8 gifts for space enthusiasts and amateur astronauts including telescopes, enhanced lunar experiences, and more

1640607365 8 gifts for space enthusiasts and amateur astronauts including telescopes

From portable telescopes and celestial tablets to ballpoint pens designed for zero gravity, here are eight stellar gifts for space lovers and amateur astronauts.

Choosing the perfect gift for someone can be a daunting task. In this curated gift guide, we have a selection of
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for space lovers. From top-notch telescopes to Martian-themed LEGO devices, here are eight of our favorite gifts for space enthusiasts. Be sure to check out TechRepublic’s holiday gift guides.

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The Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ is a reflective telescope for smartphone time. An adjustable slider next to the telescope allows people to accelerate the power of the StarSense Explorer app. Once downloaded, the app helps stars to find objects visible above them. Each night, the app provides a list of the top astronomical sights to be seen ranging from nearby planets like Saturn and Jupiter to star gatherings. Consumers can also use a less high-tech approach to looking through the spectrum. The unit comes with an aluminum tripod that can be adjusted to accommodate non-professional astronauts of all ages.

$ 570 at Amazon

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This star chart helps space enthusiasts of all ages find constellations and other celestial groups. The chart also includes information on solar and lunar eclipses as well as the Earth's orbit around the sun. Old style adds a welcoming touch to the minimalist design and two wooden dowel rods frame the board at the top and bottom.

$ 25 at Amazon

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Once packed with the AstroReality app, the lunar universe offers an unparalleled reality (AR) experience. This allows users to scan the moon and view information and videos related to previous moon missions and lunar features.

$ 220 at Amazon

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The timeless LEGO set is a classic holiday gift idea for kids and adults alike. This LEGO-themed space exploration equipment on Mars includes a pair of human explorers, a space shuttle vehicle, a rover, and more. The set contains 273 pieces in total and the manufacturer recommends the product for children 5 and older.

$ 32 at Amazon

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The MA-1 Alpha Industries flight jacket is a fashion-based gift for space enthusiasts. The design features NASA's classic "meatball" logo, US flag, and a patch honoring the 100th Space Shuttle Mission. The jacket is also water repellent and reversible for added flexibility and functionality throughout the year.

$ 165 at Amazon

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Fisher Space pen is a great gift for space enthusiasts with a little NASA history for a shoe. Paul C. Fisher first designed the ballpoint pen with a pressurized ink pile to operate in zero gravity, and other real environments. After testing the pen, Apollo 7 astronauts acquired the Space Pen, and, in the years to come, NASA and the Soviet Union would both use the Fisher Space Pen on crew missions, all NASA.

$ 68 at Walmart

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This calendar details the lunar phases for each day of 2022 and the pages shine in the dark for an additional appealing appeal. The monthly image shows beautiful views of the moon with lunar facts at the bottom of each calendar page.

$ 15 at Amazon

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Playing cards are a great place to pack on a day trip or a steep weekend afternoon. These Mars-themed playing cards offer a cosmic turn on a standard 52-card deck. The cards contain NASA images and images of many Martian movements and more. The deck comes in a tin case for a snug fit between uses.

$ 13 at Amazon

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Legitimate space food is a great way to give the ultimate space fans a literal taste of the finale. Fortunately, Kennedy Space Center offers a wide range of freeze-dried “spacefood” options including mint, Neapolitan chocolate sandwiches and vanilla ice cream sandwiches as well as straw and apple chips.

$ 5 at The Space Shop

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