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Pinhole Planetarium - Intermediate
Decorate your walls with 10,000 bright stars with this Pinhole Planetarium Kit from Gakken's series of Science for Adults kits! The Pinhole Planetarium uses a small light bulb and a micro-perforated dodecahedron to cast the stars, galaxies, and constellations of the northern hemisphere onto your walls. The stellar globe can be set to project the northern hemisphere night sky for any location, date, or time.
The planetarium was designed using records from JAXA, a Japanese space and aviation research institute, and Takayuki Ohira who created the Megastar planetarium, to ensure high accuracy and a comprehensive collection of cosmic bodies. Both kids and adults love seeing their rooms, living rooms, or offices covered in stars and the pin hole planetarium also adds a level of accuracy that makes it interesting and unique.
While the instructions with this product come in Japanese (great for practicing your Kana & Kanji reading skills!) Gakken has thoughtfully provided an English guide for download so you can quickly set up your in-home planetarium.
Gakken is a Japanese publishing company founded in 1946. In the 1970s, they began selling educational toys, books, magazines, and electronic kits. Their kits are known for their smart design and relative ease of use and have a large cult following both in Japan and the United States.
- User's Manual (Jun 18, 2010)
When I first turned it on I was a little underwhelmed to be honest. Then I turned off all my lights and tried messing around with putting it closer to the wall and got some neat effects. Corners seem to be the best but of course half the fun is trying different areas to see how good you can get it.
After the entire experience I'd still spend the $50 as you get to make it yourself, take some pride as well as show it off to your friends for fun. Could be a cute dorky way to impress a date!
PROS: -Fun for astronomy enthusiast
-Fairly easy to put together
-Looks really cool lit up in a corner
CONS: -Instructions can be confusing
-Light bulb is not very bright
-Plastic build, may be easily broken if something lands on it