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telescope for my 10 year old

Started by srose, 04/20/2008 06:00PM
Posted 04/20/2008 06:00PM Opening Post
I want to get a nice telescope for my sons 10th birthday. Budget of around 500-700. already have lenses as I have a meade lx90. thanks.
Posted 04/20/2008 07:58PM #1
Posted 04/21/2008 06:32AM #2
My 9-year old daughter has an Orion XT6 which seems a perfect match in terms of size. She can carry the OTA without trouble. The XT6 matched with a good zoom EP doesn't require a whole lot of fuss and seems to keep her very happy. The downside is that she does require help with the collimation.
Posted 04/21/2008 10:14AM | Edited 04/21/2008 10:16AM #3
Get an 8" Orion or Zhumell dobsonian. It's easier for a kid to point, and has more apperature so you and your 10 year-old will be able to see more things like nebula, globular clusters, and some galaxies. The 8" scope lets you use 2" eyepieces. It's a good scope for a kid to grew into. We got my nephew one some years back when he was 9 or 10. He's 14 now and still uses it.

Been there and done it.

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Posted 04/25/2008 09:20AM #4
The Orion XT6 Classic Dobsonian is a great start. You will have plenty of cash left over for eyepieces and accessories. It is easy to use and collimate, and the views are excellent. I just set up an Orion 6" f/8 optical tube that is the same as the one used for the XT6 on an equitorial mount and love it.
Posted 07/12/2008 06:43PM #5
Forget the budget - tell the wife I suggest a 30" R-C with a top-of-the line CCD camera. Be sure to treat the lad well so he'll let you have some time on it...
George T'man