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November 2008

Top International Award for Sky Scout

Top International Award for Sky Scout

Top International Award for Sky Scout

Our SkyScout Personal Planetarium has been declared the  “Official Product” of International Year of Astronomy 2009 by the IYA organization.

"SkyScout is a must-have tool for astronomy beginners. Its
high-quality features and educational value make it the perfect instrument to explore the sky during 2009, the International Year of Astronomy." said Pedro Russo, International Year of Astronomy Coordinator.

About the size of a camcorder and weighing less than 16 ounces (450g), the SkyScout uses GPS technology to enable stargazers to instantly identify and/or locate over 50,000 celestial objects with the press of a button and listen to commentary on the object and its history. The SkyScout also has a “locate” feature that allows users to select an object they wish to view (i.e. Mars) and the SkyScout, using illuminated arrows in the viewfinder, will point the user to the object.

“After 400 years of
telescopes comes another product that is bound to revolutionize educational astronomy. The sky will never be the same.” said Dr. Salim Ansari, Head of Information Systems and Education Support Service with the European Space Agency.

“Celestron is proud to be a global sponsor of IYA2009. It is imperative that we increase scientific awareness to the general public and generate excitement for astronomy and the science community to our younger generation.” said Joseph A. Lupica Jr, President and CEO of Celestron - Manufacturers of SkyScout.



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