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Bresser AR102S 102mm f/4.5 Comet-Series Refractor Telescope w/ Bag and Binoculars $240 + free s/h

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Anyone with experience with telescope can chime in? I am looking for decent telescope for my kids to start getting into astronomy. They already know the google sky app and I would love for them to see the real thing since Jupiter has been so prominent in the sky recently. Any feedback on this deal (or any other) would be helpful.
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Anyone with experience with telescope can chime in? I am looking for decent telescope for my kids to start getting into astronomy. They already know the google sky app and I would love for them to see the real thing since Jupiter has been so prominent in the sky recently. Any feedback on this deal (or any other) would be helpful.
I'm not a fan of this type of telescope. The easiest to deal with is something like a Meade ETX Go To scope. You can up used ones for around $400 (ETX 125) on eBay or some of these telescope sights (Astronomics).
With kids, you want to spend time looking at stuff, not finding it! It took me a while to learn all the constellations and point my old dobsonian reflector to the right spot. That was a great learning experience....by myself. When my kids came into life, I got a used ETX 90 off eBay with Autostar. Set it up, align it, and tell it where to go.
Having said all that, don't expect to see a whole lot with these smaller scopes. For moon and planets, and some of the bigger galaxies (which will look like a blurry fuzzball) it'll be fine. But if you want to really see some details, expect to shell out around $6-700 for a decent 8" (at least) go to scope.
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I'm not a fan of this type of telescope. The easiest to deal with is something like a Meade ETX Go To scope. You can up used ones for around $400 (ETX 125) on eBay or some of these telescope sights (Astronomics).
With kids, you want to spend time looking at stuff, not finding it! It took me a while to learn all the constellations and point my old dobsonian reflector to the right spot. That was a great learning experience....by myself. When my kids came into life, I got a used ETX 90 off eBay with Autostar. Set it up, align it, and tell it where to go.
Having said all that, don't expect to see a whole lot with these smaller scopes. For moon and planets, and some of the bigger galaxies (which will look like a blurry fuzzball) it'll be fine. But if you want to really see some details, expect to shell out around $6-700 for a decent 8" (at least) go to scope.
Thank you for this, this is very helpful.
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Thank you for this, this is very helpful.
A dobsonian (reflector) will give you the most bang (aperture) for the buck. They can be large, though. I have a 24-year-old Meade 10" dob that offers fantastic views....if I can find things!
You kind of get what you pay for, but seriously check Craigslist, eBay, etc... for a used set-up. Many to be had!
A Schmidt-Cassegrain or Maksutov-Cassegrain are more expensive but easier to set up and transport...and store.
Eyepieces are another expense!
Oh, you can go down a rabbit hole with this hobby!
Buy a used set-up, sell it if it doesn't do what you expect.
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A dobsonian (reflector) will give you the most bang (aperture) for the buck. They can be large, though. I have a 24-year-old Meade 10" dob that offers fantastic views....if I can find things!
You kind of get what you pay for, but seriously check Craigslist, eBay, etc... for a used set-up. Many to be had!
A Schmidt-Cassegrain or Maksutov-Cassegrain are more expensive but easier to set up and transport...and store.
Eyepieces are another expense!
Oh, you can go down a rabbit hole with this hobby!
Buy a used set-up, sell it if it doesn't do what you expect.
Thank you that is some god advice... of to craiglsist I go.
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