Celestron SkyProdigy 130 review

(Last Updated On: March 18, 2018)

The Skyprodigy 130 from Celestron is a Newtonian reflector telescope. The main USP of the telescope is automatic fully computerized alignment procedure and hassle free star finding capabilities. The telescope is designed for people who want to invest more time in observing the sky and less time in setting up the telescope.

Specification

Optical Design: Newtonian Reflector

Aperture: 130 mm

Focal Length: 650mm

Focal Ratio: f/5

Eyepiece Barrel Diameter: 1.25″

Finderscope: StarPointer

Tripod: Adjustable-height Stainless steel

Mount Type: Motorized alt-azimuth

Power Source: 8 x D-cell batteries

Optical Tube Dimensions: 24.0″ / 61.0 cm

Weight: 18.0 lb / 8.2 kg

 

The Skyprodigy 130 from Celestron is unique among telescopes because of the fully computerized alignment process. We all know before using any telescope it needs to be perfectly aligned with the earth’s rotational axis so that it can easily track the objects and keep them in the center of the eyepiece when they move in sky. The best part of the Skyprodigy series is the process is done automatically with the help of star tracking camera. The camera works on star sense technology from Celestron that takes a series of picture and analyses them with the internal database, after it’s matched the scope orient itself and automatically align telescope in less than 3 minutes (camera is only to align the telescope, not for astrophotography).

Locating the objects is even easier than aligning the telescope. For instance, Skyprodigy comes with the database of 4000 objects that the user can access through the remote controller supplied with the device. Let’s suppose you want to view Jupiter, just select the planet on remote telescope will automatically orient itself to that position smoothly (less vibration) with the help of inbuilt dual axis motor drive and computerized alt azimuth mount.

How are the optics?

Skyprodigy 130 26×345 is a Schmidt Cassegrain telescope with fully multicoated primary mirror (aperture) of 5.1-inch and short focal length of 650mm the result a fast focal ratio of f/5. The primary mirror is aluminum coated then over coated silicon dioxide (SiO2). Better coating and fast focal tube improves the resolution and gives a sharp image with better contrast. Whereas fast f-ratio is perfect for astrophotography because it enables the user to capture the more image that will eventually help in stacking and layering the image in post-production. 

Accessories

The Skyprodigy 26×345 comes with two Kellner eyepiece of 25mm and 9mm. Low power 25mm is for a wide field of view and give a magnification of 26x and high power 9mm for magnified view (72x) respectively.

Tripod is made of steel (solid and sturdy) and has a height adjustable feature so that user can set the eyepiece of telescope to his eye level by adjusting the height of tripod. Awkward height of telescope can cause neck or shoulder pain. 

Finderscope

Celestron is providing illuminated StarPointer red dot finder scope which makes the aiming at the celestial objects fast and easy.

The problem with the telescope??

 We noticed that sometimes when we assemble the star tracking camera with the optical tube they are not properly calibrated. In simple words, they are not seeing the same object at the same time. That results in failure of self-aligning feature of the telescope. To solve the problem, user needs to calibrate the telescope every time before use. This calibration process is simple and can be done with a controller (take help from scope instruction manual). Once calibration process completed, users should be able to use the scope’s automatic alignment feature perfectly.

Recommended accessories

1-Celestron Skyprodigy uses 12v 8 D-cell batteries to power up the telescope. Batteries give the runtime only up to 30 hours, a power tank would be a good accessory option to have with you before every observation trip.

 Celestron Power Tank (Price 57$ approx.)

 

2- Highest useful magnification of the telescope is 307x, so to use the telescope to its full potential you will need a Barlow lens and some more eyepieces. Celestron is providing 5 eyepieces of different focal length and 2 Barlow lens and also 7 different filters in 14 piece eyepiece filter kit. Frankly speaking, you don’t need to buy this immediately with the telescope if you are low on budget but in future, when you have budget definitely go for this.

Celestron Eyepiece and Filter Kit (Price 135$ approx.)

 

Summary

The Celestron Skyprodigy 130 is unique scope for nontechnical users who find it difficult to set up and align the telescope properly. The telescope does the process automatically leaving the user to just enjoy the view of desired celestial objects.

 

Buy Celestron SkyProdigy 130 26×345 Telescope

 

 

Some useful links,

How to collimate a telescope.

Best books for astronomy.

 

 

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