updated 09:35 am EST, Mon November 27, 2006
Celestron VistaPix IS70
Telescope experts Celestron today previewed the VistaPix IS70, a unique spotting scope for nature watchers and other outdoors viewers. The IS70 combines a 70mm, 14X zoom telescoping lens with a 3.1-megapixel digital camera that captures either still images or video of the viewer's subject. This helps preserve rare events or sightings and can even be used as a substitute for some macro photography, Celestron says. Photos and videos are stored in both the 32MB of built-in flash memory, which provides room for either 38 full-quality images or 30 seconds of VGA-resolution video, as well as the user's own SD cards for transferring files directly to a computer. The scope can also output its video directly to an NTSC or PAL TV. Originally planned for an October release, the IS70 is now set to officially launch in January at a price of $479.