The Celestron SkyProdigy 6 Schmidt-Cassegrain Computerized Telescope is a perfect and compact design for beginner astronomers who want to start taking advantage of the really slow focal ratios and corrective optics of a catadioptric design. Featuring Celestron's StarBright XLT coatings on the mirror, boosting light reflectivity to 95%, around a 10% improvement over traditional aluminum coatings. Even if the astronomer knows they're stars from a light polluted location, taking this telescope to a dark sky and expecting to know the stars can be quite shocking. That is why Celestron implemented the StarSense Technology Alignment Method which with a little inputted information from the observer, the telescope basically aligns itself. After the user inputs the date, time and location, a small camera on the telescope takes three separate snapshots of the night sky and calculates it based upon its computer database. Once aligned, stargazing can begin!
With the flash updateable system, when new software updates are available, they can be downloaded directly from the internet.
These revolutionary new telescopes, recognized as an Innovations Honoree at the 2011 CES, are designed for people without any prior knowledge of astronomy or telescopes. All you have to do is turn this amazing telescope on… The SkyProdigy will simply “look” up to the sky to get its bearings and, in less than three minutes, you can be taking an exciting tour of outer space using SkyProdigy’s internal database of over 4,000 celestial objects.
|Accessory Tray||No Tool, Quick Release|
|Alignment Procedures||StarSense Automatic Alignment, Solar System Align, Manual Align|
|Aperture||152 mm (5.98 in)|
|Apparent Field of View||.83°|
|Computer Hand Control||Fully Computerized / Flash Upgradeable|
|Eyepiece 1 Magnification||60 x|
|Eyepiece 2 Magnification||167 x|
|Focal Length||1500 mm (59 in)|
|Highest Useful Magnification||359 x|
|Light Gathering Power||472 x|
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude||13.4|
|Linear Field of View (@1000 yds)||43.6 ft (13 m)|
|Lowest Useful Magnification||22 x|
|Optical Coatings||Fully Multi-Coated|
|Resolution (Dawes)||0.76 arc seconds|
|Resolution (Rayleigh)||0.92 arc seconds|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction||2.2 in (56 mm)|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area||14 %|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter||37%|
|Slew Speeds||Nine slew speeds: 3.5°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, .5°/sec, 32x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 2x|
|Tracking Rates||Sidereal, Solar and Lunar|