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An incredibly sophisticated device and a quantum leap for many amateur observers, the Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium will change the way you view the celestial bodies.
Point the SkyScout at any bright star and it will instantly identify the object. Or alternatively, choose an object from the celestial database of over 6,000 objects and the SkyScoutwill guide you to it!
The SkyScout includes great information and stories about the most popular celestial objects, displayed in scrolling text and narrated with audio as well.
The SkyScoutmakes a great companion for camping and for explaining the skies to a child. It weighs under a pound and is smaller than a mini-DV camcorder.
Note: Batteries NOT included
How It Works
SkyScout combines GPS technology(which gives time, date & user location) with software calculating positions of objects for that moment and 3 axis sensors measuring gravitational and magnetic fields to determine the true orientation of the SkyScout relative to the earth.
"Tonight's Must-See List"
When SkyScout is activated, it tells the user the 10 'coolest' things to observe that evening-employing internal GPS to automatically customize the information to the user's location.
If the user is looking at a star that is a part of a constellation, the SkyScout informs the user of this, shows a picture of the constellation & helps the user locate the other stars of the constellation.
Updatable Software & Data
A USB port is included for periodic updates of operating software, as well as the ability to download new data from celestial objects like the Space Shuttle or passing comets. SkyScout Update Programmer software is compatible with Windows only, and it requires an Internet connection to function correctly.
SD SkyTour Content Cards
An SD card slot exists for additional content offerings, such as "Astronomy for Kids".
The bottom of the device has a 1/4"-20 threaded socket so that it can be attached to a tripod, a telescope's piggypack camera mount, etc.