One Giant Step For Backyard Astronomy As Celestron's SkyScout Connect Turns The SkyScout Personal Planetarium Into A Deep Space Observatory

The Innovative SkyScout Connect Brings Point And Click Convenience To Celestron’s Line of High Powered, User-Friendly Computerized Telescopes

TORRANCE, CA – (February 19, 2008) – Celestron®, a leading designer and manufacturer of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes, is enhancing the capability of its award-winning SkyScout® Personal Planetarium®, the revolutionary handheld device that uses advanced GPS technology with point and click convenience to identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more, with the unveiling of SkyScout Connect. Bringing amateur astronomy to the next level of space exploration, SkyScout Connect enables stargazers and backyard astronomers to use their SkyScout Personal Planetarium to locate an object in the night sky and then automatically slew any one of Celestron’s NexStar® SLT, NexStar SE, Advanced Series GT, CPC® Series and CGE Series computerized telescopes for an up-close look.

“The SkyScout Connect is the next evolution of stargazing as it is a gateway that expands the capabilities of SkyScout and opens up a whole new world of exploration for backyard astronomy enthusiasts,” said Joseph A. Lupica Jr., president and CEO of Celestron. “Through combined product technologies, Celestron continues to transform the way in which people experience the world and beyond.”

SkyScout Connect has a suggested manufacturers retail price of $99.00.  Visit, www.celestron.com for more information on product features and availability.

About SkyScout Personal Planetarium
Selected as a 2006 CES Innovations Award Recipient and honored as the Best of Innovations, SkyScout Personal Planetarium is a revolutionary, one of a kind, patented device, that is a portable, handheld personal planetarium; it is a celestial viewing device that can instantly identify and/or locate over 6,000 celestial objects, transforming the night sky into a planetarium for stargazers, families, teachers, students and astronomers alike.

About Celestron
Celestron is a leading designer, manufacturer and importer of high-quality optical products including computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes.  Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960, Celestron has grown to become one of the world’s leading telescope makers, and enjoys brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology.  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, 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 and http://www.myskyscout.com.