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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
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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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By Nathan's mom
from Guilford, IN
About Me Parent
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.
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from Chicago, IL
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.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
By Jen M
from Chicagoland, IL
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
A little disappointed
from chicago, il
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.
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.
Really cool toy until it falls apart
About Me Education Oriented, Educator, Parent, Thrifty
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!
Merchant response: Hi TraciPlease email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd like to get you a new Pocket Scope!
Great fun..for 15 minutes
from Barre, VT
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.
Merchant response: Hello Don, We are so sorry for the experience with your scope. Could you please email us at CS@educationalinsights.com or call 800-995-4436? We’ll gladly take it back or send out a replacement. Thank you.
what a bummer
from los angeles
About Me Education Oriented
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.
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Falls Apart Easily - NON Lasting Fun
from Danville, CA
About Me Educator, Parent
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.
Merchant response: Oh, no! We'd be happy to replace the scope for you and your daughter! Please email email@example.com so we can take turn your daughter's tears into smiles as soon as possible!
How do you put it back together?
By Disappointed parent
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.
Merchant response: We're so sorry that you are disappointed. You're right that the scope was not intended to be unassembled, but kids are curious! We will take your comment to heart and keep it in mind in the design of future products. Our apologies.
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