Where can I find out more information on the latest SkyScout Updates?

Release Notes (current version 1.30)

1.30 - 07/01/2008 - Updates from previous version include:

  • Added 36,000+ stars
  • Added Caldwell Deepsky catalog
  • Added Herschel400 Deepsky catalog
  • Added NGC Deepsky catalog
  • Added search by NGC menu

1.29.196 - 05/14/2008 - Updates from previous version include:

  • added language tag to about screen
  • added more deep sky objects
  • added more Southern Hemisphere objects
  • fixed planet orbital radius, was reported incorrectly
  • fixed deep sky object width, was reported incorrectly
  • added Expansion Card support
  • Tonight's Highlights sometimes showed more than 20 items
  • removed audible "clicks" in audio clips
  • removed audible "click" at power down

1.28.12 - 11/15/2007 - Updates from previous version include:

  • Made comets full objects with position information
  • Added comets Holmes, Boethin & 8P/Tuttle
  • Fixed English audio for Mercury

1.23.48 - 01/29/2007 - Updates from previous version (1.21.48) include:

  • Improved GPS location acquisition under poor conditions.
  • Better detection of GPS hardware problems.
  • Corrected elevation display for 2D/3D GPS fixes.

1.21.48 - Updates from previous version (1.20.23) include:

  • Fixed the power-down/lockup problem that intermittently occurred when navigating the menus after an audio clip.
  • A pop-up with a five second countdown timer is displayed when the power button is pressed.

Updating Your SkyScout

The SkyScout includes a USB cable and built-in USB port to allow you to update the software and database as future versions are released. To update the SkyScout module you will need the following:

  • SkyScout Personal Planetarium
  • USB cable
  • Connection to the Internet
  • SkyScout Update Programmer software (Windows only)
  • USB drivers

Before you can update your SkyScout you must first install the USB drivers and the SkyScout Update Program included on the SkyScout Companion CD.

Installation Screen Shot
Image 1.

Installing the USB drivers

  1. Use the included USB cable to connect the SkyScout to your computer.
  2. Power on the SkyScout.
  3. Once on, your computer should recognize the SkyScout as a new device and display the screen shown (Image 1).
  4. Insert the SkyScout CD into your computer’s CD-ROM drive.
  5. Select the option “Install the software automatically.”
  6. Press the Next button to continue.
  7. Once the drivers have been successfully installed, press the Finish button to complete.

Installing SkyScout Update Program

  1. Insert the SkyScout CD into your computer’s CD-ROM drive. An interactive menu should appear on your computer screen.
    a) If CD-ROM does not auto launch then double click on "My Computer."
    b) Double click on the drive that contains the CD-ROM.
    c) Then launch the program "StartMe.exe".
  2. Installation Screen Shot
    Image 2.
    When the opening screen (Image 2) appears, select Install SkyScout Update Program.
  3. This will launch the installation wizard that will guide you through the setup of the program.
  4. Once installed, click the icon created on your computer’s desktop to start the program.
  5. Press the Help button on the SkyScout interface screen and follow the on-screen instructions for updating both the SkyScout firmware and the SkyScout Update Program.

Updated 12/25/13