any star gazers out there?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Dar, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    My son has been talking about the stars and constellations for a few weeks now and i thought it may be good to get him a telescope ... WHOAAAAA [​IMG] they can get expensive.. there is one on ebay for $80K .. [​IMG]

    can you recommend a inexpensive one for him... he is 13... thanks
     
  2. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

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    All I can tell you is you get what you pay for with telescopes. Go cheap, you get cheap.
     
  3. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

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    I don't know brands, etc., but my ex is big into that stuff and I do know for around $300 you can get some perfectly good quality ones suitable for his age. Less than that are cheap toys and pretty useless, but you don't need to spend thousands on a beginner hobby. See how he does with a starter one and you can always upgrade it he proves to be serious about it. I think it's an excellent hobby idea for a teen, and you can enjoy it too!
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:$80k?? As in $80 THOUSAND??! [​IMG]
     
  5. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ours has an inexpensive one, a Christmas gift when he showed interest.

    It's been nice to have during some events, but is NOT anything fancy.

    Good for exploring the stars/planets nearest Earth.

    Figured if he wanted to do more after that we'd splurge on the $300 one, but he lost interest so we were glad we went with the inexpensive one.
     
  6. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:$80k?? As in $80 THOUSAND??! [​IMG]

    yes $80,000 thats more then both my car and hubby's car put together
     
  7. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Get a multipurpose device, e.g., binoculars (a 6" reflector will sit collecting dust if the interest fades with the dawn of a more compelling avocation, a pair of binoculars is for the birds, etc.). Bushnell makes relatively good, inexpensive, `nocs (either 8x40 or 10x50 - both have exit pupils of 5mm - most bang for the buck).

    Use of `nocs for astronomy: http://www.jodrellbank.manchester.ac.uk/astronomy/nightsky/binoculars.html

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    pair of Bushnell 8x40's and a shareware program like Cybersky (free for 30 days): http://www.cybersky.com/ will run less than $100.00.
     
  8. gogoalie

    gogoalie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I second usin' binos...you can get a tripod too & bino attachments & get some good quality outta them, if you want, get some Leupolds, a bit more spendy, but they're guranteed for life...can't beat that!
     

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