SOURCE: Celestron


January 14, 2011 11:00 ET

SkyProdigy Wins Popular Mechanics Coveted Editor's Choice Award

Celestron's First Automatically Aligning Scope Honored at CES 2011

TORRANCE, CA--(Marketwire - January 14, 2011) - Celestron, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, weather stations, GPS devices, microscopes and related accessories, today announced the SkyProdigy was awarded the Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice Award at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

SkyProdigy was one of approximately two dozen products at CES to receive an Editor's Choice Award. Winners were honored at a ceremony hosted by Popular Mechanics on Thursday, January 6.

"Our editors spend weeks doing advance research and then give the most promising CES products hands-on workouts to find those they feel are 'Best in Show' in terms of excellence and innovation in design and engineering," said Popular Mechanics Editor-in-Chief James Meigs.

The SkyProdigy features Celestron's patent pending StarSense™ Technology, enabling the aligning process to be complete in less than three minutes and making SkyProdigy the fastest automatically aligning telescope available. 

"We are honored that Popular Mechanics has chosen SkyProdigy for this award. For the last 50 years, Celestron has been the world's leading telescope manufacturer, and we look forward to SkyProdigy redefining what it means to be a leader in the telescope industry," said Joseph A. Lupica Jr., president and CEO of Celestron. 

SkyProdigy was also recently the winner of the 2011 CES Innovations Award for Design and Engineering Excellence at CES 2011.

SkyProdigy will be available summer 2011 in three models:

  • Refracting telescope - SkyProdigy 70 (Suggested Retail: $699)
  • Maksutov-Cassegrain design - SkyProdigy 90 (Suggested Retail: $749)
  • Reflecting telescope - SkyProdigy 130 (Suggested Retail: $799)

The SkyProdigy recently launched along with Celestron's new products, including CoursePro™ Golf GPS, reTrace™ Tracking GPS and SkyWatcher AllView™ Panorama Mount, at the 2011 International CES in Las Vegas.

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About Celestron

Celestron, is a leading designer, manufacturer and importer of high-quality optical products including computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories, weather stations, GPS devices, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes. Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960, Celestron has grown to become one of the world's leading telescope makers, and enjoys brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. Celestron's innovative products continue to receive numerous industry and consumer media accolades, adding to an already impressive list that includes awards for product innovation from Reader's Digest, Popular Science, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, the Consumer Electronics Association and more. Celestron is a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities, in Torrance, CA.

About Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics, published monthly by Hearst Magazines, inspires, instructs and influences almost 9 million curious readers. Their mindset -- the hunger to know, the desire to investigate and learn -- drives them to explore, experiment and experience a wide range of interests. Issues engage readers with breakthroughs in the latest innovations in science and technology; educates with informative "how-to" stories on automotive, the home and digital technology; and motivates action with product reviews and comparison tests of the newest equipment and products. Popular Mechanics is also the #1 ranked men's monthly magazine when it comes to reaching an environmentally conscious audience.