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Saneless
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Re: Telescope for 11 year old under $250? help! new [Re: danyap]
      #5553698 - 12/04/12 10:24 AM

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Ok, I called a classified about an xt6 for $200 (the one I posted earlier). It was purchased in March and they are wanting to upgrade. So this may be the deal we go with. It's practically new! Thoughts on this over buying the 4.5?



I registered just to say that if you really want an XT6i you can do the custom/build your own option on Orion and get it for about 400. Much more economical than the IMO overpriced 8XTi.

But for $200, you need to just get that one. That is an excellent price. And anyone who "wants to upgrade" probably took decent care of it compared to someone who just simply wants to get rid of it.


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Re: Telescope for 11 year old under $250? help! new [Re: Saneless]
      #5553708 - 12/04/12 10:30 AM

I would get the XT6, as well.

11 year olds get bigger fast, and he's probably going to need some supervision (at the start) anyway.


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Re: Telescope for 11 year old under $250? help! new [Re: TahoeNoob]
      #5556174 - 12/05/12 06:43 PM

XT6 purchased and waiting for Christmas! Thanks for your help everyone! Much appreciated!

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Re: Telescope for 11 year old under $250? help! new [Re: danyap]
      #5556443 - 12/05/12 09:17 PM

Be sure to come back and let us know how things go!

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Re: Telescope for 11 year old under $250? help! new [Re: danyap]
      #5556458 - 12/05/12 09:21 PM

He'll do fine with that telescope, and from a dark site he could see galaxies and planetary nebulae dimmer than 12th magnitude. A 6-inch will go well beyond the Messier objects, there's hundreds of NGC and IC objects accessible to him from a good site. It will still be used a lot even if he gets a much larger telescope later, my 6-inch gets used quite often despite having two bigger telescope. From a good site I was often surprised at what a 6-inch with good optics and mounting can really do. Many folks start off with a 6-inch Newtonian or Dob, which is still a very good all purpose beginner's telescope. Hopefully this will plant the seed for him to enter a career in science, mathematics, engineering or technology.

Taras


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