Monday, January 16, 2006

Celestron's SkyScout

Celestron is coming out with the SkyScout in March. It's a pretty cool looking and sounding device, although the only thing that matters is how it works at night in the dark and I'll believe it when I see it (and hear it).

It combines GPS, some sort of optical sensor(?), and database to tell you what you're looking at in the sky with text and voice recordings.

I'm an experienced amateur astronomer and I know the sky quite well. But there are still some constellations that flummox me, and this could be a neat gadget, especially if it can tell me the difference between the fainter stars in a constellation, say the difference Epsilon and Iota Ursa Majoris.