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    Re: Learn the stars, by phone
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 May 22, 10:53 -0700

    I wrote previously that the SkyScout has a pointing accuracy of 0.5-1.0 
    degrees. George found a FAQ saying 2-3 degrees. If we were talking about a 
    sextant or other measuring instrument, those statements would be 
    contradictory, but we're not. 
    
    Under good operating conditions, I wouldn't be surprised if the SkyScout has a 
    pointing accuracy at the high end of accuracy. And under marginal operating 
    conditions (for example, just before its software complains about magnetic 
    interference), I wouldn't be suprised if the pointing accuracy is near the 
    low end of accuracy. For a device with no magnification, none of this makes 
    any difference, of course. 
    
    It will be interesting to see if the mobile phone engineers who are attempting 
    to add this pointing capability to a device with a more hostile environment, 
    both internally and externally, can get reasonable accuracy out of it. They 
    have a lot more money than Celestron (now there's an understatement!), and 
    they've had a few more years to work on it, but we will have to wait and see.
    
    -FER
    
    
    
    
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