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About this item

Highlights

  • ● Spark More Exploration! Discover the world with science & exploration toys designed just for kids to get up close with nature, peer into outer space, and get smart about science
  • ● Real working telescope made for kids. This lightweight telescope with all-glass optics up to 225x magnification is perfect for on the go celestial and terrestrial explorations
  • ● Supports STEM learning by encouraging scientific exploration and discovery
  • ● Includes 50mm objective lens, 2 eyepieces, 3x image erector, 2-element achromatic objective lens, 5x24 finder scope, and adjustable tripod (50" full-height). Perfect gift for boys & girls ages 8+
  • ● The Educational Insights brand is going through an update on our packaging & product colors. Packaging design, and the color of some products may vary as we roll through the transition

Description

Both inquisitive young scientists and adults will enjoy investigating the universe through the precision optics of the Vega 600. With magnifications from 30x to 75x, all-glass optics and rack-and-pinion focusing, stargazers and nature watchers are rewarded with bright, clear images. Perfect for scoping out rare birds or animals, as well as the moon, planets, and even binary stars. PLUS it's lightweight and simple to use, great for on-the-go observation. The Vega 600 is designed with high-quality components and features that make it appropriate for celestial and terrestrial discovery at any age.

The best stem science kit for kids are educational products that stimulate discovery, building, and exploration. For kids age 8+, this Educational Insights STEM toy introduces primary science activity skills in a hands-on manner, including exploring the night sky. This product in combination with other popular science toys including chemistry sets, science kits for rocks, crystals, and fossils, and toy machines with gears allows kids to develop interests in the science world around them! Whether as a holiday or birthday gift for kids or part of a homeschool curriculum, DIY science, smart lab toys, building sets, and engineering experiments offer hours of educational learning and action.

At Educational Insights we've been helping kids learn through play for the last 60 years. We take great pride in working with experts in many distinct fields—from scientists to teachers to artists—to ensure that our products are always the very best they can be. We see the limitless possibilities that you see in your child. Our award-winning toys and games help moms, and all those who mom, ignite the spark within and build their confidence so they can build their world. Our award-winning, best-selling toys and games introduce new interests, unleashing limitless possibilities and passions including Coding Critters, Hot Dots, Design & Drill, Playfoam, GeoSafari, Kanoodle, and BrainBolt.
Dimensions (Overall): 4 Inches (H) x 34 Inches (W) x 11.5 Inches (D)
Weight: 4.29 Pounds
Suggested Age: 8 Years and Up
Assembly Details: Adult Assembly Required, Tools Provided
Mount Type: Tripod
Lens Coating: No Coating
Objective Lens Size: 50 Millimeter Millimeter
Optical Tube Diameter: 50 Millimeter
Optical Tube Length: 600 Millimeter
Magnification: 150
Battery: No Battery Used
Warranty: No Applicable Warranty. To obtain a copy of the manufacturer's or supplier's warranty for this item prior to purchasing the item, please call Target Guest Services at 1-800-591-3869
TCIN: 81506396
UPC: 086002052483
Item Number (DPCI): 204-04-9299
Origin: Imported
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 36 inches length x 12 inches width x 7 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 5.7 pounds
We regret that this item cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.
This item cannot be shipped to the following locations: United States Minor Outlying Islands, American Samoa (see also separate entry under AS), Puerto Rico (see also separate entry under PR), Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, U.S., APO/FPO, Guam (see also separate entry under GU)
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3.6 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews
50% would recommend
2 recommendations
quality: 3 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
value: 3 out of 5
educational value: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5

Screws stick into the view.

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Rachel - 4 months ago, Verified purchaser
Very poorly made. The screws holding the viewing tube on were too long, so giant screws are in the viewing area. The eyepiece is loosely connected. I could not get the device to focus using any of the lenses. I wasn’t expecting superb quality for the price I paid but this is going back. Now I gotta explain to my 5 year old how Santa messed up on her wishlist item.
1 reply from Learning Resources team - 4 months ago
No need to return, we will take care of this for you. Please visit us on our Learning Resources site under the “contact us” page and we will be happy to help.
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Great Christmas gift

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Betsy - 5 months ago, Verified purchaser
I have a very science minded grandchild and this looks perfect. He can c.eck out the heavens and it is small enough for him to handle,
educational value: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
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Low Quality - Not as advertised - Not recommended

1 out of 5 stars
lsdaza - 1 year ago
originally posted on schoolspecialty.com
I purchased four of these telescopes for my STEM classroom lab through my school district with a grant. Unfortunately, none of the telescopes worked during our first Stargazing party as advertised on the website. Product did not meet expectations. Details: •One telescope came with a loose object inside the optical tube. I was not able to tighten it to the tripod. •Tightening knobs in all four telescopes are very flimsy which makes very difficult to adjust the focus. Telescopes do not stay in place and move from the initial set position by themselves. •Optical finder scopes do not align with any magnifying lenses. Targets were completely off. •One telescope has a dark view. •Three out of four telescopes do not produce bright, clear images as advertised. •Unable to focus objects with Barlow tubes and 8mm or 20mm lenses. •Difficult to interchange eyepieces because of the mobility of the telescopes.
1 reply from Maureen team - 1 year ago
We are so sorry to hear that these telescopes did not live up to your expectations. We have reached out to the manufacturer with your concerns and they are looking into it. Please watch for communication from our Customer Care team who will be reaching out to make sure this issue is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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No basic replacement parts or repair assistance!

2 out of 5 stars
Cathy - 6 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
I'm very frustrated right now about this. My son really enjoyed this telescope but he put a little too much pressure on the tripod one time and the plastic piece that holds the 3 support arms in the middle at the bottom of the tripod broke. I called customer support to try to order a replacement piece to fix it or even a new tripod and they said they don't sell any replacement parts for this and had absolutely no suggestions for how I might fix it or get it fixed. So I now have a $90 telescope that is unusable because a chinsey piece of plastic broke on the tripod and I have no way to fix it. If you're not going to sell replacement parts or even offer any helpful advice for getting a part fixed then don't use cheap plastic parts for a kid's telescope! Seriously how much more would it have cost to make that tiny piece a little more duarable? Now if I want to salvage this telescope I'm going to have spend a bunch of my time trying to figure out how to either repair or replace the tripod. Thanks for nothing there, Educational Insights.
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Good starter telescope for kids

4 out of 5 stars
Sake Mom - 8 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
This product was nicely packaged and was ready to go out of the box with only a few steps required. Assembly took very little time for me and as the age recommendation is 8 and up (my kids are a little younger but I want to get them started), I could easily see how kids would have no problem (and would even enjoy) selecting and tightening all the pieces. One suggestion here would be to add a small bag (perhaps to tether to the tripod) which could hold the other pieces not in use while keeping them close enough to switch out. Here's the tricky part...the telescope and tripod are lightweight which is great for kids, but at the same time troublesome because the slightest tap knocks the alignment out of whack which can be frustrating for impatient, young scientists. However, I believe this is a good starter telescope and my girls are enjoying exploring the night sky (when Los Angeles' climate allows). :)
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Good value telescope

4 out of 5 stars
Eileen - 8 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
I received this product as a sample in exchange for my honest review. My husband was able to set up the telescope easily, and it worked well. No issues with the tripod either as some people have noted. My in-laws have a much heavier (and expensive) telescope in their living room. While this one can't see as far, for the price point difference this strikes me as a good deal if you are looking for a simple way to get children into astronomy.
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A great family Telescope

5 out of 5 stars
PamU - 8 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
This is a great family telescope! It is sturdy yet lightweight and great for use with kids, but attractive enough to reside in my living/dining room for stargazing indoors during the winter months. Set up was very easy - my kids (ages 6 and 8) barely needed the directions. Even my 3 year old figured out where the lenses went. The finder scope was a little tricky to set up, but now that we have it in just the right place it makes finding things much easier. The focus adjustment knobs are quite smooth. You do have to be careful while looking through the eye piece. Because the telescope is lightweight, it is easy to move or shake while looking and you could lose the image you were searching for and have to re-align. After reading several reviews on this product, I was very nervous about the tripod, but it seems the tripod must have been improved because we have not had any problems with the tripod. It is sturdy and is easily adjusted. Overall this is a wonderful telescope!
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Happy mom

4 out of 5 stars
Happy mom - 8 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
I think its a great things for kids but its just hard to look into.
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Excellent telescope at a great price!

4 out of 5 stars
Dina - 8 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
I have always worried about getting a telescope for my son. I was worried that it would be too heavy or cumbersome. I was worried that it would be hard to put together. I was worried that he would not be able to handle it because it would break easily. This telescope was the perfect thing to change my mind! The Vega comes with incredibly simple directions to follow for assembly. I was able to put it all together by myself in about 10 minutes. The directions were both clearly written and illustrated. The telescope is remarkably light and easy to adjust and handle. My 10 year old is able to adjust the tripod very easily on his own and can take the telescope outside at night with no problems carrying it. The other nice thing about this piece is that it comes with 2 different lenses so that you can try out different magnifications. It also comes with an attachment that allows for terrestrial (land) viewing as opposed to exploring the skies. My son has really enjoyed using this on clear evenings to view the constellations. Overall, this is a great quality piece for the price.
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I would buy this again!!!

5 out of 5 stars
Sara - 8 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
My seven year old son and I used this telescope to look at the moon and stars. He loved it as did I!
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