You may be looking for the perfect gift for your little astronomer or maybe you are looking for a great toy to get someone interested in astronomy and space. Perhaps you are homeschooling and looking for a great way to study astronomy and space. Are you a teacher looking for that great start to a lesson or a way to get your students enthused about a new space exploration topic?
There are a lot of items, toys and potential gifts on the market that could do all of the things listed above. How do you know which are scientifically accurate, will last more than a few days and provide hours of interest? The best way is to do research but this can be time-consuming. Another option is to start with a reputable manufacturer such as Uncle Milton (famous for their Moon In My Room) and read a few reviews about their products. This will give you a good idea of whether the product is good value for money or not and does exactly what it says on the box.
Uncle Milton’s Star Theater Pro allows you to bring the night sky indoors – useful if you live in an area of high light pollution which means you very often cannot see the stars even if you went out to look! Whereas, the Night Sky Navigator allows you to select the date and then use the resulting image to identify the stars above you on a clear night.
The Star Theater Pro is a portable projector that enables you with the use of discs to project the night sky directly onto your ceiling or wall turning your home into your very own planetarium. You can enjoy an awesome starry night scene (rotating field of 10,000 stars) from the comfort of your own home/bed. There is even a soundtrack included which can be played in conjunction with the 30 or 60 minute auto shut off feature to allow you to drift gently off to sleep – great for kids who are scared of the dark.
If you actually want to get outside and do some real star-gazing though then you need a map, star chart or other navigation aid such as Uncle Milton’s Night Sky Navigator. With this navigation tool it couldn’t be easier to explore the night sky and accurately locate all those stars and constellations. Set the date and time of day on the unit and you will get an accurate reference image all year-round (be aware that this unit is for the northern hemisphere only). Once you have located the celestial object you want to study you can turn on the narration feature and start learning.
So all you have to decide is whether you want to study your stars and constellation indoors or outdoors!
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