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20 minutes ago, gary19 said:

I think this is a bit of an extravagance for a 5 and 10 year old. An 80mm carbon fibre triplet is a premium small scope mostly aimed at astrophotography. For visual a doublet is going to be lighter and will cool quicker, both of which are probably key considerations if you want to use the telescope as a grab and go instrument. 

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The only comparable in usability thing is a pair of binoculars in your hands (but that's still too shaky in comparison). There is a rumor they are working on the clone and it is still possible to find it used, but at that age if neglected it might retain only a decorative (and DIY) value...

The "Heritage" recommended above is a way more flimsy and harder to setup and use thing.

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