The Celestron FirstScope telescope has been an excellent addition as a telescope for my kids to use. I have no problems letting them touch it and look at what every they wanted to. The finderscope makes the telescope useful and the moon filter is a nice addition when they are looking at the moon.
To summarize, great telescope.
The Celestron FirstScope worked great for the kids. But, one problem they had right away was pointing the telescope at something to look at. It was tough to align for them. I remember there was an accessory kit for the FirstScope. The kit included an finderscope which would help with the alignment. It also included a 12.5mm and 6mm eyepiece. Finally, it included a moon filter and software CD.
I was starting to get re-acquainted with my Meade ETX90. I have had it for some many years but just haven’t made the time to take it outside. At first, I was just pointing it out an open house window to look at the Moon or Jupiter. But, got to start some place.
But, I quickly found out that my two young children wanted to look through it also. I definitely wanted to encourage this but also was a little concern that they might break or stratch something. So, I started looking for an option for them.
I found the Celeston FirstScope telescope. I really liked it because the price was very reasonable and everything was included in the package. The reflector telescope included a small stand and two eyepieces: a 20mm and a 4mm. The telescope has a 76mm aperture which compares similarly to the ETX90 at 90mm. Looks like a good telescope for young kids.