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Refractor Telescope with adjustable tripod instore at B&M for £14.99

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Posted 25th Oct 2018Local
Every kid should have one of these at some point good deal for what it is
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Actually with telescopes as bad as these, many kids are turned away from astronomy because of how frustrating they are to use. So I wouldn't really jump onto this. Get them something else for £15, or spend more if you want something that qualifies as a telescope.
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Actually with telescopes as bad as these, many kids are turned away from astronomy because of how frustrating they are to use. So I wouldn't really jump onto this. Get them something else for £15, or spend more if you want something that qualifies as a telescope.
Theres one going in wowcher alot better than this for 10 plus 4quid delivery i believe.
Patrick Moore always inveighed against these cheap telescopes, and recommended beginners in astronomy start with binoculars instead.
ecuador2 h, 37 m ago

Actually with telescopes as bad as these, many kids are turned away from …Actually with telescopes as bad as these, many kids are turned away from astronomy because of how frustrating they are to use. So I wouldn't really jump onto this. Get them something else for £15, or spend more if you want something that qualifies as a telescope.


Give me a Celestron-8 anytime lol
I always wanted one but had to settle for a cheapo from an auction but it was way better than these tubes with a lens on each end.

I wonder if it comes with a Barlow lens or an ERECTOR!
i really wouldn't bother with this. better off getting binoculars. these are a good deal as well as a brilliant book

binoculars £19.99


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ecuador25/10/2018 15:42

Actually with telescopes as bad as these, many kids are turned away from …Actually with telescopes as bad as these, many kids are turned away from astronomy because of how frustrating they are to use. So I wouldn't really jump onto this. Get them something else for £15, or spend more if you want something that qualifies as a telescope.


I disagree completely. My first telescope wasn't much better that this and it had a very positive effect.
Plus virtual every astronomer I know is always critical of any telescope that is cheaper than theirs is. "Mine is bigger and more expensive, so yours sucks" is the usual way conversations about scopes go.
And besides, anyone who spends a lot of money on a reasonably good scope but lives in a city with terrible light polution and mostly cloudy skies has more money than sense.
RedXI2 h, 48 m ago

I disagree completely. My first telescope wasn't much better that this and …I disagree completely. My first telescope wasn't much better that this and it had a very positive effect.


I disagree with your disagreement - many years ago an inferior piece of kit was acceptable for those of us who knew no better, but with the quality of computer screens nowadays for example, every child has experienced excellent picture quality, and so will realise only too well how bad these cheap telescopes are.
I bought one for my children a couple of years ago, and it was so awful that it never got used after the first week - we just could not see anything or focus enough to make out any stars at all, and that was in a nice quiet area without masses of street lighting.
Better spend the money on a good book or two, as has been mentioned by others.
RedXI27th Oct

I disagree completely. My first telescope wasn't much better that this and …I disagree completely. My first telescope wasn't much better that this and it had a very positive effect.Plus virtual every astronomer I know is always critical of any telescope that is cheaper than theirs is. "Mine is bigger and more expensive, so yours sucks" is the usual way conversations about scopes go. And besides, anyone who spends a lot of money on a reasonably good scope but lives in a city with terrible light polution and mostly cloudy skies has more money than sense.


Allow me to disagree with your disagreement My first telescope back in the 80's was the "Halleyscope", a 40mm refractor on a miserable tripod made to cash-in on the Halley craze. And it had a very positive effect on me. That's because I was an unusually patient kid of the pre-internet, pre-smartphone etc era. So, for every kid like me or you, there are 10 that would get turned away from astronomy forever if their first experience was with a frustrating scope/mount, I've seen it happen many, many times.
No, I am not one of those people who **** on inexpensive telescopes, or one of those who say anything under 6-inches is useless etc. I do a "buying my first telescope" talk every year at my astronomy club, and after explaining the basics I do give recommendations in budget zones and I do start quite low at near £50. But getting something like this, is worse than not getting a telescope for the majority of children. Especially children nowadays who have so many things.
Edited by moderator: "removed swear word" 28th Oct 2018
Wait until 4 weeks after Christmas on a Wednesday they'll go down to £1 sane happens every year in my store
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