A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David Pike
Date: 2016 Jul 23, 01:06 -0700
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