SkyScout, a gizmo for celestial navigators?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

4 Responses

  1. Bob says:

    I can’t help but comment that this device is much more complicated (and probably much more expensive) than a GPS. It even includes a GPS. There are some very low tech star finders available that don’t use any electricity.
    I carry a sextant on Acacia ( ) as backup to the electronics, but this seems way overkill.

  2. Greg says:

    I recognize Celestron as a brand name for telescope manufacture. Looking at the description of this device makes me think it’s geared more towards the home astronomer, rather than a mariner. The press release also seems to have that in mind with the way it’s worded. A seasoned mariner capable of plotting with a sextant would have little use of this guy, but for those of us less adept, there might be some usefulness to it.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I wasn’t being very serious here, guys, but have you ever tried to nail 4 or 5 stars while you still have a visible enough horizon? It’s hard, even with precalculated bearings and altitudes of the bodies.

  4. Megan says:

    The Celestron SkyScout is now available for pre-order $399

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