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GeoSafari® Pocket Scope

GeoSafari® Pocket Scope

Item #5272  | Ages 6+
$14.99
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Portable scope is the perfect tool for exploring science on the go—and even sleuthing!
  • Functions as both an 8x telescope and a precision 30x microscope

  • Supports bird-watching and other outdoor life science activities

  • Reveals minute details on stamps, coins, insects, skin and more

  • Grades 3+
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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
GeoSafari® Pocket Scope
 
2.7

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

37%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Lasting fun (4)

Cons

  • Flimsy (10)
  • Poor design (6)

Best Uses

  • Outside (11)
  • Home (9)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (15), Education oriented (4), Educator (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fun for my son, but quality not the greatest

My 7-yr old son received this pocket scope. The pocket clip fell off almost immediately, but the telescope / microscope component of this pen has held up for a couple weeks now. ...Read complete review

My 7-yr old son received this pocket scope. The pocket clip fell off almost immediately, but the telescope / microscope component of this pen has held up for a couple weeks now. He enjoys playing spy games and has added it to his spy toy collection. It doesn't seem like the sturdiest toy, but it's held up thus far, in terms of use and enjoyment. However, it's more of a novelty toy. The pen can't be focused, so the microscope component of this only works if you put something on the table and put this directly on top of it. You could really only look at a dollar bill, or insect wing, or something very flat like that, so it has limited usefulness. The telescope end of the pen also does not focus, but it seems OK for looking at things that are far away. My son would give this 5 stars for fun, and I give it 3 stars for quality, so we compromised at 4 stars.

My son received this as a product tester, in exchange for an honest review. This opinion is all our own.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not recomended

While the scope is fun, it easily comes apart, which is fine if you can put it back together. Unfortunately, there are no directions for how to do so. I called the...Read complete review

While the scope is fun, it easily comes apart, which is fine if you can put it back together. Unfortunately, there are no directions for how to do so. I called the company and was told that "there are no directions. It is not supposed to come apart."

My son and I were looking forward to seeing the sequence and reassembling it together.

I would not recommend it. If it was not supposed to come apart, then the eyepiece should be glued and not threaded, which easily comes off with the curiousity of a young person wondering how it is made.

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3.0

Disappointment

By Nathan's mom

from Guilford, IN

About Me Parent

Pros

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Outside

    Comments about GeoSafari® Pocket Scope:

    My son (7) had fun with this the day it arrived. He really hasn't picked it up since. I gave it a try and found it hard to look through and really couldn't see anything. I think he had the same problem. When the scope arrived, it was not in the factory package. It split open and the scope was loose and had come apart. I'm not sure if it was put back together correctly because it came with no type of "manual" or instructions on how to put it together or how to use it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    3.0

    Needs work

    By EH

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Parent

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

        Comments about GeoSafari® Pocket Scope:

        This is a great concept but needs some work on execution. It's finicky and needs too much work to get objects in focus. Also felt flimsy and I was worried that it would easily break. My kids are very gentle on toys and they both said they were worried about twisting it too far and it falling apart.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Fun for my son, but quality not the greatest

        By Jen M

        from Chicagoland, IL

        About Me Parent

        Pros

        • Educational
        • Encourages creative play
        • Fun

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Outside

        Comments about GeoSafari® Pocket Scope:

        My 7-yr old son received this pocket scope. The pocket clip fell off almost immediately, but the telescope / microscope component of this pen has held up for a couple weeks now. He enjoys playing spy games and has added it to his spy toy collection. It doesn't seem like the sturdiest toy, but it's held up thus far, in terms of use and enjoyment. However, it's more of a novelty toy. The pen can't be focused, so the microscope component of this only works if you put something on the table and put this directly on top of it. You could really only look at a dollar bill, or insect wing, or something very flat like that, so it has limited usefulness. The telescope end of the pen also does not focus, but it seems OK for looking at things that are far away. My son would give this 5 stars for fun, and I give it 3 stars for quality, so we compromised at 4 stars.

        My son received this as a product tester, in exchange for an honest review. This opinion is all our own.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        3.0

        A little disappointed

        By scubagal

        from chicago, il

        About Me Parent

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Assemble
        • Out Of The Box Ready

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Outside

          Comments about GeoSafari® Pocket Scope:

          It didn't come with any instructions, so it was a bit confusing at first, we were able to figure out what side to look thru by using the picture on the package. It works ok as a telescope for far away, but the microscope part my kids couldn't figure out how to see anything up close, it was all a blur. It was tricky for them to figure out how to focus (8 yo girl, 6 yo boy), eventually they gave up. We have a big backyard, so it was fun to look at things far away, but eventually they became frustrating with the lack of focus they could control and cast it aside.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          3.0

          Needs directions

          By Rachel

          from Iowa

          Pros

          • Works As Telescope

          Cons

          • Flimsy
          • No directions

          Best Uses

          • Outside

          Comments about GeoSafari® Pocket Scope:

          I received this product for my son in exchange for an honest review. He was very excited to try it as soon as it arrived. We got it out of the packaging and I noticed there were no instructions other than a few pictures on the back. The telescope end seems to work ok. We could not figure out how to see anything through the microscope end. I did turn the tube a little, but feared it might come apart after reading other reviews. It seemed to bring things into focus a little more but not enough to see details on small objects. My son had fun with the telescope end but was frustrated with the microscope end.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          3.0

          Really cool toy until it falls apart

          By Traci

          from Alabama

          About Me Education Oriented, Educator, Parent, Thrifty

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Falls apart easily
          • No directions
          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Outside
          • Travel

          Comments about GeoSafari® Pocket Scope:

          My son received this for Christmas - it worked great - so exciting to see him inspecting EVERYTHING!!!
          But then as he was focusing, it fell apart and a bunch of pieces came tumbling out. We have tried numerous times to reinsert the tubes and lenses - unsuccessfully.
          It should have directions for just this problem!
          And maybe glue the ends on!!!
          Very disappointing to lose such a fun and educational toy in this way!
          I say I would recommend to a friend BUT only if they immediately glue in the screw caps first!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

           
          1.0

          Great fun..for 15 minutes

          By Don

          from Barre, VT

          About Me Parent

          Pros

            Cons

            • Flimsy
            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

              Comments about GeoSafari® Pocket Scope:

              The first one I bought was completely out of focus, not matter what you did, you could not use it, so I brought it back to give it another shot.
              This one worked fine and is a great item, but fell apart in 15 minutes. If the company could manage to make it more durable since the main users are children, that would be helpful. I hate throwing money away, but one, hour and a half trip to replace it is all I'm going to do..the second one ended up in the garbage after just an hour....15 minutes of use and 45 minutes of trying to put it back together to make it work.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              Comment on this review

               
              2.0

              what a bummer

              By EduMama

              from los angeles

              About Me Education Oriented

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Flimsy

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Outside

              Comments about GeoSafari® Pocket Scope:

              My son loved his telescope, until it broke. He was looking at absolutely everything with it, which was pretty fun to watch. Anyway, I went online to see how I could put it back together, but there are no directions anywhere online. Bummer.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Falls Apart Easily - NON Lasting Fun

              By Jennbible

              from Danville, CA

              About Me Educator, Parent

              Pros

                Cons

                • Falls apart easily
                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                  Comments about GeoSafari® Pocket Scope:

                  My daughter is in tears because I can not figure out how to put the pieces back in. If only there were a re-assembly sheet. We had it for nearly 20 minutes and it fell apart. Please Help.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  2.0

                  How do you put it back together?

                  By Disappointed parent

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Parent

                  Pros

                  • Educational

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about GeoSafari® Pocket Scope:

                    Like other reviewers said, it fell apart and I can't get it back together so that it works correctly. I do not want a replacement as I'm not into wasting. I do not want to keep throwing this toy away. Instead, I think it would behoove the company to find out how to put it together and provide us instructions.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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