Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Anyone like looking at the sky at night?
This post is for you.
Don't have the money for a huge telescope?
This post is for you.
Want to excite your kids about the skies?
This post is for you.
Want to encourage learning about science and the universe in kids you've never met? This post is for you.

This year is the International Year of Astronomy, with the goal of encouraging everyone to simply look up and see a bit of the universe they live in. The universe we live in is a fantastically beautiful thing, but unless you have some significant disposable income, much of it as been effectively beyond your reach. You could get toys before that would give you a weird, rainbow-blurred image of the moon, but those days are over!

I introduce the Galileoscope.

Holy Titan, Batman! This little 'scope is designed to be easy for kids to assemble with some supervision, cheap, has minimized chromatic abberation, cheap, compatible with most eyepiece accessories, cheap, made to use any camera tripod, cheap, up to 50x magnification, cheap, has 2" of light gathering opening, cheap and can view up to 1.5 degrees of sky (about 2x the width of the Moon). Did I mention it's cheap?

This telescope is better than anything Galileo had, and will set you back a measly $15. No, I did not misplace the decimal point. $15.00. Even better: you can donate a Galileoscope to be sent out to kids for even less. $12.50 gets some school somewhere a telescope to view the heavens. How freaking cool is that?

Do you remember the first time you saw the moons of Jupiter? If you do, here's your chance to help a disadvantaged kid to see them and help instill the sense of wonder that will serve them the rest of their life. If you don't, then you've never seen them and this is your chance to see the moons of Jupiter and help instill the sense of wonder that will serve them, and you, the rest of their life.

I ordered 3. One for me and 2 for the kids. I'll be our in the driveway checking celestial stuff out if you want to come by.

I'll post a full review when the 'scope arrives.

Hat tip to Phil Plait


spurge said...

Did the scope show up yet?

I am thinking about getting one but I wanted to wait for your review.

Lab Boy said...

They are supposed to ship in mid-late April, in order that the orders were recieved.
I will be sure to post a review, maybe pix with it if I can manage.

spurge said...

That is a longer wait than I would have expected. I guess you can't expect them to rush for such a cheap and cool toy.

Anonymous said...

They are arriving. I have my two. And they are easy to build and great to use!

Lab Boy said...

Woot! Glad to hear that. Can't wait.