Just a word of advice - do your Christmas shopping early this year for the best selection of beginner telescopes. With a surprisingly strong showing at the retail stores on “Black” Friday, the more popular beginner and kid telescopes will be selling out soon.
Check out the recommended beginner telescopes from Amazon — they do have a great selection of name brand telescopes and their shipping costs are generally quite reasonable. In most cases, they have lower shipping costs than most of the specialty optics stores. In fact, many of the recommended telescopes qualify for their FREE Super Saver shipping, but you must buy early to assure these Christmas gifts arrive before December 25.
So, don’t disappoint your young astronomer because you waited too long to purchase their Christmas present - a brand new telescope. Shop early and make sure everyone has a Happy Holiday!
If you wish you could show your child the universe in a whole new way, a child telescope may be the pathway to discovery. The scientific community is always trying to promote science and astronomy to the younger generation. Exploration of the heavens will peak a child’s interest in the cosmos, so why not help your young astronomer with a child telescope?
How Is a Child Telescope Different?
The telescopes made for kids are generally simple to operate, with few if any intricate features and options. They are generally designed for rugged conditions and ease of use. A child telescope is usually quite affordable and can make for an exciting present for birthdays or holidays. Of course, your first child telescope need not be overly expensive nor should it be too cheap. The child needs to perceive the telescope as a special tool or instrument rather than just another toy in their toy chest.
How Do You Introduce Your Child to the Cosmos?
There are a few things that you need prior to getting a child telescope and your beginning endeavors into astronomy. Astronomy need not be a confusing and difficult subject to understand. While it may take a little studying, the use of a kid telescope could help you begin to get your child interested in something that can help them develop new skills and new attitudes.
How Much Will a Child Telescope Cost?
A child telescope can be as expensive or inexpensive as you like, but can certainly fit into most people’s budget. And if you are willing to put a little time into researching telescopes, you can easily determine what model fits best into your budget and will be best for you and your child. Once you have selected a telescope, spending a little time understanding how to use and spending time with your child could help the child telescope be a more stable part of your life.
Finding the ‘Right’ Child Telescope
You may worry that you need to be part scientist to understand the difference in telescopes and that the child telescope needs to wow and amaze your youngster. The truth is that developing an interest in the universe and the stars is key to peaking your child’s interest.
So if apertures, lens, mirrors, or reflectors confuse you, it may be better to start small, make sure that astronomy and the child telescope catches his or her imagination and interest then proceed into better equipment with more options.
The worst thing that many parents experience in buying their children things is the lack of interest that comes after a few months or weeks of starting a new hobby. Yet you could extend that interest by making short term goals and helping them gain more interest in the hobby through your own interest
There are sites on the internet (including our A1-Telescopes.com) that can help you understand what you need to look for in a child telescope. Our best advice is to 1) Start small, and 2) develop the interest and knowledge of stars, planets and the universe.
A Bonding Experience
You never know, but just sharing an interest with your youngster may bring you closer to them while developing a real interest in science and the universe. Sure beats the heck out of watching them sit in front of the television for hours playing video games. And remember – it could all start with the purchase of your youngster’s first child telescope!