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After a little break (of 25 years or so) Bob King is celebrating his retirement with a return to The North 103.3's airwaves!After almost 40 years with the Duluth News Tribune, Bob is now retired. But scratch a print guy and you'll find a radio guy; King and then-UMD Planetarium Director Glen Langhorst hosted Startalk on KUMD for several years in the early '90s.Listen for Astro Bob every other Tuesday at 8am on Northland Morning.

Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: as Meat Loaf once sang, "two out of three ain't bad"

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The fabulous northern lights forecast for last week didn't materialize - the magnetic field was pointed the wrong way.

Then if you gave up on the Geminids last weekend and went to bed - the skies cleared around midnight.

But there's one last chance to see something cool and magical in the skies, and it's not only visible at a sensible hour, you have a window to see it of at least a week.

You can find more stargazing advice, stories and news at Astro Bob's Astronomy for Everyone.

Bob King's Holiday Teloscope-Gifting Guide!

My goal was to find telescopes that combined quality and affordability for $300 or less. I'm not associated with the companies that make or sell these instruments. You'll find full details and photos about each of the telescopes at the links below.

* Orion 4.5-inch Starblast Tabletop reflecting telescope $219

* Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian reflector $300

* Sky-watcher 6-inch f/8 Traditional Dobsonian reflector $315

* Orion VersaGo E-series 90mm (3.5-inch) Altazimuth refractor $180


 

If I were to pick just one of these, I'd go with either of the 6-inch models. Keep in mind you may also want to buy a few accessories down the line such as better quality eyepieces, a star atlas and a red flashlight to preserve your night vision while observing. For an awesome little atlas I highly recommend the Pocket Sky Atlas ($24.95).

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