ALFRED — Telescopes are a popular holiday gift, but given that they are available in a wide range of configurations and prices, finding the right one for the aspiring stargazer can prove to be a difficult task.

Alfred University’s Physics Department will offer a workshop, “Buying a Gift Telescope,” aimed at helping consumers find a gift that fits their budget and meets the educational needs of their amateur astronomer. The free program will be held Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. at the Stull Observatory on the Alfred University campus, prior to the regularly scheduled Friday night public viewing.

Drawing both from their own telescope/binocular collection and from other products currently on the market, David Toot, physics professor, and student assistants will give participants a chance to see and try various types, plus offer opinions on different buying options.

Those attending the workshop are invited to bring a telescope with them and get tips on its usage. A follow-up workshop will be offered in February for those who received a telescope as a gift over the holidays.