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My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Quote:If they are old enough to look up at the sky in awe and wonder....they're ready. Equipment use and safety is a learned skill that can be taught. I've also found that most kids, especially young ones, have a lot of trust in their parents, and if there parents will "show them the proper way" (i.e. they'll listen to you), then even young children will be excited. I'd rather smash an Ethos with a hammer then tell someone they are "too young to understand".....if they express an interest, is that not "trying to understand"?
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