Saturday, January 07, 2006

The SkyScout

I have been following the coverage of CES provided by both gadget blogs Engadget and Gizmodo. One of the products that got my attention is the SkyScout by telescope maker Celestron. I own a Celestron 6 inch reflector telescope similar to this new model. The SkyScout isn't a telescope but a cool handheld decive that can help anyone learn how to spot the stars easily. From Celestron:
Point the SkyScout at any bright star and it will instantly identify the object or choose an object from the celestial database of over 6,000 objects and the SkyScout will guide you to it.

The SkyScout includes great information and stories about the most popular celestial objects in scrolling text and narrated audio...

SkyScout combines GPS technology, which gives the time, date and location of the user, software that calculates the position of the objects for that moment and 3 axis sensors measuring gravitational and magnetic fields to determine the true orientation of the SkyScout to the earth.
(via Gizmodo)

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