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my son is 6....

Postby willfort on Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:14 am

all he wants for christmas is a telescope to see the moon and stars closer up....i know zero about them. what should i get him that would grow with him through the years but not break the bank??
willfort
 

Postby Jne_K on Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:31 am

Hi

You need to be a bit more specific about what you can spend. Telescopes start at $50 and run up to many thousands. Serious telescopes begin around $500. A good example in a reasonably easy to handle scope is the Meade ETX-90. For $300, I like the Vixen MC95L. Lastly, I don't recommend any telescope for a 6 year old unless you are willing to provide some adult supervision, especially if you select a computerized model.

A great way to learn more on the basics of choosing a telescope is to first read my article, Telescope First Questions. This gets you started with the two most important decisions to make, right away. Then narrow your choice down even more with my article How to choose the right telescope This discusses the pros and cons of each telescope design.
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Postby willfort on Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:48 am

i guess i was thinking in the 500 dollar range. i want a good one he/we can keep for awhile. and i would be definitely helping him through every step, and learning with him. not just letting him ever use it on his own for a long while. but although ive always been interested in astronomy, from a distance (haha), ive never owned a telescope. but i figure we can try to figure it all out together...
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Postby Jne_K on Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:54 am

Hi

That's great! Wish every parent had that attitude.

One of the things I like about the ETX-90 that I mentioned is its quality. Down the road, it will still be there for him. In fact, I know a lot of astronomers who started with the ETX-90, then moved on to larger scopes, but they kept the ETX because it is such a great grab and go scope with enough quality to still be useful.
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Postby willfort on Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:57 am

thanks for the help. is that a computerized model?? and wheres the best place to get one....??
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Postby Jne_K on Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:01 am

Hi

Yes, that's a computerized model. You can buy it from us, right on line. Just use the link
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Postby willfort on Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:23 am

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Postby Jne_K on Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:29 am

Add an eyepiece kit, such as the [url=http://www.opticsplanet.com/vixen-fanny-pak-with-plossl-telescope-eyepieces.htmlVixen[/url]or the [url=http://www.opticsplanet.com/celestron-telescope-eyepiece-filter-accessory-kit.html]Celestron[/url]. You need more than the one eyepiece supplied with the scope to do astronomy.
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Postby willfort on Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:05 pm

i guess the wise thing would have been to shop around, but i am not very wise i guess, because i didnt even compare your prices. Christmas shopping done though, thanks for the help...
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Postby Jne_K on Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:18 pm

You are very welcome, of course. Not to worry, we are as competitive in our pricing as it gets, especially when you add in the free shipping.
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im back....

Postby willfort on Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:25 am

hey there, sorry to bug you. was assembling my sons telescope last night. i bought the extra eyepiece kit at your recommendation, but I'm not quite sure what for. Do i need that now or is it an extra, or what?? Should I assemble the telescope with the eyepiece it came with or the extra one??

Sorry, I'm kind of new to all this....
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Postby Jne_K on Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:35 am

Hi

You use eyepieces to change magnification. Use whatever eyepiece is appropriate for the magnification you want and the object you wish to see. Doesn't matter as to brand. In other words, use whichever eyepiece works best.

Be sure to read my Telescope FAQs. This will explain the basics on how to use any telescope. You might also wish to read my basic article on eyepieces, Ten Telescope Eyepiece Questions
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