Nancy B's Science Club Moonscope Nancy B's Science Club Moonscope

Nancy B's Science Club Moonscope

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Experience science with Nancy Balter!
Nobody knows science like Nancy. Her brand-new line of scientific tools and real-life journaling activities provide hands-on science experiences that get kids comfortable and excited about science, giving them the confidence to pursue science further in school and in life.
Scientific experiences designed for kids ages 8–11

MoonScope and Sky Gazer’s Activity Journal includes Moon Scope with 18x to 90x magnification, Moon Filter, and tripod with built-in red LED for night viewing. Twenty-page Sky-Gazer’s Journal includes stories plus tracking, writing, drawing, and other activities.

Product name:Nancy B's Science Club Moonscope Product dimensions:19.5" H × 4.25" W × 9" LShipping dimensions:19.5" H × 4.25" W × 9" LShipping weight:2.1 lbs.UPC:086002053510

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Beginner Telescope My daughter loves anything space as she was thrilled to receive this telescope. Great value for such a durable product
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Beginner's Telescope! My two youngest daughters (6 and 9) were thrilled to experiment with the Moonscope. My nine year-old was a little disappointed when we first tried to look through it at night but, just like the instructions suggest, familiarizing yourself with the Moonscope during the day really helps with learning what the knobs do and how small movements change the view far away. Looking forward to our first full moon with the Moonscope!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good kid's telescope Great price for a very basic telescope to get kids started. I like that it has the LED light
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sparked a curiosity for astronomy! This product has exceeded all of my expectations! We had so much fun with it that I forgot to take pictures outside! The science journal was the perfect addition to the moonscope.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scope Out this Awesome Find! My daughter is obsessed with Nancy B's Moonscope! My daughter (age 6) loves Science and is always asking questions about the night sky. This was the perfect starter telescope for her since it is small, lightweight, and durable. It is easy to carry so she can tote it around wherever we go. The booklet that comes with it is also very informative and encourages kids to document their observations. I love this product!
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Cute Has decent magnification for looking at the moon, but you won't see much in the way of other planets and more distant objects
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Terrific gift for young astronomers
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great beginner Telescope Bought this telescope for my 11 year old daughter for Christmas. We have spent many nights sitting in our sunroom looking at the stars and moon.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great product My daughter has wanted a telescope since she was 3. I had no luck finding one that would work for her. I love the Nancy B products. My daughter is now 7 and she loves learning about our solar system. A great product and very reliable!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lense storage My son was so excited to have a telescope. We took it out once and the lenses were lost and can not be replaced. I wish there was built in storage because now we have something to throw away and never really got to use.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First Telescope My 6yo had been begging for a telescope since his teacher mentioned the word astronomy and taught the class about ancient stargazers. Luckily, we were chosen to review this telescope and my son got straight to work trying to predict the future from the stars. Out of the box he was able to assemble all the pieces and figure out all the attachments with just a bit of reading help from his older siblings. As recommended in the instruction guide, it was distorted through the window so we decided to save it for a clear night outdoors. The legs fold flat for travel so he stored it in a little drawstring backpack until he had a chance to use it outdoors. My kids were able to see the moon and some stars although in the city with all the tall buildings it was kind of hard to see much. The activity journal comes with some suggested activities so we did look at some buildings and trees and tried different eyepieces. My son also enjoyed looking at the phases of the moon even though we didn't always have a chance to use it outdoors during all the phases. We forgot the telescope when we went camping but my son was able to try a real telescope and was really impressed by what he saw. This telescope is more of a toy and an introduction to telescopes. It currently has found a place in our toybox more for pretend play.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moon gazing, and keeping an eye out for pirates. My son is four, so a little younger than the recommended age of this telescope, but I think that it works very well for the younger crowd- he was able to view the moon on a few clear nights, and really enjoyed the fact that this was his "super eye" to see something so far away. Although he is too young to use the journal, I expect an older child would get a lot of use out of it. Aside from gazing at the moon, my pretend-play obsessed kid has enjoyed using this outside to see if he can spot werewolves (I guess he made the connection looking at a full moon), and he likes to use it inside a lot, without the lenses, either in a makeshift boat/pillow island or on the couch, as a telescope looking for Capitan Hook and Tick Tock Crocodile. So far, no evil foes, but lots of interesting observations. Although it's not the intended use, he's thrilled to have a 'real' telescope to fulfill his play and stories. Good enough for us. Sturdy, but it's not professional grade. A great introduction telescope at a fair price.
Date published: 2016-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moonscope I am not a scientist or a stargazing enthusiast, just a mom looking to interest her children (ages 5 and 7) in science. My children have enjoyed playing with this telescope and looking at various things with it. I cannot say how it would compare to a real telescope, because I don't have one, but from my perspective, it's a solid introductory toy to pique children's interest in science, the stars, and nature. It seems to be a sturdy product (it stood up to our dog chewing on one of the legs of the tripod when we weren't looking). The only suggestion I would have is some sort of adjustable clamp to attach it more firmly to a ledge when outside; otherwise, I think it serves its purpose. I'm sure it's not as good as a real telescope, but for the purposes of introducing children to science, I think it serves its purpose. **I received this product to review for free from educational insights.**
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice unique toy My 6 year old really enjoyed this toy. It's a little tough to get it to hold steady, but other than that I have no complaints and think it would be a great unique gift for a 6-10 year old.
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for young astronomers! Great for ages 5-10! Add excitement to your science studies! Can see a few constellations and the moon!
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool Tool We've had the telescope for about 2 weeks now. As the adult, you need to take the time to read all of the instructions first and educate yourself and your child on how to use it so that the experience will be enjoyable. My 9 year old still can't quite get something in view by himself, but with a little help from mom, we have success and a perfect view of the moon! He thinks it is really cool and has been excited to use it each chance he gets. I really wish there was an attached storage bag/hook for the lenses, caps, etc. that are not in use (similar to how the attachments would connect to a vacuum), but it appears that EI wants them stored separately for a reason. I'm no astronomy expert, but we sure look forward to going through the journal and finding more in the night sky! I think it's a great find for kids who want to learn and do something different!
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice- but could be more stable We received this telescope for review to try out with our seven year old daughter. We have not been able to see the moon yet- but have enjoyed looking at the trees in our backyard and birds. The tripod is not very stable and it is a little difficult to keep it steady for a clear focus. Once it is stable- it gives a great view. We have had a lot of rainy evenings, so we haven't used it at night yet, but the daytime view has been pretty good. My daughter loves science and I believe will really enjoy this product.
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Toy received I think I enjoyed this more than my daughter, I love science. We haven't had a chance to look at stars but we have been looking at trees and birds. The different lenses work well, and the light definitely works best, we get to look at the sky although we haven't seen much I can definitely say my daughter loves her telescope. All the parts are good quality and makes a great learning tool.
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice first telescope for little ones My 7 year old son enjoyed using this telescope and reading the book that came with it. He says the thing he likes best about it is that he can see the moon clearly. We have been tracking the moon phases with the calendar in the booklet. He liked reading the folktales about the moon, too. Great first telescope for little ones!
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would recommends as a child's first telescope First let me start out by saying that I have no knowledge of astronomy or telescopes, so when my 8 year old received it, I had to look over all the parts in the instruction manual to know what I was doing. There is also a qr code to scan that will take you to a short assembly video (the website is also written in the manual). There was very little assembly required - the tripod is one piece and so is the telescope, with the exception of putting them together and which eyepiece you'd like to use. This also requires 2 AAA batteries for the led light. After putting together we started with the 20mm eyepiece and headed outside. We live in the city, so there wasn't a lot to see, but we were able to focus on some stars and the crescent moon. It was fairly easy to focus in on what we were looking for. The knobs move fluidly. I really wish we had gotten this a week before as we were on vacation in the mountains and the sky would have been much more amazing. This seems very well made, as the tripod and telescope are both durable for being such light pieces. There is also and included journal for your child to record your findings and some activities.
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Introductory Telescope I was just as excited as my daughter to try out her new MoonScope. The product is easy to put together and the directions are simple to follow, but read through them. I initially rushed through that process and missed a detail or two. One thing to remember is that this is a toy. I know that the age recommendation is 8+ but I'm using this with my 4 ½ year old and it's just what she (and I) need. The journal book is informative and will be good for older children. The downside to having this product now, is that sunset is not until around 8:30PM and its late and waiting can be hard. We also managed to get this item right around the schedule of the New Moon so visibility in the sky was definitely an issue. Starting with this item when the moon is in full view, is probably more ideal (especially for younger kids). I think focusing and adjusting will be easier when starting with a moon that is more visible. When we finally did get a glimpse of the moon through the scope, it was very exciting. The directions say to use the "finder" and that's what I had to remind myself. If I was not using the finder, I had problems getting the moon into view. You definitely have to use the finder or else you may get frustrated. Any little bump or movement will shift things and you'll have to reposition and focus again. If working with a younger child, you might want to try viewing items during the day. I was able to focus in on trees and leaves really well. That could be a fun beginning for younger kids. The telescope is on a small tripod that you would want to place on a table or something else that is elevated. The one downside is that we didn't really have a place to put the telescope when we were outside.
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect starter telescope My son (age 6) loved using this kid-friendly moonscope! He is very interested in space and the moon, so this is a perfect starter telescope for him. The moonscope was easy to put together and my son is able to set it up and use the knobs to focus. He sometimes has trouble finding stars, but it was easy for an adult to find. (We do live in a suburban area with street lights and.... it was cloudy the first few times we used it). We didn't have any problems getting a good image of the moon! The accompanying activity book was educational and full of interesting facts. My son loves reading and looking at it. *I was provided with the product in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun! What a fun item! My kids loved looking at the moon. They typically like star gazing so they were thrilled to see this. I agree on making the colors a little more gender neutral though.
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and educational toy My kids (4 and 6) loved using this kid-friendly moonscope! They were very excited to use it and got started practicing on trees and other outdoor targets during the day. The moonscope was easy to use and adjust and within five minutes of being outside at night we were able to get a great view of the moon and its craters. We had read previous reviews and used the moonscope on top of a folding table to give it some height and added a small paper weight to the tripod to give it some added stability. We live in a suburban area and had street lights on down the street but had no problem getting good images of the moon in the night sky. The accompanying activity book was educational, full of interesting facts, and fun to read with my older child. This would be a good product to use with little kids.
Date published: 2016-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great First Telescope We saw the moon up close for the first time tonight and the look on my daughters face was indescribable. She was so excited to see more. I like the scope on the side wishing helped us adjust and find what we wanted to focus on. Can not wait to explore more!
Date published: 2016-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for the Money I think for the money this is a good telescope for kids to use. If you are looking for a telescope that can kids can use without worrying about them breaking it, this is a good one. I really enjoyed he book that came with it. I think that was one of the most beneficial things. It was very informative of many different things. It made the kids excited to use it and to look for different things. The only thing I would change about it is the colors. I would make it more gender neutral colors.
Date published: 2016-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Having Fun while Learning My kids opened this box right away and assembled it. They explored stars and the moon that night. I let them stay up for it. They asked a lot of great questions and I can see them really enjoying it. They want to stay up every night to look at the night sky. I highly recommend this.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super fun! Very fun product to spark interest in science! My child enjoyed using the book along with it!
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great intro to night sky gazing I have two children, ages 4 and 6, and I feel that this product is a great introduction to night sky gazing for them. For sure, it isn't as powerful as a telescope that you spend more money on, but I don't think that is the point. For my boisterous kids who get really excited and want to carry it around themselves and explore the night sky and the moon, it is perfect. I don't have to worry about it breaking! Also, it has sparked an interest in the night sky for them (and for my Kindergartner especially), and that is exactly what I expected and wanted it to do. She loves the journal, and the sense of independence and exploration and discovery she gets from using the telescope and the journal together. My only issue with it was it really only worked in the very pitch dark - we used it in a rural area that was pretty dark and even then we had to be pretty far away from the house lights in order to see anything.
Date published: 2015-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended for Your Budding Scientist The EI-5351 Nancy B's Science Club™ MoonScope™ and Sky Gazer's Activity Journal is a child astronomer's delight. It can be used during both the day and the night (and even for bird watching). It gets kids excited about astronomy and the universe and encourages interest in the sciences. It is easily assembled and durable. It has two lenses for distance and up-close viewing. The activity journal was also worthwhile, as it allows kids to engage in fun activities, draw examples of what they view (e.g., phases of the moon), and fun myths and facts about the moon. It is a great educational activity and is highly recommended for both boys and girls ages 8-12.
Date published: 2015-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great educational toy without electronics! This moonscope is a great educational toy and I love that there are no electronics! It is perfect for getting my son interested in the world around him. He is captivated by the ability to see the moon and stars. The work book that comes along with it is really well written and provides interesting facts. I definitely learned a lot while playing with my son. One negative is that i found the base unsturdy and easily tips over the entire moonscope. The good thing is that it is durable and has not yet broken. Also, the online video instructions were really helpful! I would recommend this as a gift for young budding astronomers.
Date published: 2015-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Beginner Moonscope!! Moon Map a Must Have!! I bought this for my 1st grader and she was so excited to see the moon with it!! She was able to put it together and she didn't need the instruction manual. What did take a little more time is learning how to focus the moonscope!! I would definitely recommend having the kids practice during the daytime before doing it at night. Its very easy for them to confuse the 20mm and 4mm lens in the dark so it would be nice if it was color coded so you could tell the difference at night. What is awesome is not just the moonscape, but the activity journal with a Moon Map!!! It provides suggestions about what the children should look for on the surface of the moon. I would definitely recommend this to get the kids interested in looking up at the sky, whether it be for the Moon, stars, planets, or constellations! I also have a 4 year and he was also able to use the moonscape as well. He was probably even more excited!!!
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My girls are excited about science! I am continually amazed by the quality of the Nancy B & Educational Insights products. Most "toys" that are promoted for kids are made cheaply and not great quality. This is definitely not the case with Nancy B and Educational Insights. While still plastic they look and perform like the real thing. And the best part they have gotten my girls really excited about science. We can't wait to share our Moonscope with our Girl Scout troop on our first campout.
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Look, it's so clear" This is a great way to introduce skygazing to your kids. It was easy to set up, even with just a casual glance at the instructions. There is a nice video to watch that does a great job explaining the operation to parents and kids. We set it up during the day to get acquainted with the lenses and focused on trees, then again at night to look at the moon with both lenses. The set up was a little easier once we brought out a small table to set the moonscope on. The icing on the cake is the Activity Journal, that is really well thought out with multiple modes to explore science, e.g. storytelling, drawing, etc.
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nancy B's Moon Scope Nancy B's moon scope is a great beginner telescope. We ordered it for my son but the entire family enjoyed it. My son who is 8 loves the activity journal that also came with it. He was able to track the moon for the entire month and enjoyed learning more about the moon in the journal. The telescope itself was easy to use and could see clearly when gazing into the night. My 4 year old daughter also enjoyed seeing all of the planets and learning more about all the fun facts in the journal. I would recommend this product for the entire family.
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An incredible experience to be had (if you are persistent) Having had ZERO prior experience with telescopes of any kind, I was slightly overwhelmed by the set up and instructions* for this scope. It took some time to get acquainted with the scope and I honestly was NOT looking forward to getting outside in the chilly autumn temperatures to figure this thing out, but my 7 year old was desperate to see how it worked, so I appeased her. :) She located the crescent moon just above the treetops, so I got down on the ground and set it up for her. Again, I was frustrated because the finder scope on the side was pretty useless in the dark. Also, the tripod is very very short, so I was literally laying down on the ground trying to set it up for her. I could have brought a table outside, I suppose, but that wasn't practical for us at the time, so we worked with what we had. I ALMOST gave up trying to find the moon, but, with one final try, I was able to see a glimpse of light through the eyepiece. I turned the focus knob very slowly and gently (which was also hard to do as the tripod is not stable and with each jiggle of my hand I lost focus), but suddenly there it was -- the most beautiful live picture of the moon I have ever, personally, seen. My daughter was able to see it too, which made it totally worth it. Overall, this was an incredible experience to share with her as we could literally see the craters in such a clear sharp picture. Wow!! I tried to focus in with the higher power lens, but was unsuccessful. I'm hoping with a bit more practice and patience we will conquer this toy, eventually. It's hard to know how to rate it as it really was an amazing experience if you have a bit of stick-to-it-ivness, but my kids (ages 7, 10 12) would not have been able to figure it out on their own. I would give it 2 stars for ease of use, 3 for age-appropriateness, 3 for educational value, 4 for the overall quality of the toy and activity journal, and 5 for the wow-factor when you finally DO see the moon.
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great intro to astronomy! Son is a little younger for this than recommended, however he is really enjoying it! I love the size, which is perfect for him. There was a little more set-up than I prefer. Nothing crazy, but it wasn't a take-out-of-the-box and use type of toy. Other than that, it has been great and is on the list for holiday gifts to give!
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great for daytime use! My nine year old daughter received this telescope and immediately went to work putting it together herself. A few times I tried to ease frustrations and assist her, but she was quite adamant that she complete the project herself. She was able to put it together and was quite excited to use it. Thus far, our evening attempts to star gaze were quite limited, whether due to the weather or because we were unable to get a very crisp view of the moon. We also tried it during the day to investigate the trees and animals in our neighborhood and had more success with being able to bring things into focus. I asked my daughter to provide her own review and here were her thoughts: I think it worked decently. I prefer to use it in the daytime because things look better. When I tried at night, it was pitch black, even when I pointed at the moon and stars. However, whenever I looked through it, it was blurry, with both lenses. I could focus in on objects, but I could not see as clearly as I'd like to. I like how light and flexible the scope is and the color scheme was nice, as well as the tiny planets and stars on the body of the scope. Overall, I think it is more of a telescope because it was not the best for looking at the moon, but I liked it and thought it was very fun to explore. The activity journal was very interesting and the activities were really fun. I would really like to use more of your products.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My son lo-lo-lo-lo-loved it!!!!! I got the MoonScope and Sky Gazer's Activity Journal for my son in first grade who loves science in exchange for an honest product review. When it arrived, he was very excited and couldn't wait to get it out of the box. It is purple and a blueish green color, and does look like it's designed with girls in mind. However, my son didn't comment on the colors and it didn't deter him from using it. My husband said it was very simple and quick to assemble. It is small and lightweight; my son carried it outside. The 20mm eyepiece was good for viewing the moon. We were able to see some of the surface features shown on the moon map in the journal. The 4mm eyepiece was much more susceptible to vibrations and the moon would leave the field of view much more quickly than compared to the 20mm one. My son needed help adjusting the focus, but got the hang of it more after playing with it. Our neighbor saw us outside using it and stopped over to take a look. She was impressed with the quality for a children's telescope in this price range. Although we saw some stars in the sky with the naked eye, we couldn't view them with the MoonScope. It does say in the journal that it's hard to see details of stars with the MoonScope because of their distance. We did not view Saturn or Jupiter, but we didn't try to locate them either. It is called a MoonScope, so the name itself implies that it is designed for viewing the moon; not for the stars and other planets. It is a child's toy and not supposed to be designed as a professional-grade telescope. The 22-page activity journal was written with children in mind. It talks about how to use the finder scope and different eye pieces, the different phases of the moon, and includes a moon map as well as other interesting tips and facts. Some of the activities for kids include observing: details on the moon, phases of the moon, a daytime moon, a cloudy day moon, etc. I think this is a fun way to teach children not only how to operate the MoonScope but also what it's used for. Since he just got it, my son wants to practice focusing and using the different eye pieces. He hasn't written in the journal yet, but I do expect he will want to try the different activities in the book. It would be nice if they included a storage case for the MoonScope and also a separate smaller reusable bag for the eyepieces, lens covers, and moon filter. This is a great toy to get children interested in the moon and away from the television and other electronic devices. My son said he "LO-LO-LO-LO-LOVED IT!!!!!" (He said I needed to put five exclamation points in the review.) After using the MoonScope, he can't stop talking about space and wants to use it all the time.
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My son lo-lo-lo-lo-loved it!!!!! I got the MoonScope and Sky Gazer's Activity Journal for my son in first grade who loves science. When it arrived, he was very excited and couldn't wait to get it out of the box. It is purple and a blueish green color, and does look like it's designed with girls in mind. However, my son didn't comment on the colors and it didn't deter him from using it. My husband said it was very simple and quick to assemble. It is small and lightweight; my son carried it outside. The 20mm eyepiece was good for viewing the moon. We were able to see some of the surface features shown on the moon map in the journal. The 4mm eyepiece was much more susceptible to vibrations and the moon would leave the field of view much more quickly than compared to the 20mm one. My son needed help adjusting the focus, but got the hang of it more after playing with it. Our neighbor saw us outside using it and stopped over to take a look. She was impressed with the quality for a children's telescope in this price range. Although we saw some stars in the sky with the naked eye, we couldn't view them with the MoonScope. It does say in the journal that it's hard to see details of stars with the MoonScope because of their distance. We did not view Saturn or Jupiter, but we didn't try to locate them either. It is called a MoonScope, so the name itself implies that it is designed for viewing the moon; not for the stars and other planets. It is a child's toy and not supposed to be designed as a professional-grade telescope. The 22-page activity journal was written with children in mind. It talks about how to use the finder scope and different eye pieces, the different phases of the moon, and includes a moon map as well as other interesting tips and facts. Some of the activities for kids include observing: details on the moon, phases of the moon, a daytime moon, a cloudy day moon, etc. I think this is a fun way to teach children not only how to operate the MoonScope but also what it's used for. Since he just got it, my son wants to practice focusing and using the different eye pieces. He hasn't written in the journal yet, but I do expect he will want to try the different activities in the book. It would be nice if they included a storage case for the MoonScope and also a separate smaller reusable bag for the eyepieces, lens covers, and moon filter. This is a great toy to get children interested in the moon and away from the television and other electronic devices. My son said he "LO-LO-LO-LO-LOVED IT!!!!!" (He said I needed to put five exclamation points in the review.) After using the MoonScope, he can't stop talking about space and wants to use it all the time. We received this product in exchange for an honest product review.
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good all in one telescope and educational booklet Comes in a box that's about 19" long x 4.5" wide. Assembled with tripod, the scope is about 21" tall and the scope is 15" long. Includes an instruction guide and 22 page activity, MoonScope comes in a few pieces that needs to be assembled (straightforward- my 8 year old daughter started putting it together without looking at the instructions and only needed help putting in a screw), 2 eyepiece lenses: 20 mm and 4mm. Feels sturdier than other kids microscopes or telescopes that I've bought in the past. I liked the fact that the main lens' dust cover is attached, so it won't get lost. I thought the view was quite sharp and it's easy to focus, once I figured out where the focus knob was (it's actually clearly explained in the instruction manual). Activity book offers different things to look for in the moon, as well as some interesting facts and myths. It also provides other suggestions for night viewing, i.e. stars, planets, etc. Has an external LED light to help read a book or star map at night. Can be used during the day as well. pro: easy to use right out of the box. fun facts in the booklet that makes learning about the night sky interesting. Like having different lenses and being able to experiment with them. Versatility of being able to use it during the day and night. of note: needs 2 AAA batteries and a screwdriver to pen the battery case. I would have liked some sort of case to keep the lenses together, along with their dust caps.
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Included Activity Journal is Great! This Nancy B Science Club Moonscope was like all of the products in this line: beautifully packaged and really pops to give as a gift. Our five year old daughter was thrilled to open it and see what was inside. We have found it difficult to see. We could not see the stars at all, and while we could see the full moon, it wasn't as clear as we had hoped. But, this is a very cheap price for a telescope, and it's good to gauge your little one's interest before you spend the big bucks. Also, the included Moonscope Journal is a really great guide for giving a child some ideas as to the different things you can look at in the night sky.
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from astronomers in the making So why not 5 stars? The reason I rated this 4 stars is because I feel that my daughter who is just turning 8 needs quite a bit of assistance with this item. It is very cute, made well and easy to assemble. She can identify and knows how each item works and what its function is, however she still needs help in placement of the scope and understanding what she is looking for. I do believe that with practice she may be able to work with it on her own. Maybe older children will be able to work with it better.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Elpidia My 7 year old loved it second one his had the other one was no that great. But this one was way better. He enjoyed looking at the stars and moon. Learning toys are the best thing for children. They learn and have fun at the same time. As a parent I think its the best thing to do for your kids. Its more for older kids.
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We love our Moonscope! I have 3 children, ages 4, 5, and 6. They all love looking at the night sky with the moonscope! It is easy to use and perfect for children. The activity journal has lots of interesting facts in it. I never would have thought to use the Moonscope during the day. My daughter wants to be an astronaut and I think the Moonscope played a role in that!
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The MoonScope is out of this World! The MoonScope is a fantastic toy/tool for kids ages 6+! When we received the package my kids (ages 8 and 6) could hardly wait to take it out. The set up was very easy and didn't really require us to read the directions. The QR video also provided a clear explanation of set up and use. One of the many benefits of the MoonScope is its durability. Within the first 5 minutes of use it was dropped on the floor several times without it breaking or cracking. We loved the journal, the kids were able to compare the moon they saw and figure out what phase it was in. The MoonScope requires a bit of practice to spot things. The kids got a bit discouraged at first when they could not find the moon. But, we have been practicing during the day with tree tops and water towers as the video suggests. Tonight, we got to see the AWESOME super moon through the scope. We were all really excited. It would be great if there was a lens with an even wider range that can help kids gain confidence until they are skilled enough for the 20mm.
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Intro Telescope We really loved how easy this was to put together and use. It is light weight, which makes it great for camping or throwing in a backpack for our school's star gazing night. All the eye pieces are protected by covers. We were able to see some very cool craters on the moon, especially on the higher power lens. This is a good intro telescope. The legs are a little wobbly, but otherwise it was an inexpensive way to get my kid started into star and moon gazing and give him the control over what he wants to see.
Date published: 2015-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Beginner Telescope! My daughter (8) has been very excited about finding opportunities to use the moonscope. We haven't had a chance yet to catch the moon (our home has a narrow view) but we are looking forward to it. The tripod is a little difficult for an 8-year-old to figure out and setup. 11-year-old son says it would be nice of the telescope had a smoother focus knob. The online video was very helpful for figuring out the purpose of the 2 different lenses. All in all, its a solid beginners telescope!
Date published: 2015-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again and again has a couple of great activities to go along with it
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great gift for my grandaughter Great lenses for distance views
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reach for the stars I think the Moonscope is perfect for my youngest daughter. She always loves looking at the sky and asking questions about it so I knew she would love this product. I think this is a great beginners telescope. It was easy to set up and we like that it has a red LED light so she can read and look at the journal when it's dark outside. I had a telescope when I was a kid but it was nothing compared to this one. Wished this was around when I was a kid. Great learning tool. I received this product for review. All opinions are my own.
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent toy My 7 year old son loves science and living in Arizona we are lucky enough to have many clear nights to look at the moon and stars. He was so excited to get this moonscope. He goes out on our patio in the evenings and looks at the moon and stars. He just loves it. Then he draws pictures and writes about what he sees in the journal that comes with it. It's so neat to see his mind engaging and all the learning he is doing. Plus the joy it brings him. His teacher has already made comment that he is telling stories in school about what he saw. I would absolutely recommend this toy
Date published: 2014-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Awesome! We are working on teaching my son about space and the solar system and we found this. He just loves it. He is constantly counting stars and can spend hours looking at them. This is an excellent telescope for your kids. It is very simple for my son to use, yet it has really great clarity so this will work for him as he grows up as well. The Star Gazer's activity Journal is great for keeping track of activities and it has so much great information in it. It was packaged very nicely and very secure. It was so easy to put together.The directions were fantastic. It seems very strong and durable and I think this will last my son a a very long time. It also folds up nice for when he is not using it to. If I could suggest just one thing different is the color. My son would like a different shade. he says it looks a little girly.(but that doesn't stop him from using it.)
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes learning fun! I received the Nancy B's Science Club Moonscope from Educational Insights to review and my two little girls love it! They are both obsessed with the moon and stars and love to sit outside just to stare at them. I love that this Moonscope is not only functional for kids but it also has a really cool design and it is offered at a great price. When I was younger I wanted a telescope, but I could never get one because of how expensive they were! Not only were they expensive, but they didn't come in any cool colors either. Living in the country I can always see lots of stars and I was obsessed with them at a young age as well. With this Moonscope I can share this obsession with my girls and not break the bank trying to do so. The Moonscope is fairly simple to use and even comes with an activity journal so you can find something cool and know what you are looking at. It makes it easy for kids to learn more about stars and have fun while doing it. It is a very colorful book too which makes it even more engaging. My youngest gets super excited when we pull out the Moonscope because she has stars on just about everything! I am very happy with our Moonscope and if anything happens to it I will definitely purchase a new one!
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use This moonscope was super easy to put together and get started within minutes of opening the box. My 11 year old took control of this and he is really interested in the moon and looking for the planets. We found it a little difficult to use if we could not find the moon or see any stars. This is best for younger children that would like to have fun with it. It did work nice but we are just a little bit beyond it.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Learning Material Great product. Very educational. Really like how this teaches my kids about everything in the sky. Would highly recommend this product. I received this promotion in exchange for unbiased review.
Date published: 2014-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from we love it! My 11 year old daughter is in love with this! First she loves the colors! Girlie without being to girlie! It was easy to put together and use for us. The instructions were clean easy and to the point. The Star Gazer's Journal has allowed her to write down and keep up with all that she finds and sees. Sarah and her brothers enjoy trying to find spaceships with this-it's so fun to watch them playing with this and not be tied down to a video game. This is a product that is very kids friendly and fun for them. Makes a great kids learning toy and us adults had fun with it too! Came very well packaged in an eye catching box and was a lot bigger than i thought it would be!
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great starter telescope for kids! I received the Moonscope and Sky Gazers Activity Journal for free in order to give a honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. My daughter wanted a telescope very badly. She is crazy about the moon and stars! When I came across this Moonscope I knew my daughter had to have it but I was a little nervous since the age recommendation is 8-11 years and my daughter is only 3, but when it arrived it was extremely simple for me to put together and surprisingly very easy for my daughter to use. She loves how girly and pretty it is and she was very pleased with how easily she could move it around on her own and view the moon and stars. The only thing I had to help her with was the focusing, other then that I think this is great for younger kids also! I think the thing she is a little to young for at this very moment is the Activity Journal. The Activity Journal is great as well because it lists interesting facts and your child can track, write and draw in it as well as do some activities. The Moonscope also has a convenient little LED light attached to it so your child can see to write in their Activity Journal. I will be saving this for her because I know we will have this great educational telescope for a very long time. It is made very, very well. It is sturdy and very easy to fold up and put away when not in use. I love this adorable telescope as much as my kid does. I think it is a great toy for children and very affordable!
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Looks fab, doesen't work, don't buy This was a gift for my daughter's 8th birthday and she was soooo excited. We can't get it to work despite having the biggest moon in 20 years this week in New Zealand. The packaging is great, it looks amazing, but unfortuantely does not live up to expectations. I would not recomend it to anyone - my daughter is disillusioned and I'm cross I got it shipped from the USA at great cost.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Kid's First Moon Scope This product comes in a well-presented outer box. The product consists of a small telescope, with a tripod and two eyepieces. A moon filter is also provided as a nice extra touch. It is obvious that a lot of thought has been put into the whole package. There are good instructions supplied, and the activity journal is very good, with lots of interesting activities and information. The telescope has several features which one would not expect on a product of this size. The telescope is very well made, and nicely decorated. A dust cover for the main lens is attached to the telescope by a piece of string so that it does not get lost. The telescope lens appears to be made of glass, usually the lens on a telescope of this size would be plastic. The focuser is very smooth and the diagonal, into which the eyepieces fit, is very clear, and again, appears to be made of glass. The finder scope was just about ok to use to find the Moon, but was not very successful on the planet Jupiter. The table-top tripod, although quite light, is firm enough to hold the telescope without too much vibration. Attaching the telescope to the mount was very easy, and movement, both up and down, and side to side, was very smooth. I was a bit disappointed that there was no battery supplied for the little LED light. A little tray which could be attached to the tripod would make it a little firmer, and would also be useful for storing eyepieces when not in use. The eyepieces supplied with the telescope were a little disappointing. The 20mm was ok, providing roughly 18 times magnification. It took the Moon approximately 6 minutes to cross the field of view, so this allowed a good period of time to look at the Moon without having to move the telescope. But the 4mm eyepiece was very poor, difficult to focus for an adult, never mind a child. I think an eyepiece of around 8mm, giving 45 times magnification, would be much better. The Moon filter worked quite well in the 20mm eyepiece. The telescope was used to observe a 6 day old Moon. Using the 20mm eyepiece, the shadows within the major craters were well-defined and sharp. The mountainous areas were also well -defined, and very clearly seen. Some larger rilles were also seen. Unfortunately, this definition and clarity was lost with the 4mm eyepiece. Focus was difficult to achieve, and the moon was quite dark. The filter, used with the 20mm eyepiece, gave a nice soft hue to the lunar surface, and it would be of value when the Moon is further into its cycle, and therefore brighter. I also observed the planet Jupiter. In the 20mm eyepiece, the moons were just visible, and faint markings could be seen on the planet. Again, the 4mm eyepiece showed no improvement. To be fair, the planet was quite low, and just above a neighbour's house, but I would have expected to see the moons a lot better, even in the 20mm. In summary, this is a fairly good product when compared to others of a similar price and size. It was well-presented, and easy to use. An 8mm eyepiece, instead of the 4mm, would be an improvement, and perhaps the finder scope could use a little more thought. Stevie Beasant (NIAAS Chairman)14th April 2014 Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible telescope I bought this as a gift for my son about 2 months ago and we have not been able to see ANYTHING through it...not even a tree..it doesn't focus at all..just blur during the daytime and black at night. My son was so excited about this and it is a huge disappointment. I bought this because of the good reviews, but I don't agree with them at all.
Date published: 2014-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It does not work!!!! I tried several times to make the thing work but it could not even focus in on a full moon in a desert sky, much less a star(s).
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great first telescope This telescope is super user friendly for young kids. It is light-weight and easy to maneuver. The tripod is simple to adjust for any tabletop. While you can see clearly through the telescope, the only con is the magnification. The lens doesn't magnify that well. All in all, the telescope is very engaging to get young kids excited about studying the moon.
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good intro to astronomy for kids This telescope is a good way to introduce kids to astronomy. It is very easy to set up and use, the materials are engaging, and it is fun-colored for kids although geared more for girls in my opinion. The optics are very good for a kid's telescope. We were able to see the moon in great detail and the scope helped guide us to it. Due to weather we were not able to see any planets but We used it in daylight for spotting and it worked pretty well there also. Note that for daytime use, don't look through glass windows as they will detract from the clarity. The LED light is a nice addition to the kit as it helps to read the book in the dark and it is physically attached so it can't be lost. It is compact and easy enough to tote around to a friend's house or out in the field. A small bag for the eye pieces and covers that clips to the base would be a nice feature. But, this is not a professional scope and is clearly intended for kids. While easy to set up, it is very lightweight and easily moved so as to lose what you were looking at. It needs a stable surface and should be used where there is no wind, and possibly with some stabilization like a book, to minimize vibrations. The scope has a limited vertical pitch so When objects are high in the sky, you will have to angle the base somehow to see them. Last night the moon was nearly overhead so we tilted the base on two of its feet to angle the scope enough. We saw the moon fine but it was not a perfect setup. As noted above, the finder scope helped us find the moon fairly well but it is of limited use for smaller objects. Being clear plastic, light from the object or from the general area reflects around inside the scope making it hard to pinpoint an object. Overall it is a good telescope for kids to introduce them to astronomy and exploring the skies. It also gives the family something to do together instead of TV or iPads. Disclsoure: Our scope was provided to us in exchange for a review.
Date published: 2013-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Might be a nice gift for your kid The scope's optical quality is quite good, I haven't seen any disturbing chromatic aberration.However, the indicated magnification rates does not seem so correct. With 4mm lens I could see something like 60x at most. Lens qualities are quite ok but the field of view of the oculars might be better if they were a little wider. With this telescope you can be able to see moon's crater, four moons of Jupiter, crescent shape of Venus or rings of Saturn very clearly but it may be a little difficult to adjust the telescope and get them in view (moon is exception). The tripod seems so light, with a little shake the field of view immediately slides. You need to be extra careful no to touch the telescope and this may be a little difficult for children who are newbie in observing the nightsky. Therefore binoculars might be better for them. However, the red light located under the scope is really a good idea and it can be very useful under the dark skies in order to not disturb the night adaptation of the eyes. It is a good idea to use a finderscope without magnification but it would be better if the tube was longer and the pointing cross might be thinner especially for the planets so that you can align the telescope acurately. The Activity Journal is well written and I really appreciated its style and the pictures, illustrations, tables etc. inside. If you are a little isolated from astronomy even you can benefit from it too. The name of the product is Moonscope so if your only purpose is to observe the moon this might be a nice choice for your kid. It can be a little challanging for the planets and other stuffs.
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun little scope with educational value This scope has pretty good optics.....way better than the 30mm objective, draw tube little telescope I started with when I was a kid. It gave crisp views with both eyepieces. I did notice during the day eye placement has to be centered and it has some haziness around the perimeter of the view but these anomalies disappeared at night. The eyepieces are very well constructed so that if a kid drops em they should survive...but I don't believe they are really 20mm and 4mm....when I tested with my Unitron eyepieces it seemed that the 4mm is more like a 8mm...and the 20 more like a 28mm. Which lowers the listed powers. With my Unitron 4mm eyepieces the images looked to be about twice the magnification that the supplied 4mm gave. The good thing was the views were still sharp which confirms the quality of the main objective lens...but at the higher powers the scope gets real critical with focusing and the vibrations take about 6 seconds to settle down till the views get steady. Using the supplied 4mm was easier. Sight tube finder is hard to use at night. Sighting in on the moon, because it's so bright, caused tons of reflections in the finder tube itself and it was hard to get the scope centered to view. I am sure the more you use it you will get used to it. Since you can't see the cross hairs at night, like you can in the daytime, it's a little hard to sight in bright stars like Vega, or a planet like Jupiter. Once Jupiter was sighted in I was able to see the two main bands and it's four moons. With the supplied 4mm eyepiece, when looking at a full moon, I was able to see all the things in the booklet. I prefer to look at the moon when it's not full though. As the shadow creeps across the moon each night all the detail is along the shadow line and one night when it was 50% covered I could make out a small feature called the Straight Wall, also known as Rupes Recta. It's about 110km long and about 300 meters high. For deep sky objects I was able to see the Great Orion nebula. Focuser has some areas of stiffness as it's rotated which make higher powers harder to focus but one reviewer said he used some oil on it and it worked smoother. I found it just as fun to use as a terrestrial scope, checking out the tops of telephone poles,far away signs,distant cars, houses etc.....even though the images are reversed left to right. It also focuses down to 10 feet so a kid could look for insects on bushes and trees. Booklet that comes with it seems like a good way to get kids to use it and document what they can see with it. Color of it is more for a girl than a boy. Those reviewers that had problems with blurry images should have returned it for a replacement, I am sure their second one would have worked just fine. All in all a fun scope to use and also learn what a telescope can really do.
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVE this! And it is very well made We took this on a camping trip and the kids had a great time with it. Well made the the booklet just added to it being such a great find.
Date published: 2013-08-27