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Celestron 22089 Skyprodigy 70 Refractor 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 Dimensions: 104.1 x 25.4 x 40.6 cm ; 6 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 19 Kg
  • Batteries 8 AA batteries required.
  • Item model number: SkyProdigy 70
  • ASIN: B004I8SHP0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 Aug. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,253 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product 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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Optical Design
Newtonian Reflector
Newtonian Reflector
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
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
Motorised Altazimuth
Motorised Altazimuth
Motorised Altazimuth
Motorised Altazimuth
Motorised Altazimuth
Motorised Altazimuth
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
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

Box Contains

  • 1 x Celestron Skyprodigy 70
  • 1 x Stainless Steel Tripod
  • 1 x 25 mm Eyepiece
  • 1 x 9mm Eyepiece – 1¼”
  • 1 x 1¼” Star Diagonal (SkyProdigy 70 and 90 only)
  • 1 x StarPointer Finderscope and Mounting Bracket
  • 1 x Deluxe Accessory Tray
  • 1 x TheSkyX First Light Astronomy Software
  • 1 x Computerized Hand Control

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    Arrived in the big cardboard box, where the telescope was very well protected. The telescope was tiptop in working order. I collected it, I have not yet begun to use it; I am reading about the handcontrol. I`m happy about the telescope. It`s unique.
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    Amazon.com: HASH(0x94f72270) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x92992648) out of 5 stars List price is bogus but I like the scope 28 Oct. 2012
    By JDThird - Published on Amazon.com
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    I have a 9 year old son who has been getting into things having to do with space. I've been contemplating a scope for a while now, but wanted something simple for him to be able to pick and choose what he'd like to see on his own. So clearly I had to get a computerized and motorized scope. I had been looking into some nice dobs, but since I didn't know how long his interest would last, I didn't want to spend a lot of money for the scope, since it may end up sitting in a room somewhere most of the time if his interest wanes. So I grabbed this on a gold box offer, about 33% off the "real" price - their list price here I've never seen it go for, even on the Celestron website where it's only a couple bucks more than here.

    With Amazon Prime, I got it in two days. But then it sat for a few weeks waiting for a night without rain or clouds. Tonight was finally it, kind of. A nearly full moon, but a lot of wispy clouds up there after sunset, giving me only about 15 stars to reference my location from. Toss on top of that the cold temps meant I wanted to stay home, not drag my poor son out somewhere farther in the country away from this much ambient light so we were left on my back patio, with my house blocking about 30% of the available sky. Between being in my back yard in a suburban neighborhood, lots of ambient light, neighbors with back patio lights on, and the clouds, I didn't even tell him I was setting it up out there because I fully expected it to not be able to determine its location. I got it in place, powered it up (I hate the battery pack, more about that later), and told it to figure out where it was. I came back inside to warm up and watch some TV with him while it whirred away out there. A couple minutes later I went out there and watched the controller, where it talked about what percentage of that part of the sky it finished scanning, and at one point I saw it say "not enough stars." I thought, "Yep, I figured as much." And I was ready to cart it back in, but it kept going. I guess that message meant that one part it tried to reference didn't have enough stars, so it went to another portion of the sky. All told, even with all the clouds, it took it less than 4 minutes to figure out where it was. Just the fact that it said it was ready was impressive, so I thought let's see how it actually does. The moon is nearly full, not too far over the roof of my neighbors house, so I grabbed the controller and told it to go to the moon.

    Now, I had not read the instructions, so that's a good sign that this system is pretty easy to use and very intuitive for the controls. There's also a "Back" button that makes things almost like traversing directories in a computer. You get to a point in the control menu, then just hit "back" to go up one level. So when I was doing "solar system" and wanted to then try "deep space" I couldn't just hit Deep Space while at Solar System, I had to hit "back" first. Easy enough once you work it out.

    So I said "Moon" and it moved itself there. Wasn't quite spot on, but the moon was in the field of view so that was a win for me. I was using the lower power eyepiece at first, so the moon only filled up about 60 or 70 percent of it. Nice and crisp though. Got my son out, and he thought it was the coolest thing. I then swapped out to the high power eyepiece, and I was VERY surprised. The field of view could not even cover the whole moon, just part of it, it was so large. As I said, it was not QUITE a full moon, and I was amazed when I looked at the edge, the magnification was so much, and it was so clear, that I could see the edges of craters against the edge like mountains, with the black of space behind them. The clarity of the craters was just mind numbing, and seeing them like that rising above the edge of the disc like mountains was just something I hadn't expected from such a relatively small and inexpensive scope. And there are better eyepieces you can buy for this still, so I'm looking forward to seeing just what this baby can do.

    With the cloud cover, I couldn't get at the deep space objects, or even most of the stars. But with the surprising magnification of the moon, I'm getting more power than I had anticipated, so I'll be happy when the skies clear. I already know I'm not going to see Neptune as some large body like the moon, I just want to see some of the things I can.

    The motor noise is noticeable, but not annoying. Slight whirr/click as it tracks objects for you as well.

    The base is surprisingly steady, and includes a level. It has the typical mostly useless "shelf" under the scope.

    Now, the battery pack is a piece of junk. Totally useless, and the first thing I'm going to try to find a better alternative for. It's just this poorly formed plastic junk that holds all the D cell batteries in it, and it's not even shaped well enough to let them TOUCH the contacts at the positive end on two spots because the springs aren't even tough enough to push the batteries up against them vs. the slight tension from the unit as a whole on the batteries. Toss on top of that there's no place designed to hold the battery pack. You can place it on the little shelf but then you're not going to be using it for anything else... Best thing I found so far was to take the little loop on the bag and hang it over the autofinder barrel that does the star sensing when it's powered up. But even then as the scope traverses it bumps against the tops of the tripod legs. Horrible design.

    Focus knobs move very smoothly though, and are geared well so there's some fine focusing available.

    As long as you realize you won't see Pluto other than a faint light, and that the things you see from the Hubble aren't the same things you'll see from here, this is a surprisingly good scope, especially if you want to skip the part that's half the fun for regular astronomers, finding things yourself. The fact that even in the most sub-optimal conditions, my back yard, neighbors with lights on, clouds, yet it still found where it was quickly, was enough for me to realize this was going to be a good buy.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x92dae984) out of 5 stars On sale it is a great deal! 5 Mar. 2013
    By nine44 - Published on Amazon.com
    Living in the consumer electronics age, it is extrememly difficult to get kids to patiently wait for Dad to fiddle with the telescope for hours in order to see an interesting feature of the night sky. This is a great way to get them hooked early. Put it outside and flip the switch and it aligns itself. From there, you simply select the object you want to see. Orion's Nebula? Done. Jupiter and its moons? Done. It works really well!

    Once your kid sees what they can't see with their naked eyes, they are likely to get hooked on this hobby--along with developing a deeper understanding of the sky, of telescopes and of astronomy in general. But if your kid's first experience is frustrating and boring--they're not likely to give it a second go.

    Personally, I would not pay $500 for this telescope though the skysense technology really works well. The scope that is included is pretty good--and for what I paid, I am very happy ($229). I can use this mount with more capable telescopes that I have. I don't want to talk too much trash about the included scope--it's preety good for a starter--but $500, skysense or no skysense, is a little steep.

    Nonetheless--the closest thing out there to this is Meade's 6" Cassegrain on the Light Switch mount for something like $1500. It's a better scope on a much sturdier tripod. But if your goal is to hook your kids on astronomy without blowing their inheritance this is the current cheapest, simplest solution out there.
    HASH(0x92bb7570) out of 5 stars Great if you don't know the stars' names 5 Jun. 2013
    By BigC - Published on Amazon.com
    Verified Purchase
    I bought this scope because it will align itself ;this is great for someone not good at recognizing the stars by name.

    It met my expectations .The supplied scope tube can be removed and other dovetail mounted lightweight scope tubes used ,which is very nice.
    HASH(0x93592b58) out of 5 stars Umanista 17 April 2013
    By Satoshi Hayakawa - Published on Amazon.com
    Verified Purchase
    Accurate movement and superior optics. It works great for moon and bright deep sky objects ! One problem is difficulty to avoid vibration in high power observation.
    HASH(0x932a7ea0) out of 5 stars Easiest Scope to Use 24 Nov. 2013
    By Donald W. Spain - Published on Amazon.com
    Verified Purchase
    A joy to set up. Easily aligned itself with no input for me, other than just a rough leveling. Goes to the object you pick on the handset and tracks perfectly.
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