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    $19.99
    1. Glow in the Dark Star Explosions
    $69.99
    2. Astrolon Telescope with Case
    $99.99
    3. Polaris NG-60A Telescope
    $49.99
    4. Large Space Dome Play Tent
    $39.99
    5. Buzz Aldrin Ultimate Saturn V
    $24.99
    6. Mars 2020 Board Game
    $14.99
    7. Play and Store Big Box Take-Along
    $19.99
    8. Kid's Astronaut Hat in White and
    9. Jar of Stars
    list($129.99)
    10. Polaris 60mm AZ-D Telescope
    $12.99
    11. AstroSquad Lunar Roving Vehicle
    $12.99
    12. Ultimate 3D Galaxy
    $199.99
    13. Meade Polaris NGC-60 Telescope

    1. Glow in the Dark Star Explosions

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    Asin: B00001LDDR
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: University Games
    Sales Rank: 1385
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    This Star Explosion kit allows children to create a universe intheir own bedrooms. With over 500 glow-in-the-dark adhesive pieces tochoose from (including stars of all sizes, comets, asteroids, and spiralgalaxies), junior astronomers can create star displays, black-holeeffects, and, with the aid of the included star map, actualconstellations. There are 364 small (.25-inch to 1.5-inch) star stickersand about 200 larger (1.5-inch to 5.5-inch) plastic shapes that adhereto walls and ceilings with the putty that comes with the set (it's safeto use on most surfaces). The stickers and plastic shapes are made ofGlominite, a safety-tested product that stores light. Each time theGlominite shapes are exposed to light, they recharge--so that theglowing keeps on going. --Kathryn Gustafson ... Read more

    Reviews (1)

    WE TURNED THE BEDROOM INTO A GALAXY
    I had a lot of fun with my granchildren transforming their bedroom into a glowing galaxy. There was more than enough stars to make a bunch of constellations on their ceiling. These are easy to use and weren't messy at all. The kids love staring at the stars and pointing out the names of constellation before they go to bed at night. I was surprised when they started pointing out the real ones once we were outside one evening.
    The experience really turned them on to learning about the constellations. We even ended up buying a real telescope and book about stars. What a fun way to learn for all of us. ... Read more


    2. Astrolon Telescope with Case

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    Asin: B00005BU7M
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Toys "R" Us
    Sales Rank: 4943
    Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (3)

    Not a good purchase
    We bought this telescope as a Christmas present for our 9 year old son. He was very excited, but the telescope was a big bust. First, the assembly was difficult. Once assembled the locking mechanism would not keep the telescope focused on an object. The moon was the only object in the night sky that we could keep the telescope focused on. Lastly, the telescope has a carrying case, but you have to completely disassemble it to get it in the case. I'd rather spend twice the money and get something that a 9 year can actually use.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Telescope
    I think that kids my age to think about this telescope. I sure did after what I learnded in sciece the telescope came i handy to see the stars and planets.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Good First Telescope for Beginning Youngster
    This is a good option if you are buying for a young budding astronomer and don't want to spend a lot of money. I am an adult who gave this in November 2001 as a first telescope for an 11 year-old nephew (birthday). Due to circumstances beyond the scope of this article, I have sole possession of it for a month before my nephew gets it back. I had no prior astronomy knowledge or experience. I did a little internet research after the purchase, and the following is based on that limited research and my experience with this telescope.

    If you want to spend limited money just to see if a youngster will take an interest, this product isn't a bad way to go. That's especially so if you don't have a lot of time to first become knowledgable on the topic. One website recommends a 60mm refractor telescope (like this one) for rank beginners.

    One caution about telescope claims generally: Although most products brag about the maximum available power (say, 525x like this one), the clarity at such powers (at least in this price range) isn't very good and is useful for only bigger, brighter objects like the moon. Don't buy a telescope based only on a claimed maximum power. A more practical maximum power will be closer to 175x at this price range, according to one website and my experience.

    The good news is there is plenty to see at powers of 35x to 175x. This product is good in that it has 4 different eyepieces in the 35x-175x range, providing reasonable versatility. In December 2001, I could see shadows cast by craters on the moon, Saturn and its ring, and Jupiter with 4 of its moons. Granted, Saturn & Jupiter are especially visible this time of year. A gripe: At 175x, fine directional adjustments require a little patience due to a little looseness in the mounting mechanism. An adult can do it, but can an 11 year-old? I don't know yet. It's not really a problem at 35x, 56x & 78x.

    Recommendations: An adult should do the initial setup and align the finderscope, which acts like a sighting scope on a rifle. Stay at the lower powers until the youngster gets familiar with it. Try it out in daylight first (just don't try to look at the sun!!!), then at big nocturnal objects like the moon.

    One other important consideration: If you are purchasing for a middle teenager or adult, don't mess with (...inexpensive)-class telescopes from all-purpose stores. Instead, research any number of good internet websites, seek help from a local astronomy club, and then go to a specialty store. (...) ... Read more


    3. Polaris NG-60A Telescope

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    Asin: B00025EILA
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Meade Instruments
    Sales Rank: 22112
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    4. Large Space Dome Play Tent

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    Asin: B00000IURW
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Pacific Play Tents
    Sales Rank: 2075
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (1)

    Lot's of fun when you get the other pieces (tunnel)
    This tent is fun, especially for us overgrown kids when we can sneak in. Mommy & daddy will fit easily and can even enter through the round openings on the side. If you get the tent, also buy at least one tunnel (ASIN: B00000IURY). Yes together they will take a good chunk of your family room, but the combo is what makes this a true fort. Might save you a trip to Chuck-e-Cheese. The tent is nice because it gives the little ones their own space to chill out in. The tent is pretty easy to put together as long as you read the very short one page instructions first. Also make sure you keep anything sharp away from the tent (like toys under the floor). Although this tent won't fall apart with regular use, it does warn against sharp objects.

    It's too bad they Pacific didn't make their tents with fabric that was just one grade better. Still the nylon used in this is thicker than what you can generally buy in stores, and the seams appear to be durable. You can take it outside, although right now it's way too cold to try. I can't wait until spring!

    I'm putting the other accessory tunnels (ASIN: B00005KGOJ) (ASIN: B000067817) on our wish list! Also the tent that is still available is this one (ASIN: B00000IUX9). It looks like the same design only more colorful. ... Read more


    5. Buzz Aldrin Ultimate Saturn V Rocket

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    Asin: B00008MII3
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Action Products Intl.
    Sales Rank: 1314
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    6. Mars 2020 Board Game

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    Asin: B00000ISUX
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Aristoplay
    Sales Rank: 1630
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (7)

    A Good Family Game
    We gave this to our daughter last Christmas. She's 9. It's one of the first games she wants to play on game nights. She's a good student, but not a genius by any means, yet still wins this game more often than her parents. She gets just the right mix of learning & play to make this a favorite game.

    Great Game
    Bought this for my 7 year old proto-astronaut... she loves it, she learns from it, and thanks to her lucky dice rolling, she usually beats me. Great game for kids interested in space/astronomy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a ball!
    Finally, here's a great family game that parents really can play with our kids--just enough luck and different levels of play to make it fun and exciting for everyone. Our oldest son plays on the top level (he knows all the questions by heart already) and my husband and I play on the middle level, while our two youngest play the non-question version (though our daughter is picking up a lot just by listening). The game isn't hard to learn and doesn't take too long. I wish there were more questions, but perhaps a booster box will come out soon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful game that challenges the whole family.
    It's best when we play as a whole family. This is a game that challenges all of us, including DAD!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A challenging fun way to learn about space
    My kids (9 yo boy and 11 yo girl) pulled this game off the shelf this summer and played it for 3 days in a row! With the varied levels of challenge, the whole family can play, and at the same time learn tons of facts about the exciting field of space exploration. The kids were answering questions better than I was! A creative way to educate, the kids and I give it a 2 thumbs up! ... Read more


    7. Play and Store Big Box Take-Along Fun: Space Mission

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    Asin: B00000IUD3
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Action Products Intl.
    Sales Rank: 2314
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (4)

    Fun but lacks durability
    I bought this for my 3 1/2 year old who is really interested in the solar system. He loves playing with these toys and treats them well. However, they are made of a "model" type quality rather than a "play" type quality. The stickers easily slide off the pieces; which easily come apart. I was also disappointed that there was not any type of information page included to describe any of the space structures and what they are used for. The box is the most durable feature. Overall the quality and educational value is poor and could be improved, but my son still loves it.

    good toy
    I bought this set for my four year old son. For the price, I couldn't ask for a better toy. The pieces seem like they would break easily if a child was too rough on them. My favorite feature is the container. He has so many toys and no place to store them. The container makes clean up easy.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
    Poor quality - pieces do not fit well and are constantly falling apart. The most durable part is the container.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My 3 1/2 year old loves this toy.
    I bought this toy at a museum store - for more money. I clicked on this toy see if it was really the same thing, but cheaper. Very solid and realistic pieces. ... Read more


    8. Kid's Astronaut Hat in White and Silver

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    Asin: B000034DKX
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Elope Inc.
    Sales Rank: 3327
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (1)

    Kinda big and what't the deal with the microphone
    My three year old is enjoying the helmet but it seems overly large. I'm 6' 220 lbs and can wear the hat comfortably, on him its really big. The microphone boom is not necessary and is an annoyance. We cut it out with a seam ripper and it worked well. Visibility is good with the hemet and the padding on the top is welcome.

    In short it's fun, but the educational value eludes me. ... Read more


    9. Jar of Stars

    Asin: B00008W74I
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: DaMert Company
    Sales Rank: 9161
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    10. Polaris 60mm AZ-D Telescope
    list price: $129.99
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    Asin: B00004TDPP
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Meade Instruments
    Sales Rank: 22353
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Meade Polaris 60 AZ-D is a quality refracting telescope for land or sky viewing. It is perfect for observing celestial objects like Saturn, Jupiter,and the moon. It has an attractive design and fits in any room. The Polaris 60AZ-D is a cost-efficient telescope for the beginner. ... Read more

    Reviews (6)

    Telescope
    Its nice and you can look at the stars and its so fun.

    3-0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for
    with this cheap and cheerful 'scope from Meade. I liked their 90-AZ-F model far more, but it's [$$$] more expensive and you have to purpose build a stable viewing platform out of red brick in order to use it, so as a compromise, the 60-AZ-D is a much better choice. For children wishing to spy on school friends two blocks down you can't go wrong with this. Does exactly what it says on the box - "Warning - this product may contain nuts."

    eyepieces serverly limit view-here are tips for you...
    not a bad little telescope but the eye pieces are of the poorest
    quality .not what i expected from a company with such a good name.
    if you use the scope with out the 3x barlow (total junk) and with out angle mirror (also very poor resoslution )and use the eye piece dirrectly its just ok . then add a stone or other near by heavy object on tripod stay and the shaking will stop..
    adjust the thumb screws so you get just enough resistance to move scope -good luck -and buy better eye pieces if you plan to keep it ..

    3-0 out of 5 stars Be aware of the limitations before you buy
    The notion of a $99 telescope is very attractive, but don't think a scope of this size and quality will deliver those stunning NASA-like images of Saturn and Jupiter you're used to seeing on TV.

    This is a modest little scope, capable of modest magnification. The 60mm (2-1/2 inch) objective lens means that the absolute maximum maginification this scope is capable of is about 100x. The spindly tripod, however, makes viewing at anything over 40x or so near impossible.

    Through this scope (and similar ones) Saturn and Jupiter will appear like little dots- about the size of a dime 10 or 15 feet away. You'll just be able to make out that Saturn has rings. Views of the Moon will be much better- you'll be able to see details in craters that can keep you busy for a long time- and some star culsters and deep-sky objets will be interesting viewing if you have a dark sky to use this scope under.

    But that tripod is still a problem. If you do buy this scope, use it sitting down, with the tripod at its shortest length, and some weights attached to stabilize it, and you'll be rewarded with a more usable scope. Still, you'll be better off saving another $100 and getting a slightly larger scope with a sturdier mounting.

    5-0 out of 5 stars telescope
    I like this twlescope a lot because of it attractive features a magnificant look. ... Read more


    11. AstroSquad Lunar Roving Vehicle

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    Asin: B00008MII5
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Action Products Intl.
    Sales Rank: 8591
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    12. Ultimate 3D Galaxy

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    Asin: B00008W74H
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: DaMert Company
    Sales Rank: 12762
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    13. Meade Polaris NGC-60 Telescope

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    Asin: B0002717US
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Meade Instruments
    Sales Rank: 29327
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