Recently I received the Geosafari Omega Reflector Telescope from Educational Insights. As a teacher certified in K-6 with a Master of Education in Elementary Education, I expressed interest in reviewing the product. Gazing at the stars with a telescope fit wonderfully in a lesson I was planning for my homeschooled 4 year old daughter. When Valentine’s Day came, I wanted my family to examine the full moon on February 14, 2014. While studying the sky, I realized that using a telescope required practice and research to use the product most effectively.
Review of the Reflector Telescope
When the telescope arrived, the product came unassembled with the parts in boxes and a bag full of screws and eyepieces. I assembled the product. I appreciated that assembly didn’t require me to have my husband put the product together because he had other things to do. Assembly was pretty simple. I put the product together myself with a little help from my daughter.
After putting the product together, I eagerly tried looking through various parts of the telescope hoping to easily figure out how to use the product. I found a couple helpful websites. The article “How to Enjoy Your New Telescope: Advice for Beginner Skywatchers” gave some good information, as did the article“Starting to Use Your Telescope.” I found the information in the pamphlet that came with the product helpful too. Learning how to use a telescope was more difficult than I thought it would be. I had to learn where objects in the sky were located as I learned how to choose the right eyepiece. I also compared the new telescope to the other, smaller telescope, which was actually more of a moonscope, that we received earlier this year. My daughter looked through both to compare what she could see.
Because I was trying the product during some of the coldest winter days in January, I had one warm night to try the product outside. The moon was nowhere to be seen. I assumed there was a new moon or that the moon was hiding behind my house. Finding an object to focus on and focusing the eyepiece proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. I feel that I would have needed to gain more of a sense of where the planets were in the sky to have more luck with star gazing. I was able to get some neat views of the icicles in the telescope, which I photographed on my cell phone.
While familiarizing myself with the product, I practiced focusing on indoor and outdoor objects during the daytime without looking at or near the sun. When I practiced using the telescope outdoors on a sunny day, I was very happy with how the eyepieces worked. I gained a sense of how much the eyepieces magnified objects. I liked the accessory tray on the tripod, which helped me stay organized.
I found the product enjoyable to use. Eyepieces worked well. When the tripod was lowered, the product was very sturdy and had a height that was great for my daughter. I liked that I could raise the tripod for an adult’s height to make viewing the sky easier. In the future, I would wholeheartedly recommend the product for its educational value as well as its quality.
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I received a free product, but it in no way influenced my opinion.