|Choosing a Telescope for a Child|
Recommendation 1: Purchase from a Telescope StoreWhere you buy can make a big difference. The telescopes found in local box stores will more likely lead
to frustration due to small, poor optics on shaky mounts. We recommend that
you instead purchase from a dedicated telescope store. Here are three that we can recommend:
✭ Orion Telescopes (www.telescope.com). This is a
store with great value and return policies. A very good place for people starting out (but avoid the cheapest stuff).
✭ Cloud Break Optics (www.cloudbreakoptics.com).
This store offers online sales and, more importantly, has a physical storefront in Seattle. A great place to see
telescopes and ask questions.
✭ OPT (www.optcorp.com).
This site is one of the most comprehensive astronomy stores in the US. A great place to learn what is
available across the cost spectrum (but avoid the cheapest stuff).