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Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium

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  • Locates and identifies over 6,000 stars, planets, and constellations with GPS technology
  • Red LED backlit display for easy-to-read information
  • Accepts SkyTour SD multi-media cards for interactive tours of the night sky
  • Includes USB port for easy download of database updates
  • Measures 7.4 x 2.5 x 4.0 inches (W x H x D)
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Product Description

Product Description


From the Manufacturer

The SkyScout is a revolutionary handheld device that uses advanced GPS technology with point and click convenience to identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more.

Simply point the SkyScout at any star in the sky and click the target button. The SkyScout will tell you what object you are looking at.

Celestron SkyScout
To locate a star or planet, select the object's name from the menu and follow the directional arrows through the viewfinder. SkyScout tells you when you are on target. It's that easy!

Once you have targeted an object the real fun begins. The SkyScout includes entertaining and educational audio and text information, including facts, trivia, history and mythology about our most popular celestial objects. A fun learning tool for all ages, the SkyScout personal planetarium puts the knowledge of an expert astronomer in the palm of your hand.

SkyScout features

  • Identifies celestial objects with the click of a button.
  • Locates over 6,000 stars, planets and constellations from built-in celestial database and provides scientific information for each object.
  • Provides comprehensive text and audio descriptions providing history, mythology and other entertaining information for the most popular objects.
  • 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 includes:
    • Introduction to astronomy: a six part audio lesson on the origin and history of astronomy
    • Glossary of terms: text defining popular astronomy terms including planets, comets, galaxies and more
    • Great Astronomers: text bios on some of the world's greatest astronomers including Galileo, Einstein and Copernicus
    • Man-made space objects: text description of some of the coolest objects man has sent into space including the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Shuttle
    • Comet guide: text descriptions about history's most famous comets including Halley's Comet and Comet Hale-Bop
  • SD card slot: for optional Sky Tour audio presentations that provide hours of entertainment on a variety of topics
  • USB port: allows database to be updated with new objects as they are discovered, comets, etc.
  • Simple enough for all ages: just turn it on and it's ready to use
  • Built-in help menu: includes a quick start instruction guide for using the SkyScout
  • Bring it anywhere: compact and light design makes it easy to carry and durable construction makes it safe for rugged environments
  • Backed by Celestron's 2-year warranty

Product Information

Product Dimensions 12 x 8 x 5 inches
Item Weight 2.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model number 93970
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 269 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #156 in Camera & Photo > Binoculars & Scopes > Telescopes
#417 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Telescope & Microscope Accessories > Telescope Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com October 9, 2008

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By Michael J. Wood VINE VOICE on February 2, 2007
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I ordered my SkyScout in September, hoping that the initial rush on this item was over and that it would be in stock (as listed) when I ordered it. Sadly, it was actually out of stock, and took a few months to arrive. The unit powered up and seemed to function, but was unable to get a GPS fix in a clear field. Hoping that it was a simple matter of updating the unit, I attached it via USB to my computer and followed the simple directions on the screen. It updated quickly and easily, but I still was unable to obtain a GPS fix. Using the instructions provided, I contacted Celestron, and was directed to return the unit to them for evaluation and repair. Less than two weeks passed, when a new unit straight from Celestron arrived in the mail. This one worked perfectly and as advertised, and without any problems!

Now that I've actually used my SkyScout, I can say that it is great fun to use! Now, December and January in Wyoming isn't the best time of year to be outside at night...wind chill last night was -40F for example, but the SkyScout still works like a champ. Multiple modes of function exist as listed in the description, but my personal favorite is being able to identify just about anything you can see with the naked eye in the night sky. Just view the object through the sky scout, push a button, and you'll get the name of the object as well as at least a few lines of text of information. Brighter objects or better known objects also have an audio commentary that will teach about the history and/or significance of what you're looking at.

While I was disappointed about my first SkyScout not functioning properly, the quick customer service and the replacement working flawlessly have overcome my initial disappointment.
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I have literally been waiting for the Skyscout all my life. I always wanted to be able to look in the sky and identify celestial bodies but just didn't have the kind of brain that could wrap itself around star charts. Nor did I know anyone who could stand there and discuss it with me on a chilly night.

The Skyscout is like no other astronomy-related device because for the first time, you can just take it out of the box, put in the batteries, wait a few seconds for it to find its location via GPS (same as a car navigation system), point at something in the sky and press the IDENTIFY button to have it identified to you. Think about that for a second. At last, you have an easy-to-use handheld device that can tell you what star or star formation you're looking at!

Or you can work the other way. Have it list celestial bodies and formations for you, press the LOCATE button, then helpful arrows in the readout will blink until you've pointed it in the right direction. And many of the entries in its database have audio accompaniment so you can learn about them through the included earphones! How cool is that? It has a slot that will eventually accept cartridges with more stuff as time goes by, but the built-in database is pretty big as it is.

And for what it's worth, because the Skyscout uses built-in GPS, you can use it to display your locaiton using GPS coordinates. I have a nav system on my car but the SkyScout is still better than that, because I can't figure out how to get that info out of the car! on the Skyscout it's just one button.

All this stuff is particularly easy to access, and even the error messages are helpful. For example, on one particularly cold Seattle night I tried to use it from inside my car.
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Well worth the wait, this Skyscout delivers. It does exactly as advertised. I live in New York City, not exactly the astronomy capital of the world. So I was a bit hesitant to order because of the limited visibility here in the city. I ordered mine from Amazon on June 11 and was tired of waiting for my order to be fulfilled. So I ordered when I noticed the Discovery Store had it in stock. I had to pay more in shipping and tax but I HAVE IT IN HAND!!!

The Skyscout comes with

one skyscout, a padded case, earphones, wrist strap, usb cable, quick start guide, and instructional CD-ROM

Setup is a snap. Just insert two fresh double A's in the protective shields inside the battery compartment. Tighten the screw and hold the power button until you get the startup screen which reads SKYSCOUT.

After that the GPS kicks in to locate exactly where you are. That takes about a minute or so. You then press continue and your ready to go. You can choose from: Identify, Locate, GPS, Field Guide, and Settings. Tonight I went to Cunningham Park, stood in the middle, and started the show.

Under the option Locate, you search for planets, stars, deep space objects, and it also gives you the option to choose tonights highlights. This narrows space down to what you can see that night. Brightest stars, planets, constellations, whatever you are in the mood for.

I started out looking at Jupiter. I pressed the identify button and it tells you to search for a star and press the target button.

I pointed to the biggest and brightest star and the Skyscout identified it was Jupiter. It then gives you the option of getting information in text form, or by audio narrative.
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