Slooh Telescope 500 Minute Mission Card
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I love amateur astronomy, but weather/clouds/light pollution make it impractical to view outdoors most of the time.
The first time that I used Slooh, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. It felt like static pictures, rather than live pictures. The next time that I logged in, I happened to be online when comet 8P/Tuttle intersected with with M33/Pinwheel Galaxy. I watched the comet move across the galaxy in real time while it was happening. The experience was enhanced by discussing what I was seeing with the other members in the private chat room. It was a very exciting event to see live and I finally realized the beauty of Slooh.
The other members are very nice, supportive and helpful. The live radio shows are very interesting and informative.
This would be a great gift for families with children who are interested in astronomy, but who don't want to have to fiddle with telescopes and other sensitive equipment.
Once these 500 minutes are up, I'm definitely signing up for the unlimited yearly membership.
I have never forgotten my childhood years when lying on my back on a crisp, dark night I looked up at a sky full of the Milky Way. This youthful fascination with the universe has not diminished, but easy access to clear, dark skies has diminshed because of big city light pollution.
This is not the case at [...]. Easily accessible from any good computer system with a fast Internet hookup, the telescopes at Slooh will take any youngster or adult for a grand tour of the universe. That's right, there will be no long treks to isolated mountain tops, and no lugging around heavy and expensive telescopes. The wonders of the universe lie waiting at your computer keyboard.
The telescopes are located in the Canary Islands where the skies are usually very dark and very clear. Finding a star, a galaxy or the planets and their moons is quick and easy. The results are colorful, often nearly computer screen filling and live. That's right, these are not pictures, these are actual images that youngsters and their parents have selected to view. What they see, is real and for the moment. On top of that you can take pictures of what you see and download them to your computer.
Slooh has a variety of plans, one of their best is this Explore Space prepaid program. Slooh also offers a short free trial. Take a moment, log on to [...] and find out how easy, how exciting and fulfilling your trip to the universe will be.
I am currently a member of Slooh and am very satisfied, so my pointing out that this Mission Card is now defunct (hence the one star) is not a criticism of Slooh. In June 2014, Slooh had an introductory membership offer that you may find attractive. You'll find it at[...]
If you are on the fence about membership, consider signing up for Slooh's email alerts of their free broadcasts of astronomical events (streamed from a telescope with audio commentary via YouTube). Events include lunar eclipses, opposition of planets (when they are brightest), and meteor showers, to name a few. If you or your intended recipient enjoy that free experience, then the cost of a membership might be worth it. I should point out that only the first hour of such free events is actually live --- the remainder of the coverage (including the telescope image) is simply repeated for several more hours --- still excellent for something that is free.
Keep in mind that the free, "Live" broadcasts will use telescopes far more powerful than the ones you use as a member. Think extremely expensive backyard telescope, not some university-run observatory. The free experience does give you an idea what observing via the Internet would be like.
Why buy a Slooh membership rather than just buy a telescope? The Canary Islands and Chilean telescopes have far less bad weather and light pollution than where you probably live (certainly less than where I live).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
DONT DO IT! This is a trap. Buy the card and all you get is a ''credit" that you can't use unless you rope yourself into an automatically renewing charge to your credit card. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lycanthrope
Got this as a gift and I'm loving it! I live where there's lots of urban light pollution so while I do fairly well with my astronomy binoculars this is giving me a chance to peek... Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Tina Mammoser
Access to this telescope is definitely worth the small cost of this card. My purchase here is a renewal for a card given to me as a gift a couple of years ago. Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Don E. Bray
Brother loves this card! Can't wait to share it with telescope club! Nice to try it before you join up.Published on January 20, 2013 by N. Thompson
I received the Slooh 500 Minute Card for Christmas. I found it very easy to use and educational. Useing the card at the Slooh Observatory has given me an oppertunity to view and... Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by Richard L. Tyson
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Used my card 3 times.Purchased 20 min.Never got online.(telescopes down most of the time)
Never was credited the minutes. Read more