Celestron LCD Digital Microscope Takes Home Honors From Consumer Electronics Association

The World’s First Digital Microscope For Hobbyists Selected Innovations Honoree In Personal Electronics For Enabling Consumers to Get An Up Close Look At Unseen Worlds

TORRANCE, CA – (November 11, 2008) – Celestron®, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes and related accessories, is opening up a new frontier of exploration for everyday science enthusiasts with the unveiling of its LCD Digital Microscope®.   The LCD Digital Microscope was selected as an Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Award honoree in the Personal Electronics product category by the Consumer Electronics Association.

The Celestron LCD Digital Microscope will be displayed during the 2009 International CES, January 8-11, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV in Celestron’s booth, #72814, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, as well as in the Innovations 2009 Showcase, booth #72062, and Innovations Plus at the Sands Expo and Convention Center/The Venetian.  Designed for use by everyone with an urge to expand their sphere of knowledge through exploration, Celestron’s LCD Digital Microscope combines all of the powerful features of a professional grade microscope with an easy-to-use, fully- integrated, high-resolution 3.5” LCD screen, giving users the ability to view, capture and save vibrant, high-resolution images and video of Earth’s most magnificent microscopic specimens. 

“We are thankful to the CEA and the innovations judges for honoring our company with this award.  the LCD Digital Microscope incorporates many of the advanced features found on Celestron’s line of professional microscopes to provide a powerful and easy-to-use tool that is ideal for all amateur scientists, from seasoned enthusiasts to those just beginning their scientific exploration,” said Joseph A. Lupica Jr., president and CEO of Celestron.  “With the flexibility to not only view, but capture photos and video of both prepared slides and everyday objects through the seamlessly integrated 3.5” viewing screen, the LDM is an amazing all-in-one product that will keep users captivated as the physical world is revealed like never before.”

Engineered with an objective lens that provides three different magnification levels (4x, 10x, and 40x), 4X digital zoom functionality, a six position color filter wheel, top and bottom LED Illumination, 128MB internal storage memory and a built-in 2MP digital camera, the LDM is capable of capturing images and short videos of specimens at magnification levels up to 1600 times their original size.  The LDM is an ideal tool for examining everything from stamps, coins and other common objects to specimen slides of yeasts, molds, cultures, fibers, bacteria, and animal parts up close using the powerful digital zoom feature.

With a suggested retail price of $299.99, Celestron’s LCD Digital Microscope comes with five prepared slides, an AC power adaptor, a carrying case, a USB cable for transferring images to a PC and has been available at specialty retailers nationwide since April 2008. For a list of dealer locations and updates, please go to http://www.celestron.com.