A revolutionary concept (in 1990) StarPort is a lightweight, portable sky atlas that gives a visual display of the cosmos via an Infra-Red (IR) Touchscreen. Only 64 StarPort DSC’s were ever produced. Far advanced for its day the StarPort did not build a customer support base to justify continued production. This is the last StarPort made, #64.
Straightforward menu system to retrieve information. No complicated commands, touch the first letter of the menu and StarPort does the rest. View current celestial coordinates, as well as constellations, planets, bright stars and DSOs on the screen. Filter objects by type and magnitude range. Three definable levels of mag to match telescope or finder scope, four levels of Zoom.
Alphanumeric and sky displays shown on a 3.5” x 5” red LED (IR) Touchscreen. 40,000+ stars and DSOs displayed as small points with an eleven-magnitude range. Planets, 10,000+ Messier and NGC/IC deep sky objects are blinking icons. Use on Dobs or Equatorial telescopes, when telescope is slewed stars and objects move across the display showing field of view and surrounding sky.
Designed as DSC's can be used standalone as a Star Atlas. Complete NGC, Messier, IC, SAO catalogs accessable without telescope. In Star Atlas mode the display can “Jump” directly to the object, good for cloudy nights or planning observatiing sessions.
Connected to telescope "Jump" previews an object and returns to current position. Entry of a new object shows a directing arrow, moving to a new object coordinates are counted down while the LED shows the sky's moving field of view. Within a half-degree a target circle is displayed for the object.
Excellent condition. Internal 12V GelCell. Original 26 page Owner’s Manual and other documentation is included. Latest EPROM with planetary coordinates upgraded, epoch 2000.
Original cost $1000, sell for $500US plus shipping. Money Order preferred.