A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Steve E. Bryant
Date: 2016 Jul 23, 09:25 -0500
Great advice; makes perfect sense to me.
I have the perfect gift now that you mention it.
My circular magnifying floor lamp came with an extra lens that will make the perfect toy for now. (Your right, he’s good for about 10 minutes.)
From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of David Pike
Sent: Saturday, July 23, 2016 3:09 AM
Subject: [NavList] Re: Telescope for a 9 year old?
What would be a good one to buy today that would hold a young man's attention?
I would say don’t expect to hold a nine year olds attention for very long. The normal rule is one minute for each year of age as my own grandchildren constantly re-remind me every times my plans for their scientific awakening go awry. At nine, I was always buying plastic telescopes for pirate games etc, but they never seemed much good and usually got trodden on fairly quickly. I got on much better borrowing grandma’s magnifying glass. That always seemed to work, and you could burn holes in paper with it too. I also had great fun with a 50x microscope which I saved up months for.
So I would say don’t buy anything too sophisticated unless you want to wait a few years to see it used to its full capacity (unless you want to play with it yourself). DaveP