Almost all of us have loved outer space and the stars, especially when we were kids. We longed to visit the stars and planets. The constellations, such as the Big Dipper, Ursa Major, and Orion fascinated us.
Even as we grew up our fascination with space never went away. We know of course that we will probably never visit the stars and planets but we can do the next best thing: buy a telescope.
A telescope puts the stars and planets almost within reach. You can view Mars and Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. If you have kids this is a sure way to have some family fun time and learn something in the process. Your kids may become so fascinated that they long to learn more. This may inspire them to read and study harder in math and science.
Owning a telescope is a fun and educational thing to do. But when going out to purchase a telescope here are a few things to look for:
When buying a telescope you want one that will be around for a good long while. And if you have kids this is an even more important factor. Kids tend to sometimes be rough on their items. Besides you want the telescope to last until your child is grown and beyond.
If you want to take your telescope out and about to the best places to view the stars you will need a telescope that is lightweight, and easy to assemble on the spot. Imagine going on vacation and being able to view the stars from a mountain top or the beach. Or even a large field near where you live.If you intend to use it anywhere but your own backyard, portability is a must.