NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 50MM Plössl Telescope, Yellow (80-10050)


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  • Two interchangeable Plössl eyepieces give you magnifications of 23x and 62x
  • Panhandle mount control allows you to smoothly move the telescope up down and side to side
  • Full size tripod is fully adjustable and includes an accessory tray for holding extra eyepiece
  • Use the red dot viewfinder and downloadable astronomy software to locate observing targets



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This may be the perfect first telescope for your child or grandchild to foster their wonder of the universe we live in and to give them a hands-on experience that often leads to a lifetime interest in science Lightweight and highly portable the National Geographic 50mm Alt-azimuth Telescope makes it easy to explore the celestial and the terrestrial at a moment‘s notice This air-spaced doublet achromatic refractor has a true 50mm optical glass aperture (600mm focal length) that can reveal wonders like the intricacies of the lunar terrain or some of the brighter deep sky objects The two included premium 1 25-inch Plössl eyepieces (25mm and 9 7mm) are wide angle are generally found on much more expensive telescopes and provide real eye comfort that beginners need to relax and see the detail that this telescope can produce How powerful is this telescope? See the Rings of Saturn (about 900 million miles away) The amazing Orion Nebula at 1800 light years Andromeda Galaxy at over 2 million light years and many other amazing distant celestial treasures The telescope comes with a sturdy fully-adjustable metal tripod and metal mount so the instrument can smoothly move up down left and right by manipulating a large simple-to-use handle Other accessories include a fully adjustable Red Dot LED viewfinder that makes aiming the telescope easy) tripod accessory tray a planisphere and astronomy software While this telescope can be used without supervision we recommend that parents and children learn and experience the stars together It can create the bond for a positive lasting impact

Product information Product Dimensions 4.25 x 29 x 9 inches Item Weight 5 pounds Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S. International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More ASIN B00EYT19MQ Item model number 80-10050 Manufacturer recommended age 7 - 15 years Batteries 1 CR2 batteries required. (included) Best Sellers Rank #2,336 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
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Got it for nephews. Don’t know f hey actually used it or not. It looked fine.

My grandsons both wanted one of these. They were so excited and jumping up and down. They are 6&4. Cannot wait to get pictures of them using it. They are getting used to their binoculars first which they love.

Does not work well. Cannot see through it well unless it is a real clear day and you take it outside.

National Geographic is a respected brand. Our family has been longtime subscribers to the National Geographic magazines for both kids and adults. We own dozens of their Reader and Kids series books. My son's favorite movie is Great Migrations. I've even been to the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.

So, I bought this National Geographic Explorer Telescope and Microscope kit in November 2013, with confidence based on my years of customer satisfaction with the brand.

What a big mistake. This is an expensive toy, not a scientific tool for the young learner of ages 10+. Shame on National Geographic for putting their trusted name on such a poor-quality product. All I can figure is that this is a licensing deal gone really wrong. At the time I bought this telescope, there were no reviews posted to guide my decision. My consumer purchase was completely driven by my trust in the National Geographic brand. In this instance, my trust was badly misplaced.

This telescope was originally priced at more than 150 dollars before being reduced to the 87 dollars I paid. It's now below 60 dollars. Even at that price, it's just not worth it. National Geographic should pull this product off the market.

My apologies to all the people who bought telescopes after I had already determined that this item was a hunk of junk. I should have posted a more timely review to warn you. Let me fix that mistake now: Potential buyers - beware! This so-called telescope and microscope kit is a huge waste of money.

The telescope doesn't work. We have tried numerous times we can't see anything with it


I bought this set for my son's 10th birthday to get him interested in the micro and macro world around him.
He is still in the process of figuring out how everything works and his curiosity has definitely been triggered so in this regard the item is a success.

The build quality is decent but toy like, so would not recommend it for beginning adults. But if you have a kid and want to get him interested in science it is OK. Keep in mind that there is adult supervision needed in the process of setting up and using both the microscope and telescope. But if you are willing to spend the time with the child teaching him that there is a lot more to see without having to leave the house or playing computer games he MIGHT thank you later when he grows up.

In the end it is just a toy, but it has the potential to spark something great. When you find out that the kid is interested and ready for the next step only then upgrade to more expensive equipment.

Nephew loved it.