm (1.37")
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 34%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 12%
Optical Coatings: Fully Coated
Optical Tube Length: 381mm (15")
Optical Tube Diameter: 116.84mm (4.6")
Optical Tube Weight: 6 lbs (2.7 kg)
Dovetail: CG-5 Dovetail bar
Mount Type: Computerised Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm
Instrument load capacity: 8 lbs (3.6 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod): 762mm - 1270mm (30" - 50")
Tripod Leg Diameter: 31.75mm (1.25") steel
Mount Head Weight: 5 lbs (2.3 kg)
Accessory Tray: Yes
Tripod Weight: 5 lbs (2.3 kg)
Slew Speeds: Nine slew speeds
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes: Alt-Az, EQ North and EQ South
Dovetail Compatibility: CG-5 saddle plate
Number of Auxiliary Ports: 1x AUX Port | 1x hand control port (hand control can use either port)
Autoguide Port: No
USB Port: Yes, input on hand control
Power Requirements: 12 VDC - 8xAA Batteries (not included)
Motor Drive: Computerised Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm
Alignment Procedures: SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Solar System Align
Periodic Error Correction: No
Computerised Hand Control: Yes
NexStar+ Database: Over 40,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects
Software: Celestron Starry Night Special Edition Software | SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight: 16 lbs (7.3 kg)
Included Items: Optical Tube | Single Fork Arm Mount and tripod | Accessory Tray| NexStar+ Hand Control | 25mm and 9mm eyepiece | StarPointer red dot finderscope | Star Diagonal