Sky Tour Computer
Add "brains" to your Tele Vue mount.
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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 Tele Vue mount. Turn Sky Tour on, align the marks on the mount head, sight two known stars from a choice of 31 and Sky Tour is ready to lead you on your evening's journey outside the Solar System. If you need Sky Tour to find the planets, input the current date choose your planetary target. A little familiarity with the stars, and the alignment will take slightly longer than it did to read this paragraph!
Sky Tour'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. Catalog mode displays location, brightness, size and other object information, including the chart number that contains the object in the popular Sky Atlas 2000.0 star atlas! Then switch to Guide mode to show you the direction to move the scope in order to center 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 up its RA and DEC position.