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on 16 February 2014
Bought as a Xmas present for young grandchild, who thankfully thought it good. Was disappointed with the display which was badly lit and indistinct. An expensive lesson to learn!
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on 3 October 2014
Rubbish item which did not work. However money refunded immediately so no problem there
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The `Star Theater2' is somewhat flimsy and is definitely a toy rather than an astronomy instrument, but it can provide factual instruction and much fun for its targetted 8+ years audience. When examining the planetarium's globe from the outside (where else!) it seems everything is handed, yet as the wand light shines from the centre it casts correct images. The best position for use is close to a ceiling which makes it easiest to see images clearly and it limits the field of vision to more of a circle similar to star charts. No doubt a dome would allow more meaningful presentation, though second best is my small Utility Room. Constellations on the globe seek to represent brighter stars as larger `blobs' but there are inaccuracies, and its tilted position attempts to show which stars are always above the horizon (circumpolar) and those that appear to dip below. This is reasonably demonstrated though reality depends on the latitude of the observer (from the North Pole all stars are circumpolar). Turning the stem of the `Star Theater2' illustrates how stars appear to wheel around (including those invisible during the day). The unit may also be used to rotate through the Zodiac clusters though it is difficult to identify constellations. Recommended use outdoors is impracticable in spite of `blobs' being luminous painted, and the attached compass tends to jam. On the globe the North Star (Polaris) is set in line with the wand light, which itself is on a stem set at an angle of approx. 50 degrees (London is between 51 and 52 degrees latitude). The planetarium gives only a fixed view, but instructions with the accompanying CD explain how to view and what constellations to look for at various seasons and also for specific dates and times. Approximations are adequate but the date selector and time ring lack precision and so only a general guide is possible. The `Meteor Maker' is a bit of a gimmick but may entertain younger users. The booklet provided includes helpful information on best times for viewing meteor showers as well as planet positions and names of brightest stars. I believe earlier reviews are somewhat harsh, though the product is only average and hence my average 3-star rating (no pun intended!). From my schoolboy days I recall my father demonstrating a type of planisphere transposing stars and constellations onto a flat surface. This was made up of rotating circular charts with a vernier scale with accurate date and time divisions selected by sharp pointers. I remember this as more awe-inspiring than the `Star Theater2'.
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on 3 January 2016
I bought this for my granddaughter for Christmas, and when she opened on Christmas Day it just didn't work at all. How disappointing and upsetting for a 8 year old, and for me purchasing this Uncle Milton Star Theater 2, a waste of money and time.
Would not recommend this to anyone.
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on 15 August 2014
not good at all
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on 10 December 2015
Perfect present just what we wanted and great delivery.
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on 3 September 2015
did not do as it says it will, very disappointed..
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