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tim57064
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Re: Telescope or binoculars for 7-8 year old? new [Re: Raginar]
      #6278903 - 12/29/13 10:54 AM

I picked up a Celestron First Scope,76mm f/3.95 dob style, for my 8 year old Grand Daughter for Christmas. Took it into my woodworking shop just to see what Orion Nebula would look like thru a window in there.I could not believe the view thru it with both a 32mm plossl and a 25mm meade plossl.
I am very happy with what the scope was capable of even thru a thermopane/insulated glass window.
It is way to cold to have her,my Granddaughter, outside at night, in the winter, as she would lose interest too fast.
So actual first light for her and the scope will not be 'til spring.
When and if she gains more interest,I will upgrade the scopes for her.

Edited by tim57064 (12/29/13 10:56 AM)


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Re: Telescope or binoculars for 7-8 year old? new [Re: tim57064]
      #6279337 - 12/29/13 02:59 PM

Telescope for sure. You just need to show them how to find objects.

An android or iOS device with a planetarium program helps too.


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obin robinson
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Re: Telescope or binoculars for 7-8 year old? new [Re: rg55]
      #6281022 - 12/30/13 12:33 PM

Quote:

I have a couple of grandsons in this age range and I was wondering what thoughts or suggestions you might have for a first observing tool. I received my first telescope at the age of 10 (a Mayflower reflector) but am wondering about something for younger folks.

Thanks for reading and your ideas!




My neighbors have several kids that are all between 6 and 10 years old. They all seem to prefer the small refractors when they stop by for my "driveway star parties." I have several scopes set up but they always like to use the ST-80. It's easy for them to use, to focus, and manually move.

obin


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csrlice12
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Re: Telescope or binoculars for 7-8 year old? [Re: obin robinson]
      #6281177 - 12/30/13 01:51 PM

To be truthful, that 7-8 year old can handle the cold better then these old bones......

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vismundcygnus
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Re: Telescope or binoculars for 7-8 year old? new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6334835 - 01/25/14 01:18 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I have a couple of grandsons in this age range and I was wondering what thoughts or suggestions you might have for a first observing tool. I received my first telescope at the age of 10 (a Mayflower reflector) but am wondering about something for younger folks.

Thanks for reading and your ideas!




My neighbors have several kids that are all between 6 and 10 years old. They all seem to prefer the small refractors when they stop by for my "driveway star parties." I have several scopes set up but they always like to use the ST-80. It's easy for them to use, to focus, and manually move.

obin




That is interesting, Obin. My girlfriend and I have been looking at scopes for her son to use this summer. I have a Galileoscope I thought about adding a focuser too, but I think the field of view might be too narrow. I can't decide between the Orion Funscope, or an ST80. Seems like either are easy to use, but I worry about longterm collimation on the funscope. I think the wide field of view would make it easier to find things than the f/10 Galileoscope.

JH


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csrlice12
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Re: Telescope or binoculars for 7-8 year old? new [Re: vismundcygnus]
      #6338689 - 01/27/14 12:37 PM

The ST80 can always be used down the road as a finder for a larger scope, for beginning AP, as a guider scope, etc....should they stay in the hobby, and can be sold very easily should they not.....

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Re: Telescope or binoculars for 7-8 year old? new [Re: rg55]
      #6343125 - 01/29/14 01:14 PM

Richard, whatever you decide to get your grandchildren in the way of optical aid, it would be best to make certain the instrument will be secured during daylight hours, at least until they're a bit older.

Young children's mental processes aren't fully developed, thus they can do very foolish things, especially if egged on by similarly reason-challenged peers. A glance at the Sun on a dare could easily lead to a lifetime of recriminations for all concerned.


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csrlice12
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Re: Telescope or binoculars for 7-8 year old? new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #6343584 - 01/29/14 04:31 PM

Very, very, good point. young children should never be allowed to use a scope without supervision....

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vismundcygnus
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Re: Telescope or binoculars for 7-8 year old? new [Re: Raginar]
      #6354544 - 02/03/14 10:49 PM

I was thinking earlier about the possibility of a spotting scope for a young boy. He travels a bit so it would need to be compact for him to take it with him everywhere, and fairly rugged as well. Does anyone have experience with some of the smaller spotting scopes (50-70mm)? The zoom eyepiece seems like a plus as well; there would be no fumbling around with eyepieces and no worry about the usual trash that comes with a "beginner" scope. I think the ST80 might be just a tad big for this kid since doesn't live with us year round so I would like something he could take easily back and forth.

I can understand the optics might not be as good as some telescopes, and definite magnification limitations, but otherwise a spotting scope with a zoom seems like a great way to get a young kid on the move started.


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