It is the time of year again when people often think about buying a telescope as a present. While we think telescopes make great gifts, we know that many people get the wrong telescope. How do you know what you should get? Our best advice is talk to an astronomer first. They can help you avoid problems, save money and get a telescope that will be enjoyed for many years. But also know that telescopes are somewhat expensive. Binoculars are a great alternative and easier on the budget.

We have two great resources available locally. One is the Insperity Observatory and its staff of experienced astronomers ( Another option is the North Houston Astronomy Club ( The websites for these two organizations tell you how to get in contact with astronomers who are all interested in sharing their passion for astronomy.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Aaron Clevenson
Author: Aaron ClevensonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.

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