Created by professional astronomers for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, the Galileoscope telescope kit provides a high-quality, low-cost kit suitable for both optics education and celestial observation. Use it to recreate some of Galileo's ground-breaking observations: craters and mountain on the lunar surface, phases of Venus, moons orbiting Jupiter, Saturn's rings, and more. The kit includes everything you need to build a refracting (lens-based) telescope, no tools or glue required!
Telescope features a 2-inch diameter primary lens with a 500 mm focal length and comes with a 20 mm eyepiece for 25x magnification and a 2x Barlow lens for 50x magnification. The assembled telescope can be mounted on any standard tripod for viewing ease. Don't use a telescope to observe the Sun without special filters!
Guide to using a Galileoscope from NOAO (PDF)
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WARNING: The glass optics in this product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
I have 2 of these in my classroom, they are so easy to use and FABULOUS for teaching how telescopes work. They’re pretty sturdy too...speaking from experience because teenagers drop stuff sometimes. Great views of the moon and Jupiter and it connects easily to a tripod. I think it would be a good starter scope for a kid!