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Uncle Milton Star Theater Home Planetarium


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  • Projects hundreds of stars, planets and constellations on walls and ceiling
  • Interactive Meteor Maker lets kids make realistic light streaks across the ceiling including Halley's comet
  • Includes CD guided audio tour of the night sky that stores under base
  • Accurate to season, month, day and hour
  • Portable for indoor and outdoor use
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.5 x 8.5 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0000696CO
  • Item model number: 2002
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Batteries 5 AAA batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,346 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

The solar system continues to fascinate children and adults alike. Share the overwhelming experience of learning about our solar system with the Star Theatre 2. Take a guided audio tour with the provided CD, view 25 beautiful, full-color images of planets, comets and other wonders of the cosmos. Includes 2 pairs of 3D glasses. Halogen light source. Imported.

Amazon.com

Here’s a rare indoor toy that’s likely to make kids excited to get outside. The Star Theater II home planetarium can be used inside a darkened room to project a vast panorama of stars on the walls and ceilings. It comes equipped with an audio CD to guide budding astronomers through the learning process as well as a hand held "meteor maker" which allows you to reenact meteors without waiting around for decades to see them. We found the scientific information helpful, accurate, and, best of all, approachable for even novice stargazers. The kit can also be brought outside to illuminate (rather than project) and serve as a map to the heavens. --Charlie Williams

Customer Reviews

What we have here is a very cheaply made 'toy'.
Disneymomma
This device is the opposite - it projects light all over the ceiling, with spots of darkness for the star.
TT
Then 10 minutes later it got hot and burnt out again!
Kim

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

133 of 134 people found the following review helpful By TT on April 10, 2005
Looking at the picture and description, this item looks almost identical to the National Geographic Star Planetarium that I bought at a science museum. Like all the other reviewers here, I regret my purchase.

A real planetarium projector is completely dark except for a few spots of light projected on the ceiling for the stars. This device is the opposite - it projects light all over the ceiling, with spots of darkness for the star. As you can imagine, that ruins the experience. For just a few cents more, they could have made the sphere dark with pinholes for the stars. At least this way, it would have made a cool nightlight.

The hand-held "meteor maker" is just a flashlight with a couple of filters. Unfortunately, the light is so dim compared to the projector itself, that you can't see the image it projects.

I wish I had examined the package more before purchasing it. I guess it just didn't occur to me that something designed by scientists would be so poorly made.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2004
I bought the Star Theater as a gift for my son, as he has displayed an interest in the stars and planets.
The directions indicated that the Star Theater would work best in a small room with light colored walls. The truth of the matter is that the room would need to be spherical to get a decent display of the stars. In a square or rectangular room, the projected image is so distorted that it is virtually worthless! To top it off, the light bulb burned out after only a couple of minutes of use. This was the worst gift that I bought all year.
If you have an interest in the stars and planets, I would recommend that you spend your money on a trip to a real planetarium. I have also found a number of web sites with star maps and a lot of interesting information that were free.
This toy was definitely a total waste of money!
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90 of 97 people found the following review helpful By "hsharpe" on June 16, 2003
We purchased this for my son's birthday and were excited to encourage his love for space. Within 30 minutes he was in tears as we did not have the specialized screw driver required to install the batteries in the hand held light. Getting past this we got everything else working...waited until it was dark...put on the story CD and before it was finished playing the switch and light broke. The toy was useless and really dissapointed my son.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Darla L. Marvin on November 14, 2008
This planetarium is just a light bulb which reflects a black shadow with barely visible names on your ceiling. It does not glow in the dark and the light is so bright that you can't even use it for a night light. I have nothing positive to say about this, besides the educational CD that comes with it is good.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Mitchell on November 27, 2004
I only wish I had read the other reviews before buying this useless bit of junk for my 8 year old son's birthday.<br />
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Having rushed out in excitement to buy the five batteries required (not supplied - and as AAA's seem to come only in packs of four this was not cheap) the first problem was trying in vain to open the battery compartment on the wand. The screw is so small you need a specialist screwdriver.<br />
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Never mind - we did manage to put the batteries into the Star Theatre itself.... lights off and .....<br />
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........ Surely we must have done something wrong? Some black blobs and blurred writing in a dark haze. Is that it? The only bright thing in the room was the light in the middle of the projector. Naively perhaps, we had expected to see something resembling stars (even if they were black instead of white).<br />
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Do NOT buy this item unless you are ready for a huge disappointment.<br />
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2003
As if it weren't bad enough that my daughter was in bed with the flu for Christmas but to then open up a complete piece of garbage just made matters worse. She had been learning about the solar system in school and took on a huge interest. Saw the star theater and thought it would be a perfect gift. WRONG! You can't see anything! I held the ball about 4ft away from the ceiling and we could just about make out the words.
Uncle Milton you should be ashamed!
Don't bother in investing in the National Geographic Telescope NG7036 either. Another hunk of junk. Can't see anything.
Left in the dark.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By engineering mom on November 26, 2005
I was looking for a star projector for my son's room and read the reviews on this one...decided not to buy it. I was out at a local store and saw one for $20 and decided to see for myself since I could easily take it back.

Like one reviewer said, it projects black spots, not light, star-like spots on the wall and ceiling...who thought that would be a good idea? Additionally, the projection of "stars" was blurry, as was the names of the constellations (not that I would want to see the names projected at all).

It was also made of a cheap plastic that would not last a week in my 3 1/2 year old's room.

I would go on, but then I would start to repeat the other reviews...don't even bother with this one!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D on December 20, 2004
My daughter received this gift for her birthday; she was having a science-themed birthday at a museum, so it made sense and seemed to be a great present. I just happened to come across the reviews and am relieved to know that we didn't actually break the machine, as I had thought - the light bulb burned out after one day, and for the small time it DID work, the theater was a blurry disappointment. Reading the other reviews I see that the design is faulty, and truly does not perform to anybody's satisfaction. We have since thrown the theater out, my daughter was not terribly upset as it never really worked anyway. What I think is the worse thing is how much money it apparently was, and I think the person who bought it purchased it at the museum gift shop.
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