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Celestron Sky Scout & Duct Tape

Started by Lee_S, 01/17/2006 08:45AM
Posted 01/17/2006 08:45AM Opening Post
I visited the Celestron website this morning and took a quick glance at some information about their Sky Scout personal planetarium. They say that it can identify any celestial object you point at and it can guide you to point at any celestial object you choose from a 6,000 object database.

If this is true, does this mean you can convert any telescope to a "push-to" configuration using a Skyscout and duct tape? wink

I have several telescopes, but none are semi-APO, APO, or in anyway valuable.
Posted 01/17/2006 10:55AM #1
Hmmm. Sounds like you could although the thing might use the earth's magnetic field to determine direction. If so, a metal scope might throw it off.

Posted 01/17/2006 11:36PM #2
The Sky Scout is meant to be used hand held, is it not? If so, how much resolution can it possibly have? You're holding it by hand. If you have to aim it within 30 arc minutes before it acknowledges your target, then it will be difficult to aim it by hand and keep it there. If aiming it within 2 or 3 degrees is close enough, then it won't be accurate enough for aiming most telescopes. Don't get your hopes up too much.

Joe Bergeron

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