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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice starter telescope, May 28, 2009
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This review is from: Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope (Electronics)
After reading another reviewer state that he could see the rings of Saturn with this inexpensive scope, I immediately bought one for my son who is 8. He is really starting to get an interest in space, and growing up with an amateur astronomer father, I am overjoyed. It's a nice starter telescope and has been really easy for him to use. I like that it doesn't take up a lot of room and you can't beat the price. It's also nice that it commemorates history's greatest scientists and astronomers, my son has actually looked a few of them up on the internet to find out more about them! Very pleased.
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Initial post: May 8, 2010, 11:26:09 AM PDT
Did your son see Saturn's rings clearly? Is he still enjoying the scope? Thanks!

Posted on Nov 16, 2010, 7:09:20 PM PST
Mike W. says:
I have a 7 year old son who has been asking for a scope for the past few months. I was thinking about getting one for him for Christmas. Did not want to break the bank but also wanted to get something good enough to keep his interest. Sounds like this would be a good choice?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2010, 10:07:39 PM PST
I didn't care for it, in fact, I was sorely disappointed. I could not align the finderscope, which made viewing very difficult. If you can afford it, I would consider the Orion StarBlast 4.5. Had I known better, that would have been my first one...even though it is more expensive. It is about $200, but, at least, the eyepieces from it can be used on any telescope, you can also enjoy it for yourself, and it is a 'real telescope'. Since obtaining the Firstscope, I had eventually purchased an Orion SkyBlast XT 4.5, which works well for my needs.

Others may feel differently, as you may see. To be honest, I think that a pair of binoculars may be better suited in the very beginnings of stargazing, especially for children. If their interest wanes, at least the binoculars can be used for terrestial use as well. Consider a pair of either 7x50 or 10x50s. If you want more apenture, maybe 12x60. The field of view is wider, and learning to navigate the sky may be a bit easier. You can see star clusters, nebulae, even planets (they will look more like discs-no detail, white). With even the 10x50s, or better yet, 12x60, even 20x50, you can see Jupiter's 4 Galilean moons, Venus as it turns into a crescent, the Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula, Pleiades, double stars, etc...

As a parent, I can certainly understand wanting to introduce a child into the wonders of the sky, at reasonable cost. I am new into the hobby myself as an adult, and wanted to get the best for my buck, also. I would never disagree with many of the positive posts written about this scope...that was their experience...mine wasn't so positive. You and your son may have a better one than I did. But, after that experience, I now tell people start with binos, or start with a telescope that will show some better detail. Good luck!
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