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Which to buy, or do you have another suggestion

Postby Guest on Thu Dec 09, 2004 1:16 pm

I am trying to determine which telescope to buy. I grew up with a 6" Meade and an 8" Celestron, but I don't think that I need anything that big (at at that cost) at this time to familiarize my family (3 boys, ages 7, 5, and 2) to the world of astronomy. I need a beginners scope, but one that can grow as the kids' skills grow. I need something that is small enough that they can use it (with supervision) yet big enough that it can show good detail. Since this is the beginner's scope, I am looking to stay under $200, under $150 would be ideal. I need to know what the differences are (quality, ease of use, maintanence, etc.) between the Meade 114EQ-AST 04056, the Celestron Powerseeker 114EQ 21045, and the Bushnell 675x5. If you have any other suggestions, I'm all ears.


Postby on Sat Dec 11, 2004 5:37 pm


All three of the scopes you mentioned would be good starter telescopes. Be sure to check availability before ordering.
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