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Celestron SkyScout - Personal Planetarium

Item# CELE259
 
4.5

(137 Ratings)

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What's Included?

SkyScout, Case, Headphones, Wrist Strap, USB Cable

Description

Introducing the Celestron SkyScout!

The SkyScout is a revolutionary, one of a kind, patented, hand-held device that instantly identifies and locates any celestial object visible to the naked eye. It provides educational and entertaining information, both in text and audio. A fun learning tool for all ages, the SkyScout Personal Planetarium puts the knowledge of an expert astronomer in the palm of your hand.


Using the SkyScout
Point the Celestron SkyScout at any bright star and it will instantly identify the object or choose an object from the celestial database of over 6,000 objects and the SkyScout will guide you to it.


The SkyScout includes great information and stories about the most popular celestial objects in scrolling text and narrated audio.


SkyScout's unique features include:


  • Tonight's Must-See List - When the Celestron SkyScout is turned on, it will tell the user the 10 most exciting things to look at in the sky that night. The SkyScout uses internal GPS to automatically customize it to where that particular user is located.

  • Constellation Lessons - If the user is looking at a star that's part of a constellation, the SkyScout will inform the user, show a picture of the constellation, and help the user locate the other stars in the constellation.

  • Updatable Software and Data - USB port included for periodic updates of the operating software, as well as the ability to download new data from celestial objects like the Space Shuttle or passing comets.

  • SkyTour Content Cards - SD card slot exists for additional content offerings, such as Astronomy for Kids.

How it works
SkyScout combines GPS technology, which gives the time, date, and location of the user, software that calculates the position of the objects for that moment, and three axis sensors, which measure gravitational and magnetic fields to determine the true orientation of the SkyScout to the earth. Operates on 2 user-supplied AA batteries.


WE HAVE FIELD TESTED THE SKYSCOUT AND SEEN IT IN ACTION - PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR SKYSCOUT REVIEW FOR MORE INFORMATION. GET THE HOTTEST NEW ASTRONOMY ACCESSORY TODAY!



CHOKING HAZARD - small parts may pose a risk to children under 6 yrs.

Supplier Sku:
93970

Dimensions & Specifications

Dimensions

2.5 x 4 x 7.4 Inches

Weight

15.2 oz. (without batteries)

Warranty

2-Year Limited

Brand

Celestron

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Celestron SkyScout - Personal Planetarium
 
4.5

(based on 137 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (98)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (45)
  • Strong construction (44)
  • Good padding (22)
  • Great optics (7)
  • Widely compatible adapter (7)

Cons

  • Eats batteries (3)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (68)
  • Travel (12)
  • Terrestrial viewing (6)
  • Bright conditions (4)
  • Astrophotography (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (57), Avid adventurer (9), Professional guide (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This Is A Great Product!

This is my review on the Celestron Sky Scout Personal Planetarium. I will try to give a accurate review on this product.

I live in Southern Illinois on the outside...Read complete review

This is my review on the Celestron Sky Scout Personal Planetarium. I will try to give a accurate review on this product.

I live in Southern Illinois on the outside of town in a small rural area. I have a 10 acre field that I have a 6 X 6 foot concrete pad for my telescopes right in the middle. There are no power lines, buildings or lights nearby. This is the area that I tested this at.

After receiving this, I read all the manual to familiarize my self with it. After installing the batteries, and updating it the the 1.3 version of the firmware out to the field I went.

After turning it on, the GPS took 45 seconds to get a lock on my location. I then tested the identify function. I pointed it at 6 objects that I knew the names of and it Identified them correctly every time. I then tried the locate function. I selected a target on the other side of the sky. After I selected it, I held the unit level for about 5 seconds to let the GPS adjust. I then moved it Slowly across the sky following the guide arrows. It went right to the object. I tried this 9 more times on different objects, and perfect every time.

The audio descriptions are clear and pretty informative. I did not notice any pops or other noises in the audio. The display for me is easy to read in the dark. You can adjust the brightness, and the volume.

This does use batteries fast a new set of Duracell's will last about 1.5 hours with continuous use. I would suggest buying some Duracell rechargeables it's well worth it.

This unit works better if you hold it about 12 inches from your eye. In the locate function don't move it to fast, give the GPS time to adjust. If you go to fast, it will miss the target just a little.

Just some small things I don't like. The view finder is not magnified, so a faint star is hard to see through the view finder. It doesn't save your location when you shut it off. Little things like that.

The bottom line. This is a great product for both experienced stargazers and the ones just starting to learn. Celestron keeps the firmware updated so you get more features, they just don't sell the product and then that's it. It feels solid to hold not cheaply made.

The software is on a CD or can be downloaded. It installed easy and the update process is very easy and pretty fast.

Also it was chosen as the Year of Astronomy 2009 product. I would not hesitate to buy this again. I would also recommend it to anybody.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

SkyScout / MySky Review

I purchased the SkyScout when my MySky stopped working and I had to replace it because Meade does no repairs on the MySky. I use the SkyScout as a learning aid to identify the...Read complete review

I purchased the SkyScout when my MySky stopped working and I had to replace it because Meade does no repairs on the MySky. I use the SkyScout as a learning aid to identify the stars, especially when I am aligning my telescopes as I did with my MySky. The SkyScout is much heavier then the MySky and it eats batteries like a hungry tiger. I like the optical viewing of the objects but it can be tricky if sighting through the SkyScout is not done correctly. Parallax error is a problem. The information about objects is well done and adequate with both units. I repaired my MySky by replacing two junky switches. I now use both of the devices. I prefer the Meade MySky to the Celestron SkyScout for the following reasons: SkyScout use up batteries to fast (I only got between 2 and 3 hours intermittent use on each battery change). With the MySky the batteries last a couple of weeks with the same amount of use as the SkyScout. The MySky is a bit easier to sight objects especially when I select find. With the SkyScout when it is turned on you have to let it perform the GPS function. This takes a couple of minutes or more. With the MySky the data is retained in memory and you have a choice of updating the GPS data or using what is in memory and then takes just seconds. If I had it to do over, I would have just replaced my MySky with a new one. The SkyScout does an adequate job of locating objects but with the negatives I have listed the MySky is my first choice. The excessive battery drain on the SkyScout is a real problem.

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5.0

Does the job well!

By Bruce

from Auburn, CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron SkyScout - Personal Planetarium:

    Easy to use and very accurate. I haven't found it in error at all. Each time you turn it on it needs to find itself - would be better with a list of "Favorite Places" to establish location quickly. But the time to find itself is not too bad.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    3.0

    Works as advertised, but touchy to use

    By PJ

    from Lutz, FL

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astrophotography

      Comments about Celestron SkyScout - Personal Planetarium:

      This is a good stand alone product and works good, very touchy to use in conjunction with a telescope. The USB hookup is a little short and the Scout is very magnetic sensitive around my scope. The update software will not work on a 64 bit OS computer, and Celestron indicated they have no plans to update the software. This is a problem even though my Scout has the latest update, it will limit any possible future of the Scout. If this was not a problem I would have rated the product higher.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      Disappointed

      By Ken

      from Louisville,Ky

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Celestron SkyScout - Personal Planetarium:

            Firmware error message, shows version 3.2.16. Worked out of the box. After trying to update, its become glitchy. Can see this as a useful addition if your lucky to get a good one. I checked all the reviews from several sites and knew it would be 50/50 on getting a working one. Will be returning.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            1.0

            Not a satisfied buyer

            By patc.11

            from Kansas City, MO

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • none

                Comments about Celestron SkyScout - Personal Planetarium:

                The first unit would shut itself off whenever I tried to listen to the audio. Just shut down dead. I tried to get a refund but that option is not available. Celestron send me another unit and that unit will not locate any object in the sky. I would not recommend this product to anyone.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Celestron customer service as far as I can determine is not very helpful. They did send a warranty unit, promptly, but after much haggleing about "my supposed problem"

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                THIS ITEM INTRODUCED ME TO THE SKIES.

                By SNOWMAN MELTER

                from JAFFREY, NH USA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy

                  Comments about Celestron SkyScout - Personal Planetarium:

                  AS A TOTAL ASTRONOMY NOVICE, THIS DEVICE ENABLED ME TO QUICKLY IDENTIFY MANY OBJECTS IN THE SKY. THE FIRST NIGHT USING THIS ITEM I EXAMINED STARS, JUPITER AND THE ORION NEBULA. THE ONLY THINGS I COULD IDENTIFY BEFORE WERE THE BIG DIPPER AND ORION THE HUNTER. I'M USING 15 X 50 IS BINOCULARS AND THE SITES ARE UNBELIEVABLE. ANOTHER WEEK AND I WON'T BE A SKY DUMMY ANYMORE.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  Customer Q & A

                  Q1: Does the Celestron SkyScout work in the southern hemisphere as well as the northern hemisphere?

                  A: Yes, the Celestron SkyScout works all over.

                  Q2: What exaclty is the SkyScout?

                  A: The SkyScout is a unique handheld device that instantly identifies and/or locates any celestial object visible to the naked eye. Point it at an object, and it will tell you what it is. Want to find a particular object? Just select it in the SkyScout's database, and SkyScout will show you how to get there.

                  Q3: I understand this product eats batteries fairly quickly. Does the Skyscout have an a/c addapter or an option for rechargable batteries?

                  A: The SkyScout "eats batteries" because owners often throw the battery protector away by mistake. If they keep the battery protector and use it, batteries will last a lot longer. So far there's been no AC adapter for the SkyScout, and no rechargeable batteries. You can, however, purchase rechargeable batteries and a charger at any hardware store for $20 or so.

                  Q4: Once connected to a computerized scope, will the scout automatically slew the scope to the desired object?

                  A: No.  The Celestron SkyScout will not drive any GoTo Telescope.   You will still need to use the telescope alignment system as the SkyScout does not have capabilities of directly connecting to a telescope.

                  Q5: I couldn't find anything about the magnification of this item.

                  A: Celestron's SkyScout is not a telescope and does not magnify. It is chiefly an object-location device.

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