FirstScope, by Celestron, is an ideal entry level astronomical Dobsonian-style telescope from a telescope maker famous for its quality Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and signature Orange tubes. The FirstScope, offers a high quality 76mm reflector optical tube, on a manual alt-azimuth mount, is portable and lightweight making it easy to store and transport. Comes with Starry Night Software. See details below. 2-year warranty.
Project Star Spectrometer
Staff Pick! This popular tool is a staff favorite as the best Spectrometer! Students can see absorption lines in the sun’s spectrum with this durable plastic spectrometer developed at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics’ Project STAR. Outstanding , affordable scientific instrument recommended for educators at all levels.
Sunspotter Solar Telescope
The safer solar telescope. Solar viewing is a great activity for amateur astronomers and school kids. Now it's safe and practical. Observers or students in a small group can view and track sunspots across the Sun. A beautiful, fascinating, and durable astronomical tool that everyone will enjoy. Shipping is included in price. See shipping exceptions and Staff Pick Review below.
Construct a Telescope Kit - set of 10
A classic classroom activity, this set of 10 easy-to-construct telescopes is the perfect tool to engage students in the basics of astronomical viewing. Materials provided include: plastic lenses; 43 mm diameter (objective), 400 mm focal length, and 17.5 mm diameter and 25 mm focal length; foam holders and cardboard spaces for eyepiece lenses; 10 plain cardboard tubes; 1 set of instructions and activities. Set of 10. Middle School and up.
Lunt 8x32 SUNoculars
Safely view and study sunspot activity, magnetic storms, eclipses, and planetary transits, with this larger size, safe viewer from Lunt, the premier manufacturer of solar telescopes and filters. If you know someone who loves to observe the Sun, this larger size makes a great viewer for safely observing daytime astronomy all year round!
RSpec Explorer Spectrometer
This easy-to-use & affordable spectrometer is perfect for Astro 101, physics, or chemistry classrooms! Its live video display engages students with real-time colorful gas tube spectra & intensity graphs. Great for demonstrations & hands-on labs. There’s virtually no learning curve: just plug it in, launch the included RSpec Explorer software & point the camera at a light source.