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Children are filled with a natural curiosity and fascination for the night sky from a young age. With the proper guidance and tools, you can nurture and spark their astronomical imaginations. Introducing your kids to the wonders of the night sky will not only expand their knowledge and creativity but also provide a lifetime of memories. Stargazing with a good quality telescope is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. Continue reading to learn more about the best telescope for kids.
Kids get the best of both worlds by immersing themselves in the sea of history and science, along with learning to appreciate good craftsmanship. It is a vintage Dollond London 1920 spyglass that is made traditionally using brass and leather just like the pirates. It has high portability since it is lightweight and has an easy-to-use foldable mechanism. The push and pull feature also helps kids to adjust the magnification power for better views. A telescope like this could be very useful for watching birds, star gazing, or having a pirate role-play adventure with your kids. It is also a fantastic conversation starter to find out if your children wish to learn about astronomy in greater detail.
Specifications: Altazimuth Mount, 25.4 mm objective lens, 16 Inches optical tube
Unique features: Compact, portable.
Pros: Leather box, vintage-style, perfect for gifting.
Cons: The leather could develop an odour if kept in closed spaces.
Our rating: 4/5 | Price: ₹1,899
The manual tracking SSEA Telescope is an amazing device for kids who wish to see the moon and stars. Using the sturdy tripod made from aluminium, kids can easily track the different components of the solar system. The three different 0.965-inch high-quality eyepieces offer magnifications of 6mm, 12mm, and 20mm, allowing children to enjoy stargazing to the fullest. Kids can easily locate objects with its 5x24 finder scope that comes with a mounting bracket and internal cross-hair lines. With its remarkable 700mm (f/5.7) focal length, 76mm aperture, completely coated optical glass lens, and high transmission coatings, this is one of the best telescopes for kids that offers spectacular vistas while protecting your children's eyes.
Specifications: 76 mm optical tube, 700mm(f/5.7) focal length, 5x24 finder scope, mounting bracket, three 0.965" eyepieces of 6mm, 12mm, and 20mm
Unique features: 3 eyepieces, coated optical glass
Pros: Easy to assemble, portable, efficient Barlow lens
Cons: The telescope is not steady enough
Our rating: 4.5/ 5 | Price: ₹11,000
The lunarscope is a part of the national geographic stem series, which is very beneficial for kids who are on a lunar exploration journey. The focus knob provides enhanced and clear views of the moon. It is also supplemented by two eyepieces with magnifications of 18x and 90x. The tabletop tripod ensures stability for enchanted uninterrupted focus. Lastly, it comes with a finderscope and learning guide that helps kids learn all about the lunar phases and eclipses closely. Last;y. this NASA children's telescope is great for a fun learning experience for beginners.
Specifications: Galilean Eye Piece Lens, 1 KB objective lens, 18x and 90x eyepieces, tabletop tripod, low-power eyepiece, high-power eyepiece, lens dust cap
Unique features: Learning guide, NASA backing.
Pros: Easy to assemble, good for STEM learning and gifting
Cons: Maintaining the focus may seem challenging
Our rating: 4/5 | Price: ₹13,458
Here is a lightweight telescope that is great to take with you on the go. It has a sturdy aluminium alloy bench stand that can be adjusted up to 360 degrees horizontally and 90 degrees vertically, making it great for outdoor stargazing trips. The 1.25" K20 eyepiece makes your view clear and bright, for a less time-consuming experience. Additionally, the telescope also has an objective lens that has a 50mm diameter and a 360mm focal length. The 5x20 finder scope makes it easy to locate target objects. It can be assembled in a few simple steps, making it extremely convenient for kids. Furthermore, the 45-degree erect image prism offers comfortable viewing angles for terrestrial viewing.
Specifications: 50 mm objective lens, 1.25 inches optical tube, 360mm focal length, 5X20 finder scope, 1.25 inch K20 eyepiece
Unique features: Lightweight, easy adjustments.
Pros: Great for gifting, fully coated optical lens, easy to assemble.
Cons: The stand must be placed on top of a table, instead of the ground.
Our rating: 4.2/5 | Price: ₹12,414
This telescope includes a Barlow lens which is a handy accessory in a telescope. A Barlow lens is one of the optical components that work with an eyepiece to enhance the magnification, as it spreads out the strong light from the planets or stars for better views. It also comes with three different eyepieces that can be used in various configurations and a magnification of up to 150x making it one of the best telescopes for kids. The diagonal lens, along with the fully coated objective lenses, provides excellent clarity and optimal imagery. You also get a wide field of vision and good light-gathering features thanks to its 70mm aperture. The 5x24 crosshairs finder scope makes it easier to locate planets and other solar system constituents. Lastly, the phone adaptor and wireless shutter release also enable you to capture photographs of your child's planet-spotting adventures.
Specifications: Barlow lens, Altazimuth Mount, 70mm aperture, 45x magnification with H20mm eyepiece, 150x magnification with H6mm eyepiece, 5x24 crosshairs finder scope, phone adapter, adjustable tripod
Unique features: Crosshairs finder scope & diagonal lens
Pros: Portability, easy to use, moon filter
Cons: The stand may lack stability
Our rating: 4.1/5 | Price: ₹17,548
Here's a one-of-a-kind DIY telescope that kids will enjoy putting together. The Smartivity STEM Telescope is a telescope for education and construction. Through play, this children's toy telescope teaches children about refraction, depth of vision, and trigonometric ratios. Engaging children in activities like this helps them to develop focus, confidence, and creativity. Once completed, the telescope can be utilised to understand concepts such as distance and height, or it can be disassembled and rebuilt. Kids aged 8 to 14 can assemble this telescope themselves with the help of simple elastic band techniques to join the parts and simple instruction manuals and videos.
Specifications: 108 parts, 60 mins build time
Unique features: STEM learning, easy to assemble.
Pros: Eco-friendly, durable, non-toxic
Cons: Although not for distant viewing, the lens can be utilised for focused vision
Our rating: 4/5 | Price: ₹591
The brightness of the moon can strain the eyes and make it difficult to see the surface properly. Hence, this telescope comes with a metal moon filter that is great to use on such occasions as it provides a low-brightness view. Additionally, this children's refracting telescope has fully coated optics that aid in getting a clear view with the right amount of contrast. Attaching the 5x24 finderscope with the help of its mounting bracket makes it easy to navigate and locate objects in the vast sky. Lastly, it has a 400 mm focal length, and a 70 mm large aperture objective lens for better views. All these features simplify the process of learning about celestial bodies and getting familiar with using a telescope.
Specifications: 400mm focal length, 70mm aperture objective lens, 5X24 finderscope, 16x magnification with K6 eyepiece, 67x magnification with K25 eyepiece, adjustable tripod, 45-degree diagonal mirror, phone adapter, star target planisphere
Unique features: Metal moon filter, telescope mount.
Pros: Castor wheel bottom, star target planisphere, aluminium tripod
Cons: The phone adapter may cause the telescope's equilibrium to shift
Our rating: 4/5 | Price: ₹15,358
The ideal age for kids to use telescopes on their own is 8 years of age. That said, there is no minimum age for kids to use telescopes under adult supervision.
With adult supervision, a 5-year-old child can use a good children's telescope. The 5-year-old kid can become familiar with the parts of a telescope and how to use it, even though they may not be able to explore all the features.
Yes, you can see Saturn with a kid's telescope. Although it is important to note that each telescope offers a different view, hence the views may differ.
No, using a telescope does not cause eye damage in children. Parents or caregivers must closely supervise children when using the telescope. Furthermore, children should not be allowed to view the sun through a telescope due to its extreme brightness.
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