S&T Test Reports: Binoculars

The Canon family of image-stabilized binoculars consists of five models, four of which are shown here. Clockwise from top: 18x50 IS AW, 15x50 IS AW, 10x30 IS, and 15x45 IS. A 12x36 IS model completes the line.
Sky & Telescope photo by Craig Michael Utter
Here, in reverse chronological order, are links to recent Sky & Telescope Test Reports on binoculars. These articles are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format from Sky Publishing's Magazine Archive on ProQuest.

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For expert advice on choosing the binocular that's best for you, please consult the Choosing Your Equipment pages in our Equipment section.

Two New Binos
Canon's 10 x 42 L IS WP image-stabilized binoculars and Apogee's RA-88 SA right-angle binoculars expand the marketplace for two-eyed astronomy.

So You Want Giant Binoculars . . .
Two eyes are better than one. The RB-66 "reverse binocular" from JMI offers a two-telescope approach to two-eyed observing. Reviewed September 2005.
Coronado's BinoMite Solar Binoculars
Use these pocket-size roof-prism binoculars to check the Sun for spots every day. Reviewed July 2003 (along with several other solar-viewing accessories).

Sky Window: A Novel Mount for Binocular Astronomy
When it comes to comfort, this mount is unmatched for scanning the heavens with binoculars. Reviewed January 2002.

The Takahashi Astronomer
Don't be fooled by the small aperture — this binocular can hold its own among the astronomical heavyweights. Reviewed March 2001.

Image-Stabilized Binoculars Aplenty
With more manufacturers and models to choose from than ever before, the stabilized-binocular buyer has to make many decisions. Six models are tested in search of a standout in this crowd. Reviewed July 2000.

Big Binoculars on a Budget
These 100-millimeter-aperture binoculars cost less than what some people pay for 7x50s. Can they be any good for astronomy? Reviewed June 2000.

No Ordinary Binocular Mount
Testing a full line of binocular supports priced from $175. Reviewed June 2000.

Revolutionary New Binoculars
Canon's new image-stabilized binoculars offer remarkably steady hand-held views of the night sky at an attractive price. Reviewed May 1998.