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For years, friends and family of astronomy buffs were limited to museum emporia and shopping mall novelty stores for celestial gift ideas. Thanks to the Internet, a variety of astronomy gifts are just a click away.
- Astronomers at all levels tend to be very picky about their stargazing equipment. Make sure you do some research before buying them any sky-watching tools.
- Mega marketplaces like eBay and Amazon are good places to find astronomy books, DVDs and other media. Keep in mind whether your astronomy buff has a preference for "theoretical" (astrophysics) or "observational" (stargazing) astronomy. For the latter, a sky atlas might be a better choice than a NOVA documentary.
- Most observatories and museums have gift shops on their Web sites, but the merchandise is nearly always overpriced. As a general rule, only browse here to get ideas, but make your purchase elsewhere.