Self-indulgences for skywatchers need not be astronomically priced

Say you got a tax refund. Unlike most folks around here, whose winter heating bills have left them living in a dumpster, you’ve got a bunch of extra money. And you love nature. Well? How can you get the most bang for the buck?

Let’s do three categories: telescopes, binoculars and travel.

My short advice for anyone contemplating purchasing the former is: Don’t. I’ve said it before: Ninety-nine percent of those who buy a telescope use it once or twice and . . .

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