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Astronomy Telescope

lgans316

Distinguished Member
Hi Friends,

My 8 year old son is into space science and would like to buy him an excellent telescope that he can use until his teens. Budget is £250.

Would really appreciate if you can recommend one as I am completely confused.
 

Hixs

Distinguished Member

And if he sticks with it, a decent upgrade in a few years


or if santa is really nice one of these - Sky-Watcher Skyliner 250P FlexTube GOTO | First Light Optics

I had one for a few years, a right best in the right hands, but still manageable up and down stairs etc (weighs 30kg assembled).


Top class forum this for all things astro - Stargazers Lounge if you want further help etc or indeed for him. Everyone is very helpful.

Many actually recommend a decent pair of binoculars to start with. A good set can get decent imaging of the moon/planets.
 

vaderag

Established Member
Jumping on this thread... My 5 year old is interested in looking at the sky and we've been spotting Jupiter and Saturn over the past few weeks.
Parents looking for Xmas present ideas and telescope seems a good idea

Budget far less than this, maybe £60ish but I can top up a bit, but would like something that will last a few years and grow a bit with her

Any ideas?
Thanks
 

vaderag

Established Member
Grab this one Sky-Watcher Heritage-76 Mini Dobsonian | First Light Optics

If she sticks with it, move up to the 100 in a few years.

Awesome thanks! Price definitely good
Might be a novice question but is there a similar thing that fits on a tripod? We don't really have a table where we want to use it! Perhaps I can just grab a tripod for this?

Edit, also, would you say it might be worth just going for the 100 now? Or does that complicate things for newbies/kids?
 
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shotokan101

Banned
Awesome thanks! Price definitely good
Might be a novice question but is there a similar thing that fits on a tripod? We don't really have a table where we want to use it! Perhaps I can just grab a tripod for this?
Amazon product
 

Hixs

Distinguished Member
Children lose interest fast, so unless you plan on sticking with it yourself I'd stick with the children's scope for now.

I wouldn't know about Saturn's rings tbhe- Best check reviews or ask on stargazers lounge. Beware stargazers is like this place!!! Suggested budget gets increased the more posts you receive....
 

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