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Astrostar Starlight Projection Kit


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  • Project a map of the heavens onto your ceiling and walls
  • Astrostar starlight projector
  • Rotating base with compass-point alignments
  • Ideal for astronomy or astrology fans
  • Can also be used as a night light
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Technical Details
Item Weight299 g
Product Dimensions29 x 21.8 x 4.6 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:4 years and up
Item model numberSTARKIT
  
Additional Information
ASINB001BAJD3I
Best Sellers Rank 154,380 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight522 g
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Date First Available18 Jun. 2008
  
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These days, light pollution in our towns and cities means that far too many of us miss out on the beauty of seeing the stars twinkling in the night sky. Although we unfortunately can�t do much about this, there is one answer for anyone who wants to bring some starlight back into their life � the AstroStar.Project a map of the heavens onto your ceiling and walls with this new starlight projector. Featuring a rotating base with compass-point alignments, it�s possible to set up your AstroStar by aligning it according to your location and the time of the year so that it can project a map of the clear night�s sky all around you. It�s also fully adjustable so that you can change it to accurately track the movement of the heavens as the year progresses.The AstroStar is ideal for astronomy or astrology fans, romantics, kids who�d appreciate a nightlight with a difference or anyone who wants to bring some starlight into their home.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Thom on 4 Jan. 2011
At reciept of this gift I was thinking it was a great idea, however only after getting it out of the box did I realise how flawed the product is.

It's fair enough that the product is self-assembly, but the assembly is overly complicated, to which the assembly guide doesn't let on.
After separating the pieces I realised that the product was different (most likely a different version) than the guide, meaning that parts were differently shaped or I had less parts making me briefly think that the finished product could not be acheived. Wanting to make the most of my gift I continued even though following instructions took translation but as I proceeded I found that the step by step guide missed steps or became presumptuous, for example telling me to 'attatch "this"' - whatever "this" is. Carrying on to the point of frustration I was disappointed to realise the reliance on my own putting together of the wiring nad placing stickers on the product that meant if I didn't find the correct placement, the projection would be off-position.
I turned the "finished" base unit over (there is no bottom to the base unit meaning wires tip the stand off of it's axis) and the final part of the astrostar - the star map.
My star map was made of 3 folded hexagonal pieces, not 4 as in the guide, but I proceeded to remove the protective film around the boards. The extremely tedious job of assembling the star boards took near an hour in itself but even though I followed the instructions, I still ended up with a star dome that was delicate and had tabs (however trimmed as instructed) that I was sure would obstruct the projection.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Emma L. Pugh on 20 Feb. 2009
maybe I didnt read the product description properly, but didnt realise it was self assembly including the wiring! also the plastic part that the light shines through (to create the stars) is put together with double sided sticky tape so doesnt have the best finish and sometimes gaped.

the bulb inside is quite weak so it needs to be pretty much pitch black to get a good star coverage. i bought it to potentially have on a diner table but its not bright enough for that - probably better in a bedroom at night.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By vickie on 17 Feb. 2011
Biggest Issue: the instruction booklet differs to the product. Sent the first one back because it didnt contain all the parts listed on the first page of the booklet, second one arrived with the same issue. Thought i'd try and build it anyway, they might not be important parts. Turns out they weren't important, as there was no way of fitting them anyway. For example, it said to screw in the 'knob' into the 3rd hole. Well there was no third hole in the base, and so you couldnt do that even if the knob was included in the box. You therefore have to make half the instructions up yourself. The wiring is also over-complicated, and does not follow what the instruction booklet tells you to do, as that is impossible, again due to missing parts or non-existant holes.
Also, the top part does not actually attach to the bottom part, it just kind of sits there on top. So if you try to angle to projector, it just falls off.
There is no solid base under the product, so all the wiring is exposed, and will often move whilst you are using this and will therefore turn itself off.
the bulb is also pretty much useless, a much stronger one will need to be bought.
You will need to spend at least an hour putting this together.
Very flimsy too.
Would say definitely not a child's toy due to all the exposed wires etc.

BUT it is very pretty (although the light doesn't even reach a metre above where you place the product- definitely a naff bulb), and i'm kind of happy i bought this because image is lovely. Must get myself a bright bulb though.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Miss I. Blake on 16 Mar. 2009
I do like this but there are some downsides, you have to put it all together yourself and that can be a pain, even the electronics! took me best part of an hour to figure some of it out, but the instructions arent too bad.
so i wouldnt buy it as a gift, the recipient might be a bit dissapointed to know how much work is involved before they even try it out.
and then theres the bulb, im guessing you perhaps get a brighter bulb, but with the standard one its not particuarly bright, you would need a very dark room, bascially pitch black to see them.
having said all that its fun and not too expensive if you can put up with the negatives :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Scott on 3 Aug. 2011
I was given this as a gift, the photos made it look great, but its not.

After building the kit, it took around 1 hour 20 minutes, the last part is the hardest, the instruction werent accurate, the instructions given were actually terrible..but i managed.

All done, looks great..turned out the lights..nice dark room..pushed the power switch.." meh " ( as another customer said ) ...soo over-rated and not true to the photos as advertised on box or by astrostar. This is due to the fact the lamp is powered by a very small very low watt bulb..it is so faint that the stars are hard to make out = this cannot be called a projection kit.

The so-called stars that it " projects " arent accurate and you cant learn a thing from them..they look like specs and blobs of nothing..all blurred and faint. The light that is " projected " is a yellowy color, which doesnt help to make the stars look realistic.

What ever you do, do not buy this item - a COMPLETE and UTTER waste of time and you will be very disapointment..after building, i threw mine right in the trash.
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