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Stars! Comets! Planets! Shiny! Want! Now!

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on January 5, 2006

The Celestron Sky Scout has to be one of the coolest gadgets ever.

It’s a personal planetarium. Point it at an object in the night sky, and it will tell you what you’re looking at, from a database of 6,000 objects. It’ll even help you find something you’re looking for. Turn it on and you’ll get a list of the 10 coolest things you can see right now. It uses GPS to find where you are, and then magnetic and inertial sensors to know where you’re pointing… Best yet, it’s updateable.

Out in March, and no prices yet.

[via Gizmodo]

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4 Responses to 'Stars! Comets! Planets! Shiny! Want! Now!'

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  1. ffutures said,

    Awesome. Presumaby the next step is to build it into a full-sized telescope.

  2. del_c said,

    Or to make it mountable on a telescope where a guide scope goes, using standard mounting rings.

  3. purplecthulhu said,

    Cool!

    Of course some people will buy them in bulk and then strip out the inertial system to use for munitions guidance…

  4. elimloth said,

    Arrrg! It’s not available yet. Must wait…… Impatient.


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