If you have a stargazing fan on your holiday gift-giving list and you’re considering a telescope for that special someone, even if that someone is you, I want you to buy right and buy smart. Get the most astronomical bang for your buck.

I really believe it’s best to purchase a telescope online from a company or dealership that deals with telescopes rather than department stores, unless the telescope is for a really young astronomer.

Mike Lynch is an amateur astronomer and retired broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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