Leading the pack is a product you'll find widely promoted during the upcoming holiday season — Celestron's SkyScout. Billed as a personal planetarium, the unique, handheld device identifies celestial objects at the press of a button. You can also use it to guide to you to any of the thousands of objects stored in its database. Our mini-review on the SkyScout is available here, or you can read our full-up review in last November's issue.
Meade's line of LightBridge Dobsonian telescopes was another favorite of the editors. These classy looking, highly portable, truss-tube scopes offer a lot of aperture and performance at very attractive prices. There are 8-, 10-, and 12-inch models currently available, and a 16-inch is due out soon. An mini-review of the 10- and 12-inch versions is available here, and last October's issue carries our full-up coverage.
Kodak picked up Hot Product citations for a pair of new CCD chips currently being installed in high-end astronomical cameras from Apogee Instruments, Finger Lakes Instrumentation, Santa Barbara Instrument Group (SBIG), and Yankee Robotics. Larger than the well-established 35-millimeter-film benchmark, the new Kodak chips offer higher sensitivity and lower noise than previous versions. But best of all they cost roughly one-third as much as their equivalent-size predecessors. The editors believe that these chips will soon be producing some of the best-ever images of the heavens made with backyard telescopes.
Check out the January 2007 Sky & Telescope if you want to learn more about this year's selection of Hot Products.