Celestron SkyProdigy 70 28x165 Telescope


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  • Refractor telescope, Aperture 70 mm (2.76 in) , focal length 700 mm (27.56 in), focal ratio: 10, finder scope: Star Pointer mount: Motorized Altazimuth
  • Sturdy Stainless Steel Tripod and Accessory Tray , CD-ROM The SkyX First Light Edition Astronomy Software Which Provides Education About the Sky
  • Battery Pack Providing over 30 Hours of Power, Proven Computer Control Technology , Database Allows Telescope to Automatically Locate Over 4,000 Celestial Objects
  • Proprietary Star Sense Technology Provides a Completely Automatic Alignment Process with No User Intervention Required
  • Flash Upgradeable Hand Control Software for Downloading Product Updates Over the Internet, Fully Automatic Alignment Procedure



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A truly revolutionary product with ground breaking technology, Sky Prodigy is the product of a culmination of decades of telescope advancements. It combines electronic motors, an intelligent on-board computer, a digital camera and Star Sense technology to create an automatic, instant alignment telescope that requires no input from the user. Simply turn it on, push a button and enjoy the view! It's that easy.

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SkyProdigy 70 Computerized Telescope (item #22089)

SkyProdigy 70 Computerized TelescopeSkyProdigy 70 Computerized Telescope

Item #22089
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Overview SkyProdigy 70 - General Features
  • Fully Automatic Alignment Procedure
  • Fully Computerized Altazimuth Mount
  • Quick-Release Fork Arm Mount and Optical Tube for Easy, Quick No Tool Set Up
  • Sturdy Stainless Steel Tripod and Accessory Tray
  • CD-ROM The SkyX First Light Edition Astronomy Software Which Provides Education About the Sky
  • Battery Pack Providing over 30 Hours of Power
SkyProdigy 70 - Computerized Mount Features
  • Proven Computer Control Technology
  • Database Allows Telescope to Automatically Locate Over 4,000 Celestial Objects
  • Proprietary StarSense Technology Provides a Completely Automatic Alignment Process with No User Intervention Required
  • Flash Upgradeable Hand Control Software for Downloading Product Updates Over the Internet


A truly revolutionary product with ground breaking technology, SkyProdigy is the product of a culmination of decades of telescope advancements.  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 the user.  Simply turn it on, push a button and enjoy the view!  It's that easy.

The SkyProdigy's automatic alignment process takes only a few minutes, then you will be ready to select from thousands of objects to view.  Not sure what to look at?  Select the Sky Tour option; this feature offers a customized list of the best objects in the sky to view for your exact time and location anywhere in the world!

No knowledge of the night sky is required.  One touch innovation turns anyone into an instant astronomer!

Celestron's SkyProdigy telescopes use an integrated imaging camera and patented StarSense Technology to automatically align with the night sky and determine where the telescope is currently pointing. The camera automatically captures an image of the sky, which is processed internally to positively identify the stars in the image. Once a positive match is found, SkyProdigy determines the coordinates of the center of the captured image. The process is automatically repeated two more times so that the system has three known alignment points that can be used to make an accurate model of the night sky. From this information the user can select any celestial object in the hand controller's database, and SkyProdigy will automatically move itself to the correct position.

*The SkyProdigy's internal camera does not have an external output allowing users to view or save the captured images. The captured images are used internally solely for the purpose of self-aligning the SkyProdigy telescope.

  • Optical Design: Refractor
  • Weight: 14 lbs (6.35 kg)
  • Aperture: 70 mm (2.76 in)
  • Focal Length: 700 mm (27.56 in)
  • Focal Ratio: 10
  • Finderscope: StarPointer
  • Mount: Motorized Altazimuth
  • Eyepiece 1: 25 mm (0.98 in)
  • Magnification 1: 28 x
  • Eyepiece 2: 9 mm (0.35 in)
  • Magnification 2: 78 x
  • Accessory Tray: No Tool, Quick release
  • Tripod: Steel
  • CD ROM: The SkyX First Light Edition astronomy software
  • Highest Useful Magnification: 165 x
  • Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 11.7
  • Resolution (Rayleigh): 1.99 arcsec
  • Resolution (Dawes): 1.66 arcsec
  • Photographic Resolution: 400 line/mm
  • Light Gathering Power: 100 x
  • Angular Field of View: 1.7 °
  • Linear Field of View (@1000 yds): 91 ft (27.74 m)
  • Optical Coatings: Fully-Coated
  • Computer Hand Control: Fully Computerized / Flash Upgradeable
  • Slew Speeds: Nine slew speeds: 3°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, .5°/sec, 32x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 2x
  • Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
  • Tracking Modes: Alt-Az
  • Alignment Procedures: StarSense Automatic Alignment, Solar System Align
2-year Telescope Warranty Icon 2-year Telescope Warranty


A. Celestron warrants your telescope to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. Celestron will repair or replace such product or part thereof which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship. As a condition to the obligation of Celestron to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned to Celestron together with proof-of-purchase satisfactory to Celestron.

B. The Proper Return Authorization Number must be obtained from Celestron in advance of return. Call Celestron at (310) 328-9560 to receive the number to be displayed on the outside of your shipping container.

All returns must be accompanied by a written statement setting forth the name, address, and daytime telephone number of the owner, together with a brief description of any claimed defects. Parts or product for which replacement is made shall become the property of Celestron.

The customer shall be responsible for all costs of transportation and insurance, both to and from the factory of Celestron, and shall be required to prepay such costs.

Celestron shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any telescope covered by this warranty within thirty days of receipt. In the event repair or replacement shall require more than thirty days, Celestron shall notify the customer accordingly. Celestron reserves the right to replace any product which has been discontinued from its product line with a new product of comparable value and function.

This warranty shall be void and of no force of effect in the event a covered product has been modified in design or function, or subjected to abuse, misuse, mishandling or unauthorized repair. Further, product malfunction or deterioration due to normal wear is not covered by this warranty.


Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

Celestron reserves the right to modify or discontinue, without prior notice to you, any model or style telescope.

If warranty problems arise, or if you need assistance in using your telescope contact:

Customer Service Department
2835 Columbia Street
Torrance, CA 90503
Tel. (310) 328-9560
Fax. (310) 212-5835

Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM PST

NOTE: This warranty is valid to U.S.A. and Canadian customers who have purchased this product from an authorized Celestron dealer in the U.S.A. or Canada. Warranty outside the U.S.A. and Canada is valid only to customers who purchased from a Celestron's International Distributor or Authorized Celestron Dealer in the specific country. Please contact them for any warranty service.


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Product information Product Dimensions 41 x 10 x 16 inches Item Weight 14 pounds ASIN B004I8SHP0 Item model number SkyProdigy 70 Batteries 8 AA batteries required.

I have a 9 year old son who has been getting into things having to do with space. I've been contemplating a scope for a while now, but wanted something simple for him to be able to pick and choose what he'd like to see on his own. So clearly I had to get a computerized and motorized scope. I had been looking into some nice dobs, but since I didn't know how long his interest would last, I didn't want to spend a lot of money for the scope, since it may end up sitting in a room somewhere most of the time if his interest wanes. So I grabbed this on a gold box offer, about 33% off the "real" price - their list price here I've never seen it go for, even on the Celestron website where it's only a couple bucks more than here.

With Amazon Prime, I got it in two days. But then it sat for a few weeks waiting for a night without rain or clouds. Tonight was finally it, kind of. A nearly full moon, but a lot of wispy clouds up there after sunset, giving me only about 15 stars to reference my location from. Toss on top of that the cold temps meant I wanted to stay home, not drag my poor son out somewhere farther in the country away from this much ambient light so we were left on my back patio, with my house blocking about 30% of the available sky. Between being in my back yard in a suburban neighborhood, lots of ambient light, neighbors with back patio lights on, and the clouds, I didn't even tell him I was setting it up out there because I fully expected it to not be able to determine its location. I got it in place, powered it up (I hate the battery pack, more about that later), and told it to figure out where it was. I came back inside to warm up and watch some TV with him while it whirred away out there. A couple minutes later I went out there and watched the controller, where it talked about what percentage of that part of the sky it finished scanning, and at one point I saw it say "not enough stars." I thought, "Yep, I figured as much." And I was ready to cart it back in, but it kept going. I guess that message meant that one part it tried to reference didn't have enough stars, so it went to another portion of the sky. All told, even with all the clouds, it took it less than 4 minutes to figure out where it was. Just the fact that it said it was ready was impressive, so I thought let's see how it actually does. The moon is nearly full, not too far over the roof of my neighbors house, so I grabbed the controller and told it to go to the moon.

Now, I had not read the instructions, so that's a good sign that this system is pretty easy to use and very intuitive for the controls. There's also a "Back" button that makes things almost like traversing directories in a computer. You get to a point in the control menu, then just hit "back" to go up one level. So when I was doing "solar system" and wanted to then try "deep space" I couldn't just hit Deep Space while at Solar System, I had to hit "back" first. Easy enough once you work it out.

So I said "Moon" and it moved itself there. Wasn't quite spot on, but the moon was in the field of view so that was a win for me. I was using the lower power eyepiece at first, so the moon only filled up about 60 or 70 percent of it. Nice and crisp though. Got my son out, and he thought it was the coolest thing. I then swapped out to the high power eyepiece, and I was VERY surprised. The field of view could not even cover the whole moon, just part of it, it was so large. As I said, it was not QUITE a full moon, and I was amazed when I looked at the edge, the magnification was so much, and it was so clear, that I could see the edges of craters against the edge like mountains, with the black of space behind them. The clarity of the craters was just mind numbing, and seeing them like that rising above the edge of the disc like mountains was just something I hadn't expected from such a relatively small and inexpensive scope. And there are better eyepieces you can buy for this still, so I'm looking forward to seeing just what this baby can do.

With the cloud cover, I couldn't get at the deep space objects, or even most of the stars. But with the surprising magnification of the moon, I'm getting more power than I had anticipated, so I'll be happy when the skies clear. I already know I'm not going to see Neptune as some large body like the moon, I just want to see some of the things I can.

The motor noise is noticeable, but not annoying. Slight whirr/click as it tracks objects for you as well.

The base is surprisingly steady, and includes a level. It has the typical mostly useless "shelf" under the scope.

Now, the battery pack is a piece of junk. Totally useless, and the first thing I'm going to try to find a better alternative for. It's just this poorly formed plastic junk that holds all the D cell batteries in it, and it's not even shaped well enough to let them TOUCH the contacts at the positive end on two spots because the springs aren't even tough enough to push the batteries up against them vs. the slight tension from the unit as a whole on the batteries. Toss on top of that there's no place designed to hold the battery pack. You can place it on the little shelf but then you're not going to be using it for anything else... Best thing I found so far was to take the little loop on the bag and hang it over the autofinder barrel that does the star sensing when it's powered up. But even then as the scope traverses it bumps against the tops of the tripod legs. Horrible design.

Focus knobs move very smoothly though, and are geared well so there's some fine focusing available.

As long as you realize you won't see Pluto other than a faint light, and that the things you see from the Hubble aren't the same things you'll see from here, this is a surprisingly good scope, especially if you want to skip the part that's half the fun for regular astronomers, finding things yourself. The fact that even in the most sub-optimal conditions, my back yard, neighbors with lights on, clouds, yet it still found where it was quickly, was enough for me to realize this was going to be a good buy.

I bought this scope because it will align itself ;this is great for someone not good at recognizing the stars by name.

It met my expectations .The supplied scope tube can be removed and other dovetail mounted lightweight scope tubes used ,which is very nice.

A joy to set up. Easily aligned itself with no input for me, other than just a rough leveling. Goes to the object you pick on the handset and tracks perfectly.

Accurate movement and superior optics. It works great for moon and bright deep sky objects ! One problem is difficulty to avoid vibration in high power observation.

Living in the consumer electronics age, it is extrememly difficult to get kids to patiently wait for Dad to fiddle with the telescope for hours in order to see an interesting feature of the night sky. This is a great way to get them hooked early. Put it outside and flip the switch and it aligns itself. From there, you simply select the object you want to see. Orion's Nebula? Done. Jupiter and its moons? Done. It works really well!

Once your kid sees what they can't see with their naked eyes, they are likely to get hooked on this hobby--along with developing a deeper understanding of the sky, of telescopes and of astronomy in general. But if your kid's first experience is frustrating and boring--they're not likely to give it a second go.

Personally, I would not pay $500 for this telescope though the skysense technology really works well. The scope that is included is pretty good--and for what I paid, I am very happy ($229). I can use this mount with more capable telescopes that I have. I don't want to talk too much trash about the included scope--it's preety good for a starter--but $500, skysense or no skysense, is a little steep.

Nonetheless--the closest thing out there to this is Meade's 6" Cassegrain on the Light Switch mount for something like $1500. It's a better scope on a much sturdier tripod. But if your goal is to hook your kids on astronomy without blowing their inheritance this is the current cheapest, simplest solution out there.

brought one of these last week, amazed at how easy it was and was surprised by the little 70mm refractor tbh, seen every target i asked it to find.
I have owned a eq5 goto a eq3 goto and a skywatcher synscan.All good but has a grab and go this is the best scope i have owned so far. so easy to use and if you are a beginner, or struggling to find the trickier targets then this is the scope for you

Arrived in the big cardboard box, where the telescope was very well protected. The telescope was tiptop in working order. I collected it, I have not yet begun to use it; I am reading about the handcontrol. I`m happy about the telescope. It`s unique.