Celestron SkyScout Named “Best of Innovations” from the Consumer Electronics Association

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The all new Celestron SkyScout has won Best of Innovations award at the Consumer Electronics Association show in Las Vegas. OPTCorp is among the first retailers in the country to begin taking orders for this amazing new product. The SkyScout is a personal Planetarium - a revolutionary hand held electronic device that can accurately identify and locate over 6000 objects in the night sky.

SkyScout is a very unique product that will appeal to a wide range of astronomy enthusiasts, from the beginner to the advanced user

Celestron’s newest innovation, the SkyScout personal planetarium, has been awarded one of the top honors at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. SkyScout is a revolutionary hand held electronic device that can accurately identify and locate over 6000 objects in the night sky. Patent protected, the SkyScout utilizes GPS technology along with 3-axis sensors measuring gravitational and magnetic fields to determine the true orientation of the SkyScout to the Earth. Scheduled to begin shipping in April 2006, SkyScout will be one of the hottest consumer electronic devices of 2006.

For years amateur astronomers and beginners alike have used a variety of tools to help locate items in the night sky. From star charts and software programs, to compasses and hand held GPS devices, these budding new astronomers have spent countless nights mastering the stars above. This steep learning curve has deterred some enthusiasts from embracing the wonders of the night sky, but SkyScout promises to shatter this learning curve.

“We set out to develop a product that would aid consumers in bridging the ‘astronomy-learning gap,’” said Joseph A. Lupica Jr., president and CEO of Celestron. “We know that there is a whole new generation of budding backyard stargazing enthusiasts that will now have the technology product they need to take their knowledge of the Universe to the next level.”

Oceanside Photo and Telescope (OPT) will be one of the first retailers in the United States to receive the much anticipated SkyScout. Demand for this exciting new product is likely to be high, so OPT is recommending that consumers interested in this product place orders soon to assure themselves priority deliveries.

“SkyScout is a very unique product that will appeal to a wide range of astronomy enthusiasts, from the beginner to the advanced user,” said Craig Weatherwax, president and CEO of OPT. “SkyScout is sure to appeal to educators, students, outdoor enthusiasts, or anybody who has ever been interested in the wonders of the night sky.”

For more information about the SkyScout, please visit Oceanside Photo and Telescope’s Celestron page.

About OPT

OPT is one of the leading retailers of astronomy-related products including telescopes, telescope accessories, CCD cameras and much more. OPT proudly features industry leading companies such as Meade Instruments, Celestron, SBIG, Televue, Coronado and other telescope manufacturers. In business since 1947, OPT has been serving the astronomical community by providing unrivaled expertise, service and selection. To learn more about OPT, please visit http://www.optcorp.com.

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Ben Hauck

OPT

760-722-3348

760-722-8133

ben@optcorp.com

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