The Sky Tour object locator adds "brains" to the Gibraltar Mount's brawn. With its exclusive Lorenzin 2000+ database and refinements such as backlit button names, 10 character smooth scrolling display and advanced "identify" capability, Sky Tour brings the hand-held computer to a high feature/ performance level - a Tele Vue level of convenience and ease of use.
When Sky Tour is added to Tele Vue mounts, the total system is simple enough to encourage beginners, yet deep enough for experts to maintain a lifetime of observing enthusiasm.
The System begins with the Sky Tour computer. Its library of over 2000 objects and their locations are fed to the rock-solid Gibraltar Mount which similarly transmits information back to the Sky Tour.
Cradled by the Gibraltar, the telescope firmly sits, waiting to be guided to your selected object. Once you have found your object, the Starbeam sighting instrument shows you exactly where your telescope is pointed in the sky. For referencing an object's position or for "star-hopping" without the Sky Tour, Starbeam's red star" points the way.
The Sky Tour Observing System is complete with easy to follow set-up, operating and database guides and is topped off with a FREE copy of The Deep Sky Observer's Guide by Phil Harrington. Guide to Deep Sky Observing which includes a complete star atlas.
More than just a star chart Iisting, Tom Lorenzin's 2000+ database is a collection of interesting and observable double and triple stars, bright & dark nebulae, galaxies, star clusters and colored stars most suited to Tele Vue telescopes.
The 2000+ objects are organized into six catalogs: NGC (New General Cat.), M (Messier), IC (lndex Cat.), ST Star), NS (Non-Standard), and PL (Planets). For quick reference, an additional FAV catalog is available to store 250 of your favorite objects.
Tele Vue believes that the fun of astronomy is in the observing. Set-up and equipment operation is kept to a minimum. Sky Tour instructions are easy to follow and include step-by-step diagrams. A simple phone plug connects the computer to the Gibraltar Mount. Turn Sky Tour on, align the marks on the Gibraltar Mount head, sight two known stars from a choice of 31 and Sky Tour is ready to lead you on your evening's journey. A little familiarity with the stars, and the alignment will take slightly longer than it did to read this paragraph!
SkyTour's functions are organized into nine "modes. " They are: Star Fix, RA DEC, Catalog, Guide, Align, Identify, Timer, Install, and Encoder. Once Sky Tour is aligned, you'll enter the Catalog mode and choose an object to view. The Guide mode shows you the direction to move the scope in order to find the selected object. Finding over 2000 objects is as simple as that!
Sky Tour also gives you digital setting circles by converting Alt/Az positioning into Right Ascension and declination. The RA DEC mode lets you hunt for any object in the sky just by looking
|Display||Red L.E.D., 10 Character|
|Display Dimming||5 levels|
|Display Resolution||1 minute right ascension, 0.1 degree declination|
|Display Modes||STAR FIX - alignment mode using convenient star list
RA DEC - current right ascension and declination
CATALOG - complete database of celestial objects
GUIDE - shows direction and distance to object
ALIGN - uses full database to fine-tune alignment
IDENTIFY - identifies object by type
|Database Tom Lorenzin 2000+ catalog||110 Messier objects
selected NGC objects
selected IC objects
selected Non-Standard objects
colored, double, multiple, 31 alignment stars
|Telescope Mounting Types||Gibraltar Alt/Az, Dobsonian Alt/Az, Custom Alt/Az|
|Alt/Azimuth Setup Requires||2 star alignment - no input for latitude, longitude, date or time required.|
|Encoder Resolution||2160 step, 0.09 degree encoders|
|Sampling Rate||0.5 millisecond|
|Maximum Slew Rate||160 degree per second|
|Sidereal Clock Accuracy||0.01%|
|Dimensions||2.8 x 4.6 x 1.1 inches|
|Weight||6 ounces including 9v battery|
|Power Requirements||5.1 to 14 Volts DC, Reverse polarity protected|
|Battery Life||20 hours with display fully dimmed|
|Coordinate Epoch||AD 2000|