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Galileoscope Kit

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Brand Name Galileoscope, LLC
EAN 0798304036817
Number of Items 1
Part Number Galileo
UNSPSC Code 60101733
UPC 798304036817

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Product Features

  • This high-quality telescope kit was developed by leading astronomers, optical engineers, and science educators to showcase how early astronomers made their discoveries.
  • The 50mm diameter telescope offers 25X to 50X magnification.
  • Includes standard components such as a base that fits most tripods and a 1.25 focuser that accepts a wide variety of optional additional eyepieces
  • WARNING: Use with adult supervision only.
  • WARNING: Do not look at the Sun with the Galileoscope; severe eye damage will occur.

Product Description

Galileoscope Kit - View the sky and celestial bodies just as Galileo did 400 years ago. This high-quality telescope kit was developed by leading astronomers, optical engineers, and science educators to help students understand how early astronomers made their discoveries. Once assembled, the telescope will offer views of lunar craters and mountains, four moons circling Jupiter, the phases of Venus, SaturnÍs rings, and countless stars invisible to the unaided eye. Easy-to-assemble, this 50mm diameter telescope fits any standard tripod. Standard 1" focuser also accepts wide variety of optional additional eyepieces. Educational activities and observing guides for use with your Galileoscope are available for free at www.TeachingWithTelescopes.org. -- Magnification: 25X to 50X. -- WARNING: -- Use with adult supervision only -- WARNING: -- Do not look at the Sun with the Galileoscope; severe eye damage will occur.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002J9KGHC
  • Item model number: 299
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,022 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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I purchased my Galileoscope during the original manufacturing run. It was cheaper then, but I think it's still worth what Amazon is asking now (if it changes, it was about $50).

As an introductory tool, I don't think it can be beat. It gives you a great appreciation for what Galileo did, and you still get to see a lot of cool stuff. I've used it to view the moon's surface, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and three of its moons, and Saturn with its rings (quite a thrill seeing that for the first time). The optics are very good, with no fringe.

For about $40 more in parts I was able to follow their recommendation to build a "sun funnel" which replaces the normal eyepiece, producing a projection onto a screen. It should be great for solar eclipses, but I used mine for yesterday's transit of Venus, and sunspots (I also tried this with a solar filter over the aperture, but the funnel approach is superior). It blew away my expectations.

While it's admittedly frustrating to focus and aim this telescope mounted on a camera tripod, and it doesn't offer the highest magnification, I found that I was still faster at locating what I want to see with the Galileoscope than others were with their multi-thousand dollar telescopes, and the images I'm seeing are not terrible in comparison. So I got the thrills while everyone else was poking around with buttons and knobs. Then after I was done with mine, I could see what the others had done in terms of close-ups.

Another advantage with the Galileoscope is that it is light, and very easy to transport, mount, and unmount.

Intermediate and advanced astronomers are going to want more, no doubt. But if you're just getting started as a hobbyist, I recommend it.
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The Galileoscope is easy to assemble with no tools required. I was very pleased with the quality of the design, manufacturing and the optics. With the included 20mm eyepiece, the telescope provides nice 25x views of the Moon, and you can see Jupiter's moons (not that hard to do -- almost any pair of binoculars will show them) but also, if conditions are dark and clear, the faintest hint of banding on the planet's disk. You can clearly see Saturn's rings, though it's very tiny! If you have a barlow lens, use it! The one included with the telescope works better than nothing and is a good match for the general quality of the telescope.

The drawtube focusing works fine for me. You can pull or push for coarse focus and twist it for very fine focus. I don't find it much more difficult to focus than a conventional rack-and-pinion focuser and I'm entirely satisfied with it.

In lieu of a finderscope, the telescope is sighted like a rifle using sights along the top of the barrel. These work fine. I've considered putting some dots of glow-in-the-dark paint to help see the sights in the dark, but so far it's really not been an issue. There always seems to be enough ambient light to do the job, and I appreciate the utter simplicity of the design.

The included tripod-nut works perfectly with my heavy-duty tripod; I put an extra quick-release base on the telescope, and now the telescope just rests on a top shelf on its included little stand (two simple blocks with wide "V"s cut into the top.) When I want to use it, I just clip the telescope on the tripod and go outside! When I'm done, the scope goes back up on the shelf and the tripod folds up and goes back into the closet.
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I purchased 2 of these during the International Year of Astronomy selling spree by the manufacturer. I assembled one of them and set it up at my Astronomy Club's "Music Under the Stars" public outreach sessions on Long Island. Mounted it on a "robust" camera tripod and when I found Jupiter with low power, I let the line of interested parents and kids see for themselves. The line was long as this black plastic tube looked like a "real telescope" to them and they all wanted to look through this refractor, rather than some of the larger dobsonians and goto SCT telescopes set up in the area.

I have to admit keeping Jupiter in the eyepiece view was difficult and focusing with the plastic drawtube was a chore, but the oooohs and ahs were worth the challenge. This scope provides acceptablly sharp lunar and Planetary viewing at both low and high powers (with barlow).

Assembling the scope, plossl eyepiece (and "barlow") was both simple and straightforward and I was careful not to get my fingerprints on the lenses. Take your time and follow the directions! :-)

For teaching a child about refractor telescope and lens theory this can't be beat! Everything is included except for the tripod. Use a "robust" camera or telescope tripod and this can be a fun instrument. The optics are both sharp and contrasty. Keep in mind that this is a "binocular-esq" 50mm achromatic cemented glass doublet used for the objective lens. Use this as a basic well made teaching aid - and not as a high power telescope - and you won't be disappointed. It will make a fun and educational project for the classroom or outreach programs. Note: I tried to use my "real" astronomy eyepieces and diagonal with this.....don't waste your time trying. Use it as-is and it will work just fine.
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