Finding things to keep kids active and out of trouble all summer long can be a challenge. So it’s always a good idea to have something up your sleeve to keep them happy! For us, that something special is stargazing.
My daughter has been obsessed with looking up at the moon and stars ever since she visited a small observatory near our hometown. So Reese was thrilled when we surprised her with her very own telescope from CP Toys.
This Bresser Aries 50mm is a great introductory telescope that turns the ordinary night sky into something extraordinary for budding astronomers. Plus, its low price point makes it a very accessible telescope for kids.
The kids love looking at the moon, and this telescope shows so much detail. The included moon filter cuts down on the brightness so the moon is easier to look at, and the viewfinder helps you quickly locate objects in the sky.
There are three lenses in this kit: 20, 8 and 4mm. The 20mm eyepiece offers 30x magnification, the 8mm eyepiece offers 75x magnification, and the 4mm eyepiece magnifies objects by 150x. Changing them out is very easy. In fact, the entire telescope is easy for kids to use.
Things we loved about this telescope:
- It is easy to assemble and get up and running ASAP.
- It comes with a moon filter for comfortable viewing when the moon is exceptionally bright.
- The attached view finder helps locate objects quickly.
- The included software teaches children about our solar system and how to identify planets and constellations.
- It offers a 50mm aperture, a 600 mm focal length and three eyepieces (20, 8, and 4mm) that allow for varied levels of magnification.
- It features a simple alt-azimuth mount and tripod that allows the user to smoothly move the scope up, down and side to side.
- It is easy for kids to use. My daughter figured this out in minutes!
This is definitely something that will hold our kids’ interest for some time, and it makes a great family activity at the end of those awesome Summer nights when they are winding down, but not quite ready for bed yet.