Celestron, the world’s leading manufacturer of telescopes and maker of the award-winning SkyScout Personal Planetarium, has done it again… In 2011, we are proud to unveil another ground breaking new product line – SkyProdigy – the first truly affordable smart telescopes, turning everyone into an instant astronomer!
These revolutionary new telescopes, recognized as an Innovations Honoree at the 2011 CES, are designed for people without any prior knowledge of astronomy or telescopes. All you have to do is turn this amazing telescope on… The SkyProdigy will simply “look” up to the sky to get its bearings and, in less than three minutes, you can be taking an exciting tour of outer space using SkyProdigy’s internal database of over 4,000 celestial objects.
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.