Binoculars

Stargazing Basics

Binoculars for Astronomy: Ultimate Guide to Selecting and Buying

Ordinary binoculars are your ideal "first telescope." And they're so versatile that even seasoned stargazers find them indispensable.

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

Power and Aperture in Binoculars

They come in a wide range of apertures. But for astronomy, large aperture is only part of the story. High magnification is just as important when binoculars are used on a night sky that's not absolutely dark.

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

Binocular Blogs

Binocular stargazing has a peaceful, organic quality that's hard to achieve through a telescope. Here's a list of some blogs the author has written on this subject.

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

Binoculars vs. Starblast, Redux

How do 15x70 binoculars hold up against a genuinely inexpensive telescope?

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

Binoculars Part III: One Eye Versus Two

Binoculars are qualitatively different from telescopes with identical aperture.

Binocular bits

Binoculars: Guides and Recommendations

Three Binoculars: Part II

Binoculars' strengths and weaknesses are intimately connected.

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

A Tale of Three Binoculars: Part I

There's a big difference between 10x50 and 15x70 binoculars.

Pile o' Binos

Binoculars: Guides and Recommendations

Testing Stargazing Binoculars

How do you choose the right binocular for stargazing? Here's our expert's easy-to-do, step-by-step test.

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Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

Choosing Binoculars for Stargazing

In less time than it takes to read them, you can perform these tests and judge the value of any binoculars, new or used.

Stargazing Basics

Binocular Basics: Glossary of Binocular Terms

Exit pupils. Eye relief. Image stabilization. What matters most for astronomers? Our expert explains it all.

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