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A telescope in The Sims 3

Telescopes exist in The Sims: Livin' Large, The Sims 2, and The Sims 3. They can be bought in buy mode. Using the telescope increases a Sim's fun motive and builds the logic skill. In The Sims 4, the telescope is replaced by a backyard observatory.

The Sims[edit | edit source]

Horrorwitz "Star-Track" Backyard Telescope
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Impeccable optical imaging yields heavenly results. Includes: altazimuth operation; 15° per second slewing speed; boredom inhibitor and fully enclosed optical encoders for position location. Wutzat database contains over 10,000 known objects and several unknown. Optical equatorial wedge, 1.25'' 26mm Kolosyl eyepiece (78x), a 1.25'' 90 degree star diagonal, visual back, and a 9x50 finder scope. Apochromatic detractor.
Game The Sims: Livin' Large
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §2100
Object type(s) Skill
Size 1x1
The Horrorwitz "Star-Track" Backyard Telescope was introduced in The Sims: Livin' Large and provided a good way to increase a Sim's Logic skill. However, a Sim who spends a long time looking through it (two or three points without taking a break), may be abducted by aliens. A blue sphere will appear, and the Sim will vanish for a few hours. When the Sim returns, their personality will have been reversed, and they will think about aliens for quite a while afterward.

The telescope has a fun rating of 4.

The Sims 2[edit | edit source]

In The Sims 2, there are two telescopes, the Astrowonder (§550) and the Farstar e3 (§2100). The price isn't the biggest difference - Sims using the Astrowonder won't ever be abducted (unless cheats or hacks are used to force an abduction), but with the Farstar it's possible. If an adult male Sim who is more than 5 days away from becoming an elder gets abducted, he will come back pregnant.

Children can use the telescopes, but will appear to levitate while doing so, as the booster stool they normally use will not appear. This was fixed in the Apartment Life patch.

In The Sims 2, a telescope can be used indoors, so long as it is pointed out a window. The window can be single-tile or multi-tile, but the left side of the telescope has to be facing a window for it to be usable. This can be seen in the Tinker family's house in Bluewater Village, which has a Farstar e3 pointed out a second-floor window.

In The Sims 2: FreeTime, using the telescope builds enthusiasm for the Science hobby. All of the telescope actions have a chance of alien abduction, but the Aspiration Benefit for Knowledge, Summon Aliens, allows a Sim to create a spotlight with a flashlight and the telescope, giving them a huge chance of abduction. This can be used with either telescope, but will not be available if the telescope is indoors. It is also unavailable on the telescope at Aspirational Laboratories. It also appears to be different from other telescope actions, as it does not appear to build the Logic skill. In FreeTime, Sims can also earn money by discovering new celestial and astral bodies.

If boolprop testingcheatsenabled is enabled, players can trigger an abduction by Shift-clicking on the telescope and selecting "Get Abducted". However, this method isn't perfect as nearby Sims will not get the memory of the abduction without mods. This method does not work after FreeTime is installed.[clarification needed]

Using a telescope during the day allows the user to "spy" on their neighbors. If they are caught, however, the angered neighbor will rush onto the lot, head straight for the spy, and shove them, causing a decrease in relationship. The first Sim instance in the neighborhood data, as seen in SimPE (not necessarily the first Sim created), will always be selected for the angry neighbor. If the player is playing with the family/household of said Sim, the first of the secondary family will be the angry neighbor instead. The following table lists all the default angry neighbors in the pre-made neighborhoods:

List of "Shoving Sims" by neighborhood
Neighborhood Shoving Sim Secondary Shoving Sim
Pleasantview Mortimer Goth John Burb

[1] or Nina Caliente

Strangetown Vidcund Curious Bella Goth

[2] or Olive Specter

Veronaville Consort Capp Patrizio Monty
Riverblossom Hills Leod McGreggor Jason Greenman
Desiderata Valley Luis Aspir Sophia Jocque
Belladonna Cove Gabriel Green Geoff Rutherford
Four Corners Riley Harlow Fiona Fortuna
Bitville Vincent Moore Samantha Hayden
Four Corners (Free Play) Fiona Fortuna Ashley Sinclair
Garden Heights Alice Whitt Diana DeBore
Mesa Flats Stephen Loyal Julianne Charlot
Arbor Falls Mikeal Clayton Elliott Lewis, Johnny Tomasino or Bridget Thedorff[3]
Felicity Island Jessica Knight or David Bennett[4] Fangaloka Manave or Rarahu Anuata[5]
Wanmami Island Candy Valance Walter Lerner

Seth Zaidi is the first Sim created in Strangetown. If he is resurrected, he will be the shoving Sim in the neighborhood. If Mary Melons is resurrected, she will be the secondary shoving Sim.

Astrowonder Telescope[edit | edit source]

Astrowonder Telescope
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Explore distant worlds, study the cosmos, or search for shooting stars: with an Astrowonder Telescope the rest of the universe is as close as the windows across the street. With solid construction and a 700mm lens, the Astrowonder Telescope is the logical choice for the amateur astronomer.
Game The Sims 2
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §550
Object type(s) Fun
Size 2x2
Fun: 4


Farstar e3 Telescope[edit | edit source]

Farstar e3 Telescope
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See the universe with the Farstar e3. Its 11-inch aperture opens new vistas on darkened spaces and on the whole galaxy if you remove the lens cap. A precise DC motor drives X and Y pivoting and is bound to irritate any passing aliens, but the Farstar e3 looks great on your deck.
Game The Sims 2
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §2,100
Object type(s) Fun
Size 2x2
Fun: 10

Environment: 2

The Sims 3[edit | edit source]

The Sims 3 base game returns to having a single type of telescope, found under the Study->Hobbies section. The Outdoor Living stuff pack adds another type.

In addition to increasing fun and logic, a telescope also allows a Sim to "Search The Galaxy", in which case they may find and name a new celestial body, such as Stars, Moons, Planets, Comets, and Satellites.

The Sim may also see a meteorite fall to the ground. This will place a map marker where the Sim can go to retrieve it. This map marker eventually disappears, so the player will have to be quick.

Sims can get abducted when they search the galaxy at night.[TS3:S]

Sims do not seem to use telescopes to spy on their neighbors, even when used during the day.

Astral Playground Telescope[edit | edit source]

Astral Playground Telescope
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Travel to outer space without ever leaving the ground! See as far as the Emong Nebula, or perhaps even the 3C-273 quasar. With an entire galaxy full of sights, sounds and smells, how could you resist! Disclaimer: Astral Playground cannot render smells or sounds. Unless your eyeballs can smell.
Game The Sims 3
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §600
Object type(s) Skill
Size 2x2

Fun: 2

Environment: 3

Morrigan's Star Gazer[edit | edit source]

Morrigan's Star Gazer
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At the turn of the first millennium, Morrigan Hemlock fought for the inclusion of astrology into the scientific realm, but could never convince the authorities of its scientific legitimacy. After nearly a 45 year battle, Morrigan turned to astronomy as a scientific endeavor. This telescope, first coined as a "star gazer" is what Morrigan used to wow the crowd of scientific experts, and thus forever lost her love of astrology.
Game The Sims 3: Outdoor Living Stuff
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §600
Object type(s) Skill
Size 2x2

Fun: 2

Environment: 3

Perseus Astronomical Telescope by Arasika Industries[edit | edit source]

Perseus Astronomical Telescope Telescope by Arasika Industries
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A wide, sturdy base stabilizes the stars while you peer through this fine telescope. Equipped with a precision tuning handle, Perseus picks out the tiniest specks from the firmament.
Game The Sims 3: Into the Future
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §600
Object type(s) Skill
Size 2x2

Fun: 2

Environment: 3

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. John will be the secondary shoving Sim if the Burb family is moved in from the Family bin.
  2. Bella will be the secondary shoving Sim if she is moved in from the townie pool.
  3. When Arbor Falls is first played, Bridget will be secondary shoving Sim. However if Elliott or Johnny are moved in, one of them will be secondary shover. But, if Elliott is moved in, he will always be secondary shover.
  4. At the end of the game, either Jessica or David will be in the family bin. The order of the shover depends on whether either or both of them are moved in a lot. Thus, this makes the actual order to be Jessica as the 1st shover, David as the 2nd shover, and Fangaloka as the 3rd shover.
  5. if Rarahu is moved in, he will always be secondary shover.