Choosing a Telescope for a Child

Recommendation 5: Skip the GOTO systems
Telescopes that come with GOTO can automatically go right to the desired targets just by tapping buttons. Cool right? While many stargazers love GOTO, for children starting out, it isn’t necessarily a good thing. Here's why...

⤫ GOTO, if it is of good quality, typically adds hundreds of dollars to the cost.
⤫ GOTO adds a level of complexity that must be mastered.
⤫ GOTO becomes something of a crutch because, by using it, one doesn't have to learn the night sky.

So we recommend that you choose a telescope without GOTO for a child's first telescope. But we do acknowledge that GOTO may be hard to resist. So, if you do want GOTO we then suggest you spend enough to get good quality.