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    Let me start by saying that I recognize that my child may not stick with looking at the sky through a telescope. Or he may turn into a stargazing nut. I'm ok with either outcome. My son is almost 7 and wants a telescope to "look at the planets". His father has pointed out to him the visible to the eye planets when they are easy to spot. (I think Mercury and Venus? I don't know.) Locally, our HobbyTownUSA carries a few Celestron AstroMaster models ranging from $150-500. I'm aware that I still have plenty of time to order for Christmas and get Amazon.com to rush the shipping if I procrastinate. My budget is ~$200, give or take a "few" dollars. I stumbled onto findascope.com's guide, but I don't know when it was last updated as the prices certainly seem to be much lower than what I have found. Can anyone reccommend a telescope that will satisfy my child's desire to see the planets and be simple enough to use that I can figure it out? (Or if all else fails, his daddy can figure it out?)

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    Welcome to the forum Dan

    This scope is a popular choice

    Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope - Telescope.com

    It just sits on a table top

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    Hi Dansamy,
    Vinnie suggested a great scope here are a few reviews (which mention its a great kids scope as well):

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/review/product/B0000XMT38/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_summary?_encoding=UTF8&showViewpo ints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending]Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Telescope[/ame]

    Vinnie or anyone, do you have any comments on the Celestron AstroMaster models?

    Let us know Dansamy how the purchase/selection goes and if you need any help with the telescope or viewing
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    I think the hobby store has this one: w w w. telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=celestron_reflectors/~pcategory=shopbybrand/~product_id=09110

    and this one: w w w. telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=celestron_reflectors/~pcategory=shopbybrand/~product_id=09108

    Sorry for the wonkiness of the address. Spam filter says I can't post any links.

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    Also, I realize that he's too young to do the finding and focusing alone. I know this will be a family project thing. His dad is 6'3". Will a tall adult in the mix change what we need to look for in terms of tabletop vs. tripod?

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    Thats OK Dan, you will be able to post links after a minimum qualifying period. An unfortunate necessity

    Product 09110 114mmEQ is a spherical mirror job, far from ideal suggest you take it off your list

    Product 09108 130mm EQ is a very tidy scope. I would have thought it might be more advanced than your first request, but OTOH I gather that this will be a father/son activity and so maybe a good choice

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    Well, it'll end up being a whole family project, but my husband will probably do all the "star-finding" while the rest of us then get to do the "star-gazing". I just know the local shop has those telescopes and one other long skinny model in stock.

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    A bit of confusion just went on here with the spam filter Dan,

    Your last post was held back for mod approval and didn't show up until after my last post above was sent.

    I have now manually approved that post and so you should from now on have no restrictions.

    Its a sad fact, but we have to employ a system of this nature, I hope you understand.

    No, I don't see height variation as a negative. You can adjust tripod heights, so he can stand and you bend over, or better still, sit on a chair

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    Sorry Amy, I have been reading you as the Dad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie View Post
    Sorry Amy, I have been reading you as the Dad
    That's ok. I've gotten so used to people assuming my name is "Dan" on the interweb, that I just automatically replace it with "Amy" in my head and keep reading.

 

 
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