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    Re: Learn the stars, by phone
    From: Peter Hakel
    Date: 2009 May 14, 08:18 -0700
    Interesting.  This could be useful if the sky is cloudy except for a small patch showing some stars but not enough to recognize a constellation. It would confidently identify the stars (or the planets) without you having to deduce it by other means. You then could take sights and process them.  On the other hand, the gadget already has a built-in GPS... :-)  However, the articles do not say whether the device actually displays your GPS position or uses it only internally.

    Peter Hakel

    From: "frankreed@HistoricalAtlas.com" <frankreed@HistoricalAtlas.com>
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 6:27:36 AM
    Subject: [NavList 8258] Re: Learn the stars, by phone


    Sorry I didn't include any links previously.

    First of all, here's a nice article describing the technology of the Celestron Skyscout:
    (be sure to continue to the second page of the article).

    This is the "niche market" astronomy toy that I was talking about. And here's the main Celestron page for the product:
    This thing does just what it says. You take it out of the box, put in the AA batteries, turn it on, point it at a star, and it tells you just what you're looking at. It requires only a few seconds of automatic initialization. There's no user alignment process.

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