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This article was published on January 7, 2011

    CES 2011: A telescope that let’s you see thousands of years into the past

    CES 2011: A telescope that let’s you see thousands of years into the past
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers

    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    Celestron‘s new Sky Prodigy 130 was unveiled at this year’s CES and just picked up an Editor’s Choice Award from Popular Mechanics. The $800 telescope features a 130mm lens and a 5″ mirror powerful enough to bring Saturn’s rings and Jupiter’s moons into focus. With 4,000 celestial bodies in its database, viewers are able to identify and see stars that once were, some even thousands of years in the past.

    “In three minutes, you’re an instant astronomer,” said Celestron’s Michelle Meskill. “You don’t need to have a computer, and 4,000 bodies are in its database.”

    Now if only there were some way to see the stars in Vegas…