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    Hello,

    Im thinking about getting a telescope for my 6 yr old (and myself) for Christmas. I dont want to spend much more than $100, but i want something good that can see planets.

    Im looking at a "Gskyer Telescope, Travel Scope, 70mm Aperture 400mm AZ Mount Astronomical Refractor Telescope for Kids Beginners - Portable Travel Telescope with Carry Bag, Smartphone Adapter and Wireless Remote" for $95 on Amazon.

    What do you all think of this option?

    Based on reviews it seems like it would be a good choice, but i figured I should consult the experts!

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    Default Re: Good Beginner Telescope?

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    Default Re: Good Beginner Telescope?

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Meade-Ins...scope/41147082

    Most other scopes below $200 have weak wobbly mounts. Such mounts will frustrate and cause a youngster to lose interest. Don't get a reflector or any other scope on a eq mount. Most hobbyist will agree on the Meade 102mm for a beginner. Persons at www.theskysearchers.com can help you further/perhaps better.

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    Default Re: Good Beginner Telescope?

    The first piece of advice I would give is never trust Amazon reviews.
    Many times you will find the same review posted for similar products.

    The telescope will really only be good as a widefield sweeper and getting some lunar views, you will most likely want something better very quickly for looking at other objects.
    Check out the Orion Telescope website at www.telescopes.com and see what is listed in the beginners section. (Orion has a Amazon store I believe)
    If you find something interesting let us know which and we can let you know the good and bad points.
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