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    Telescope best for kids...........

    Just wondered if anyone had any recommendations on a telescope for my children who are interested in looking at the stars? Never bought anything like it before, not looking for anything expensive but one thats good enough for them to see the skies clearly. Cheers.

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    I posted a similar thread last year. Boothy made a fab suggestion about taking my son to an Astronomy group as the cheap telescopes are rubbish and the good ones are mega bucks! Well I did take him to one in Glasgow - he loved it but after 6 weeks got bored and never been back!

    Saved myself a lot of money as was initially going to buy him a good telescope

    Banned

    I have a midrange telescope and it's a POS unless you attach a DSLR to it

    spends most of it's days in the loft now.

    I'd suggest going down the astronomy group route
    Edited by: "bykergrove" 11th Nov 2010

    I'm also interested in this - my four year old has been askign for two years for a telescope now, so we've given in and are planning to get him this one or this one. Are they really pants? My husband is also interested in using it, which is why we were thinking these would be better than the 'toy' ones. Will it be a total waste of my (ahem hubby's) hard earned pennies?

    Banned

    my one was about £200/£250 i think (it was a present but i think it was in that range)

    it came with a couple books/cds and other attachments.

    it's good for looking at the moon in detail but not much else.

    like you don't start seeing things like this:

    http://www.astropix.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/2006_06.JPG

    which is what I would expect at a minimum if i was a child. anything less would be a catastrophic failure resulting in my immediate disinterest in astronomy.

    http://www.wilhelmy-it.de/seben/pictures/tls_700-76/tls_700-76_title.gif

    E-Bay Auction number 330401482786

    We bought one of these for our daughter last Christmas, found it tricky to set up and the quality wasn't great. The spotter scope sits in plastic holder and is far too flexible to be of any use, the adjusting screw again is too flexible and very difficult for the minute adjustments required. In all it was £50 wasted.
    Splashed out £100 for Celestron Astromaster 130EQ found it to be much better quality and we've seen some great images. In the recent clear nights (before today's storms) Jupiter has been in clear bright view (the brightest object in the sky looking south east) and we've been able to see the moons of Jupiter, very impressive.
    There is a really good planetarium software Stellarium which is free and as good as, if not better, than paid for stuff.

    bykergrove

    my one was about £200/£250 i think (it was a present but i think it was i … my one was about £200/£250 i think (it was a present but i think it was in that range)it came with a couple books/cds and other attachments.it's good for looking at the moon in detail but not much else.like you don't start seeing things like this:which is what I would expect at a minimum if i was a child. anything less would be a catastrophic failure resulting in my immediate disinterest in astronomy.



    To get images like that I believe your basic telescope cost is £7 billion takes 7 years to build and costs a further £350 million to put in the correct place!

    James Webb Space Telescope

    Hmm, what to get the kid now he thinks he's getting a telescope then? He's been asking for two years!!! We've not mentioned it inthe hope he would 'forget' - FAIL!

    mine too:(

    Penny Saver

    Hmm, what to get the kid now he thinks he's getting a telescope then? … Hmm, what to get the kid now he thinks he's getting a telescope then? He's been asking for two years!!! We've not mentioned it inthe hope he would 'forget' - FAIL!

    Metal detector ???/oO

    kareandy

    mine too:(

    Banned

    You won't get much joy at all out of those ones penny saver. The moon a bit closer is about the best you can hope and as Bykergrove has said, it would end up a big disappointment unless you're able to spend a few bob.

    I used to own an 8" Newtonian reflector, which I picked up cheaply second hand. That was fine, but completely manual. For that spec now, it would almost be unheard of not to have a "goto" function.

    Friend of mine spent £1250 last week on a 6" Meade, which is an all singing all dancing auto setup scope...... I'm hoping he'll lend it one night, though there is just too much light pollution where I live to get the best out of it.

    Banned

    you would be better off with a good set of binoculars than a cheap telescope. The optics in a cheap telescope are poor and it will end up in the loft.

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    Edited by: "toshapetriji" 12th Nov 2010

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    Thanks for all your comments. Such a wealth of information and advice on Hotuk! So.........................................unless I spend lots of dosh, im best to find a local astronomy club, failing that buy a good pair of binoculars. Cheers.
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