The trouble with star spotting is that, well they all pretty much look the same, so while you think that you are staring at Mars for all you know you might as well be gazing at Uranus. Enter US company Celestron which has just unveiled a very neat little gadget called the Sky Scout. Kind of like a pocket Patrick Moore the Sky Scout enables the user to name the stars and planets they are looking at.
The camcorder sized device uses GPS to pinpoint where the user is and where they are looking at and then accesses the information on the star/planet via its database which has details on 6000 celestial objects. If the user wants to find particular star then it uses a series of lights to guide them to the right place in the sky. The device works well on its on but serious sky spotting anoraks can team it up with a telescope.
Its is going to be available in the US in March for $400. The company hopes to offer it in Europe -possibly via Amazon – later in the year.