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  1. Thanks for all the great advice. It is much appreciated and now I have plenty to think about. Using the telescope will certainly be a joint effort, at least for the first couple of years.
  2. Hello, My 5 year old son is obsessed with space. He knows more than I do about the solar system. He watches youtube documentaries about space in preference to kids TV, and now he wants a telescope. I have always been interested in science and I have a career in aeronautical engineering, but my experience of telescopes with my father was terrible. I recall a wobbly image of jupiter or saturn in the back garden that looked like an enlarged 'star' drifting out of view. After that night, I lost all interest. I don't want to do the same with my kids. I know that there is a slim chance of this leading on to bigger things, but I want to give him the best opportunity that I can. As a semi-professional photographer, I understand the importance of good lenses and that you get what you pay for. We have started to save, with a target of about £1000-£1500 by the end of the summer. We are selling everything that we can find to raise funds. - I think that I want to buy secondhand. He'll be six in a couple of months, so there's a reasonable chance that he'll change his mind and choose another obsession. I will then have to sell the telescope and I'd rather not lose too much. Beyond common sense and a basic understanding, there's a chance that I will fall for a secondhand 'duffer'. Any advice? Anyone free to help when the time comes? - I prefer low maintenance. I am a novice and I read that SCT is easier, but I'm happy to be advised. - We live in the city (Bristol), but have a big old estate car. I am happy to drive places and set it up. - The current obsession is the solar system and the moon. We haven't touched deep space and nebulae. - I will help him to move it about, but I would rather that he can point it in the right direction (so a goto is appealing). He is TV/computer literate. Thanks to MIT Scatch, he's already programming. - I have some nice camera kit that may be a bonus. Flicking through astrobuysell and looking in shops, I have come up with the following: - Big truss scopes on Dobsonian mounts are reasonably priced. - The Nextar 8se is about £1200 from London Camera Exchange. - It looks like a 10" to 12" Meade may be within budget, but they are older models. Should I care? I think that our target is the best view of the planets possible, but please advise. Thanks for any advice. David
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