If you’ve got 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. Unfortunately like everything,

prices have gone up sharply in the last couple of years—all the more reason to get the best telescope bang for your buck. The best advice I can give is to shop for a scope as soon as possible. Stargazing became a very popular hobby during the pandemic and there’s still quite a demand for telescopes and accessories. I don’t want you to get stuck on a backorder list!

Mike Lynch is an amateur astronomer and retired broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He is the author of “Stars: a Month by Month Tour of the Constellations,” published by Adventure Publications and available at bookstores and adventurepublications.net. Mike is available for private star parties. You can contact him at mikewlynch@comcast.net.

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