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Astronomy tests Celestron’s SkyProdigy 6

This 6-inch telescope sets a new standard for ease of use.

Celestron SkyProdigy 6
Celestron's SkyProdigy 6 Computerized Telescope comes complete with a computerized drive and a steel tripod.
Astronomy: William Zuback
Celestron’s SkyProdigy line of go-to telescopes is the ultimate in hands-free setup. Take one of these models out, set it up, turn it on, and observe.

Just a few years ago, the technology this telescope offers didn’t exist, and when it did come into being, it wasn’t as fully featured and cost significantly more. A beginner was on his own. If he didn’t have a buddy interested in the hobby or a local astronomy club, he’d find it difficult to get started, and his interest might wane quickly.

Celestron offers a choice of five different scopes in its SkyProdigy line: two refractors, a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT), one Newtonian reflector, and one Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope. The units are available in apertures from 2.76 to 6 inches.

For this review, I received a SkyProdigy 6, which pairs a computerized single-arm fork mount with a 6-inch SCT, the largest aperture and focal length in the line.
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