December 20, 2006

Reach for the Stars: Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium

skyscout_person_holding.jpgLooking for a last minute gift for someone who has everything? Got a favorite stargazer on your list who is also a technology buff? Here's a gift will impress adults and kids of all ages.

The Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium is a handheld device that uses GPS technology to help you locate and identify over 6,000 stars, planets, and constellations. Just point at a star or constellation and click, and the SkyScout will search its built-in database and return audio and text info, including facts, trivia, history and mythology about our most popular celestial objects. Or, tell it what you're searching for and SkyScout will give you directions to "get there."

Other features include:
- Tonight's Highlights: a customized list of the 20 best objects to view for your exact date, time and location anywhere in the world.
-Constellation lessons: if the star you identify or locate is part of a constellation like the Big Dipper, you can actually take a guided tour through all the stars in that constellation and even see an onscreen map of the constellation.
- Built-in field guide, which includes an audio lesson on the origin and history of astronomy;a glossary of terms which definees popular astronomy lingo and locations; bios on some of the world's greatest astronomers including Galileo, Einstein and Copernicus; text descriptions of some of the coolest objects man has sent into space including the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Shuttle; and a comet guide describing history's most famous comets including Halley's Comet and Comet Hale-Bop.

Comes with a USB Port for downloading the latest info on newly discovered objects. Runs on two AA batteries. (Get rechargeable ones for extra credit!)

Available from Orion Telescopes.

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Posted by Jess Brooks at December 20, 2006 7:34 AM

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