SkyProdigy 130 130mm f/5 "smart" go-to altazimuth Newtonian reflector

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This Celestron telescope has:

• 130mm f/5 Newtonian reflector optics
• computerized go-to altazimuth mount with automatic sky alignment
• pre-assembled adjustable height steel tripod
• StarPointer red dot finder
• 1.25” rack and pinion focuser
• 25mm (26x) and 9mm (72x) 1.25” eyepieces
• 2-year warranty

    The thing that keeps most beginning astronomers from enjoying the night sky – even with a computerized telescope – is figuring out how to line up the scope on the right stars at night to begin with, so its computer can find the things that are too small or too dim to see with your bare eye. With the Celestron SkyProdigy 130, it’s a problem no longer!

    You don’t have to know Altair from Zubenelgenubi or know how to read a star chart to find your way around the sky with the Celestron SkyProdigy 130mm go-to Newtonian reflector. 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 you to line it up on the night sky. You don’t even have to look at the sky to get properly lined up on the stars each night to observe.

    Simply turn on your SkyProdigy, push one button, wait three minutes while the scope does its magical thing, and then enjoy the wide angle views! No knowledge of the night sky is required to use the Celestron SkyProdigy. Its one touch innovation turns anyone into an instant astronomer!

    In only about three minutes, the SkyProdigy’s automatic alignment process has the scope ready to show you more than 4,000 celestial objects and track them unerringly while you observe at your leisure. Not sure what to look at? Select the Sky Tour option and SkyProdigy will take you on a tour of best objects in the sky to view for your exact time and location anywhere in the world!

    With the Celestron SkyProdigy 130 you can enjoy both wide-angle and close-up views of the lunar landscape; Venus and its phases; surface details on Mars during favorable oppositions; Jupiter and the ever-changing dance of its 4 moons; Saturn resolved as a disc, with its rings plainly visible; plus binary stars, open and globular star clusters, the brighter nebulas, galaxies, and much more outside the solar system.

    The Celestron SkyProdigy 130 has all the features, light gathering, and wide angle optical performance needed to keep a casual backyard astronomer happily observing for years to come. With its pre-assembled adjustable height steel tripod and easy no-tool assembly, the Celestron SkyProdigy 130 can be up and ready to take you on a tour of the Universe in a matter of minutes any night the sky is clear.

This Telescope’s Optical System . . .

  • Newtonian reflector: 130mm aperture (650mm focal length f/5). The light weight optical tube is connected to the mount by a no-tool quick release dovetail for fast assembly. Aluminized mirrors for high reflectivity and good contrast, overcoated with quartz for long life. Push-pull primary mirror collimation screws minimize the need for frequent collimation. Easily collimated, if needed, using standard reflector collimation methods.

  • Finder: StarPointer non-magnifying variable brightness illuminated red dot finder on a quick-release dovetail mounting bracket. The StarPointer is a quick and easy way to point your telescope exactly at any visible object in the sky, even if the object isn’t one of the more than 4,000 in its database. There’s no need to worry about the inverted images you see through traditional finders, either. Just align the red dot in the StarPointer with the desired object in the sky and you’re done.

  • Focuser: 1.25” rack and pinion.

  • Two 1.25” eyepieces: The first is a 25mm providing a magnification of 26x. The field of view of this eyepiece is 1.7° across, nearly three and a half times the diameter of the full Moon, for very expansive views of open star cluster, nebulas, and galaxies. The second is a higher power 9mm (72x) with a 0.64° field for more close-up views of the Moon, planets, binary stars, and globular star clusters.

This Telescope’s Mount . . .

  • Fork mount/drive system: Single fork arm altazimuth design with pre-installed enclosed dual DC servo motor drives. A supplied battery pack can power the telescope for over 30 hours. An optional AC adapter and rechargeable 12V “Power Tank” battery packs are available to conserve battery life.

  • SkyProdigy computer control: The supplied StarSense-technology computer hand control has an illuminated numeric keypad and a two-line 16-character LCD display. It has a database of 4,033 stars and objects it can find and track for you, including the complete Messier and Caldwell catalogs of famous deep space objects; a selection of the brightest and best deep space objects from the Revised New General Catalog (NGC); selected SAO stars, including the best variable stars and multiple star systems; the planets; the Moon; the Sun; and more.
    When you are ready to observe, simply turn on the SkyProdigy. There’s no need to input the date, time, and your location into the SkyProdigy computer, as with other computerized scopes. Simply press a button, stand back, and watch the magic. The scope will slew to three different parts of the sky. A CCD camera built into the mount’s fork arm will take an image of the sky at each location. The StarSense software in the scope’s computer will use those images to determine how the sky is oriented over the scope and align the SkyProdigy on the sky without your ever having to touch the scope during the process.
    Then, a few keystrokes on the SkyProdigy hand control and the computer will automatically slew your scope to any of the 4,033 objects in its memory you choose and track it so you can observe at your leisure. You can find hundreds of fascinating deep space objects your first night out, even if you have never used a telescope before. No matter what level of experience you start from, your SkyProdigy scope will unfold all the wonders of the Universe for you, your family, and your friends. Unsure of what to look at? Select the Sky Tour option on the hand control and SkyProdigy will take you on a tour of best objects in the sky to view for your exact time and location anywhere in the world!
    The SkyProdigy mount moves at nine different speeds, four for locating objects (3°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, and 0.5°/sec) and five for centering them in the field of view (32x, 16x, 8x, 4x, and 2x sidereal). There are user-selectable sidereal, solar, and lunar tracking rates for keeping objects precisely centered while you observe them at your leisure. The StarSense computer hand control is flash-upgradeable over the internet so you can keep your SkyProdigy scope up to date for years to come.

  • Supplied software: The scope comes with a CD-ROM of TheSky X – First Light Edition planetarium and star charting software. This program is a computerized sky map that features a 10,000 object database, 75 color images, horizontal projection, custom sky chart printing, and zoom capability. It will let explore the Universe on your PC or Mac and print out custom star charts of the sky to help you find faint objects that are not in the SkyProdigy computer’s database.

  • Adjustable height tripod: The preassembled adjustable height tripod has steel legs to damp vibrations quickly. The center leg brace holds a convenient no-tool quick-release accessory tray to keep your eyepieces and accessories up and out of the dew-soaked grass.

  • Two-year warranty: All Celestron telescopes have a two-year warranty, double that of competitive scopes.
Highest Useful Magnification:
This is the highest visual power a telescope can achieve before the image becomes too dim for useful observing (generally at about 50x to 60x per inch of telescope aperture). However, this power is very often unreachable due to turbulence in our atmosphere that makes the image too blurry and unstable to see any detail.

On nights of less-than-perfect seeing, medium to low power planetary, binary star, and globular cluster observing (at 25x to 30x per inch of aperture or less) is usually more enjoyable than fruitlessly attempting to push a telescope's magnification to its theoretical limits. Very high powers are generally best reserved for planetary observations and binary star splitting.

Small aperture telescopes can usually use more power per inch of aperture on any given night than larger telescopes, as they look through a smaller column of air and see less of the turbulence in our atmosphere. While some observers use up to 100x per inch of refractor aperture on Mars and Jupiter, the actual number of minutes they spend observing at such powers is small in relation to the number of hours they spend waiting for the atmosphere to stabilize enough for them to use such very high powers.
Visual Limiting Magnitude:
This is the magnitude (or brightness) of the faintest star that can be seen with a telescope. The larger the number, the fainter the star that can be seen. An approximate formula for determining the visual limiting magnitude of a telescope is 7.5 + 5 log aperture (in cm).

This is the formula that we use with all of the telescopes we carry, so that our published specs will be consistent from aperture to aperture, from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some telescope makers may use other unspecified methods to determine the limiting magnitude, so their published figures may differ from ours.

Keep in mind that this formula does not take into account light loss within the scope, seeing conditions, the observer’s age (visual performance decreases as we get older), the telescope’s age (the reflectivity of telescope mirrors decreases as they get older), etc. The limiting magnitudes specified by manufacturers for their telescopes assume very dark skies, trained observers, and excellent atmospheric transparency – and are therefore rarely obtainable under average observing conditions. The photographic limiting magnitude is always greater than the visual (typically by two magnitudes).

Focal Length:
This is the length of the effective optical path of a telescopeor eyepiece (the distance from the main mirror or lens where the lightis gathered to the point where the prime focus image is formed). Focallength is typically expressed in millimeters.

The longer the focallength, the higher the magnification and the narrower the field of viewwith any given eyepiece. The shorter the focal length, the lower themagnification and the wider the field of view with the same eyepiece.

Focal Ratio:
This is the ‘speed’ of a telescope’s optics, found by dividing the focal length by the aperture. The smaller the f/number, the lower the magnification, the wider the field, and the brighter the image with any given eyepiece or camera.

Fast f/4 to f/5 focal ratios are generally best for lower power wide field observing and deep space photography. Slow f/11 to f/15 focal ratios are usually better suited to higher power lunar, planetary, and binary star observing and high power photography. Medium f/6 to f/10 focal ratios work well with either.

An f/5 system can photograph a nebula or other faint extended deep space object in one-fourth the time of an f/10 system, but the image will be only one-half as large. Point sources, such as stars, are recorded based on the aperture, however, rather than the focal ratio – so that the larger the aperture, the fainter the star you can see or photograph, no matter what the focal ratio.

This is the ability of a telescope to separate closely-spaced binary stars into two distinct objects, measured in seconds of arc. One arc second equals 1/3600th of a degree and is about the width of a 25-cent coin at a distance of three miles! In essence, resolution is a measure of how much detail a telescope can reveal. The resolution values on our website are derived using the Dawes’ limit formula.

Dawes’ limit only applies to point sources of light (stars). Smaller separations can be resolved in extended objects, such as the planets. For example, Cassini’s Division in the rings of Saturn (0.5 arc seconds across), was discovered using a 2.5” telescope – which has a Dawes’ limit of 1.8 arc seconds!

The ability of a telescope to resolve to Dawes’ limit is usually much more affected by seeing conditions, by the difference in brightness between the binary star components, and by the observer’s visual acuity, than it is by the optical quality of the telescope.

0.89 arc seconds
This is the diameter of the light-gathering main mirror or objective lens of a telescope. In general, the larger the aperture, the better the resolution and the fainter the objects you can see.
The weight of this product.
18 lbs.
Telescope Type:
The optical design of a telescope.  Telescope type is classified by three primary optical designs (refractor, reflector, or catadioptric), by sub-designs of these types, or by the task they perform.
Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .
Terrestrial Observation:
Observing terrestrial objects (nature studies, birding, etc.) is usually possible only with refractor and catadioptric telescopes, and convenient only when the scope is on an altazimuth mount or photo tripod. Most reflectors cannot be used for terrestrial observing. Scopes with apertures under 5" to 6" are generally most useful for terrestrial observing due to atmospheric conditions (heat waves and mirage, dust, haze, etc.) that degrade the image quality in larger scopes. 
Lunar Observation:
Visual observation of the Moon is possible with any telescope. Larger aperture scopes will provide more detail than smaller scopes, thereby getting a higher score in this category, but may require an eyepiece filter to cut down the greater glare from the Moon's sunlit surface so small details can be seen more easily. Lunar observing is more rewarding when the Moon is waxing or waning as the changing sun angle casts constantly varying shadows to reveal craters and surface features by the hundreds.  
Planetary Observation:
Very Good
Binary and Star Cluster Observation:
Very Good
Galaxy and Nebula Observation:
Terrestrial Photography:
Photographing terrestrial objects (wildlife, scenery, etc.) is usually possible only with refractor and catadioptric telescopes, and convenient only when the scope is on an altazimuth mount or photo tripod. Most reflectors cannot be used for terrestrial photography. Scopes with focal ratios of f/10 and faster and apertures under 5" to 6" are generally the most useful for terrestrial photography due to atmospheric conditions (heat waves and mirage, dust, haze, etc.) that degrade the image quality in larger scopes.
Lunar Photography:
Photography of the Moon is possible with virtually any telescope, using a 35mm camera, DSLR, or CCD-based webcam (planetary imager). While an equatorial mount with a motor drive is not strictly essential, as the exposure times will be very short, such a mount would be helpful to improve image sharpness, particularly with webcam-type cameras that take a series of exposures over time and stack them together. Reflectors may require a Barlow lens to let the camera reach focus. 
Planetary Photography:
Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography:
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General Accessories
Drive Motors and Drive Accessories (2)
Power Tank 7 Amp-hour 12V DC rechargeable battery
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2.5 Amp AC adapter for Celestron telescopes
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Visual Accessories
Eyepieces (1)
Omni 4mm 1.25" Plossl
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  • 130mm f/5 Newtonian reflector optics
  • Go-to computerized altazimuth mount with dual-axis DC servo motor drives and CCD camera for automatic hands-free sky alignment
  • Pre-assembled adjustable height steel tripod
  • Accessory tray
  • Hand control with 4,000+ star and object database for go-to operation
  • Battery pack (batteries not supplied)
  • Battery-powered variable brightness StarPointer red LED non-magnifying finder (battery supplied)
  • 1.25” rack and pinion focuser
  • 1.25” prism-type star diagonal
  • 1.25” 25mm eyepiece (26x)
  • 1.25” 9mm eyepiece (72x)
  • TheSky X – First Light Edition CD-ROM star-charting software for PC or Mac
  • Dust covers.
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Unsure about how to line up your computerized scope on the sky each night so it can find its way around the sky without mistakes? Fret no longer! You don’t even have to look at the sky to line up your Celestron SkyProdigy 130mm Newtonian reflector on the sky each night so you can find things to observe. Just touch one button. This “smart” go-to computerized Celestron telescope will automatically align itself on the sky for you in only three minutes . . .

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