Self-Aligning Telescope


2835 Columbia St., Torrance, CA 90503


Celestron unveiled its series of fully self-aligning telescopes at the Consumer Electronics Show last January. The SkyProdigy 130 ($799) features a 5.1-inch (130-mm) f/5 Newtonian Reflector coupled to the company's most technologically advanced Go To Altazimuth mount to date. Simply turn on the power, push a button, and the SkyProdigy aligns itself using a built-in digital camera and Celestronís StarSense technology. The entire process takes only about three minutes. The mount's internal database includes more than 4,000 celestial objects and there are customized sky tours for any time of the year. The SkyProdigy 130 includes a unit-power red-dot finder, 25- and 9-mm 1º-inch eyepieces, and a CD-ROM of The SkyX Light Edition. It is powered by eight D-cell batteries.'s New Product Showcase is a reader service featuring innovative equipment and software of interest to amateur astronomers. The descriptions are based largely on information supplied by the manufacturers or distributors. Sky & Telescope assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of vendors statements. For further information contact the manufacturer or distributor. Announcements should be sent to Not all announcements will be listed.

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