Celestron Responds To Pluto's Demotion

Torrance, Ca (September 12, 2006)

On August 24th, astronomers from the International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight. Celestron was quick to react to this news of cosmic magnitude with the release of the updated SkyScout firmware. Though Pluto is still listed in the planet menu, the new firmware enables our award winning personal planetarium to correctly identify Pluto's new status as a dwarf planet in a revised text description.

SkyScout users can utilize the SkyScout Update Software, distributed with the device to download and install the latest firmware. For detailed instructions on performing this update please visit SkyScout minisite.

The SkyScout is a revolutionary handheld device that uses advanced GPS technology with point and click convenience to identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more. For more information about SkyScout please visit http://www.celestron.com/skyscout.

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.