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Celestron 31153 Skyprodigy 130 Reflector Telescope


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  • Fully automatic alignment procedure with 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 and battery pack providing over 30 hours of power
  • CD-ROM The SkyX - First Light Edition astronomy software which provides education about the sky
  • Proven Computer Control Technology with database, proprietary starsense Technology and flash upgradeable hand control software
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 99.1 x 25.4 x 43.2 cm ; 8 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 17 Kg
  • Batteries 8 D batteries required.
  • Item model number: SkyProdigy 130
  • ASIN: B004VSQ7HW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 Aug 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,841 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

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.

Manufacturer's Description

Celestron Telescope with computerised mount
Enjoy high quality optics with the convenience of a computerised mount. Click here for a larger image.

Computerised Telescopes

Discover more about our place in the ever-expanding universe by exploring the vast history revealed in the seemingly static night sky. Celestron's world-class telescopes can turn any backyard into a personal planetarium where students can traverse the universe and return home with lessons that will last a lifetime.

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.

Celestron Telescope with computerised mount
The SkyProdigy will take shots of the sky to auto-align using the built-in camera and on-board computer. Click here for a larger image.
Let Your Telescope Take You on a Tour

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 customised 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.

Celestron Telescope with computerised mount
Computerised hand control has a database of more than 4,000 celestial objects. Click here for a larger image.

*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.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

There are estimated to be at least 70 sextillion (7 x 1022) stars in the observable universe and with the nearest one after the sun being 39.9 trillion kilometers away it is difficult to discover and appreciate their true celestial beauty without the help of a high quality telescope.

This SkyProdigy telescope from Celestron couldn't be more perfect for the job with its StarSense computer control technology consisting of a database capable of locating over 4,000 celestial objects. Also with a built-on SkyPointer finderscope to help you align the scope and achieve outstanding views of stars, moons, planets, comets and the endless array of other exciting features waiting to be discovered in the night sky.

If you want to expand your exploration potential even further the scope also features flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the internet.

Celestron Telescope with computerised mount
Fully computerised mount with secure dovetail easy mounting attachment. Click here for a larger image.
Celestial Celestron Simplicity

Easy to set-up, the lightweight computerised mount prevents the need to lug around a bunch of heavy tools for assembly and can be easily and conveniently carried anywhere so you can find that perfect viewing spot where stability can be acquired with the aluminium tripod, even on uneven terrain in the great outdoors. In addition, there is also an included accessory tray for handy storage of all your add-ons and accessories so they are immediately to hand when required.

Computerised 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

About Celestron

An award-winning legacy brand for over 50 years, Celestron has grown to become the world's leading telescope maker, and enjoys brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. Celestron also develops a wide range of exciting products and technologies that enhance the science, outdoor and educational markets. At Celestron, we strive to inspire a sense of wonder, knowledge and fun in our customers and throughout our company.

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Features
Optical Design
Refractor
Refractor
Newtonian Reflector
Refractor
Maksutov-Cassegrain
Newtonian Reflector
Aperture
60 mm (2.36 in)
80 mm (3.15 in)
114 mm (4.49 in)
70 mm (2.76 in)
90 mm (3.54 in)
130 mm (5.12 in)
Weight (lbs)
10 lbs (4.54 kg)
14 lbs (6.35 kg)
15 lbs (6.8 kg)
14 lbs (6.35 kg)
16 lbs (7.26 kg)
18 lbs (8.16 kg)
Angular Field of View (deg)
1.6 °
1.6 °
1.6 °
1.7 °
1 °
1.9 °
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds)
84 ft (26 m)
84 ft (26 m)
84 ft (26 m)
91 ft (28 m)
53.5 ft (16 m)
103 ft (31 m)
Optical Coatings
Fully Coated
Fully Coated
Fully Coated
Fully Coated
Fully Multi-Coated
Aluminum with SiO2 overcoat
Focal Length (mm)
700 mm (28 in)
900 mm (35 in)
1000 mm (39 in)
700 mm (28 in)
1250 mm (49 in)
650 mm (26 in)
Focal Ratio
12
11
8.77
10
14
5
Eyepiece 1 (25mm) Magnification
28 x
36 x
40 x
28 x
50 x
26 x
Eyepiece 2 (9mm) Magnification
78 x
100 x
111 x
78 x
139 x
72 x
Mount
Motorised Altazimuth
Motorised Altazimuth
Motorised Altazimuth
Motorised Altazimuth
Motorised Altazimuth
Motorised Altazimuth
Tripod
Aluminum
Aluminum
Aluminum
Steel
Steel
Steel
Highest Useful Magnification
142 x
189 x
269 x
165 x
213 x
307 x
Lowest Useful Magnification
8.57 x
11 x
16 x
10 x
13 x
19 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude
38
48
65
43
53
73
Resolution (Rayleigh)
2.32 arc seconds
1.74 arc seconds
1.22 arc seconds
1.99 arc seconds
1.55 arc seconds
1.07 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes)
1.93 arc seconds
1.45 arc seconds
1.02 arc seconds
1.66 arc seconds
1.29 arc seconds
0.89 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power
73 x
131 x
265 x
100 x
165 x
345 x

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By brymoiser on 20 Aug 2012
What does the SkyProdigy have in common with Professor Brian Cox? Well, one of them is a sleek, good looking beast that turns women's heads and the other is a science boffin and former pop star. But, differences apart, they both make astronomy sexy.

The Prodigy fits together easily and the dovetail fitting means the scope and mount are easily taken apart and transported. The metallic red finish makes the scope a thing of beauty that is sure to draw the attention of friends and family. The battery pack works well and so far I've had a good 10 hours out of it with Duracells. Long term though you will want to find another power supply - a 12v adapter to plug in to your car (£15), a mains adapter (£30) or a power tank (£60 upwards).

The main reason for buying the Prodigy is its ease of use. I recently upgraded my much larger 8 inch scope to Go To and although I'm sure it will get easier it really is a pain to align compared to the Prodigy. With the Prodigy you simply turn it on and it goes through its search routine, analyses what it finds and announces itself ready to show you the night sky. All in less than 5 minutes from being switched on.

To date no object has been in the centre of my eyepiece after the scope has slewed into position but they are always somewhere in the viewfinder and easily centred using the straightforward controls. My favourite option is the Sky Tour. Selecting this will allow the scope to pick out the best objects on show such as double stars, nebulae, galaxies and star clusters. Point it at a particular area of sky you are interested in and it will focus on that section only - great if you only want to look around Cassiopeia for example.

A hidden bonus is the fact it accepts 2 inch eyepieces.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By steve on 5 Nov 2012
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Telescope is fantastic for beginners like myself.
I have very little knowledge about astronomy ,but with this product you can explore the sky just by setting it up and following the instructions.
the only problem that I have is that the slewing motor does not seem to work correctly in the horizontal movement.
I have contacted Celestrom and I am waiting for a reply.
All in all a great telescope to start with.well worth the money.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TC on 21 Feb 2014
I had was given a Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Telescope for my birthday a couple of years ago. I had a great time looking at the moon with that scope but, as a complete utter beginner, really struggled with trying to align the scope and basically found it next to impossible to find anything else in the sky.

After looking at various options I opted to get a Skyprodigy 130. I have literally just walked in from using in the first time tonight and am so impressed I wanted to write this review straight away! I live in a relatively built up area (houses and street lights all around) but the Skyprodigy was still able to auto align itself in my back garden with no issues. Serious - one button is all you have to press and the scope scans the sky and announces when it's ready. After that select what you want to view - solar system, stars, deep space... and the scope whirs into action.

In just a few minutes I had observed Jupiter (with its bands and moons visible), the orion nebular (which left me quite breath taken) and the andromeda galaxy, plus several stars... I've seen more in an hour or so tonight than I have in the whole time I had the AstroMaster 130EQ !

If you're a complete beginner like me and want a quick, easy way to start seeing the amazing things that are up in the night sky this scope really is worth every penny.
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