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Re: Why you should buy your kid a decent scope, not junk

Subject: Re: Why you should buy your kid a decent scope, not junk
From: "Mike"
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 17:17:47 GMT
Newsgroups: sci.astro.amateur
Lord help them if you have kids. I feel sorry for them. But then again, only 
a retarded women
would bother.

"Rich" <[email protected]> wrote in message 
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> 1.  Junk dissaude's people from becoming really interested.  It's only
> the most rabid observer who can stick it out with trash while waiting
> for a good scope to deliver itself.
> 2.  Good scopes are FAR cheaper today than 20 years ago.  In 1970, a
> serviceable (barely) 60mm refractor cost $75.00.  Today, about double
> that.  Compare that with any other product you can name.  Except
> perhaps computers.
> 3.  If the "bug" doesn't really bite and you have to sell the scope,
> you'll get back a decent percentage of what you paid if you invest in a
> decent scope.  IMO, a 4" reflector or a basic 80mm refractor is a
> mininum.  Crappy white 60mm refractors on spindly mounts won't net you
> $25.00 on Ebay but a name-brand 80mm refractor telescope can be resold.
> 4.  Light pollution is far worse today.  What someone could see in an
> 80mm refractor in 1970 requires a 6" reflector or equivalent today to
> been seen from the same generally urbanized area where 95% of us live.
> This requires investment in something reasonable.
> 5.  Above a certain level, there are no truly bad scopes anymore.  No
> company will put out a bad  6" scope, but plenty will sell HORRIBLE
> 50-60mm refractors.
> 6.  You have to contend with all manner of flashy alternate
> entertainments today, so whatever the kid uses had better deliver.
> 7.  Too few young people are joining the ranks of amateurs and too few
> are pursuing careers as scientists and engineers.  The only way to
> reverse this is to "get them interested early."

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