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Using Bionoculars For Stargazing

Sep 16, 2008
Celestial observation is also possible with the use of binoculars. Who says that only telescopes can do the trick? Binoculars utilize the same technology that telescopes were built on; but it takes a particular knack to be able to use binoculars effectively for stargazing. What types of benefits are we looking at with the use of binoculars to observe the beauty and mystery of the heavens?

First and foremost, binoculars are really less expensive than telescopes. We're talking about significant figures here. While telescopes can run up the bill, binoculars in general come in lower price ranges; something that would be of benefit to you especially if you are planning of buying one for your kids while the telescope is not yet immediately practicable for purchase.

Binoculars also offer a certain degree of ease with the budding scientist or budding amateur astronomer. Binoculars are mostly lightweight, and can be put in a backpack or similar carrying cases for easy trips to and fro. That would be a plus especially if your kid is a Boy Scout trying to earn his Astronomy merit badge.

Aside from the ease of use, binoculars also offer another dimension of ease and comfort- you don't have to continually assemble it in between your stargazing trips. As was said before, you can just put it away in a bag, and you're done. Telescopes, especially those with motorized telescopic mounts, can be hard on the arms and hands, especially if you plan on taking them to mountain clearings or similar places where the clouds are thin and the stars are brighter.

Now, let it not be said that binoculars only provide ease of use to the person who chooses to utilize it for the purpose of stargazing. One of the pros of starting out with binoculars is that it offers, really, a wide perspective of the celestial heavens, which would be encouraging and enjoyable for the person who is stargazing. If you're not yet particularly interested in tracking particular phenomena, then a vista of celestial orbits would certainly be a continual treat. What if you want to watch meteor showers or comets falling from space? No problem. Binoculars provide a spectacular view of these phenomena, and again, the wide perspective is at work here. What if you have a telescope, too? You don't have to abandon good old binoculars even if you have a snazzy new telescope; these two devices can compliment each other in your astronomical sojourns.

What stuff can you bring so that your binocular stargazing would be a blast? First, you may think of buying a tripod for that nice pair of binoculars you own, since it would also help in your stargazing. If you are not very adept yet in spotting what needs to be spotted, then you can bring along a book that tells you quickly what to look for in the sky. You may also bring along a pad or a note book so you can jot down descriptions, dates and times.
About the Author
Jesse McKenna is an telescope enthusiast of 12 years. For more information on telescopes, check out tips for using binoculars for stargazing and tips for buying your first telescope at The Telescope .
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