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Back-to-School Swag for Space Fans
Here are Space.com's picks for your back-to-school shopping list. From NASA backpacks to cosmic pencils and "Star Wars" stationery, these school and office supplies are out of this world!
UP FIRST: Some stargazing gear
FirstLight TelescopeSlide 2 of 29
This 80-millimeter refractor telescope comes with an alt-azimuth mount, a full-size tripod with a built-in accessory tray, a 40-mm drawtube focuser, a 25-mm eyepiece with a red-dot viewfinder, and a smartphone adapter that lets you take deep-space images with the camera on your phone. See detailed features on the surface of the moon, or explore the textures in Saturn's rings and Jupiter's cloud belts. ($129 on Amazon)
Why we love it: Taking photos of deep space with a smartphone camera has never been easier! Anyone who has tried holding a phone up to a telescope's eyepiece knows the struggle of getting that alignment just right. A smartphone adapter does all that hard work for you.
NEXT: Binoculars ... with a phone mountSlide 3 of 29
Gosky 10x42 Binoculars with Phone MountSlide 4 of 29
Gosky 10x42 Binoculars with Phone MountTK
Whether you're watching birds, gazing at the night sky or watching a sporting event from the "nosebleed section" of the stadium, this 10x42 binocular by Gosky offers a high-quality and compact tool for getting a closer look. These binoculars come with a smartphone mount, and they can be mounted onto a tripod with a separate adapter. If you wear eyeglasses, the eye cups on these binoculars can be adjusted to fit comfortably, so you don't need to remove your glasses. For a limited time, Amazon Prime customers can save an extra $8 with a digital coupon. ($76 on Amazon, $68 with coupon)
Why we love it: These compact binoculars are great for stargazing on the go — and they'll certainly come in handy when Comet 46P/Wirtanen becomes visible in December!
NEXT: A real space rock!Slide 5 of 29
Meteorite Pendant NecklaceSlide 6 of 29
Meteorite Pendant Necklace
These necklaces are literally out of this world! Each of these meteorite pendants weighs between 6.5 and 9 grams (0.2 to 0.3 ounces) is believed to be a fragment of a 50-ton iron-nickel meteorite that fell in Campo Del Cielo, Argentina more than 4,000 years ago. The necklaces come in cute gift boxes made to look like tiny treasure chests. ($20 on Amazon)
Why we love it: A fraction of the proceeds from every necklace purchased goes to the Pearl Buck Center, a charity that helps people with cognitive disabilities.
NEXT: A bag for "luna-tics"Slide 7 of 29
Apollo Mini Messenger BagSlide 8 of 29