Celestron SkyProdigy 6 152mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

Celestron SkyProdigy 6 152mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

Celestron SkyProdigy 6 152mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • 152mm Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA
  • 1500mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • StarBright XLT Optical Coating System
  • Computerized Go-To Alt-Azimuth Mount
  • StarSense Automatic Alignment Technology
  • 4000+ Object Computer Hand Controller
  • Multiple Slew and Tracking Rates
  • 25mm & 9mm Eyepieces, 90° Diagonal
  • StarPointer Red-Dot Finder
  • Stainless Steel Tripod with Tray
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Celestron SkyProdigy 6 overview

  • 1Description

The Celestron SkyProdigy 6 152mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope is designed for people who want to spend more time observing, and less time setting up. In about three minutes, the StarSense system can automatically determine its position and align itself. Once this quick alignment is done, use the included hand controller to explore more than 4000 objects with full GoTo capabilities.

Optically, the telescope is outfitted with a large-aperture Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA that draws in copious amounts of light to enable detailed observations of the moon and planets with the ability to resolve dim deep space objects, while still maintaining a compact and portable form factor. The light gathering capabilities are enhanced through the use of Celestron's proprietary StarBright XLT optical coating system to maximize light transmission, ensure accurate color rendition, and eliminate fringing and off-axis comas.

The OTA is attached to a fully motorized single-arm mount that is guided by the hand controller, and supported by a sturdy stainless steel tripod. The entire system is powered by eight user-supplied D-cell batteries. To help new users start observing right out of the box, two eyepieces are included to produce moderate and high magnifications, plus a 90° star diagonal. The visual back and diagonal accept 1.25" eyepieces and accessories to allow the use of a wide variety of optional gear to be added later such as additional eyepieces, Barlow lenses, filters, and imaging systems.

Optical Tube
  • 152mm aperture
  • f/10 focal ratio
  • 1500mm focal length
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain optical design
  • StarBright XLT optical coatings: Multi-layer aluminum/SiO2 (quartz)/TiO2 (titanium dioxide)/Si02 (silicon dioxide) mirror coatings with flat reflectivity across the light spectrum for both astrophotography/astroimaging and visual observation
  • Multi-layer MgF2 (magnesium fluoride) and HfO2 (hafnium dioxide) anti-reflective lens coatings
  • High-transmission water white glass corrector lens with 97.4% light transmission
  • Resolution: 0.92 arcsec (Rayleigh); 0.76 arcsec (Dawes)
  • Secondary mirror obstruction: 2.2" (5.6cm); 37%, in diameter; 14%, by area
  • Internal focusing mechanism
StarSense Technology
  • Requires no interaction by user for alignment procedure
  • Two-part system using an integrated digital camera and dedicated hand controller
  • Camera takes a series of pictures and analyzes them against the controller's internal database
  • When matched, the scope orientates itself and automatically aligns the mount
  • Alignment takes approximately 3 minutes
Hand Controller
  • 4000+ object database
  • Identify button shows current object in center of eyepiece, plus nearby objects
  • Sky Tour mode automatically shows users best objects overhead on any given night
  • Tour, Catalog, and Identify filters allows for customization
  • GoTo mode allows user to enter stellar coordinates and mount will go to that location
  • Alternate alignment procedures: Solar System and Manual
  • Backlash compensation enables users to train-out play in gears for more precise tracking and smoother movement
  • Nine slew speeds: 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x, 0.3°/sec, 1°/sec, 2°/sec, 3.5°/sec
  • Tracking rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar to accurately track near and deep-sky objects
  • 4-line/18-character LCD display
  • Simple menu-driven user interface
  • Red backlit keys to preserve night adjusted vision
  • Display and keys dimmable
    Database Details:
  • Solar System: 7 planets, the Moon, Sun, and Pluto
  • Custom lists of the brightest stars, double stars, variable stars and asterims
  • Custom lists of galaxies, nebulae, and clusters
  • Complete Messier catalog
  • Select objects from NGC catalog
Mount and Tripod
    Mount:
  • Single-arm alt-az
  • Dual-axis DC servo motors delivers smooth movement with reduced vibration
  • Optical encoders on each axis improve tracking accuracy and maintains alignment if mount is moved manually
  • Runs on eight user-supplied D-cell batteries
  • StarSense camera built into arm for seamless integration
  • Dovetail saddle accepts plate on OTA for fast and easy set up and breakdown
    Tripod:
  • 1.25" diameter Stainless steel legs
  • Adjustable height to accommodate a variety of users
  • Tray keeps accessories like eyepieces, filters, and flashlights close
  • Hand controller holder can be moved from leg to leg to avoid wrapping
  • Spiked feet provide added stability on rough, soft, or uneven ground
Included Accessories
    Eyepieces:
  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • Accepts most 1.25" astronomical filters
  • 25mm yields 20x
  • 9mm yields 167x
    Diagonal:
  • 1.25" snout and eyepiece holder
  • 90° angle places head in a comfortable viewing position when aimed at or near the zenith
  • Star configuration corrects view horizontally, but not vertically
    Finder:
  • Aiming dot makes centering objects fast and easy
  • Illuminated red dot is easy to see and preserves night-adjusted vision
  • Unmagnified view ensures fast navigation
UPC: 050234110761
In the Box
Celestron SkyProdigy 6 152mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope
  • 9mm Eyepiece
  • 25mm Eyepiece
  • 90° Star Diagonal
  • Computer Hand Controller
  • Stainless Steel Tripod
  • Quick Release Accessory Tray
  • The SkyX First Light Edition CDROM
  • StarPointer Finderscope
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Celestron SkyProdigy 6 specs

    Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Aperture 152 mm
    Focal Length 1500mm
    Focal Ratio f/9.9
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal 90° star
    1.25" snout and eyepiece holder
    Finderscope StarPointer
    Tripod Steel, adjustable height
    Mount Type Motorized alt-azimuth
    Power Source 8 x D-cell batteries
    Optional 12 VAC adapter
    Optical Tube Dimensions 15.0" / 38.1 cm
    Weight 23 lb / 10.4 kg
    Resolving Power Rayleigh: 0.92 arcseconds
    Dawes: 0.76 arcseconds
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 38.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 29.8 x 29.0 x 15.2"

    Celestron SkyProdigy 6 reviews

    SkyProdigy 6 152mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope is rated 2.6 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A telscope to fill a need I regularly travel around the remote areas of Australia and have access to some wonderful night skies. We try to travel light and I need a portable and easy to set up and use telescope. The sky prodigy 6 system is ideal and in the clear skies have never had any problems with its auto set up process and in locating catalogue objects. A great talking and activity focus with the other travellers we meet. I do think that the supplied tripod is somewhat flimsy and have since modified a vixen tripod purchased cheaply secondhand to accept the base of the prodigy. It provides a vastly improved platform for using the scope and I have even attempted some basic astrophotography with it. I made my first telescope over 50 years ago as a youngster so I don't need to be trained to master the geometry of the night sky. Now I just want to get to the business end of observing as quickly as possible. 8 out of 10 to Celestron (points only deducted for the tripod and the lack of a 8 inch model. It is the way of the future.
    Date published: 2016-04-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ought to be good - but isn't I took my time researching various scopes which would suit my desire for exploring deep space yet be easy enough for my young son to use. This scope should be perfect but it isn't. Sky Align is not accurate. It always seems to centre in 1 or 2 cm away from the object it is looking for. In astronomy terms this is massive! Then you can't actually realign as the system won't allow you to shift the scope. So bascially skyaign is pointless! Wobble. Oh my goodness the wobble. I was manually looking at the moon just half an hour ago but it's almost impossible to get a sharp image as whenever you touch the scope it wobbles so violently that everything goes blurred. To clarify I was viewing from a flat concrete surface so this should not happen.I ought to be happy with the scope but I'm not, I'm really really not. Maybe a new mount will fix the wobble but seriously I've just paid close to $1,000 already!
    Date published: 2015-02-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from received my RMA RMA came in last week and the scope works great the star sence is awesome for a person like me who doesn't know what she's doing, the RMA turn around time was only 2 weeks and I am happy with the purchase.
    Date published: 2012-06-17
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from DOA well I was really excited to receive this but it arrive DOA and I'm now waiting for a RMA return from Celestron and they said it could take up to a month but they did pay for shipping back, so far it's been a bummer
    Date published: 2012-05-31
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Would make a good paper weight... This is my second telescope. I read a lot about it before I made my purchase. I am comfortable finding things in the great beyond but wanted a telescope I could use with my young son. When it arrived I was pleased with how simple everything was to put together. But problems arose as soon as I took it outside. First of all the star alignment tool doesn't work properly. Sure it finds the three alignment points easily enough but when you actually look for something it doesn't align correctly and is always a couple of degrees out. You can't then manually correct the telescope until it lines up correctly meaning you are left staring at a dark piece of sky. $ for that??? Secondly this telescope is so unstable it will boggle your mind. I tried looking at the moon but every time I tried to focus the scope the vibration was so bad that I couldn't tell whether I was making the image sharper of unfocused. To be honest I gave up in the end. In an effort to make this telescope as light as possible Celestron have completely failed in making a usable scope. It doesn't even come with counterweights which would have offered some stability. When I contacted the tech support team to see if I could upgrade the tripod to something a little more stable I was told that the tripod was bepoke to the Sky Prodigy range and I should just put an exercise weight on the tray to steady it a bit more... seriously???!!!!I'll end this review with this. The SkyProdigy should be a good telescope. But it isn't. It is far too expensive to warrant such a shoddy tripod. The fact I can't even manually align it in the alignment mode is shocking. Essentially I have just paid $ for something which is little more than a paper weight.Really really really disappointed and would tell anyone looking to buy this scope to run in the other direction.
    Date published: 2015-02-26
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