Ordinary binoculars are your ideal "first telescope." And they're so versatile that even seasoned stargazers find them indispensable.
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.
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.
How do 15x70 binoculars hold up against a genuinely inexpensive telescope?
Binoculars are qualitatively different from telescopes with identical aperture.
Binoculars' strengths and weaknesses are intimately connected.
There's a big difference between 10x50 and 15x70 binoculars.
How do you choose the right binocular for stargazing? Here's our expert's easy-to-do, step-by-step test.
In less time than it takes to read them, you can perform these tests and judge the value of any binoculars, new or used.
Exit pupils. Eye relief. Image stabilization. What matters most for astronomers? Our expert explains it all.