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Science Mad! Digital Metal Detector AND 50mm Telescope REVIEW | AD

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I love toys that are educational, also anything STEM. I think it’s great that kids can be learning but also having fun at the same time. Our family comes from a science background, with my husband having a PhD in physics and I have a biology degree. Of course we would love our kids to get more interested in science and one of the best ways is to start them young! This is where Science Mad! and their products can really help! The girls were kindly sent a Science Mad 50mm telescope and digital metal detector.

Science Mad products are available on Amazon.

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More About Science Mad!

Science Mad! offer kids real scientific equipment and kits with real working features and help children through experiments in many science fields, chemistry, physics and electronics. Science Mad! want to drive a passion for science but of course make it fun!

There is so much to discover in the Science Mad! range: Telescopes, Microscopes, a Chemistry Lab Set and a Crystal Growing Set, a Planetarium Star Globe, a Light Up Globe, a Build Your Own Vacuum Cleaner Kit, Night Vision Goggles, a 5-in-1 Weather Station kit, Digital Walkie Talkies, a Rock Tumbler kit and a Circuit Lab kit!

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Science Mad! Digital Metal Detector

This Digital Metal Detector retails at £24.99 and can be found on Amazon.

This product is perfect for a treasure hunt to find the coins, metal objects and lost treasures buried under your feet! The metal detector is light-weight and sturdy, so you can use both indoors and out.

You need a 9V battery and this isn’t included.

science mad! metal detector in the box

Using the Metal Detector

The metal detector was easy to unbox and set up. You had to put the battery in, which you need a screwdriver for.

science mad metal detector in bags

You need to set the sensitivity using a knob that you can turn. The more sensitive you set it, of course the more metal it will pick up and beep! You can see that on the picture below.

My kids loved it, especially my 5 and 2 year old! Once it was switched on it was on, you didn’t need to hold any buttons down or anything.

science mad metal detector set up

They loved exploring the garden and our front drive trying to see what metal they could find. My husband hid some coins and they found them.

The detector worked well. For somethings you had to put it quite close to hear it beep but you can adjust the sensitivity. It was light and easy to carry. The handle did come off a couple of times but was easily fixable.

What I liked was the metal detector encouraged some really interesting conversations about what objects are made of metal! And what it is. My 5 year old is just starting to learn and it made it so much fun for her. They were testing the car, metal grids on the road, lamp posts, you name it!

They really had fun.

Science Mad! 50mm Telescope

This 50mm Telescope retails at £30.99 and can also be found on Amazon.

This simple, robust children’s telescope is the ideal introduction for developing an interest in astronomy. Its simple-to-use refractor design with a 50mm objective lens allows plenty of light to be collected, making it easier to see the far away detail of the brightly lit moon or luminous star clusters. With the 20mm or 4mm eyepieces you can see these celestial objects, and more, with 18X or 90X magnification. It’s easy to set up and great fun.

Science Mad! 50mm telescope

Using the 50mm Telescope

The 50mm telescope was easy to set up. It comes with the tri-pod, the telescope, a 45 degree prism and two eye pieces – 20mm and 4mm (which give the difference magnifications).

You can see more below. My hubby didn’t look at the instructions but of course worth having a look!

It is worth setting up during the day to get the focus correct and on nearby option – like another house on the street or a car at the end of the street.

pieces from the science mad 50mm telescope

My hubby thought it was easier to set up with the 4mm eye piece, as less magnification and was easier to get to grips with the focusing.

The kids were fascinated. It was easy for them to look through and they had a look at the moon to see the craters. You get a brighter picture with less zoom in but less details of course.

It is not too complicated for little ones, as a beginners telescope. The only things you can swap out are the eye pieces, so this is pretty simple. My eldest managed to focus it and could see objects across the street clearly.

girl looking through science mad telescope

Overall Thoughts 

The metal detector and telescope from Science Mad are perfect for little ones starting to get more interesting in science. Not too complicated or expensive, they allow kids to learn but also have fun. They were easy to set up and get started and older children may not need too much assistance.

My little ones were fascinated with finding metal objects in the garden and staring at the moon through the telescope. It captured their interest and kept them busy. They asked lots of questions about what objects are made with metal and as my husband is very interested in physics (with a PhD), he loves it!

These products would make excellent Christmas presents and definitely worth checking out some of the other products from Science Mad.

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Good Luck!

Disclosure – we were provided with these products in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.



  1. Margaret Gallagher
    October 18, 2021 / 9:31 am

    Our girld will be thrilled MANY many thanks

    • Ems Farrelly
      November 11, 2021 / 10:57 am

      Amazing giveaway! My 3 little people would absolutely love this! Thank you for the chance! ⭐️

  2. Iain maciver
    October 19, 2021 / 11:15 am

    the kids would love this

  3. October 19, 2021 / 1:00 pm

    These look great fun, one of my boys had a metal detector when he was younger and loved it. Although we used to have to watch where he wanted to dig up in the garden, as we found holes all over the place.

  4. October 19, 2021 / 2:02 pm

    My son is 9 and loves anything like this. He collects treasures and gemstones so I think he would love to have a go with a metal detector

  5. Susan B
    October 19, 2021 / 2:43 pm

    What a couple of great toys and a perfect introduction to STEM subjects. Our youngest would love it.

  6. October 19, 2021 / 4:17 pm

    I love things like this and would certainly have bought them for my boys were they younger. Who knows, they may have turned into archeologists or astro-scientists!!

  7. Tracy Nixon
    October 20, 2021 / 8:16 am

    Another great review and giveaway thank you!

  8. Mark R
    October 20, 2021 / 9:05 am

    These look great – love items that introduce an early love of science

  9. Ray Dodds
    October 20, 2021 / 9:46 am

    What a great telescope my young granddaughter Shaylen would love this

    October 20, 2021 / 11:04 am

    These products both sound great. My son would love the telescope whereas my daughter would love the metal detector.

  11. October 20, 2021 / 9:23 pm

    My youngest is science mad, he would love these. Especially the telescope as he’s really into anything space related at the moment.

  12. joanne coulson
    October 22, 2021 / 7:45 am

    My grandson would love this

  13. Margaret Clarkson
    October 23, 2021 / 8:28 am

    My godson would love this.

  14. October 23, 2021 / 2:58 pm

    My kids keep asking for a metal detector, I can see it being quite addictive. The telescope looks fabulous too

  15. C Whitlow
    October 23, 2021 / 5:39 pm

    This is an amazing gift idea for my Nephew. He would LOVE it! (By the way – the Facebook link isn’t working) x

  16. Abi Birch
    October 23, 2021 / 10:48 pm

    Amazing! We’d love this!

  17. Ruth Harwood
    October 24, 2021 / 7:17 am

    We’d love this, none of us have had a metal detector before!

  18. michelle o'neill
    October 24, 2021 / 7:29 am

    this looks awesome!

  19. Gemma Hendry
    October 24, 2021 / 8:52 am

    This is something ive been wanting for my daughter for a while, great prize love to win

  20. kelly Cooper
    October 24, 2021 / 9:02 am

    Science mad is my daughter so would love to win this for her. Thanks

  21. donna skelton
    October 24, 2021 / 10:27 am

    great prizes my son would love them

  22. Ruth Amy Wollerton
    October 24, 2021 / 12:23 pm

    This would be amazing to look at the sky at night. Thanks for the chance xxx

  23. Natalie Crossan
    October 25, 2021 / 2:18 am

    My daughter would absolutely love this!

  24. Roger Bufton
    October 26, 2021 / 1:53 pm

    Would love one of these.

  25. Amy doyle
    October 30, 2021 / 1:50 pm

    My son seth would love this

  26. Astrid c
    November 1, 2021 / 8:05 am

    My son would love this he’s fascinated with the moon

  27. Emma England
    November 1, 2021 / 10:41 am

    The telescope sounds amazing! My eldest would absolutely love it.

  28. janine atkin
    November 3, 2021 / 4:59 pm

    my nephew would love a telescope

  29. Kelly gregory
    November 4, 2021 / 9:43 am

    My boys would love this, would keep them entertained for hours xx

  30. Elaine S
    November 5, 2021 / 1:36 pm

    Oh this is so perfect. How amazing that the children can look at the stars and planets and give them so much more meaning

  31. November 5, 2021 / 8:44 pm

    My 10 year old son has become fascinated with a lot of science equipment, I guess he is growing up and being more curious with his surroundings. To win a prize would be amazing.

  32. Carol Thomas
    November 9, 2021 / 12:01 am

    Twinkle twinkle little star, I will beable to show our grandchildren space from afar

  33. Rachael Sexey
    November 9, 2021 / 5:16 pm

    Wow this would make a great gift for my nephew

  34. Rebecca Townsend
    November 11, 2021 / 7:21 pm

    Not only does this look fun, but also educational too.
    I know my daughter would love this, fingers tightly crossed x

  35. Jo m welsh
    November 13, 2021 / 8:55 am

    My daughter would really enjoy using this and seeing the moon.

  36. Victoria
    November 14, 2021 / 3:30 pm

    Would love to win this prize for my amazing nephew and niece

  37. Sheri Darby
    November 14, 2021 / 4:47 pm

    My daughter would love this to observe the night skies

  38. Ellen Stafford
    November 14, 2021 / 7:42 pm

    My nephew would love this!

  39. Carly Belsey
    November 15, 2021 / 5:18 am

    This is so cool, my daughter would absolutely love this.

  40. Liz Atkin
    November 15, 2021 / 8:58 am

    id love to win this for my grandson

  41. lynn neal
    November 15, 2021 / 11:36 pm

    I like the idea of this and know a little person who would adore this gadget!

  42. Karen T
    November 16, 2021 / 10:04 pm

    I’ve always wanted a telescope, since I was a child! My kids would love to look for planets (an aliens!!) with me

  43. Jeanette Leighton
    November 17, 2021 / 12:01 pm

    Fab have entered for my daughter sheriah would make a lovely gift for Christmas

  44. Samantha Butler
    November 17, 2021 / 12:13 pm

    Me and my girls would love this what a fabulous treat great fun outdoors activity indeed xx

  45. Anthea Holloway
    November 17, 2021 / 1:41 pm

    My granddaughter would love this – she has always been interested in the universe and the stars and planets.

  46. Kim Neville
    November 17, 2021 / 2:57 pm

    looks really cool. My son would love this 🙂

  47. Jemma Dwyer
    November 17, 2021 / 3:21 pm

    this would be lovely for my son 🙂

    November 17, 2021 / 4:51 pm


  49. Amy Bondoc
    November 17, 2021 / 6:35 pm

    my neohew would love this!

  50. Claire Hamilton
    November 17, 2021 / 8:49 pm

    My son loves the stars, so this would be something he’d enjoy using.

  51. Patricia Barrett
    November 17, 2021 / 9:26 pm

    Great prize! My grandchildren would love this to look at the stars.

  52. Adrian Bold
    November 17, 2021 / 10:10 pm

    Thanks for the competition, I’d like to win it for my nephew.

  53. Rachel B
    November 17, 2021 / 10:38 pm

    This is fab! My little girl would love a telescope!

  54. donna l jones
    November 17, 2021 / 10:54 pm

    lovely giveaway primrose would love this