ASTRONOMY Christmas Gifts Under $200!

Great gift ideas for discovering both inner and outer space

Confused about what to get your family and friends for Christmas? Here’s some cool products the team at BINTEL have put together as suggestions.

$100 or less

Kenko Pocket Microscope 60X-120X – $49

A handy way discover the small and fascinating world around us. Great for all ages. Runs off a single AAA battery. Pocket sized and comes with a wrist strap too

Astronomy 2022 – $32

The latest edition is THE guide to what’s going on above our heads in the next 12 months.  A full set of sky charts for the entire year and complete listing of major astronomical events. Great reading for beginners and expert alike since 1991.

28 Piece Celestron Microscope Kit – $89

Conduct dozens of your own experiments with the 28 Piece Celestron Microscope Kit. Includes a metal bodied microscope with 3 objective lenses (100x, 600x, and 1200x). Examine the 5 prepared slides or create your own using the 7 blank slides and cover slips. Also includes fun accessories like a 2x magnifying glass, plastic scalpel, and more.

Audubon Bird Call  – $18

A truly unique gift idea! Invented by Roger Eddy in 1947 and still made by the Eddy family in Rhode Island USA. When twisted, this remarkable little birchwood and metal instrument makes a variety of sounds similar to wild birds. The Audobon Bird Call is hand made and each one is unique. In Australia, this works particularly well on honeyeaters, thornbills, fairy-wrens, emu-wrens, grasswrens, scrubwrens, gerygones, whistlers, and occasionally even Tyto owls will come in to check it out at night if you’re quiet!

Celestron FirstScope – $129 including delivery

The perfect beginner’s telescope and an ideal introduction to astronomy. Sits on the ground or table and highly portable. It’s a real telescope too – not a “toy” and comes with a full Celestron warranty. You’ll get unforgettable views of the Moon, planets and many deep-sky objects too.

Saxon 707 – $199

Another great beginner’s telescope, this is  complete 70mm telescope bundle. Has everything you need to start observing. Tripod, mount, eyepieces and finder all included. Don’t forget you can say $50 on BINTEL telescope bags when purchased with the Saxon 707 as well.

Nikon Aculon A211 7×50 Binoculars -$179

Going to the cricket this summer or heading away into the country?  A classic pair of binoculars for scenery or sports viewing.  Lightweight, includes a case and neck strap.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.

BIG Telescopes are on the way. Here’s some of them.

We’ve all be stunned by the images sent back by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – but what’s happening on the ground? First of all, let’s look at why astronomers go through such enormous effort to put telescopes into space. The complexities of designing a telescope to work in space, launching it into orbit…

JWST Image releases: What’s next?

The James Webb Space Telescope – JWST – is now fully operational and has released its first science images this week that grabbed the world’s attention. With the JWST now “Open for business”, the world’s best astronomers are lining up to use this powerful new instrument.  To use the JWST you must go through a…

Astrophotography – Starlight meets the computer

According to the American Astronomical Society, the  charged couple device or CCD   was born on 17 October 1969 at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey during a brain storming session between Willard Boyle and George Smith.  While it was originally intended as a solid state storage device, the imaging possibilities quickly became obvious. (Boyle…

Spotting Scopes and Binoculars – what’s the difference?

Most people are familiar with binoculars.  You might have even used a pair at the footy or cricket,  to watch  some of our wonderful native Australian birds and wildlife or even stare up the  night sky. We get many questions about when you should be using a spotting scope compared to binoculars. There’s no simple…

Astrophotography – Revealing the Universe

In the last blog post available here we covered how astronomers gradually used new discoveries in photographic techniques to not just record what could be seen at the telescope’s eyepiece but to capture even fainter details than humans could perceive. Like new technologies tend to do, once photography became commonly available advances in materials and…

Harmonic Drive Telescope Mounts

What do the ZWO AM5, the iOptron HEM27 telescope mounts and the wheels of the Apollo Lunar Rover have in common? They’re all driven by a Harmonic Drive. There’s been a lot of excitement about the recent announcement of affordable telescope mounts using Harmonic Drives.  These mounts offer some features that make them of great…

📷 Astrophotography – The Early Days

Humans have produced star maps, charts, drawings and other records of the unchanging night sky above us going back to ancient times. However,  even the most talented artists were limited to what could be seen with their eyes. Early pioneers of using the telescope for astronomy quickly discovered they needed to record and share their…

⊚ The Changing Rings of Saturn

Saturn takes 29 years to orbit the Sun. The view we see of it rings changes during this time for the same reason we have seasons. Like the Earth, Saturn is on a tilt.  Image of Saturn’s changing rings by Kevin Parker When you take your telescope out to view Saturn this winter, you might…

⚫️ First Image of Our Super Massive Black Hole

Image of the super massive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way released by a global research team EHT Collaboration 12th May 2022.  Our home galaxy, The Milky Way, has long thought to contain a super massive black hole. This is something observed not just in the Milky Way, but in many other…

How many stars can I see in the night sky?

How many stars can you count? Have you ever been under a completely dark night sky, on a night with no Moon light?  There’s nothing quite like that carpet of stars that stretches from horizon to horizon with the cloudy Milky Way running through the middle. But just how many stars can you see at…

Shopping cart
There are no products in the cart!
Continue shopping
0