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Highlights

  • View colorful, giant Jupiter, study Saturn's dazzling rings, examine the cratered surface of the moon, even view deep-sky phenomena such as star clusters and nebulae!
  • High-quality telescope (700 mm reflector) for astronomical and terrestrial viewing, with 35x, 60x, 90x, 100x, 150x, 180x, and 300x Magnifications
  • Telescope includes heavy-duty, full-size adjustable tripod with accessory tray, standard 1 1/4 '' interchangeable eyepieces, a 3x Barlow lens, and an image erector
  • Perfect for outdoor play & at home learning for children 8+. Get kids outside to explore the world and stay curious! We are dedicated in providing resources that keep your kids learning and having fun while at home
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Description

This powerful 700 mm reflector scope offers rugged portability and a trip to the distant stars for the avid young astronomer intent on detailed, deep-sky viewing. It boasts 3 all-glass precision optics eyepieces providing a range of magnification power from 35x to 175x. The 5 x 24 mm optical finder scope and 76 mm achromatic mirror offer amazing close-up views of the moon, planets, Milky Way, and beyond. Observe constellations, star clusters—even the Orion Nebula. The Omega reflector comes with a heavy-duty adjustable aluminum tripod and convenient accessory tray for on-the-go stargazing. It's simple to use for the whole family, but make no mistake—this is a serious scientific tool, not a toy.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.2 Inches (H) x 10.4 Inches (W) x 29 Inches (D)
Weight: 10.25 Pounds
Suggested Age: 8 Years and Up
Assembly Details: No Assembly Required
CPSC Choking Hazard Warnings: Choking_hazard_small_parts
Mount Type: Altazimuth
Lens Coating: No Coating
Objective Lens Size: 24 Millimeter
Optical Tube Diameter: 24 Millimeter
Optical Tube Length: 24 Millimeter
Magnification: 300
Battery: No Battery Used
TCIN: 51698207
UPC: 086002053060
Item Number (DPCI): 087-15-0616
Origin: Imported
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 29 inches length x 9.2 inches width x 10.4 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 10.25 pounds
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Q: Is there a booklet that explains what is observed?

submitted by Marje - 3 years ago
  • A: The GeoSafari Omega Reflector includes a 13 page guide to setting up & using your telescope as well as information on observing the night sky & learning more about astronomy.

    submitted byJennifer - 3 years ago
    Brand expert

Q: Is the image you're viewing upside down?

submitted by Doigger - 5 years ago
  • A: No, the image is not upside down.

    submitted byJennifer - 4 years ago
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4.4 out of 5 stars with 16 reviews
100% would recommend
1 recommendations
educational value: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5

Excellent gift for new Astronomer!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Chevyluvr - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Great quality for learning astronomy… clarity and ease to operate…. All without batteries!
quality: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
educational value: 5 out of 5
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Patience Required

5 out of 5 stars
lucky24 - 3 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
Great telescope but like most high-powered telescopes, it takes time to assemble and it also takes patience to learn how to use such a scientific tool. This is not a toy and it shouldn't be treated like one. But holy cow! Once you get the hang of it, it is soooo cool!
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5 out of 5 stars
ADS - 6 years ago, Verified purchaser
Quick setup, for an adult and high quality product. My 6 year old wants to use it every night! Great gift!
quality: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
educational value: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
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nice telescope for beginner with adult guidance

3 out of 5 stars
Andre - 6 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
We purchased this telescope for our son since his curiosity for the stars was peaked from his cub scout outing to see the stars. With a group effort from the two of us assembly was relatively easy except for one piece. The micro movement rod was missing the piece that connects to the telescope tube. Beyond that the assembly was completed in under 30 minutes and within 30 frustrating minutes we were able to stabilize the telescope to adjust the finder scope. Then in the evening we observed the moon in all its glory. The pros for this telescope is the ease of assembly and use The cons are quality control of parts and lack of response from the 1-800 customer service number
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Surprising Viewing Power Packed in!

4 out of 5 stars
MisterFan - 10 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
When the package first arrived, I was a little skeptical because I've never owned a telescope before, and I wasn't sure whether I would be able to see much with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised! Putting the telescope together was not difficult because I had a friend help me, but it did take quite some time (30 minutes or so). The instructions that were included were not the most thorough, but I think the average person who has had any experience reading Ikea furniture diagrams should be able to put it together just fine. Once it's assembled, it becomes a little difficult to move around, and the legs do not fold up, so make sure you choose a good spot! I set up my telescope on a night with a full moon and used it to look at the giant bright orb like I've never seen it before. The lenses and the reflector telescope itself is great quality, and clarity of the image is breathtaking. The telescope also comes with 3 different magnifications, I haven't tried the highest magnification yet, but I'm excited to see its power! The one imperfection is that calibrating the telescope is rather difficult for someone who has never had any training or experience. I had some trouble aligning the "finder" scope with my main scope, but I think if I had some more practice or someone more experienced to guide me, the process would have gone a little more smoothly. I think they should create a simple, informative, and possibly cartoony (for the kids) new-users' pamphlet to help give suggestions about what things to look at, how the different magnification lenses are used, and other tips. Overall, I'd highly recommend this product. It's sturdy, good quality, and would be fun for kids and adults alike. As a high school earth and planetary science teacher, this is an incredible asset to have, and I will plan an astronomy night for my students and their parents soon once I get a better hang of calibrating my telescope!
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Good Optics, Not for Beginners

3 out of 5 stars
Stargazing - 10 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
The telescope was easy to assemble with well written instructions. Our sons (9) and (11) were able to help with the assembly. The optics for viewing large objects such as the moon are great. We were able to easily view craters on the moon in detail. The first time we used the telescope we were in Yosemite and had to move it from our cabin to an open meadow for a clear space. The calibration did not hold. Once the finder scope and eyepiece are synchronized, relocating the telescope causes the two viewers to lose their calibration due to the unstable tripod. We had an excellent view of the moon and its craters! Unfortunately we were not able to locate any stars. On later attempts at home, we found it is difficult to synchronize the finder scope with the telescope's eyepiece, which makes it a challenge to locate and view stars. In conclusion, this telescope is very good for general use, but not recommended for beginners.
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Great Telescope for the Entire Family!

4 out of 5 stars
ETS - 10 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
We received this telescope as a gift. We've really enjoyed using it both at night and during the day!! It was a bit complicated for my 9 year old to assemble alone, so we worked together and the assembly took about 20 minutes. Make sure to read the instructions and follow the instructional photos. It needs to be calibrated (aligning the scope with the viewer) during the day, so make sure you allow for that. Don't wait until night to assemble it. Once this telescope was positioned and ready to go, my kids (ages 9 and 7) and I really enjoyed looking at the craters on the moon in amazing detail! We're really looking forward to sharing it with friends at Barbeques and Camping Trips in the future!! I appreciate that it came very well packaged and protected in it's box. It also came with a screwdriver like tool, which is the only tool needed to assemble it. This telescope and tripod are sturdy, easy to adjust, very portable would be easy to travel with after assembly. I would highly recommend this item to other families interested in exploring what's out "there"!
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Worth the time to set it up

4 out of 5 stars
Jill - 10 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
We were really excited about getting the GeoSafari Omega Reflector Telescope and using it. On opening the box, we realized it would take more time to assemble than anticipated. For background, I got this telescope for a nine year-old and an eleven year-old. I am very handy and have put together everything I've purchased for 25+ years. That said, this set up is not for kids to figure out on their own. My advice is DO NOT throw out the box until you're done setting it up! We ended up using the big images on the box as a reference for how to put it together more than the actual directions. It would be helpful if a color copy of what is on the box were included inside. The included directions are not as clear as they can be, and the accompanying pictures are small and in black and white, so I wasn't sure if I was doing it correctly. I am sure that if I had a background using telescopes, the set-up would be easier. Once the telescope was actually set up, we had to align the finding scope with the telescope, which took me considerable time. Once I got the hang of it, it wasn't so bad, which is good because I've fiddled with it every time we've used it. Be patient with aligning it. It's not the most difficult thing you'll ever do, but not fun either, and it's necessary for using the telescope successfully. PROS: It's really cool. Really. If this is for your kids (which I'm assuming it is), then the frustration and ranting is worth it when you see how excited they get to use it. They are more curious than they've ever been to see things up close and do not just accept what their naked eye can detect. Kids aside, I haven't seen anyone else pass up the chance to look through a telescope either. CONS: the directions assume a basic familiarity with telescopes, which I do not have. The terminology is not intuitive. The instructions are a little confusing, and the pictures are not big or clear enough to actually give reassurance you are putting it together correctly. This is NOT the kind of thing you buy, open up, and use with excitement immediately. Also, the storage tray it comes with is not really for storage. The lenses need to be removed from their cases to sit in the tray, which is only good I guess for when I must switch them out in the excitement of the moment. Other than when we are actively using the telescope, I've kept all the pieces (including the covers which have no place to be stored anyway) in the original box. Bottom line: I recommend it. it's a bit of a pain to put together, but I feel it was worth it. This is a telescope, not a happy meal toy. It is an investment for your kids to learn from and grow with, and it takes patience to set up properly. If I had understood that in the beginning, I wouldn't have been so frustrated. I am glad I didn't write a review immediately, because it wouldn't have been favorable or include the fun we've had with it since. In hindsight, if it were super easy to put together it would have likely been an inferior quality product.
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Wow - what a special gift!

5 out of 5 stars
Benji's mom - 10 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
We received the Omega Reflector Telescope as a gift. What a special gift! My 7-year-old son who wants to be an Astronaut couldn't wait to use it ASAP. I was dreading putting it together as I new I was on my own -not something my husband will do. The directions were pretty solid and it only took about 30 minutes to assemble. It says to calibrate during the daytime, but it was nighttime when I put it together so we brought it outside anyway. A few of our neighbors joined us. We live in the city so I was concerned that we might not be able to see much. Boy was I surprised! We were able to see the edge of the Moon and the craters. We also saw the rings of Saturn. It was amazing!!! We had so much fun sharing the telescope with our neighbors. The following weekend we took the Telescope with us on our Cub Scout Camping trip to Lost Valley, CA. The stars were beautiful that night and we were able to see planets and the moon even clearer. This Reflector Telescope is constructed well with many metal parts. It is not a toy. I suggest working closely with your kids and don't let them touch the micro adjuster. Overall a great Telescope and hours of fun for family and friends.
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Fantastic & Educational

4 out of 5 stars
shawl - 10 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
We received this telescope as a gift, just in time for our boy scouts camping trip in Santa Barbara. My husband assembled the telescope for a den of 8 very excited scouts. Assembly took a little bit of time, make sure to read instructions. Also try not to have 8 very excited boys standing around waiting patiently while trying to get the telescope ready. Once this telescope was positioned and ready to go, the line of boys waiting for their turn to look at the beautiful night sky was never ending. Everyone including the parents got a look and all were amazed at how many details could be seen through the lens. The moon, planets, and several constellations were all spotted by the boys, some of them seeing these amazing wonders of the sky for the first time through a high profile telescope like this one. Our telescope was absolutely the highlight of our trip. We had many request by other dens to join us the next night for another viewing party. This telescope was very portable and easy to travel with after assembly. I would recommend getting out of the city to really enjoy all the details you can view.
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Amazing quality!

4 out of 5 stars
Patti - 10 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
Wow! This telescope is EXCELLENT quality. The lens was spectacular for viewing the blood moon last night. This is a wonderful way for students to put their lunar studies to good use. A few cons. This was pretty difficult to assemble. Also, when I used tools to assemble it, it stripped the metal. Once you have it assembled though, you are good to go!
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Amazing!

5 out of 5 stars
Penny Pinching Polly - 12 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
First, I was impressed by how quickly the telescope arrived! It is very well packed, and does require some assembly. I was able to put it together myself, by simply reading the instructions. (Did you hear that, Dad? I read the instructions! lol) It is described on the product page as a powerful telescope, and they aren't exaggerating! My daughter and I absolutely love getting this out at night and looking at the stars. It's amazing to see the moon in such detail! Imagine our delight when we were able to see the rings of Saturn!! It is a priceless moment that my daughter will always remember! I must note, that to my daughter's dismay, we have not spotted any Martians, or any other alien life forms, or UFOs as of yet. We do look for them several times a week. :) This isn't a "toy" telescope - it's the real deal! It comes complete with a dew protector, 3 eyepieces, a 3x Barlow lens, an amazing tripod and much more! This would make the perfect gift for your budding astronomer! It is easy for us to take to the local State Park to get an even better view of the wondrous skies!
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