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Old 03-29-2017, 12:58 PM
 
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Telescope for home use

Building a telescope for kids
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Old 03-29-2017, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Order placed. I found a discount code that covered the shipping.
Congrats! I hope your son and your granddaughter get many happy years of enjoyment from their first telescope!
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Old 03-29-2017, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I have already made a purchase, but thanks for the link. The homemade project looks like something fun to do with my other granddaughter, who is a little older.
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Old 03-29-2017, 11:29 PM
 
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I guess you've already purchased, but I was going to say either binoculars or a Dobsonian. Dobsonians are cheap and very easy to use but provide really good viewing. Most small "beginners" scopes are on poor mounts and/or poor optics that are frustrating to use. One thing to watch out for is many advertise very high power. The problem is that is mathematically correct but impractical to use in a real scope. The amount of light and stability of the mount limits the practical magnification to much less than the advertised.


Astronomics in Oklahoma and Orion are good retailers.
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Old 03-30-2017, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I guess you've already purchased, but I was going to say either binoculars or a Dobsonian. Dobsonians are cheap and very easy to use but provide really good viewing. Most small "beginners" scopes are on poor mounts and/or poor optics that are frustrating to use. One thing to watch out for is many advertise very high power. The problem is that is mathematically correct but impractical to use in a real scope. The amount of light and stability of the mount limits the practical magnification to much less than the advertised.


Astronomics in Oklahoma and Orion are good retailers.
The one I got is from Orion. I watched a couple of You Tube videos. We'll see how it goes.
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Old 03-30-2017, 11:59 AM
 
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I have already made a purchase, but thanks for the link. The homemade project looks like something fun to do with my other granddaughter, who is a little older.
lol. Some days I miss the obvious.
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:08 AM
 
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My advice to any beginner interested in purchasing a telescope is to join a local astronomy club. Go to their meetings, and their observation events and learn what people are using. Invariably, they will be more than willing to help with he decision on what scope is best for the beginner, and for their budgets. I give this advice because too often beginners either start with a scope that is too advanced for their skill level, or else purchase a cheaply made telescope that gives lousy views or are easy to break. Both situations tend to discourage people from continuing in the hobby for long.
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Old 05-06-2017, 11:45 AM
 
Location: New England
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Could someone suggest a telescope for back yard astronomy for my son. He has a four year old daughter.

He sent me a link to one, but it got terrible reviews on one site.

Reflector? Refractor? Not too expensive - do not want to spend a lot if interest is not sustained, but do not want to kill interest because the scope is not a good one.
Always a reflector. At least 6".
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:32 AM
 
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Always a reflector. At least 6".
Reflectors are fine telescopes, but they are not the right scope for everyone. The best telescope to get is the one you will actually use.
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Old 05-07-2017, 03:27 PM
 
Location: New England
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Reflectors are fine telescopes, but they are not the right scope for everyone. The best telescope to get is the one you will actually use.
Viewing Saturn Guide: The Planet, Rings and Moons | Sky & Telescope 6" reflector if dad wants to show his daughter Saturn other than as a blob. Some say a good 4" could do it, maybe, but 6" is a good minimal size and not very expensive.

Reflecting always works better than refracting, after 20x magnification refraction has a lot of issues.
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