Posted 01 March 2008 - 05:20 PM
Posted 01 March 2008 - 08:43 PM
Posted 01 March 2008 - 11:16 PM
I finally realized that I have to get my hands on one to find out for myself. I just ordered it from Astronomics.
My friends and neighbors enjoy looking through my scope but are intimidated about actually operating it. The whole concept of 'what star or planet is where and how do you know?' kinda freaks them out (they're not dumb, of course - just inexperienced at astronomy). And I don't seem to be very good at explaining it to them!
I'm hoping that the Sky Scout will make it easier for them to understand what's where in the sky and that it's not all that difficult to learn.
Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:36 AM
Posted 02 March 2008 - 11:27 AM
latest ver. No trouble with locking on to GPS or no interfence at all. It even works indoors. The problem is you had better know a little about the sky. When you tell it
to find M42 or M45 it will miss it by about a hands width
If you didn't know what M42 or 45 looks like, you would miss
it. Saturn same way. It keeps telling me Saturn is Leo. It
did put Sirus right in the middle. And Mars too. Also put
North Star right on.It is helpful I just don't know how much. I put the green laser on mine, I like it better without. I might sell mine, I don't know right now. Will have to use it more. If I sell it, I think I can get say 275. With Orion Laser bracket. I'm going to use it a little
more then make up my mind.
Posted 02 March 2008 - 06:33 PM
Posted 02 March 2008 - 07:46 PM
Posted 03 March 2008 - 08:14 PM
about 1/4. I thought this was good enough. Well it's not!
Tonight I put new copper tops in and it was right on the
money. Saturn and everything else was right in the middle
of the rings. So I think it is voltage senstive. So when it
gets much under 1/2 on the Battery bar, it's time to change
Posted 03 March 2008 - 08:34 PM
Posted 03 March 2008 - 08:34 PM
Posted 03 March 2008 - 11:48 PM
Posted 06 March 2008 - 08:03 PM
Funny thing - it's been cloudy here ever since I got it. But just sitting here in my living room I turn it on, get a quick GPS fix, then use the 'locate' function to find some planets and stars. Once it points me to a specific spot in the sky (though all I actually see is my living room ceiling), I consult a star chart to see if it's correct. So far it's been right - or at least close as far as I can tell - every time.
Can't wait to get outside and actually see something now.
Posted 06 March 2008 - 10:14 PM
Posted 06 March 2008 - 10:28 PM
I just told it to locate the moon and some planets that are currently visible on the other side of Earth and, sure enough, it pointed me to various spots on the floor.
Posted 06 March 2008 - 11:06 PM
Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:24 PM
Posted 10 March 2008 - 06:59 PM
I heard 30% of the My Sky's are bad and the dealer, near me, just exchanges them until you get a good one.
Posted 11 March 2008 - 08:26 AM
I look at a star chart to figure out what star is where and then use the SkyScout to check my accuracy. I then align my scope with much more confidence than I used to have. In the short time I've had it, the SkyScout has radically improved my ability to use star charts (ironic, eh?)
And, besides that, it's been an easy way to show my non-astronomy friends what's where up in the sky. They get a kick out of it as much as I do. Sunday night they were spotting stars - and Saturn and Mars - with it (after I showed them how) and then I showed them how to slew my scope in for a closer look.
That's a shame that some of these things apparently don't work well. Mine is dead-on accurate and has been an awesome educational tool.
Posted 15 March 2008 - 03:19 PM
Posted 15 March 2008 - 09:05 PM
Posted 16 March 2008 - 03:09 AM
But the "purists" are right about The Big Picture : it's important to be able to look up at the night sky and identify stars, constellations, etc with one's own eyes. And that's what makes the SkyScout so great - it literally teaches a person about how to do that.
I wish there was some way to get this thing into every high school science class. It's educational value is huge!
Posted 16 March 2008 - 03:04 PM
order a Mysky tommorrow morning. I just like the looks of it.Hope this is a smart move for me. Probably not. Hope I
get a good one. Will let you all know how it works. The
Skyscout worked OK. No complants.
Posted 16 March 2008 - 05:29 PM