Celestron EdgeHD, LCD Deluxe Digital Microscope And Handheld LCD Digital Microscope Take Home Honors From Consumer Electronics Association

Celestron’s EdgeHD, LCD Deluxe Digital Microscope and Digital Handheld LCD Microscope Are Selected Innovations Honoree’s In Personal Electronics

TORRANCE, CA – (January 1, 2010) – Celestron, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes and related accessories, has done it again. This time taking home three honoree awards in Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering in the Personal Electronics product category by the Consumer Electronics Association. The awards went to the EdgeHD 800 Optical Tube Assembly, LCD Deluxe Digital Microscope and the Handheld LCD Digital Microscope.

Celestron’s EdgeHD is the newest flagship line of aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, specially designed for photographing celestial objects. What sets EdgeHD apart from the others is that this optical system is designed with a coma-free flat focal plane all the way to the edge of the field of view. The result is a visibly sharper photograph that guarantees you visibly sharp stars across some of the largest CCD chips available today. With the growing interest in astrophotography, Celestron has made it easier and more affordable for consumers to take amazing photos of the night sky!

With the huge success of touch screen technology, Celestron has incorporated this feature into one of their newest microscopes; the LCD Deluxe Digital Microscope. The LCD Deluxe Digital Microscope is the first of its class with a touch screen and rotatable 180° panel for view sharing, a built-in digital camera for images and video, flash memory of 512MB for storage, and an SD card slot to upload your images to your computer.

Another new Celestron microscope Honoree winner, the Handheld Digital LCD Microscope is just as unique. This sleek, ready-to-go, palm size microscope is battery operated with a 2.4” LCD screen to view objects. Equipped with camera and video features, as well as an SD card slot for extra storage, this microscope is fun to take anywhere. With the LCD Deluxe Digital Microscope and Handheld LCD Digital Microscope, you no longer have to be limited by looking through the eyepiece of a microscope!

“We are thankful to the CEA and the Innovations judges for honoring our company with these awards. We are proud to know that our optical products have captured the engineering award in two categories; telescopes and microscopes. Celestrons’ EdgeHD optical system is the most versatile, affordable imaging telescope available today”, said Joseph A. Lupica Jr., president and CEO of Celestron. “Our two new microscopes, the Deluxe Digital LCD Microscope and Handheld Digital LCD Microscope showcase that Celestron is dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of technology in the microscope industry. All three honorees are unique in their own way, but all have one thing in common, to keep users captivated as the physical world is revealed like never before.”

All three Celestron Award Honoree winners will be displayed during the 2010 International CES, January 7-10, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV at Celestron booth #7912, and Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase in the Grand Lobby at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For a list of dealer locations and updates, please go to http://www.celestron.com.

About Celestron
Since designing its first telescope in 1960, Celestron has grown to become the world’s leading telescope maker, and enjoys brand name recognition for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. For five decades, Celestron has been recognized as a leading designer, manufacturer and importer of high-quality optical products including computerized and non-computerized telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes and related accessories. Celestron’s innovative products continue to receive numerous industry and consumer media accolades, adding to an already impressive list that includes awards for product innovation from Reader’s Digest, Popular Science, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Sky & Telescope, the Consumer Electronics Association and more. Celestron sells and markets its products worldwide through a variety of specialty retail outlets and international distributors. Celestron is a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities, in Torrance, CA. For more information about Celestron please visit http://www.celestron.com.