Scientific Christmas presents can be fun as well as being educational. The latest scientific instrument to make its way into our house is this telescope from Discovery Kids. H has always shown an interest in the stars, moon and the planets, in fact space generally. So this seemed like a good time to learn a little more about the sky at night, although we might need to take it away with us to get to use it to its full potential (given we live in Birmingham and there is a lot of light pollution).
The telescope is a reasonable size for children to use and it’s not too heavy either. H had no problems using it with the tripod. There are 2 eye pieces: a 25mm and a 10mm for wider views. We found it was easier to focus on something big like the moon and a lot more satisfying than trying to pick out smaller stars. We have found it a bit tricky to focus during the day and it’s easier to use a night with something like the moon to aim for. It is recommended that you allow the telescope to acclimatise before you try to use it outside, so set it up and retreat inside for half an hour. Best to choose a cloud free night, but remember that usually means it will be cold outside, so wrap up warm. It’s worth checking the phases of the moon online to see whether you can expect a decent sized moon to take a look at.