Category : Astronomy Gifts

Celestron FirstScope Telescope Review

I found the Celestron FirstScope whilst on my travels around the web, and it looks like a well built mini tabletop telescope. It’s actually a mini Dobsian Reflector Telescope with a 76mm aperture and a focal length of 30cm.

Celestron FirstscopeThe write up says: “The FirstScope is a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy. This quality Dobsonian style telescope features a 76 mm aperture reflector optical tube. The compact design makes it easy enough to take with you on your next outdoor adventure. FirstScope is also stylish enough to be a decorative fixture on your bookshelf or desk”.

Celestron FirstScope Features:

  • High quality Dobsonian style stand with a 76 mm reflector optical tube make FirstScope an ideal entry level astronomical telescope.
  • Portable and lightweight table-top design makes it easy to store, transport and setup your FirstScope Telescope
  • FirstScope is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object.
  • Stylish and decorative design makes FirstScope a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy.

Official Product of International Year of Astronomy 2009!

Using the Celestron Firstscope TelescopeNamed Official Product of International Year of Astronomy 2009, FirstScope pays tribute to the men and women who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us!

In 1609, world-renowned Italian scientist, Galileo Galilei, introduced an elementary telescope to the growing astronomy community which sparked interest into the mysterious night sky for centuries to come. Four centuries later, in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, Celestron offers the portable FirstScope Telescope. The FirstScope pays tribute to Galileo Galilei and many of history’s most notable astronomers and scientists by displaying their names around the optical tube. We honor the contributions of these men and women, who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us.

FirstScope Specifications

Optical Design: Dobsonian Reflector
Aperture: 76 mm (2.99 in)
Focal Length: 300 mm (11.81 in)
Focal Ratio: 3.95
Eyepiece 1: 20 mm (0.79 in)
Magnification 1: 15 x
Eyepiece 2: 4 mm (0.16 in)
Magnification 2: 75 x
Weight: 1956.12 g

FirstScope Warranty

2 Years

You can buy the Celestron FirstScope at MyMemory for £54.99 inc Free Delivery.

SSPL Astronomy Prints

The official print sales website of the Science Museum, National Railway Museum and National Media Museum is now online, and it incorporates the Royal Photographic Society Collection.

Currently there are 40,000 images to choose from in a range of sizes and finishes. Categories include Astronomy, Natural History, Vintage Posters, Rail Transport, Road Transport, Water Transport, Aeronautic Prints, War, Sports and more.

You have the choice of how you would like to buy the print. You can have the print on it’s own, or have it framed, or have it turned into a canvas and even have the canvas framed.

There are over 60 pages of Astronomy prints on the website, last time I checked that equated to around 1,600 astronomy prints.

These are just some examples of the Astronomy Prints available:

SSPL Astronomy Print Astronomy Print SSPL Astronomy Print 3 Astronomy Print

There are images of the Moon, close up Saturn images, Galaxies, historical astronomy prints of telescopes and NASA missions, Solar Eclipses, Lunar Eclipses, Astronomy Buildings etc. There is something for everyone.

Any of these Astronomy prints would make a great astronomy gift for an avid astronomer, maybe something to hang up in your observatory or your house.

View the complete Astronomy Print range now at SSPL.

Telescope Portable Battery

Telescope Portable Battery PowerIf you ever want to use your GoTo telescope on location then you’ll need a 12v power source.

Maplin have their Portable Jump Start and Air Compressor on offer until the end of December 2008 for just £19.99 – perfect for powering your telescope.

The perfect gift for the astronomer in your family, plus it will always do lots of other jobs around the house such as pump up tyres or jump start your car battery as well.

The original price was £44.99, so now you can save £25! Order your Battery here now!

Maplin Telescope Battery Specifications:

  • Up to 400A cranking power
  • 12V power supply output – ideal for spotlights, car vacuums, portable fridges etc
  • 200psi compressor for inflating car and cycle tyres, inflatable toys etc.
  • Unit houses a sealed 17Ah battery with meter to show battery charge
  • Built-in light for emergencies
  • Complete with heavy duty jump leads, mains power supply and car cigarette lead


Sky at Night Magazine Subscription

Sky at Night MagazineGet someone you love, preferably an astronomer, a subscription to Sky at Night magazine. The magazine comes with a CD packed full of interactive goodies every month as well as a magazine which includes astronomy news, how to’s, in-depth articles and my favourite – astronomy adverts!

The cheapest place to buy a subscription online is with Magazine Group, who currently have the subscription for:

6 months Sky at Night Magazine : £17.80

12 months Sky at Night Magazine : £35.75

That works out to be about £3 a magazine including delivery, instead of the shop price of £4.25

Green Laser Pointer Review

Astronomy Laser PointerI attended my first Star Party the other week and both the hosts of the party used green laser pointers to point out which celestial objects we were actually looking at through the telescopes and on the large projection screen.

The green laser pointers were amazing and the beam of light went all the way through the sky to the object, which made it look like the beam was actually touching the stars!

So I decided to get myself a green laser pointer, I chose a Revelation Green Laser Pointer from Telescope Planet, it arrived quickly and came in a presentation metal box and it included 2x AAA batteries as well as instructions.

The laser pointer has a 5 mW output and has a beam range of over 12,000 ft. The unit is of very high quality and a great present for any astronomer, especially at the price of around £30.

The laser pointer can also be used in conjunction with a universal bracket which can be fitted to most telescopes which allows the laser pointer to be used as a very capable finderscope.

You can buy the green laser pointer from Telescope Planet here.

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