Celestron SkyProdigy 6 152mm (6") f/10 "smart" go-to altazimuth Schmidt-Cassegrain

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Want a big scope that takes the work out of getting your scope lined up on the ever-changing sky to observe each night? Touch one button and the hands-free computerized go-to mount of the Celestron SkyProdigy 6 "smart" Schmidt-Cassegrain aligns itself on the sky all by itself in only three minutes.

Our Product #: CSP6
Celestron Product #: 11076
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Product Description

This Celestron telescope has:
152mm (6" aperture) 1500mm focal length f/9.87 fully-multicoated Schmidt-Cassegrain optics
Computerized go-to altazimuth mount with automatic sky alignment
Pre-assembled adjustable height steel tripod
StarPointer red dot finder
25mm (60x) and 9mm (167x) 1.25" eyepieces
1.25" 90° star diagonal
2-year warranty

The thing that keeps most beginning astronomers from enjoying the night sky - even with a computerized telescope - is often figuring out how to line up the scope on the sky to begin with, so the scope's computer can find the things that are too small or too dim to see with your bare eye. With the big Celestron SkyProdigy 6, 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 6 go-to Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. 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. Simply turn it on, push a button, and enjoy the view! 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 will have 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 big aperture/long focal length Celestron SkyProdigy 6 you can enjoy crisp close-up views of the lunar landscape; the polar caps and major surface features of Mars; details in the bands of Jupiter, the Great Red Spot, its 4 moons, and the shadows of those moons on Jupiter's cloud tops as they pass in front of the giant planet; Saturn resolved as a disc, with multiple rings plainly visible; plus binary stars, star clusters, nebulas, galaxies, and much more outside the solar system.

The Celestron SkyProdigy 6 has all the features and optical performance needed to keep a casual backyard astronomer happily observing for years to come. With its pre-assembled adjustable height steel tripod, easy no-tool assembly, and no hands automatic sky alignment, the Celestron SkyProdigy 6 can be up and ready to take you on a bright and detailed tour of the Universe in a matter of minutes. And it can be used for terrestrial observing, too - birdwatching, scanning the scenery from the home with a view, and more.

This Telescope's Optical System . . .

Schmidt-Cassegrain folded optical system: 6" (152mm) aperture (1500mm focal length f/9.87). The 16" long 10 pound aluminum optical tube is connected to the mount by a no-tool quick release dovetail for fast assembly. Fully multicoated optics for high light transmission and good contrast.

Red dot 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.

Internal focuser: Focuses by moving the primary mirror fore and aft in the optical tube by means of a focusing knob on the rear cell.

Star diagonal: 1.25" 90° prism.

Two 1.25" eyepieces: The first is a 25mm providing a magnification of 60x. The field of view of this eyepiece is 0.83° across, more than one and a half times the diameter of the full Moon, for expansive views of open star clusters and terrestrial observing. The second is a high power 9mm (167x) with a 0.3° 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 battery pack powes 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 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. The SkyProdigy's CCD camera has no external output to let you view or save what it sees. Its images are only used internally to self-align the scope on the sky at the beginning of each observing session.

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.

The SkyProdigy mount moves at nine different speeds, four for locating objects (3.5°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, and 0.5°/sec) and five for centering them (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.

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.

Tech Details

Aperture 6"
Binary and Star Cluster Observation Very Good
Focal Length 1500mm
Focal Ratio f/9.87
Galaxy and Nebula Observation Good
Highest Useful Magnification 300x
Lunar Observation Great
Weight 23 lbs
Planetary Observation Good
Resolution 0.76 arc seconds
Telescope Type Schmidt-Cassegrain
Visual Limiting Magnitude 13.4
Warranty 2 years

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Supplied Accessories

  • 152mm (6" aperture) 1500mm focal length fully multicoated Schmidt-Cassegrain 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" prism-type star diagonal
  • 1.25" 25mm eyepiece (60x)
  • 1.25" 9mm eyepiece (167x)
  • TheSky X - First Light Edition CD-ROM star-charting software for PC or Mac
  • Dust covers

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