Binoculars for Astronomy

Using binoculars for star-gazing

When it comes to using binoculars for stargazing there are two things most people don't know:

  1. Binoculars are an excellent way to get started in amateur astronomy, arguably better than a telescope.
  2. Binoculars are also useful for experienced astronomers—you don't need to worry about outgrowing them.

If you don't think binoculars would be much use for stargazing, or if you think they're just an option for people who can't afford a telescope, think again. I actually recommend that budding astronomers begin with binoculars. Later, if you're still keen, buy a telescope and keep the binoculars. Most seasoned astronomers use binoculars at least some of the time. As long as you buy a decent pair, you'll probably use them regularly for the rest of your life.

As you can see, I'm a fan of using binoculars for astronomy!

Advantages of binoculars:

Disadvantages of binoculars:

Learning how use binoculars for stargazing

Note: You might also want to have a look at gour general introduction to stargazing.