ISSUE 47  |  Dining and Entertaining

Gardenista Gift Guide: For the Stargazer

November 20, 2012 4:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Look for Orion in the southern sky; the hunter is one of the most striking winter constellations. Of course, the astronomy buff in your life already knows that. Here’s a roundup of gifts for winter stargazers:

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Above: Inspired by the design of Galileo’s telescope (circa 1609), a modern version of Galileo’s Telescope mimics the original’s form, focal length, and materials (metal and wood). It comes with three eyepieces to allow observation of the moon, planets, and other large celestial bodies at three magnifications: 67x, 80x, and 100x; 353€ from Palomar.

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Above: A Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Chart, printed in dark ink on 100 percent cotton white paper and signed in pencil by the printer, measures 28 inches wide by 32 inches tall. It comes ready to hang with a silver hanging loop and is $98 from Agent Gallery Chicago.

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Above: it gets cold out there, watching the night sky in winter. A Handmade Pewter Flask, made in the traditional steel-producing city of Sheffield, England, can hold something warming; $68 from Kaufmann Mercantile.


Above: On night hikes, use binoculars to orient yourself beneath the night sky. A trove of vintage Swiss Army Binoculars by Kern, in gently used condition; available from Deutsche Optike, where a pair of Kern 6 x 24 Quality “C” is $119.