Choosing a Telescope

Summary of Recommendations
Purchase from a telescope store instead of a local box store to get better quality.
Get a 3" (80mm) to 6" (150mm) telescope to increase the number of available targets.
For the best value, get a reflector.
Get an alt-az or dobsonian mount since it is simple and less expensive.
Skip GOTO since a good one adds a lot of cost and complexity.
Get a good smartphone/tablet app to use at the telescope. This way you'll know what to look for.
Find a good location with low levels of light pollution. It will make all the difference.

Keep in mind that these are all general recommendations. Your child and your situation are unique. If you have any questions feel free to email us. We love helping children — of all ages — connect with our wonderful universe via the portal of our starry night sky.

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