Sunday 14 June 2020

GeoSafari Vega 360 Telescope Review (Age 8+) Sent by Learning Resources.

We've worked with Learning Resources a few times now, and a couple of weeks ago they sent us the GeoSafari Vega 360 Telescope to review. This is a very portable refractor telescope with a tripod stand, and magnifications of up to 20x 40x and 80x. Ideal for stargazing, bird-watching and just looking at the distant horizon... 

GeoSafari 360 Vega Children's Telescope review for Learning Resources

Inside the box everything is really neatly packaged, with minimal plastic. It's a really sturdy set of boxes and great for storage or transportation. 

Geosafari telescope review all cardboard packaging instruction manual

There is some simple assembly required, which my 10 and 11 year old boys managed between them (after putting the telescope on backwards at first). 

GeosSafari childrens telescope review easy asembly large parts

Younger children especially might need a hand to ensure they don't let the telescope bash on the table while they attach it to the tripod that's included. It's a nice tripod, easy to use, it's got a bit of weight and is really steady.

Boy assembling telescope and tripod outdoors on glass table

Ready to go in 5 minutes, like most telescopes, it's easy to use but difficult to master. There is a 360 rotation and easy to use angle adjustment. All the lenses come with end caps to keep them dust free. 

Boy assembling telescope outdoors wearing over the head blankets

There are 20mm and 9mm eyepieces included, which give you a range of viewing magnifications - 20x, 40x, and 80x. There's also a 2x image erecting eye piece (image erector) for looking at objects on Earth (wildlife, scenery and sports etc). The eyepieces slot in and it's quite a solid build that won't lose focus with a breeze. 
GeoSafairi childrens telescope with different eyepieces

The boys had no problem focusing on nearby trees while we waited for it to get dark. They didn't quite manage to focus on birds, but the pesky things move while you're trying to locate them. 

GeoSafari childrens Learning resources telescope trees

A telescope is a great educational toy because it really is fun to play with at any age, and you can learn about a world you don't usually see - and beyond... 

GeoSafari telescope review the moon as seen through the lens

We played with a different telescope earlier this month, and that was a build-it-yourself working model, so my boys have a good idea of how a telescope works. They were able to use that knowledge with this telescope, which has a stronger magnification. If your children haven't considered how it works before, they'll be able to learn about lenses and magnification, reflection, and how light travels. 

Boys messing about with telescope in garden

There's a user guide included, with the assembly instructions and some recommended activities, to help you appreciate telescopes aren't just for looking at stars... 

The GeoSafari Vega 360 Telescope is available now from the Learning Resources website.  Suitable for age 8+, it currently costs £48 rrp. Free delivery on UK orders over £50. 

We were sent our GeoSafari Vega 360 Telescope for review. 

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