I took my eleven year old granddaughter out to observe this afternoon with her 4 inch dob. I made the telescope for her. I set out a pair of 7X35 Bushnell Sportview binoculars and an old deactivated Android phone with SkEye installed. We aimed the telescope at the moon and that was a hit but what she really got into and spent most of her time doing was looking at stars with the binoculars and identifying them with SkEye. This child is intrigued by stars, she will pass up Jupiter and Saturn to hop from star to star; the brighter the better. She spent about an hour with those binoculars and that old phone. What really made me bust with pride was when she asked for a spiral notebook so she could journal what she was finding in the sky. Later in the afternoon she overheard me telling her mother that I was going to give her the binoculars; her head snapped around and in a tone of disbelief she said I can take home the binoculars? I said yes sweetheart you can take home the binoculars and the phone to which she replied in disbelief "I can take the phone home!?". She proved she was interested, she proved she could successfully use them, and she demonstrated a very good attention span for her age; what kind of Grandfather would I be if I did not send the binoculars and the SkEye phone home with her?
I am sure that these binos will do double duty. Her father is an avid hunter and she often goes with him. In the past she has used her Dad's binoculars and she knows how to properly adjust and focus them; now she will not have to share.
Yes she is aware that 911 is the only number you can dial on a deactivated phone.
Edited by Steve F, 24 December 2015 - 01:28 AM.