Welcome To Telescope For Kids We’re The Jane Family
As a stay at home mom I wanted to make learning about the night sky fun and be able to support our new hobby of backyard astronomy. As an amature astronomer I've spent hours learning about star gazing telescopes. This site is the result of all that research. All you parents with children interested in observing the stars, learning outside the classroom is alot easier with the right equipment. Enjoy exploring our solar system and remember to choose a kid friendly, easy to use and set up model, when buying a telescope for kids.
Telescope For Kids Warning
Cheap Kids Telescopes Ruin Children's Interest, Enthusiasm And Excitement
Do you have a budding astronomer, explores or scientist in your family? Then do not run the risk of destroying their enthusiasm for astronomy by buying a cheap telescope for kids. Children can loose interest in any thing that is complicated, takes too long to set up or produces poor results, all of which is what you get when buying a kids telescope based on price alone.
Is your child filled with curiosity and questions or has learning become a chore to be endured in the classroom? In either case parents, it's up to you to make learning fun. By exploring the universe through the eyes of a telescope you engage your children in a rewarding and exciting activity, something the whole family can enjoy. Telescopes for kids are more than just fun, educational toys.
Before Asking What Telescope To Buy
Consider how easy it is to set up and adjust. The optical performance and of course your budget. Read product reviews featured here and see what other satisfied customers have to say about the telescope they bought. Also keep these specifications in mind when finding the best beginner telescope for children.
Diameter Of The Lens
Standard Eye Piece
Beware Of Magnification
Size matters when considering the size of the lens. The bigger the telescope the better the performance. A minimum of a 3" refractor telescope or a 4.5" reflector telescope will not disappoint. Movement will distort the images being viewed. A solid base and mount ensure less movement. A standard size for eyepieces is 1.25". 500x magnification is more of an advertising gimic rather than useful specifications. 50 -125 power is more than enough to show the craters of the moon, the rings of Saturn and even the moons of Jupiter.
Telescopes For Beginners
Astronomy and space is all about learning, it's an outdoor nature hobby that kids of all ages can enjoy. Buying a telescope is something that most people who get interested in astronomy will want to do. There is a wide variety of affordable telescopes for beginners, armatures and casual observers to choose from.
Reflector vs refractor telescope. Common types of telescopes include the refractor telescope and the other is known as the reflecting telescope. The difference between them being how the light is captured.
Refractor Telescope History
Refractor telescopes are some of the oldest telescopes available. Made up of concave lenses that allow the light to be refracted and images to appear bright and larger than looking at it with the normal eye the refractor telescope can greatly aid in seeing stars, planets and moons. A reflecting telescope is an optical telescope that uses a single or combination of curved mirrors that reflect light and form an image. Hans Lippershey and Zacharias Janssen are credited with the birth of the refracting telescope in the year 1608. The next year Galileo greatly improved upon this design and is often credited as being the first to invent the astronomical telescope. The reflecting telescope was invented as an alternative to the refracting telescope.
For children, the refracting telescope is easier to use, compared with a reflecting telescope. The disadvantage being false color appearing around sited objects. The main advantages of reflecting telescopes is their cost. Since they use mirrors instead of lenses they are less expensive to make.
Telescope For Sale
When considering where to buy telescopes consider the convenience of online shopping. Here at Telescope For Kids we make it easy to buy children's telescopes based not only on price but more important top quality brand names, top sellers and popular models. Search and compare customer reviews and ratings to help you find the best telescopes for children.
A 4.5" reflector telescope uses a mirror instead of lenses. The size refers to the diameter of the biggest mirror at the bottom of the telescope. This reasonably priced model will let you look at the moon and planets and is a good starter telescope.
Celestron Telescopes are a favorite with amateur astronomers noted for their superior optics, user friendly design, light weight construction and award winning customer satisfaction.
Orion Telescopes have emerged as the foremost source of optical equipment the makes the heavens viewable to all interested star gazers.
When wondering what telescope to buy a child consider the Meade ETX or the Mead DS telescope. Meade telescopes are well known and liked by both serious and amateur astronomers alike.
A Dobsonian telescope is an alt-azimuth (up and down side to side) mounted Newtonian telescope (reflecting telescope using mirrors) made popular in the 1960's. It's a simple design, easy to make, low cost telescope.
Celestron Firstscope, a beginner telescope for kids is designed for the first time user. It's compact, durable and portable design makes selecting terrestrial objects as easy as select, point and focus.
Children's telescope models under $99.00 small, discount telescopes can still deliver satisfying results as starter telescopes for kids.
Astronomy For Kids
No matter what telescope you decide to buy don't expect to see images that compare to the Hubble space telescope. It's hard to imagine when we view the night sky with the naked eye that it's full of star clusters and red super giants. Thanks to NASA and it's picture gallery were able to enjoy whats out there.
With the help of a celestial map or star chart astronomers identify and locate astronomical objects like stars, constellations and galaxies. They have been used by human to navigate the globe.
On a dark night, you can see about 1000 to 1500 stars. Trying to identify them can be a challenge that is why people started to name them by constellations. Here is a list of the constellations by name. To learn more about our solar system there are several good books written just for kids. You can download a PDF file of photographs of our solar system and print them out.
Starter Telescope For Kids Resources
Kids make your own star finder for each month of the year as the Earth travels through the solar system you will be able to find the different constellations. Want to know when the next meteor shower is just visit weekly stargazing tips for loads of fun information. For beautiful color pictures of the Milky Way galaxy and others hop on over to the National Geographic photo gallery.
Build your own planisphere or star wheel with the help of the people at astronomy for kids. Learn about meteorites, comets, asteroids and other useful options just for children who want to learn more about the stars and planets and moons in the night sky's. The astronomy dictionary will help you understand what the word nebula and supernova mean.