Luxury Electronics: Having knowledge at your
fingertips makes for a great metaphor. Having
knowledgeable info conveyed instantly from an
easy-to-use handheld device makes for a very
innovative and entertaining product. The SkyScout by
Celestron, with its advanced GPS technology, can be
used during the day or night. Turn it on and its
built-in menu provides operating info simple enough
that even adults can operate it without muss of fuss.
The SkyScout can identify and provide insight on 6,000
separate astronomy-related phenomena, such as
constellations, galaxies, nebulae, planets, and stars.
The menu of this knowledge dispenser simplifies usage
to a point-and-click process. To identify an object,
select "Identify" from its menu, and then look at the
object through the SkyScout. This is not a telescope,
as it does not have magnification. It is best used to
view the sky overall and not for zeroing in on
specific areas. Finding an object is easy too. Choose
"Locate" from the menu and then follow the arrows that
appear in the viewfinder. When the arrows all light up
simultaneously, the object is found.
The user's personal curiosity is the starting point of
the fun. Utilizing audio (headphones are included) and
scrolling text, the SkyScout serves up facts, trivia,
and even mythology on what is actually being viewed.
In-depth detail is provided for 200 of the most
popular sightings, but it is possible to download new
or upgraded material through its USB port. Specific
celestial tours are also available.
The SkyScout is a marvelous way to stimulate learning,
making it a wonderful gift for children and kids at
heart of any age. It is available through
For LxM James Rothaar
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