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Celestron SkyScout


Celestron has released a new product for sky gazers called the Celestron SkyScout (Sky Scout). The device works like many sophisticated telescopes in that it uses your location to identify specific stars and constellations. What makes this device different is that it derives your location via GPS technology.

The Celestron SkyScout can identify about 6,000 unique stars through something very similar to a GPS POI database. The device includes a USB cable for downloading software as well as an SD card slot for storing additional data onboard the device.

To use the simply point the device in the air and look through the lens. Clicking one button will give you a map highlighting what you are looking at in the sky from your location and the angle you are looking in the sky. Finding a specific star or planet with the SkyScout is easy as the device leads you with direction arrows towards where you should be looking.

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  1. […] a quick update on a previous post. A couple of weeks ago we posted about the Celestron SkyScout. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week the Celestron SkyScout was given an award for“Best of Innovations”. The SkyScout was also featured in an article on CSS titled “Five buzzworthy products from CES”. […]

  2. […] Reader’s Digest magazine has awarded the Celestron SkyScout a “Best of America” award by the editors. The SkyScout is a telescope which uses an internal GPS to determine the viewer’s location. The device also uses magnetic and gravitational fields to determine what direction you are looking and viewing angle. From there it can tell you what object in the sky you are looking at. “SkyScout transforms the night sky into a personal planetarium that engages astronomy buffs and stargazers, as well as families, students, campers and ‘ordinary people’ of all levels and backgrounds,” said Joseph A. Lupica Jr., president and CEO of Celestron. “After five years in development, it is rewarding to see the SkyScout recognized by America’s premier consumer magazine, reaffirming that the timing is right for SkyScout’s introduction into the consumer marketplace.” […]

  3. […] The Celestron SkyScout is probably on holiday wish-lists of a number of people this year. (Certainly one mine!) If you haven’t heard, this device is a portable planetarium that uses GPS technology to determine your location and thus figure out what in the sky you are looking at. (More on the technology lower.) […]

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