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Slooh Telescope 500 Minute Mission Card

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Using only your computer with internet access and this telescope mission card, you will be privy to views of celestial objects only the most advanced astronomy researchers commonly observe. A mission card provides you with 500 minutes of live observation time from a special web site, exclusively accessible by Slooh users. You can observe the night sky with this website access that connects you to superior, high performance telescopes located in Europe, South America and Australia (coming soon). Once online, you can take pictures, save, share and store images, zoom in on objects, listen to expert storytellers and music, listen to live radio broadcasts of specific missions, and even select an option that notifies you in advance about upcoming events. Control the telescopes yourself as you venture through space. Includes Slooh 500-Minute Mission Card to get direct access into all Slooh observatories. Connection instructions on back of your Slooh Mission Card. Slooh provides online tutorials and customer support.

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Product Dimensions 0.1 x 8.5 x 11 inches
Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 0.8 ounces
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ASIN B000YZCHJ8
Manufacturer recommended age 6 years and up
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3.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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I put this on my Amazon Wishlist on a whim, and I am so glad that I did. Otherwise I would've never tried Slooh.

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.
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Slooh (tm) Explore Space Prepaid Telescope Card
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.
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Earlier this year (2014), Slooh stopped honoring Mission Cards. Holders of the cards with unused time could exchange the remaining time for a discount on a time-based membership --- that is, one that expires after a certain date, not after 500 minutes of usage. See [...] for details.

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).
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Got this for my father who is now an invalid, but was once a part of the space program. He uses an ipad to keep in touch with the world and this was a big hit for him. It was a little difficult for him to figure out at first - and he's an engineer, so that might be an issue for some. He loved it though.
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Project Slooh changed their policy on use after I purchased and registered this 500 minute mission card. I even lost out on time still remaining on additional accounts. I complained via email to the Slooh customer service and even to some of the higher ups in the organization but to no evail. I had used for my students for several years to provide hands on astronomical activities. It's a shame it had to end the way it did. My students found it interestsing to log in and image galaxies week to week and "blink for supernovae,
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