Monday, April 24, 2017

Celestron FirstScope Telescope & a Birthday Month Giveaway of Their EclipSmart Deluxe Solar Observing & Imaging Kit on May 29, 2017

My grandsons are into science. They love science projects, they love to talk about sciency things, they enjoy watching science shows; basically they are extremely interested in all things science. 

One area of science which they find extremely interesting is space. My eight-year old grandson things it would be amazing to be able to travel to Mars. But, short of doing this he loves the opportunity to star-gaze. So, when I had the opportunity to receive and review a telescope from Celestron, I knew my grandsons were going to be thrilled!

Celestron sent me their FirstScope Telescope - a perfect first telescope - to try with my grandsons and then let you know all about it. I am still waiting for the opportunity to use it with my grandsons as pretty much every weekend they have been at my house since it arrived, it has been cloudy or someone has been sick. But, since I do not want to wait any longer to let you know about this telescope, I'm going to write about it today and then again when I can share with you what happens when my grandsons are able to give it a try.

FirstScope Telescope
Made by - Celestron

Favorite Features -
  • Easy to use
  • Great, portable size
  • Comes with two eyepieces
  • Affordable and priced as an entry-level telescope
  • Puts the "fun" in exploring space from a family's backyard!
Celestron says; "In 1609, world-renowned Italian scientist, Galileo Galilei, introduced an elementary telescope to the growing astronomy community which sparked interest into the mysterious night sky for centuries to come. Four centuries later, Celestron offers the portable FirstScope Telescope. The FirstScope pays tribute to Galileo Galilei and many of history’s most notable astronomers and scientists by displaying their names around the optical tube. We honor the contributions of these men and women, who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us. The FirstScope is a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy. It is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object, making the viewing experience a snap! The FirstScope Telescope comes complete with two eyepieces, 20 mm and 4 mm, allowing for magnification up to 75x. This quality Dobsonian-style telescope features a 76 millimeter optical tube with enough light gathering ability to view all the best celestial objects like the rings of Saturn and the Orion Nebula. FirstScope is a perfect option for any entry-level astronomer. The compact design makes it easy enough to take with you on your next outdoor adventure. FirstScope is also stylish enough to be a decorative fixture on your bookshelf or desk."

I love how easy the FirstScope is to use - it encourages imagination, learning and dreaming as it introduces children (and adults) to exploring the night sky. I am looking forward to being able to actually see the rings of Saturn or the Orion Nebula - as both are able to be seen with the FirstScope! Can you imagine how cool it would be to have the FirstScope at your next bonfire and campout! Just think about the memories you will be able to create for the children you love by helping them explore and discover the night sky - from your backyard!

I plan to use it all summer - and will write about it to let you know the things we "discover" leading up to the solar eclipse in August. 

And, in regards to the eclipse, I'm very happy to announce Celestron is making available their EclipSmart Deluxe Solar Observing & Imaging Kit (USA only). Celestron describes this kit as; "The EclipSmart deluxe three piece sun observing and imaging kit includes one pair of hard frame, wrap-around style solar glasses, a uniquely designed solar imaging filter, and a solar Eclipse booklet with all the information you need for the upcoming North American Eclipse. Both the glasses and the photo filter are made with Celestron’s ISO certified solar safe film ensuring safe viewing of the solar Eclipse. Solar safe technology eclipsmart solar products feature solar safe filter technology providing the ultimate protection from harmful solar radiation, including both IR and UV light, and filters 99.999% of intense visible light. Celestron solar safe filter technology is guaranteed safe for direct solar observation and has been independently tested by Sai global assurance services."

If you are over the age of 18 and would like to enter this drawing - which will be on May 292017, please comment below to tell me what you might do to celebrate and watch the eclipse with your grandchildren - I think a camp out the night before and an eclipse watching party might be in store for us.

In addition if you have followed on Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab in the "Find us on Facebook" box ON THE BLOG or at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email you will receive one entry for each of these which you have done. Plus, if you "share" this post, you'll receive another entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win one EclipSmart Deluxe Solar Observing & Imaging Kit and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away! Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know! 


  1. My son loves space… You can see a video of him with his sticker planets on my Facebook today. We are going to visit South Carolina to be in the direct path of the eclipse in August. We will celebrate by spending time with family and learning more about God's creation. We'd be so excited to win this giveaway. I follow on Facebook, email and will share this post. Thanks so much!

  2. My son loves anything to do with science so he would love this. Would be fun to camp in the backyard and use it

  3. We will have a "night party" in our backyard, with movies about space, some crafts and observation of course .

  4. Follow you on Google Friend Connect (gala)

  5. I follow on Facebook (gala ya)

  6. shared