Choosing a Telescope for a Child

Recommendation 8: Find a good viewing location
What you've learned about real estate is also true about stargazing..... the most important thing for successful stargazing is location.

From the right location, you will be able to see the Milky Way Galaxy glowing brightly. Thousands of stars will shine from horizon to horizon. Planets and DSOs will be tantalizing targets. For many stargazers, the first night under such a sky was all it took to hook them for a lifetime.

Due to widespread light pollution, finding a good location is getting harder. Consider that unless the target is brighter than the skyglow, it will be essentially invisible.

So finding a dark sky site to view from is more important than the telescope that is used. To find out the level of light pollution where you live and for help in finding an even better location, check out Dark Site Finder (