- 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.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
|Price:||$49.95 + $8.00 shipping|
Specifications for this item
|Brand Name||Galileoscope, LLC|
|Number of Items||1|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When put together properly, and properly focused, you can see all of jupiter's moons...the rings on saturn, the craters on mars.... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Wood
We returned it after struggling mightily with assembly. My husband even tried to follow the instructions on how to assemble on YouTube and gave up. Many small parts (ie. Read morePublished 11 months ago by cadams
Easy to assemble and use. The Barlow eyepiece is quite cloudy, making resolution difficult at high magnificationPublished 12 months ago by Thomas
I purchase this for my 4-year old. He didn't participate in the build, though I certainly think he could have. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Liam Strain
I picked up one of these a few years ago when they were only $15, after hearing about it on the "Astronomy Cast" podcast. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Larry Benjamin
Very difficult to see anything through this. Better of spending a little more and get a quality product.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Over-priced for what it is, it would actually be cheaper and better to build your own telescope and buying your own lenses than buying this kit. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Peter Aguilar
This is a great starter telescope. Some may find it hard to assemble. I have already used it several times and I am glad I started with this kit instead of a cheapo from some... Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Adam Mathiowetz
Don't buy this, save your $ and get a real telescope. I used it once and gave it to my 6 yr old niece who used it twice.Published on April 16, 2014 by CinKo