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Starting your Child in an Astronomy Hobby and Avoiding the Pitfalls!

Posted by Tom Ryan on 8/18/2016 to News
Starting your Child in an Astronomy Hobby and Avoiding the Pitfalls!

Astronomy can be a thrilling hobby for a child, with knowledge that will last a lifetime. It is also a fantastic opportunity for a parent to bond with their young scientist. However, there's more to it than simply purchasing a telescope and heading out on the first clear night. There are pitfalls that can result in disappointment and frustration, with the potential of ruining the experience for a child and deterring them from an astronomy hobby for the rest of their lives. This article is about the lessons I learned based on my personal experience as a young child, and later as an adult with my nieces and nephews, including basics on choosing the best telescope.