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Glenn Chaple's observing basics: Holiday wish list

December 2004: Here's a list of essentials to help launch your cosmic odyssey
Here's a question for you astronomy
newcomers out there: What's the most important item a beginning skygazer should purchase? If you answered "A telescope!" I'm sorry to say you're wrong. Oh, it's up there in degree of importance, but a telescope alone won't get you very far — at least, not at first. Here's a list of essentials to help launch your cosmic odyssey. (It's no coincidence that I'm doing this in the December issue, hint, hint.)

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