It is again that time of year. We are planning our gifts for the holidays. Some of you are likely considering buying a telescope for yourself or someone else. We want to ensure that you don’t end up with a telescope that sits in a corner unused, gathering dust.

At the observatory we have a handout that helps avoid some of the pitfalls in purchasing a telescope, and I want to share a few highlights with you.

- Telescopes are not inexpensive. You truly do get what you pay for. It is better to buy binoculars than to buy an inexpensive, poorly made telescope.

- Talk to astronomers, either at the observatory or at the North Houston Astronomy Club. They can share their experience, knowledge and opinions.

Come join us on public night at the Insperity Observatory on the first Friday each month, from sunset to 10 p.m.: humbleisd.net/observatory.

Aaron Clevenson
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I am the observatory director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD. I am also an adjunct astronomy professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I teach solar system astronomy and stars and galaxies astronomy. I am the author of the astronomy textbook, “Astronomy for Mere Mortals.” I am a past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and was the chair of Astronomy Day in Southeast Texas in 2015 and 2016. He is an observing program director with The Astronomical League, coordinates their Master Observer Progression Awards, and has authored six of their observing programs.