Celestron® Debuts an Array Of New Products For 2012

Binoculars, Microscopes, Telescopes, Weather Stations And More Expand Celestron's Universe

Torrance, CA – (January 10, 2012) – Celestron, a leading designer and manufacturer of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, weather stations, GPS devices and related accessories, is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of new products for 2012 in the outdoor, science, and education categories.

This year Celestron's extraordinary SkyProdigy™ series will see two new additions – the SkyProdigy 102 refractor style telescope and the SkyProdigy 6 Schmidt-Cassegrain style telescope. The AstroMaster telescope line will also expand to include three new models – the AstroMaster LT 60AZ refractor, the AstroMaster LT 70AZ short refractor, and the AstroMaster LT 76AZ Newtonian reflector.

In the outdoor electronics arena, Celestron is debuting two new products - WindGuide™ and WindGuide™ Plus. Basic features like wind speed, gust, temperature, and chill measurements, make WindGuide perfect for wind sailing, parasailing, skydiving, and more. And with advanced features like altitude, humidity, and barometric pressure readings, the WindGuide Plus model is surprisingly well priced. Both join Celestron's extensive line of recreational/GPS devices that include the TrekGuide, reTrace, and CoursePro series.

Two exciting new Amoeba™ USB digital microscope models are also being released. These exceptional two-in-one microscopes pair a biological microscope for specimen slides with a stereoscopic microscope for solid objects. Used with a traditional base or as a handheld instrument, they are capable of capturing images or recording video for digital computer viewing. Additionally, Celestron is offering an upgraded PentaView™ LCD digital microscope, as well asa new heavy-duty, dual-purpose, entry-level Micro360™ microscope.

Celestron is also introducing nine upgraded models to the popular UpClose® binocular series. The new UpClose® G2 binoculars, plus one new monocular, bring brighter, sharper, multi-coated optics together with a stronger, sleeker ,more ergonomic design that truly elevates the already best-selling line. And there are two impressive new additions to the premier Granite™ series, a 10x50 and a 12x50, that raise the bar on Celestron's finest binocular line even further.

Then, of course, there is the revolutionary new SkyQ™ smart phone app, a personal interactive star guide, and a compatible add-on SkyQ™ Link Module for computerized Celestron telescopes that allows easy and accurate remote control.

And last but not least, Celestron's line of indoor/outdoor weather stations will add three new HomeCast™ models to wirelessly monitor weather conditions and information.

"As an industry leader in quality and innovation, we strive to continually improve and expand upon all of our product offerings, and this year is certainly no exception," says Celestron President and CEO, Joseph A. Lupica, Jr. "Our growth in the lifestyle and recreation markets has been both remarkable and rewarding."

All of Celestron's new products, along with the outstanding Nightscape CCD camera, will be on display during the 2012 International CES, January 10-13, 2012,at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Please visit Celestron.com for dealer locations or 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, weather stations, GPS devices, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes. Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960, Celestron has grown to become the world's leading telescope maker, and enjoys brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. Celestron's extraordinary 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 is a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities in Torrance, CA.