Any examples of better options for "go to" telescopes at the same or lower price range?
We would need to know from which vendor you would be purchasing the 130SLT, and in order to suggest other kits for the same price or less; Teleskop Service, an international dealer, for example.
The 130mm f/5 Newtonian atop the SLT mount sports a 2" focusser, for 2" eyepieces, and for superior wide-field viewing at the lower powers, for deep-sky objects and vistas. Being a Newtonian, you may need to exercise some DIY skills to get it performing at its very best. I know I would be. Currently, I'm working on a Celestron 127mm "Bird Jones" reflector; great fun it is.
Most of the outlay for a 130SLT kit goes for the SLT go-to mount, for the telescope secondly. Thirdly, the included eyepieces will get you started, but you'll perhaps want to upgrade them in future, or in the near-future, depending.
With its 650mm focal-length, a 2x or even a 3x barlow will allow for the higher powers associated with lunar, planetary and double-star observations. Also, a go-to mount makes reaching and enjoying those powers much easier, much more satisfying, but the Newtonian's collimation must be spot-on for those higher powers, and for sharp and pleasing images. The atmosphere will complicate matters in addition, therefore nothing can be done about that, but at least you can control the collimation.
Edited by Sky Muse, 12 June 2019 - 08:29 AM.