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18 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Paint on outside dulls the mirrors inside the top-halfSep 12, 2010
The Deluxe 9" version of the Mirascope comes with silver-colored circular areas painted on the top half of the toy. The paint used on the outside somehow degrades the mirror surface on the inside of the parabolic shell. When I first used the Mirascope, I noticed that the 3D image it produced was usually annoyingly blurry looking. If I changed the viewing angle (rotating the toy about its center, vertical axis), the image would alternately sharpen, then go blurry. I looked closer at the mirror inside the top shell (the one with the hole in the center) and saw that there were regular areas of blurriness on the mirrored surface which correspond exactly to the location and shape of the silver-painted areas on the outside of the shell. I suppose that a solvent from the paint somehow penetrated the plastic and migrated over time to the inside mirrored surface (which is also plastic), degenerating it.
The toy's 3D effect is really cool, but the blurriness that you see from most viewing angles kills the effect and will make you angry.
DO NOT BUY THE DELUXE 9" MIRASCOPE -- get another version that doesn't have mirror-rotting paint on it.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Good Cheap Fun!Dec 07, 2010
By B. Smith
By this point, I have bought 3 of these. 2 for me and my kids as well as 1 for a gift for an 11 year old. My parents visited us and they requested one for Christmas. This is a pretty large dish and I have had several conversations with my kids about parabolas and parabolic mirrors. I took the base mirror outside and started a few fires to demonstrate the power of this mirror. You cannot get a parabolic mirror of this size for this price. It is plastic and would not hold up to abuse very well. It can scratch fairly easily. It is just a toy that works best being admired and not handled roughly and I think it is priced for that. I have it sitting on top of my 3 ft tall speaker that I walk past all the time. I generally have the frog sitting in it and I am filled with a little bit of science wonder every time I walk past it. Get one if you like inexpensive science illusions!
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
A big hitDec 26, 2009
By A reader
This was a gift for my 11-year-old nephew. He and his younger brother love it. It comes with a few small items, but the boys have been having fun putting other things in the Mirascope, including a piece of kibble to try to fool their dogs. This is the type of toy that has long-term playing potential.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Optically worse than other similar productsDec 15, 2012
I have tried three different "holographic" devices: the Mirascope 6" model, the Mirage 9" model, and this Mirascope 9" model. All three work, but this one is clearly the worst, optically speaking. As one other reviewer noted, the silver paint patches on the top cause a strange deterioration of the mirror surface on the inside that exactly aligns with the paint patches. My unit shows the same effect, and although it is mild, there is a much worse problem with the bottom mirror, which has a large number of very fine radially oriented cracks emanating from the center of the bowl. This causes the holographic image to take on a marked fuzziness, compared to the other two products.
Incidentally, the 6" model produces the sharpest images. Its only shortcoming is that its small size greatly limits the variety of objects that can be put inside.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Adults are wowwed by the effect Not so much for kids We also have a Mirage--paid a lot. For value--Mirascope is best!Jun 22, 2011
Adults are totally fascinated and wowwed by the effect. Great to have out on a table at a social gathering. Not really a toy for kids. We also had a Mirage (and paid a lot over 20 years ago) Just replaced it with a Mirascope. For the price, the Mirascope is the better value by far. The only drawback of ALL hologram image makers: the inside reflective surfaces are easily soiled and scratched if touched, then damaged more by wiping it clean. So warn your company not to put their fingers in it! We have been entertaining houseguests with these things for years.
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