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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium

So you want to be an intellectual. Well forget it. Unless you can conversate about Keynesian economics or Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, you will be with the rest of us hoi polloi.

But what if you want to elevate yourself from bourgeois to aristocrat status? We've got the perfect device for you. The Celetron SkyScout. Take this baby to parties and you can be saying thing like, "You see that star? Yeah, that's named Nashira and it's in the Capricornus constellation." We can't guarantee it will make you more friends. In fact you might hear some people whispering things like, "what a know-it-all" or "he's full of sh**." But so what? They're just jealous. Who needs dimwits like them anyway? With the SkyScout you'll develop NEW friends that won't put you down for your superior knowledge of the galaxy.

The SkyScout is a revolutionary handheld device that uses advanced GPS technology with point and click convenience to instantly identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more. This is not a telescope but a pocket planetarium. Simply point at anything in the night sky and press identify and the answer pops up on the backlit LCD screen. Press locate and select from the pulldown screen what you are looking at and scan the sky, an Red LED blinks until you locate it. Choose to use the headphones and listen to the audio. It's got an SD card slot for the optional “SkyScout Expansion Cards,” audio presentations that provide hours of entertainment on a variety of topic. It also has a USB port, allowing the database to be updated with new objects as they are discovered, comets, etc.

The celestial database includes over 50,000 Stars, 1,500 Double and Variable Stars, all 88 constellations, over 100 deep space objects including Galaxies, Nebulae and Star Clusters, over 200 audio descriptions of the most popular celestial objects. 

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