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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
Would like to find a good telescope for my 7 year old son for Christmas. Don't want to pay the earth but at the same time would like something we can all share and enjoy. Have purchased in the past for children and not been impressed. If anyone has any suggestions on what to look for or buy I would be grateful.
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago

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To be honest, unless you have a reasonable budget, the telescopes you might consider wont really do too much and also might deter interest. (ie apart from the moon it wont bring anything in - as youve suggested)
How much is a reasonable budget?
How much is a reasonable budget?

To buy something worthwhile, I'd say you should be looking at about £350.

Have a google for Meade telescopes. The computer driven ones are the ones to go for! I'd recommend the ETX 90-PE - but I doubt its a price you'd want to spend - and to be honest, its not really ideal for someone so young!

This one might be more in budget at £90

I have to admit, I was looking a year ago for my youngest (who's now 8) - but decided against buying. Unless they are able to see things the naked eye cant, the interest just wouldnt be there and the moon will soon get boring! The cheaper one should be able to get a disc out of Jupiter, though Im not sure the red spot would be visible. It would get the main 4 moons though.
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We brought a meade ds2090 90mm self guided telescope from costco today for £128, just seen it on line for £190!.
Might be a bit more than you wanted to pay for your little boy, but it would be an excellent present for the whole family
try argos they are included in the bogof deal at the mo
I bought a kiddies one from Tesco, £12, didn't work, still in the box. Telescopes are dodgy things, you get what you pay for, you also have to consider where you live, even with the most expensive you may not get a good view if you live in a city etc.
Yes 350.00 is quite a lot. The 90.00 looks quite good and is much closer to how much we wanted to pay. Thanks
Thank you all for your help and information. ::-D:santa:

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