Category : Astronomy Gifts

Lego Space Shuttle

Lego Space ShuttleJust found this on my travels of the web, amazing – a brilliant Lego Space Shuttle on it’s launch pad.

This is what all astronomers really want for Christmas, forget all that boring astronomy equipment, more gloves, scarves and hats, we want to sit in the warm of an evening and build something like this Lego Space Shuttle model.

We don’t want a proper model to make either, we don’t want the mess of glue getting everywhere, then you have to paint the grey plastic panels of traditional models. Plus you might vcut yourself with the stanley knife whilst cutting out plastic pieces, and when you are finished the model never looks anything like it does on the box.

With the Lego Space Shuttle model it’s easy and there is no mess! What a great way to commemorate the end of life of the space shuttle by having this Lego model.

Here is some information on the Lego Space Shuttle:

Lego Shuttle AdventureStanding 17.5″ (44cm) tall and 10″ (25.5cm) from wing tip to wing tip, this detailed and realistic space shuttle is ready to count down and blast off on its next exciting mission into space! You can take off from the launch pad, separate the detachable fuel tank and booster rockets, and deploy the satellite with unfolding antenna and solar cell panels. Shuttle model features realistic engines, retractable landing gear, an opening cockpit with seats for 2 astronauts, opening cargo compartment with a crane that can hold the satellite and a ground maintenance vehicle. Includes 3 minifigures: 1 male and 1 female astronaut, as well as 1 service crew member.

  • Includes 3 minifigures: 1 male and 1 female astronaut as well as 1 service crew member
    Shuttle stands 17.5″ (44cm) tall and measures 10″ (25.5cm) from wing tip to wing tip
  • Take off from the launch pad
  • Separate the detachable fuel tank and booster rockets
  • Deploy the satellite with unfolding antenna and solar cell panels
  • Features realistic engines, retractable landing gear, opening cockpit with seats for 2 astronauts and even a ground maintenance vehicle
  • Open the cargo compartment to reveal the crane that can hold the satellite

The Lego Space Shuttle is available direct from the UK Lego Store online for about £79

Celestron 114LCM Computerised Telescope Review

The Celestron 114LCM Computerised Telescope is a 114mm or 4.5 inch telescope with a focal length of  1m or 100cm. It is a Newtonian reflector type telescope.

Celestron 114 LCM Telescope The Celestron 114LCM telescope automatically locates the wonders of the universe with its motorized system & on board computer! The Celestron 114 has fully coated glass optics which reveal the depths of our solar system and the wonders of the Universe.

Buy the Celestron 114LCM here from The Science Museum Shop

Adjust the angle of the telescope with the fully adjustable tripod and convenient accessory tray. It’s easy to use computerized hand control allows user to locate objects at the touch of a button.

The High quality 114mm Newtonian reflector gives you a clear view and with the built on StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects so you won’t miss a thing.

This is a great telescope for the beginner but with advanced features such as computerised alignment and go-to functionality. The telescope once aligned on a few stars can show you thousands of objects once you select them via the handset.

The Celestron 114LCM telescope will show you a lot of the major items in the sky, including excellent moon and planet views as well as deep sky objects, star clusters, galaxies and a lot more.

Buy the Celestron 114LCM here from The Science Museum Shop

114LCM Product Features:

  • High quality 114 mm (4.5″) reflector
  • Quick-release computerized base, optical tube and accessory tray for quick no tool set up
  • Database allows telescope to locate over 4,000 celestial objects
  • Lightweight Computerized Mount
  • Includes CD-ROM “The Sky” Astronomy Software which provides education about the sky and printable sky maps
  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
  • Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
  • Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
  • Compatible with optional NexRemote telescope control software, for advanced control of your telescope via computer

Buy the Celestron 114LCM here from The Science Museum Shop

The Universe DVD

The Universe DVDOne of the best series on astronomy and the solar system for me has been The Universe from the History Channel. It is now available as a standard DVD and in Blu-Ray High Definition format.

There are currently 2 series you can buy, the first series is on 3 DVDs and so you get 600 mins of programmes. The 2nd series is even longer on 5 DVDs running for 842 minutes.

The second series of The Universe includes episodes: Alien Planets, Cosmic Holes, Mysteries of the Moon, The Milky Way, Alien Moons, Dark Matter, Astrobiology, Space Travel, Supernovas, Constellations, Unexplained Mysteries, Cosmic Collisions and Colonizing Space.

The Universe DVD series makes a perfect gift for any astronomer, space enthusiast or for educational use.

The Universe DVDs are available here.

Apollo 11 Manual by Haynes

Haynes Apollo 11 Manual The Apollo 11 Manual by Haynes really caught my idea when reading the December 2009 edition of The Sky at Night magazine.

What a great and very unique gift for an astronomer, the acutal intricate manual to the Apollo 11 spacecraft in a Haynes style book.

This manual looks at the evolution and design of the mighty Saturn V rocket, the Command and Service Modules, and the Lunar Module. It describes the space suits worn by the crew and their special life support systems.

The book also tells you about how the Apollo 11 mission was flown – from launch procedures to ‘flying’ the Saturn V and the ‘LEM’, and from moon walking to the earth re-entry procedure.

Perfect for any astronomer or someone interested in space flight.

Buy the Haynes Apollo 11 Manual from Amazon with Free Delivery.

Apollo Saturn V Model

Saturn V Rocket ModelGet up to speed with the Apollo Saturn V, the American rocket that blasted the three lunar explorers to the Moon.

This stunning Revell 1:96 scale replica is a life-like model that includes launch platform and supports, plus four paints, double ended brush and precision applicator glue for detailed decoration.

What a great model for someone this Christmas. I know it would take me quite a while to complete this model, probably last all Christmas into the New Year.

Buy the Saturn V Model Rocket

If you are interested in this type of space model, then there are lots of others in the Revell model range including:

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