Choosing a Telescope for a Child

Recommendation 6: Three Telescopes to Consider
So, we are recommending a 3" (80mm) to 6" (150mm) reflector, on an alt-az or dobsonian mount, and without GOTO. If you would like some specific recommendations, here are three very good, reasonably priced telescopes that can provide a lifetime of viewing pleasure:

Orion StarBlast 6 Tabletop Telescope
Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian
Skywatcher 6" Traditional Dobsonian

Of course there are lots of other good options available but the ones above pack a lot of value. If you are considering something else and would like our opinion, feel free to email.