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micfullprovlo

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Re: $300 scope for 10 year old
« Reply #30 on: January 25, 2018, 07:12:32 PM »
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"It's a little odd..."
...but an improvement nonetheless. I probably would not have made the switch had its Dobson-mount been of the usual type. Ultimately I would prefer it as the one illustrated, but not as a DIY or a one-off. Here's another 6" f/5 properly mounted as a "Dobsonian" two-pointer... http://astra-nj.org/...h Dobsonian.jpg ...but again, as a DIY.
Those, or at f/6 at most, should be offered on a mass-produced, commercial scale, and just like the 8" f/6 units and up.

What did you use for a stand for the Starblast, that partially folded table shown in your photo? The 6 inch Starblast I had was plenty solid when it was on solid footing.

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Re: $300 scope for 10 year old
« Reply #31 on: January 26, 2018, 01:45:57 AM »
"The 6 inch Starblast I had..."

...had? Hmm...

One should've tried it out on a traditional alt-azimuth; or made a taller, Dobson two-pointer for it. They would've found it far more pleasant.

memeforvi

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Re: $300 scope for 10 year old
« Reply #32 on: January 30, 2018, 02:47:09 AM »
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Hi

i'm asking for a friend since i hate to recommend something specific that i happen to know about, if there might be something better. i think a celestron is in order. the uncle buying this scope tells me that the kid would benefit from computerized goto and tracking.

i looked at all the various lines of scopes:http://www.celestron...lescopes/series

seems like he might have to sacrifice aperture for goto, which i personally find sad tips?

Did your friend buy the telescope? What did he get?

Making the most of that first night with the Christmas telescope - What to do after you open the box.http://www.cloudynig...s/#entry6953228

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Re: $300 scope for 10 year old
« Reply #33 on: January 30, 2018, 11:25:08 PM »
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At $300 including goto and no extra eyepieces, the kid won't learn what they're trying to look for because it will just be a fuzz. Oh boy! Guys come look at this fuzzy thing. That's supposed to be IC, NGC, M something. I would let the child have a say in picking it out. Perhaps a used 8"dob could be had. Perhaps a few hours observing with you might encourage better options. IMO a younger person is going to be looking at the bright stuff anyway. Moon, Planets and cool star clusters. You don't need goto for them. Best of luck!


For many of these reasons, I bought my grandchildren NexStar 8's (two telescopes for two sets of grandchildren). Mom and dad (my kids) had to help them carry them in and out of the house at first, but now they can do it themselves. I taught them how to set up, align the Telrad, and use the telescope. They love their telescopes.