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telescope for a serious 9 yr old

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telescope for a serious 9 yr old

Postby Melissa on Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:50 am

My 9 yr old son wants to be an astronomer when he grows up. I would like to buy him a telescope for Christmas but have no idea what to buy him; help please! I can spend approx. $300.

Also, do I have to buy the tripod stand as well, or does that come with the telescope? Thanks for any info!

Postby Jne_K on Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:04 pm


Best advice I can give is buy the largest (lens or mirror size, not magnification) telescope you can afford that has the features best suited to your observing location and style. The most important feature to consider, other than size, is a computer, because that indirectly determines how big a telescope you can buy for the dollar. You can buy a bigger telescope if you go without a computer. However, A computer makes finding objects easier for a beginner and most are relatively simple to get set up and aligned. A computerized telescope is the most practical option for a light polluted area, since finding objects is tough when you can't see a lot of stars. Your call.

For a computerized model, try the [url=
Celestron Nexstar 80SLT[/url]. For a manual scope, try the [url]Astromaster 130[/url].

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