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5.1" Reflector
  • Reflector telescope, aperture: 130 mm (5.12 in), focal length: 650 mm (25.59 in) , focal ratio, 5, finder scope: Star Pointer MOUNT: Motorized Altazimuth
  • Sturdy Stainless Steel Tripod and Accessory Tray , CD-ROM The SkyX First Light Edition Astronomy Software Which Provides Education About the Sky
  • Battery Pack Providing over 30 Hours of Power, Proven Computer Control Technology , Database Allows Telescope to Automatically Locate Over 4,000 Celestial Objects
  • Proprietary Star Sense Technology Provides a Completely Automatic Alignment Process with No User Intervention Required
  • Flash Upgradeable Hand Control Software for Downloading Product Updates Over the Internet, Fully Automatic Alignment Procedure
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Technical Details

Style: 5.1" Reflector
  • Brand Name: Celestron
  • Model: SkyProdigy 130

Product Details

Style: 5.1" Reflector
  • Product Dimensions: 39 x 10 x 17 inches ; 18 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 37.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B004VSQ7HW
  • Item model number: SkyProdigy 130
  • Batteries 8 D batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 1, 2011

Product Description

Style: 5.1" Reflector

Product Description

A truly revolutionary product with ground breaking technology, Sky Prodigy is the product of a culmination of decades of telescope advancements. It combines electronic motors, an intelligent on-board computer, a digital camera and Star Sense technology to create an automatic, instant alignment telescope that requires no input from the user. Simply turn it on, push a button and enjoy the view! It's that easy.

From the Manufacturer

SkyProdigy 130 Computerized Telescope (item #31153) SkyProdigy 130 Computerized Telescope Photo

SkyProdigy 130 Computerized Telescope

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Overview

SkyProdigy 130 - General Features
  • Fully Automatic Alignment Procedure
  • Fully Computerized Altazimuth Mount
  • Quick-Release Fork Arm Mount and Optical Tube for Easy, Quick No Tool Set Up
  • Sturdy Stainless Steel Tripod and Accessory Tray
  • CD-ROM The SkyX First Light Edition Astronomy Software Which Provides Education About the Sky
  • Battery Pack Providing over 30 Hours of Power
SkyProdigy 130 - Computerized Mount Features
  • Proven Computer Control Technology
  • Database Allows Telescope to Automatically Locate Over 4,000 Celestial Objects
  • Proprietary StarSense Technology Provides a Completely Automatic Alignment Process with No User Intervention Required
  • Flash Upgradeable Hand Control Software for Downloading Product Updates Over the Internet

Details

THE SMARTEST TELESCOPE IN THE UNIVERSE!

A truly revolutionary product with ground breaking technology, SkyProdigy is the product of a culmination of decades of telescope advancements.  It combines electronic motors, an intelligent on-board computer, a digital camera and StarSense technology to create an automatic, instant alignment telescope that requires no input from the user.  Simply turn it on, push a button and enjoy the view!  It's that easy.

The SkyProdigy's automatic alignment process takes only a few minutes, then you will be ready to select from thousands of objects to view.  Not sure what to look at?  Select the Sky Tour option; this feature offers a customized list of the best objects in the sky to view for your exact time and location anywhere in the world!

No knowledge of the night sky is required.  One touch innovation turns anyone into an instant astronomer!

Celestron's SkyProdigy telescopes use an integrated imaging camera and patented StarSense Technology to automatically align with the night sky and determine where the telescope is currently pointing. The camera automatically captures an image of the sky, which is processed internally to positively identify the stars in the image. Once a positive match is found, SkyProdigy determines the coordinates of the center of the captured image. The process is automatically repeated two more times so that the system has three known alignment points that can be used to make an accurate model of the night sky. From this information the user can select any celestial object in the hand controller's database, and SkyProdigy will automatically move itself to the correct position.

*The SkyProdigy's internal camera does not have an external output allowing users to view or save the captured images. The captured images are used internally solely for the purpose of self-aligning the SkyProdigy telescope.

Specs

  • Optical Design: Reflector
  • Weight: 18 lbs (8.16 kg)
  • Aperture: 130 mm (5.12 in)
  • Focal Length: 650 mm (25.59 in)
  • Focal Ratio: 5
  • Finderscope: StarPointer
  • Mount: Motorized Altazimuth
  • Eyepiece 1: 25 mm (0.98 in)
  • Magnification 1: 26 x
  • Eyepiece 2: 9 mm (0.35 in)
  • Magnification 2: 72 x
  • Accessory Tray: No Tool, Quick release
  • Tripod: Steel
  • CD ROM: The SkyX First Light Edition astronomy software
  • Highest Useful Magnification: 307 x
  • Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 13.1
  • Resolution (Rayleigh): 1.07 arcsec
  • Resolution (Dawes): 0.89 arcsec
  • Photographic Resolution: 400 line/mm
  • Light Gathering Power: 345 x
  • Angular Field of View: 1.9 °
  • Linear Field of View (@1000 yds): 103 ft (31.39 m)
  • Optical Coatings: Aluminum with SiO2 overcoat
  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 1.7 in (43.18 mm)
  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 11 %
  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 33.2 %
  • Computer Hand Control: Fully Computerized / Flash Upgradeable
  • Slew Speeds: Nine slew speeds: 3°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, .5°/sec, 32x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 2x
  • Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
  • Tracking Modes: Alt-Az
  • Alignment Procedures: StarSense Automatic Alignment, Solar System Align
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2-year Telescope Warranty

CELESTRON TWO YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY

A. Celestron warrants your telescope to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. Celestron will repair or replace such product or part thereof which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship. As a condition to the obligation of Celestron to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned to Celestron together with proof-of-purchase satisfactory to Celestron.

B. The Proper Return Authorization Number must be obtained from Celestron in advance of return. Call Celestron at (310) 328-9560 to receive the number to be displayed on the outside of your shipping container.

All returns must be accompanied by a written statement setting forth the name, address, and daytime telephone number of the owner, together with a brief description of any claimed defects. Parts or product for which replacement is made shall become the property of Celestron.

The customer shall be responsible for all costs of transportation and insurance, both to and from the factory of Celestron, and shall be required to prepay such costs.

Celestron shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any telescope covered by this warranty within thirty days of receipt. In the event repair or replacement shall require more than thirty days, Celestron shall notify the customer accordingly. Celestron reserves the right to replace any product which has been discontinued from its product line with a new product of comparable value and function.

This warranty shall be void and of no force of effect in the event a covered product has been modified in design or function, or subjected to abuse, misuse, mishandling or unauthorized repair. Further, product malfunction or deterioration due to normal wear is not covered by this warranty.

CELESTRON DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WHETHER OF MERCHANTABILITY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE, EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH HEREIN. THE SOLE OBLIGATION OF CELESTRON UNDER THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL BE TO REPAIR OR REPLACE THE COVERED PRODUCT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS SET FORTH HEREIN. CELESTRON EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY LOST PROFITS, GENERAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHICH MAY RESULT FROM BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY, OR ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY CELESTRON PRODUCT. ANY WARRANTIES WHICH ARE IMPLIED AND WHICH CANNOT BE DISCLAIMED SHALL BE LIMITED IN DURATION TO A TERM OF TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF ORIGINAL RETAIL PURCHASE.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

Celestron reserves the right to modify or discontinue, without prior notice to you, any model or style telescope.

If warranty problems arise, or if you need assistance in using your telescope contact:

Celestron
Customer Service Department
2835 Columbia Street
Torrance, CA 90503
Tel. (310) 328-9560
Fax. (310) 212-5835

Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM PST

NOTE: This warranty is valid to U.S.A. and Canadian customers who have purchased this product from an authorized Celestron dealer in the U.S.A. or Canada. Warranty outside the U.S.A. and Canada is valid only to customers who purchased from a Celestron's International Distributor or Authorized Celestron Dealer in the specific country. Please contact them for any warranty service.

Awards

2011 Innovations Award Editors Choice Awards

Customer Reviews

Again, alignment was nearly perfect.
Randall Clague
Big problem, I live in Florida, which isn't great for stargazing.
Rick Myers
Perfect for beginners to advanced sky watchers.
Cindy G.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Zzizzy on June 7, 2012
Style Name: 6" Schmidt Cassegrain Verified Purchase
I have found very few personal reviews for the new Celestron SkyProdigy 6 Computerized Telescope w/ Mount & Remote 11076. There are many manufacturer descriptions and videos and quite a lot of claims, but almost no reviews from a consumer who has actually purchased and used this product. So I wanted to start getting something out there. I recently purchased this telescope and have been trying out it's features. I will be evaluating this product fully over the next couple of weeks, but let me give my initial impressions.

First of all, let me say that I have been an amateur astronomer for almost 40 years. I have owned several telescopes and I'm comfortable and knowledgeable with the equipment and their consumer limitations. That said, I was looking at the new line of Celestron SkyProdigy products, not as a serious astrophotography platform, but as a unique "toy". I have wanted a fully automated and self-aligning telescope for as long as I can remember. It seemed like the technology finally caught up and that Celestron had put all the pieces together to produce a family style telescope that would provide star gazing without having to be an astronomer. The key piece was this scope's ability to align itself and then be able to locate celestial objects on it's own. Well, those are some lofty goals, and if you read the Celestron site and watch the videos, those are the claims of the SkyProdigy line.

The proof is if the SkyProdigy can actually perfom as advertised and be able to locate objects after it aligns itself. Unfortunately, out of the box, it cannot!

The scope goes through what it thinks is a successful alignment.
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February 28, 2013
We apologize for the less-than-ideal experience you encountered with your SkyProdigy 6. Celestron has been receiving rave reviews for the innovative SkyProdigy telescopes since their introduction in 2011. The issues you described are not typical, but fortunately they can be addressed very easily as outlined below.

Each SkyProdigy mount and optical tube is calibrated at the factory; however, rough shipping conditions may cause a slight misalignment. If this situation occurs, the telescope and mount can be easily realigned with the CALIBRATE function, which is a simple procedure clearly detailed in your SkyProdigy instruction manual. Once you recalibrate the mount and telescope, it will place objects within the field of view. The calibration is automatically stored in the StarSense hand controller, so you will not need to recalibrate the telescope and mount when the mount and telescope are disassembled and reassembled.

Sky Tour is a dynamic list of celestial objects which are filtered from all existing databases in the StarSense hand control. Celestial objects are ordered so you view objects across the sky in a guided progression, like in a tour. Sky Tour's default databases include Asterisms, Double Stars, Galaxies, Globular Clusters, Named Objects, Nebulae, Open Clusters, Planetary Nebulae, and Solar System Objects. Sky Tour is fully configurable, so you may enable or disable any of the databases and set the magnitude limit for filtering objects from each database. Please note that you must have the "Advanced" menu option enabled to make changes; this is explained on page 16 of the SkyProdigy instruction manual.

We are sorry to learn about the faulty azimuth motor, as we conduct a 100% inspection on each unit prior to shipping from our facility. Rest assured that your SkyProdigy will be repaired under warranty and will perform as advertised when returned to you. Please contact our Technical Support team at www.celestron.com/support to process your repair.

Best Regards,
Celestron Technical Support
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By MtnGoat on March 21, 2013
Style Name: 6" Schmidt Cassegrain
As an avid amateur astronomer I moved beyond popular grade alt azimuth gotos quite a while ago. I primarily use mid grade or higher computer driven equatorial mounts in order to do astro imaging at my small observatory. That said, I like to stay current and see what's out there, compare and contrast brands and how their approaches work out in practice. I've used both Meade and Celestron consumer grade GOTO alt az's, and each has their strong points. The Meade systems are a bit tougher to learn, but far more flexible with firmware upgrades being basically open source, and handsets which mix and match between mounts at will given the correct firmware load, which you can do yourself. Celestron should take a hint on this, by the way.

On the other hand, Celestron GOTO's are in fact simpler to learn in part because of their limited feature set by comparison, but also because the layout is a little better..except for the slow motion buttons, which I hate...with gloved hands they are too close together to feel in the dark. Another Celestron plus is the mounts are much quieter.

So anyway, when I finally saw a sky prodigy on sale I bought one just to see the state of the art. Closing the loop on GOTO operation by incorporating optical feedback from the sky itself is the final leap to a true GOTO scope, after all. It seems to me they've incorporated a plate solver and sky atlas in the unit, though you have no access to images or any of the functionality. (Celestron tends to be very closed about their architectures, something I don't care for much to be honest.)

Now to the gist of the matter. I got it, set it up, uncapped the lenses, turned it on. Entered the couple basic items. Started an alignment. It moved around pausing for a few moments here and there.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Randall Clague on July 2, 2012
Style Name: 6" Schmidt Cassegrain
I've been an amateur astronomer for 39 years, started with a department store 60mm refractor and Menzel's Field Guide to the Stars and Planets. Over the years, I've owned a 4" Newtonian, an Edmunds Scientific Astroscan, and a 10" Dobsonian. I was good and tired of craning my neck starhopping with the Dob. I wanted a GoTo telescope.

I didn't know Meade already had what I was looking for, and Celestron made a big splash with the SkyProdigy series. Headed down down to OPT to pick up a Prodigy 5" Newtonian, and the salesman pointed out the tube was really too heavy for the single arm mount. I picked up the 90mm Maksutov instead.

The first few times I used it, I was swearing up a storm. I was in the Mojave desert, no moon, it ought to align perfectly! Got it to align maybe 1 time in 5, and the alignment was off by over a degree in some directions. Then I went out under a first quarter moon and a thin haze. It aligned itself the first time, and the alignment was accurate to about 1/2 degree. Tried it again in Burbank, known for TV studios but not dark skies. Again, alignment was nearly perfect.

I think the poor thing had the same reaction I did the first I was under a truly dark sky: there are too many stars! Where are the constellations? The StarSense camera's detection parameters can be tweaked with the hand controller to make it more or less sensitive. I'll try that next time I have issues with auto alignment under a dark sky.

I really wanted portability and convenience. The Prodigy delivered. Takes about five minutes to set up, another five minutes to auto align, and then you're in business. As a bonus, it's very rugged: a few weeks ago, I dropped the mount onto a concrete floor from about four feet. It still works perfectly.
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