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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Educational Insights Nancy B's Science Club MoonScope and Sky Gazers Activity Journal

This is a nice little telescope.  The price at Amazon is $46.00.  The quality of the piece is a bit iffy.  It does everything it claims to do but if you have rambunctious kids, I suspect it will not last very long.  The instructions for assembly were adequate.   The need for two AAA batteries could be larger on the outside packaging.  However since the batteries are not necessary for use of the telescope but just to operate the red LED light, that is not a critical oversight.  The LED is for use in keeping your Sky Gazer’s journal. 

The activity journal is quite good.  It gives decent instructions and provides activities to be used with the MoonScope.  It will provide a positive learning experience. 

The two eyepieces provide a surprising amount of magnification.  This feels like an inexpensive toy but provides a more sophisticated magnification than you would expect.  If it felt a little more durable it would be five star worthy but it is still a good value for the price.
From the Manufacturer:
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 to 11years. 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-Gazers Journal includes stories plus tracking, writing, drawing and other activities. Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Product Description
Nancy Balter helps your child to be excited about astronomy and space with the Educational Insights Nancy Bs Science Club Moonscope and Sky Gazers Activity Journal. Designed to give your child a hands-on science experience, helping them to not only be comfortable with science, but to have fun with it as they learn, this set is made for children ages eight to 11. This set features a moon scope with 18x to 90x magnification, a moon filter, and a tripod with built-in red LED for night viewing. The 20 page Sky-Gazer's Journal includes stories plus tracking, writing, drawing, and other activities to keep your child engaged. Small parts makes this set unsuitable for children under three. About Educational Insights Based in Southern California, Educational Insights specializes in the manufacturing and innovation of educational toys and games. Early childhood, math, language, Spanish, science, and social studies are all subjects they tackle in fun and inspiring ways. Teacher resources, classroom products, and games like Jeopardy are all a part of Educational Insights rich inventory designed by experienced educators and parents because they know best! Make learning fun with Educational Insights. Includes a 22-page activity journal, finder scope, and more. Comes with a 4mm and a 20mm all-glass eyepieces. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included). Features a tripod with built-in red LED light. Moonscope measures 15.5L x 3.25W x 7H inches.

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