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National Geographic Talking Planetarium

$49.95 Sale Price:   $39.99

Price: $49.95 Sale Price:   $39.99

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Bring the night sky indoors as a rotating star-dome projects Northern Hemisphere constellations on the ceiling. Our talking planetarium tells space stories about 24 images from the National Geographic archives. Includes a red-dot star pointer and CD-ROM planetarium software with customizable sky map display.


WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—small parts not for children under 3 years.


For ages 8 and up. Four AA batteries, not included. 8"W x 9"D x 11"H.


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National Geographic Talking Planetarium
 
2.1

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

13%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor design (4)
    • Flimsy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Family (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Grandparent (3), Parent of two or more children (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes (8)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not what I expected

    By Mike Moore

    from Morgan Hill, California

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy Assembly

    Cons

    • Poor Instructions
    • Unrealistic

    Best Uses

    • Family Time
    • Indoor

    Comments about National Geographic Talking Planetarium:

    I was hoping to use this planetarium as a tool of learning for my grandson. I was disappointed by the emphasis on astrology and not astronomy. The cd is a very interesting addition, but seems unrelated to the rest of the equipment, andis NOT compatible with Apple computers operating system.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Talking Planetarium

    By Danh54

    from Hogansville, Ga

    About Me Grandparent

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Fun
    • Interactive
    • Realistic

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Time
      • Young Children

      Comments about National Geographic Talking Planetarium:

      Gift for daughter and granddaughter.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Planetarium

      By Fred the Grandpa

      from Lebanon, PA in central PA

      About Me Grandparent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • NONE

        Comments about National Geographic Talking Planetarium:

        The planetarium was IMPOSSIBLE to assemble. I read and reread the directions and I could not get the sphere to attach to the base. Maybe some pieces were missing. I called the manufacturer AND National Geographic and no one could tell me how to assemble the planetarium.

        I was very disappointed because my granddaughter is very interested in the boundless universe.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Planetarium makes a person dizzy!

        By LM

        from Ventura, CA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flimsy
          • Moves Too Fast
          • Must Be Close To Ceiling
          • Poor Design
          • Unrealistic

          Best Uses

            Comments about National Geographic Talking Planetarium:

            Unless it is placed within 3 feet of the ceiling the names of the constellations are unreadable. It spins much too fast.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Very poorly made and designed

            By Stargazer

            from Indiana

            About Me Grandparent Ng Reader, Have Every Issue Since 18, Ng Reader For 60 Years

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Battery Consumption
              • Battery Lasted 2 Hours
              • Cheaply Made
              • Flimsy
              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

                Comments about National Geographic Talking Planetarium:

                I had wanted one for several years. Received as Christmas gift. Motor didn't work. I imagined being able to see the stars on the ceiling all night long. New batteries last about 2 hours, Needs to have A/C power adapter. Returned for credit.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Missed the mark

                By grandpa ken

                from Clevenad, Ohio

                About Me Education Oriented, Grandparent, Parent Of Two Or More Children

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • East To Assemble
                • Easy Assembly
                • Fun Concept

                Cons

                • Dvd Not Child Friendly
                • No Easy Focus
                • Voice Annoying
                • Voice Just Repeats

                Best Uses

                • Creative Development
                • Family Time
                • Group Activity
                • Indoor

                Comments about National Geographic Talking Planetarium:

                Grandchildren could get into sleeping bags and watch the night sky move across the ceiling as a voice carried them through the story of the constellations.
                However the voice just repeated the same message and was just annoying.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Disappointing

                By Lisa G

                from Central PA

                About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about National Geographic Talking Planetarium:

                    I bought this for my son last year for Christmas, he was about to turn 10. He loves science & planetariums and we thought this would be neat to be able to use at home. Well, maybe it would be if we happened to have a completely empty, or extremely large room, preferably with a domed ceiling. In his room, which is a decent size, half of the display was on his walls, which have pictures, windows & doors on them. I was hoping it'd be more just on the ceiling so you could really see it all. Also, the recorded narration was rather limited & once you listened to it you didn't really need to again. It needs to somehow be altered to be usable in a normal room, and to have more information available to listen to would be nice. Also, though we haven't looked at it in over a year (we used it maybe twice & it's just sat ever since) I seem to recall the actual stars & such displayed were a bit crowded with the zodiac info. Certainly a disappointment. As already said by others, I'd expect more from NG.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    (74 of 78 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Dont Buy This

                    By Unhappy Parent

                    from England

                    About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Cheaply Made
                      • Flimsy
                      • Poor Design

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about National Geographic Talking Planetarium:

                        Quite simply this product does not work. We bought it for our 8 yr old daughter who was desperate for one. The stars are really blurry unless an adult holds it close to the ceiling ie. 20 cm away! The writing describing the constellations masks the stars so you get no feel for their shapes. Extremely disapointing. I would have expected more from Nat Geo.

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                        • Yes

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