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Tobar Mirascope

3.9 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • A fascinating optical illusion device and just the sort of scientific curiosity we love.
  • . Any item of a suitable size placed in the base appears to float above it totally unsuspended.
  • Viewed from the right angle it is so effective that the impulse to reach out and touch it is almost irresistible.
  • Cleverly packaged to demonstrate the effect - the red pompom always rolls to the centre of the parabolic mirrors.
  • Measures 15cm.

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Technical Details
Item Weight240 g
Product Dimensions16.4 x 16.2 x 7.6 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:3 years and up
Item model number09570
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB000VOANVG
Best Sellers Rank 105,400 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight240 g
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Date First Available3 Sept. 2007
  
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  • Warning: This toy does not provide protection

Product Description

Product Description

Tobar 09570 MIRASCOPE, A fascinating optical illusion device and just the sort of scientific curiosity we love, Any item of a suitable size placed in the base appears to float above it totally unsuspended, Viewed from the right angle it is so effective that the impulse to reach out and touch it is almost irresistible, Cleverly packaged to demonstrate the effect - the red pompom always rolls to the centre of the parabolic mirrors, that are the key to the secret, Measures 15cm.

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1X Tobar 09570 MIRASCOPE


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An interesting little device, which is rather interesting when people first see it in operation. I found it fun for five miniutes in each place I used it: home, office etc. It's a bit flimsy & the plastic mirror surface is easy scratched which ruins the effect. Don't wipe the mirror surface with a paper towel it produces multi scratches in the surface & you get a cloudy image projected.
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The product did eactly what I bought it to do. When friends are round it becomes a conversation point and will almost always fool them. The toy had a minimal educational value as how it works is not explained but how often do you buy a toy for educational value? Toys are meant for fun. The only complaint I have is the inside mirrors are made of foil which is very easily scratched. I left a pound coin in there and when tipped the pound coin scratches the foils surface. Despite this the Mirascope is an amazing product built just for fun.
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When you put something into the Mirascope, slowly turn it around. Depending the angle you look at it, at some point the object seems to be actually on the outside of the top opening. That's the spot you should be looking at it. Remember, you have to look at it from the side, not directly from the top.

One downside perhaps is the fact that the mirror surface is prone to scratching, so it is a toy to play for few weeks.
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This caused great amusement with the children at Christmas. We placed many items on the mirror and watched the childrens amazed faces when they realised they could not physically feel the item when it looked like it was standing up in front of them.
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The MIRASCOPE IS indeed educational: the optics is/are elegant: the object (at pole of the lower mirror) is at the focal point of the facing concave mirror, and the aperture (at the pole of the upper mirror) is at the focal point of the lower (equal) mirror.
so separation of the two poles is focal length of each mirror ie R/2

There is NO hologram: nothing is recorded/reconstructed, and there is no need for coherent (laser) light! Some adverts put in "hologram" - just a gimmick!

The observational value is high: just note how the image is real (can be cast onto paper) and has the correct chirality (ie no change of handedness) but is rotated 180 deg about the common axis of the mirrors
cf simple optical bench set-up with a convex lens, with real object/real image

There are internet sites explaining the optics, with good ray diagrams ( as of old!)
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This is a toy based on an optical illusion
Small objects placed in the device appear to float above the surface
Great fun watching people trying to grab an object that isn't there
One star lost because the parabolic mirrors are difficult to clean without damaging them and spoiling the effect
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It's fine, creates a hologram but not as clear as I would've hoped. You have to be at the "perfect" angle to see it it seems. Pity, but only a few quid so can't complain too much.
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Item is boxed inside a white box not the beautiful and informative red box as in the picture.
Be warned that the item is smaller than normal 6 inch standard ones. This is only 4" in diameter.
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