Product Comparison: Celestron SkyProdigy 130 vs Celestron NexStar 6 SE

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General Specifications
SkyProdigy 130
NexStar 6 SE
About the Product
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.
Celestron’s signature orange-tube telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the NexStar 6SE. It’s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering striking views at an economical price.
Key Specs
Optical Design
Newtonian Reflector
130 mm
150 mm
Focal Length
650 mm
1500 mm
Focal Ratio
Highest Useful Magnification
307 x
354 x
Lowest Useful Magnification
19 x
21 x
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Celestron SkyProdigy 130 26x345 Telescope
  • It sets up very easily, and the computerized alignment and tracking was very simple, and the optics were great.
  • Brand new to astronomy and this was an excellent choice for a beginner scope.
  • This scope is a riot! I love it, my kids love it!
  • And it shows you the sky. You align it so easily (be sure to read the instructions, it needs a niece big chunk of clear sky to the right.
  • The good... it's a telescope. The 130mm works out to about a 5 inch mirror. I now want an 8 inch mirror (that's what she said!!!)
Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope
  • This scope is perfect for a beginner, can be set-up in about 10 minutes, and aligns easily by pointing to three bright objects in the sky.
  • Great Telescope for 3 years now. I bought the 5" for the polar alignment feature.
  • This is hands down a fantastic instrument. I purchased this scope to have something portable for camping in the summer and something less cumbersome to set up in our pasture for impromptu star parties.
  • Love this scope, here are the pictures i took with a self made wedge and simple guider scope.
  • The tracking/goto system is sort of difficult to get set up but you don't need it to enjoy the scope.
Size & Weight
39 in.
32 in.
10 in.
26 in.
17 in.
12 in.
20 lbs.
21 lbs.
Optical Coatings
Aluminum with SiO2 overcoat
StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length
635mm (25")
406mm (16")
Star Diagonal
1.25" Star Diagonal
Accessory Tray Included
2 Aux ports (Hand Control can use any of the Aux ports), StarSense Automatic Alignment, Solar System Align, Manual Align
Double line, 18 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons, 40,000 objects, 200 user defined programmable objects, Enhanced information on over 200 objects, Fast Setup with SkyAlign
Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software | SkyPortal App
Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software | SkyPortal App
What customers say about "Features"
Celestron SkyProdigy 130 26x345 Telescope
  • The star location finder works well, with periodic calibrating. It gets you in the neighborhood.
  • The calibration will need to be done every time the optical tube is removed and replaced but should hold if the scope is carried gently as one unit back into the home after use.?
  • I give 4 stars because of the necessary (but not mentioned in ads) calibration,and the handheld controller can be difficult to read for those like myself with less than perfect vision due to small print and limited brightness.
  • This thing is well-built and simple to put together in the field.
  • The Meade systems are a bit tougher to learn, but far more flexible with firmware upgrades being basically open source, and handsets which mix and match between mounts at will given the correct firmware load, which you can do yourself.
Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope
  • Great Telescope for 3 years now. I bought the 5" for the polar alignment feature.
  • Easy to use the basic features on it.
  • This is my second telescope, waited 16 years for a telescope with all these features and size.
  • Nice telescope--grab and go is a nice feature. Plenty of good things to like about this scope.
  • he auto orientate feature thing is nice, sometimes takes more than once to get right but is really helpful to a beginner like me.
Mount Information
Mount Type
Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm
Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm
Tripod Material
Vixen / CG-5 Dovetail bar
Vixen / CG-5 Dovetail bar
Maximum Height Adjustment
50 in.
56 in.
31.75mm (1.25") Aluminum
50.8mm (2") Stainless Steel
What customers say about "Mount Information"
Celestron SkyProdigy 130 26x345 Telescope
  • I primarily use mid grade or higher computer driven equatorial mounts in order to do astro imaging at my small observatory.
  • The mount is fine. If I knew then what I know now, I would have bought this mount with the 4" refractor or the 5" Newtonian.
  • I set the level on the mount perfect (yes its crucial). Set the lat/long and your timezone and accurate time and presto the scope points to jupiter on demand.
  • The issue is with the StarSense mount. We have only tried using it a few times and we could never get it to auto align.
  • Each time you set up the telescope, you are mounting and then removing the optical tube and the motor/camera assemblies.
Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope
  • The single arm mount seems very solid though the spur gears are not optimal for fine tracking needed for loooong exposure astrophotography.
  • Once you master this telescope, you can upgrade the mount if you want to get into more advanced photography. Keep looking up!
  • Even though it's an Alt-Azimuth mount (not an equatorial) it tracks objects pretty well.
  • I still have a lot to learn, and will eventually like to get a new EQ mount to replace the one it came with for deep sky photography.
  • The telescope is not great for astrophotography due to the Alt-Az mount.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
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