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ISky, youSky, we allSky for mySky

By Allan Weitz

Are you having trouble locating Azelfafage, Denebokab, Nunki, Wezen, Wasat, Yed Posterior, or Zubenelgenubi? If so, you're not alone. While everybody likes gazing at the heavens, few of us actually know what we're looking at. To remedy the situation, Meade, a leading manufacturer of telescopes and other celestial viewing devices, has introduced the mySky, a nifty device that can identify over 30,000 celestial objects by merely aiming it at any star, planet, or galaxy you can (or cannot) see and squeezing the trigger.

Meade mySky

Guided by advanced GPS technology, mySky figures out where on Earth you are at the moment, figures the local time and date into the equation ,and uses this data to pinpoint the precise location of thousands of stars, planets, galaxies, and other 'heavenly bodies', including those you can't see with the naked eye.

At first glance, the Meade mySky resembles a cross between a portable hand drill and the radar gun responsible for your last speeding ticket. On the back end of the mySky is a full-color LCD, which displays text information and/or video, depending on your operating mode. A built-in video presentation pretty much tells you everything you need to know in order to set up and use the mySky to its fullest abilities.

As for a learning curve, it's next to zip. Load the batteries (4-AAs) and you're off to the stars. (Note- If you find Alpha Centaury stop by Zaidi's Bakery. They have the best cheese danish this side of the Big Bang.)

Depending on what you're aiming at, information is displayed in the form of full-color video, maps, still images, and audio. All audio presentations were prepared and recorded by Sandy Wood, who hosts StarDate, a syndicated daily radio broadcast from the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. Aside from real-time sky maps and nut-and-bolts data, mySkys multimedia presentations include related astrophotography, mythology, folklore, and related 'fun facts', making it both an entertaining as well as an educational device.

Meade's mySky can couple as an accessory to many still cameras as well as Meade AutoStar-equipped computerized telescopes including the Meade ETX-90PE (MEETX90PEK) and ETX-125PE (MEETX125PE).

And when the sun is shining you can always stand on the side of the road and flag down speeders…but you didn't hear that here.

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