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Galileoscope

Postby m31 » Wed May 20, 2009 9:20 pm

Read in the s@n that the IYA2009 is offering the Galileoscope for $15. Excellent - by one for my 3.5year old son, 7year old god-daughter (as a surpise) and one for myself. $45. nice

Then on top of that $40 for shipping and delivery!!!!

Is there anyone in the uk that is providing these scopes?

I just think $40 delivery for 3 scopes is way too steep.

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RE: Galileoscope

Postby jon d » Wed May 20, 2009 9:36 pm

Yeah its a really good deal.. thing is I ordered mine at the end of February and it hasnt arrived yet - they reckon it'll only arrive in June/July
The whole thing is being run by volunteers who have fulltime jobs and are giving their free time to the project. Its taken a while to get them all made, and I believe they're just starting to ship them out now

I really dont want to discourage anyone from buying one though - they have had massive numbers of orders, they sound like excellent little scopes and it is for a really good cause! you may just have to be patient. I imagine now that the ball is rolling properly it wont be as much of a delay for new orders. I had a look for UK suppliers before I ordered, but there werent any around at that stage.. that may have changed now that they've started shipping though

they have updates on the website every now and then.. you may be able to find something there
[url=https://www.galileoscope.org/]https://www.galileoscope.org/[/url]
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RE: Galileoscope

Postby jon d » Fri May 29, 2009 11:26 am

Bit of an update on the Galileoscopes:

[url=http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/05/28/get-a-galileoscope-hurry/]http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/05/28/get-a-galileoscope-hurry/[/url]

If you're planning on buying one, best get in quickly..
I expect after Phil Plait's many minions managed to swamp the [url=https://www.galileoscope.org/gs/products]site[/url] so much that it froze, they've probably had a fair few orders to keep them going though :)

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RE: Galileoscope

Postby lukeskywatcher » Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:30 pm

I just saw these scopes in the latest S@N issue. I'm thinking of buying one purelty for historical reasons (its a replica of the scope Galileo used). Its a 2" scope so i'm sure it can be used to at least observe the moon but its more of an ornament.

I guess it is just something to have really.


P.S.~~~I'm sure Galileo didnt have a 2X barlow with his scope. Hey maybe the one with THIS scope will work better then the one i have already for my scope.
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