Binoculars, telescope, etc. for planet interested 9-year old

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  1. MurrayNevada

    MurrayNevada USMC (MOS 0369) (RVN 69-70)

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    I took my 9-year old grandson to a mountain cabin this weekend where he was able to view Jupiter and Saturn with inexpensive binoculars. I was surprised with the level of interest and enthusiasm he showed. He couldn't stop talking about it and asked surprisingly interesting questions. It was difficult for him to hold the binoculars still but with my truck for a rest he did OK. My question: What type of binoculars/telescope and gear would work well for us? I would like to encourage his enthusiasm in this new interest. Thank you.
     
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    What is your budget?

    In any case, I would recommend getting a planisphere, maybe a few books on sky gazing.

    I bet the binoculars you were using will be good for quite a while if he gets into the above.
     
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    Download the skymap app to your phone. Its a great tool for locating stars, planets, etc.
     
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    MurrayNevada USMC (MOS 0369) (RVN 69-70)

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    Just ordered a planisphere. The binoculars we were using need replacement. Any recommendations for our purpose? Magnification, etc. In the approximate $200.00 +/- range.