Lord help them if you have kids. I feel sorry for them. But then again, only
a retarded women
"Rich" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> 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."