The main thing that can be said about the DIY Telescope, is that you get a lot for a very cheap price. Let’s check it out:
What I like about this telescope is that everything can be assembled. The tripod, the diagonal eyepiece, the finder scope and so on. It’s makes the assembling task become a stage that the kid should accomplish, like building a puzzle. There is no reason to be worried. The assembling should be an easy process and the instructions are written on the beautiful white box that carry the different parts.
Assembling is nice, but what about the telescope itself?
The aperture diameter is 60mm, which is almost average among kid’s telescope. There’s 3 eyepieces included for three different magnifications – x20, x30, x40. I can assume that the x40 eyepiece is going to be useless for 60mm aperture. However, you can have really nice observations with the two other eyepieces.
The finder scope can be sometimes necessary for finding targets in the sky.
What can we see with the DIY telescope?
If all the steps, from assembling to finding a target in the sky has been done right, you should be able to see the moon surface and planets in the solar system. For this need you can change between both eyepieces in order to get the best image. For “further” targets, you can try the weak eyepiece (x20) and a very clear night with no clouds at all.
|DIY telescope for kids|
|Item Dimensions||12x8x3 inches|
|Ages||8+ (Manufacturer's recommendation)|
|Included Items||Finder scope, 3 evepieces, user manual, tripod|
|Price||View price on Amazon|
The DIY telescope can generate a lot of fun to your kids. The assembling itself can be very fun, and the fact that the telescope comes with so many different parts making it interesting for young children. However, it’s still hard to define this telescope as an entry-level instrument, as you can get much better telescopes with a small investment. The manufacturer recommends 8 to be the minimal age for this kit. I don’t know about his considerations (maybe safety issues) but I think younger children can find it fun as well, and older children may need to try more advance telescopes.