Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 57
Rated 4 out of 5 by aahaft First Telescope
My 6yo had been begging for a telescope since his teacher mentioned the word astronomy and taught the class about ancient stargazers. Luckily, we were chosen to review this telescope and my son got straight to work trying to predict the future from the stars. Out of the box he was able to assemble all the pieces and figure out all the attachments with just a bit of reading help from his older siblings. As recommended in the instruction guide, it was distorted through the window so we decided to save it for a clear night outdoors. The legs fold flat for travel so he stored it in a little drawstring backpack until he had a chance to use it outdoors. My kids were able to see the moon and some stars although in the city with all the tall buildings it was kind of hard to see much. The activity journal comes with some suggested activities so we did look at some buildings and trees and tried different eyepieces. My son also enjoyed looking at the phases of the moon even though we didn't always have a chance to use it outdoors during all the phases. We forgot the telescope when we went camping but my son was able to try a real telescope and was really impressed by what he saw. This telescope is more of a toy and an introduction to telescopes. It currently has found a place in our toybox more for pretend play.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Suzanne Moon gazing, and keeping an eye out for pirates.
My son is four, so a little younger than the recommended age of this telescope, but I think that it works very well for the younger crowd- he was able to view the moon on a few clear nights, and really enjoyed the fact that this was his "super eye" to see something so far away. Although he is too young to use the journal, I expect an older child would get a lot of use out of it. Aside from gazing at the moon, my pretend-play obsessed kid has enjoyed using this outside to see if he can spot werewolves (I guess he made the connection looking at a full moon), and he likes to use it inside a lot, without the lenses, either in a makeshift boat/pillow island or on the couch, as a telescope looking for Capitan Hook and Tick Tock Crocodile. So far, no evil foes, but lots of interesting observations. Although it's not the intended use, he's thrilled to have a 'real' telescope to fulfill his play and stories. Good enough for us. Sturdy, but it's not professional grade. A great introduction telescope at a fair price.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mom of 2 Moonscope
I am not a scientist or a stargazing enthusiast, just a mom looking to interest her children (ages 5 and 7) in science. My children have enjoyed playing with this telescope and looking at various things with it. I cannot say how it would compare to a real telescope, because I don't have one, but from my perspective, it's a solid introductory toy to pique children's interest in science, the stars, and nature. It seems to be a sturdy product (it stood up to our dog chewing on one of the legs of the tripod when we weren't looking). The only suggestion I would have is some sort of adjustable clamp to attach it more firmly to a ledge when outside; otherwise, I think it serves its purpose. I'm sure it's not as good as a real telescope, but for the purposes of introducing children to science, I think it serves its purpose. **I received this product to review for free from educational insights.**
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chicago Mom Nice unique toy
My 6 year old really enjoyed this toy. It's a little tough to get it to hold steady, but other than that I have no complaints and think it would be a great unique gift for a 6-10 year old.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pam Great for young astronomers!
Great for ages 5-10! Add excitement to your science studies! Can see a few constellations and the moon!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nicole Cool Tool
We've had the telescope for about 2 weeks now. As the adult, you need to take the time to read all of the instructions first and educate yourself and your child on how to use it so that the experience will be enjoyable. My 9 year old still can't quite get something in view by himself, but with a little help from mom, we have success and a perfect view of the moon! He thinks it is really cool and has been excited to use it each chance he gets. I really wish there was an attached storage bag/hook for the lenses, caps, etc. that are not in use (similar to how the attachments would connect to a vacuum), but it appears that EI wants them stored separately for a reason. I'm no astronomy expert, but we sure look forward to going through the journal and finding more in the night sky! I think it's a great find for kids who want to learn and do something different!
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lyssa's Mom Nice- but could be more stable
We received this telescope for review to try out with our seven year old daughter. We have not been able to see the moon yet- but have enjoyed looking at the trees in our backyard and birds. The tripod is not very stable and it is a little difficult to keep it steady for a clear focus. Once it is stable- it gives a great view. We have had a lot of rainy evenings, so we haven't used it at night yet, but the daytime view has been pretty good. My daughter loves science and I believe will really enjoy this product.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Donner Nice first telescope for little ones
My 7 year old son enjoyed using this telescope and reading the book that came with it. He says the thing he likes best about it is that he can see the moon clearly. We have been tracking the moon phases with the calendar in the booklet. He liked reading the folktales about the moon, too. Great first telescope for little ones!