Celestron Expands "Out Of This World" Learning With The Launch Of Its Online Universe, MySkyScout.com

In Time For Summer Stargazing Season, Celestron Bolsters A Lifetime Of Learning And Exploration With The Unveiling Of An Online Resource For Astronomy Buffs and SkyScout Enthusiasts

TORRANCE, CA – (May 7, 2007) – Celestron, one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes and related accessories, officially announced the launch of an interactive online meeting place for SkyScout and astronomy enthusiasts, MySkyScout.com. In time for the summer outdoor season, Celestron SkyScout’s new web community provides earth-bound space explorers with an interactive online forum for sharing ideas, experiences, tips and tricks with fellow stargazers and SkyScout enthusiasts.

Designed to support the growing interest in astronomy and exploration created by the release of Celestron’s SkyScout Personal Planetarium, a handheld device that identifies stars, planets, and constellations with point and click convenience, MySkyScout.com is a premier online companion to SkyScout owners and astronomy enthusiasts alike.

A fully integrated news and discussion forum for SkyScout owners, astronomy buffs and backyard stargazers to learn, share and discuss their interests and experiences with astronomy-minded peers, mySkyScout.com features real time information on current celestial events and astronomical happenings, updated news and images, links to product support, software updates, product development news in addition to advice from fellow amateur astronomers.

“mySkyScout.com gives astronomy enthusiasts and backyard stargazers of all ages and experience levels a place to share their experiences and learn about all that the night sky has to offer,” said Joseph A. Lupica Jr., president and CEO of Celestron. “SkyScout explorers all have a desire to talk about and share their experiences with each other as their thirst for knowledge is piqued through SkyScout use. The interactive nature of mySkyScout.com makes it a tremendous resource for backyard astronomers’ growing knowledge of the universe and maximizing the SkyScout experience.”

About SkyScout
About the size of a camcorder and weighing less than 16 ounces, the Celestron SkyScout utilizes a consumer-friendly “point and shoot” GPS technology. In addition to its identify feature, the SkyScout also has a “locate” feature that allows users to select an object they wish to view (i.e. Mars) and the SkyScout, using illuminated arrows in the viewfinder, will point the user to the object. A totally unique, one-of-a-kind product, SkyScout utilizes patented technology that combines data from sensors measuring both the magnetic and gravitational fields of the Earth, along with internal GPS and a substantial celestial database to dramatically improve how people learn about astronomy, making it much easier and more entertaining. Visit http://www.myskyscout.com for more information.

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.