Astronomy binoculars vs telescopes: what to choose?

Hello, dear visitors! Make yourself at home, whether you at home or not. By the way, did you ever feel that your real home is not the place, where are you currently live? I did. Some of us suppose that home is not a place but is the soulmate, who we will meet someday. The others find a home in different cultures, which they feel an identity with. But what if our souls are from far-far away? Far in a deep sky, where time transforms and disappears, and substance burns. Did you know that the time distance between our planet and these that we can see, is so huge, that what we are looking at now, is only the past? Exciting, is not it? This is one of the reasons, why people leave their houses in megapolises and go out to the fields, where stand up their telescopes and search through the sky for hours without a break.

Astronomy binoculars vs telescopes

Maybe, you belong to those skywatchers, who prefer astronomical binoculars to huge telescopes? And it’s not without reasons! Look, why many people choose binoculars for stargazing:

  • It allows you to scan the sky by two eyes, and it is the main advantage. This way your brain will better understand the image and you`ll get deeper and volume picture.
  • Binoculars are better for stargazing if your goal is not single objects of the deep sky. Usually, a binocular has a wide angle of view, so it`s better for survey observations. For example, you can use the binocular for the initial view and then the telescope – for more increase or for watching through the special filters.
  • It`s better for the planets of our galactic – thanks to less increase and wider angle of view. If you want just look to the surface of the Moon or other planets, you don`t need to buy the powerful telescope.
  • Even huge professional binoculars with the wider lenses are more compact and light than the regular good telescope. An obvious advantage for outdoors.
  • Binoculars are easier in use and don`t demand laborious and long control before watching. So, they are better for beginners.

So, let`s sum up, what do astronomical binoculars can be used for?

  • For observations of extended objects
  • For the general acquaintance to the star sky
  • For bright variable stars
  • For a view of the star sky
  • For beginners

When binoculars can`t help you?

  1. When you want to study the details on the planet` discs
  2. If your goal is dim galaxies and fogs
  3. With too dim stars (no less than 11 stellar magnitudes)

If you are afraid of low image quality, you shouldn`t! The binocular lenses` quality is the same as telescopes have. Their big objectives maybe even 150 and 200 mm in diameter for the brightest image. Lighter binoculars, which are less than 1 kg, you can hold in hands, and the more heavy models usually can be fixed on a tripod mount. This one is useful when the increase is 12x or more.

Astronomy binoculars: what exactly can I see?

Keep to the point, what can you see with astronomy binoculars and which increase?

  • Milky Way. Of course, the most famous object in our galactic, you don`t need anything except your eyes to see it! However, with a binocular, you`ll open the whole exciting world, hold on! Don`t forget the chocolate bar 🙂
  • The planets of our galactic: Jupiter (with 12x it seems only like a little disc with 4 satellites. With 20x-binoculars you can see two equatorial lines on its surface), the rings of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Mars, Venus.
  • With 12x- binoculars you can travel on the Moon`s surface. You`ll see the seas and craters, the mountains, furrows, and mysterious domes.
  • With 25-x binoculars, you can study Andromeda nebula and scattered star clusters.
  • The Sun. NB! NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN THROUGH BINOCULARS OR A TELESCOPE WITHOUT SPECIAL FILTERS! There even is a joke among the astronomers: you can look at the Sun via a telescope only twice: by your left eye and right. However, if you have the sun filter, you can see the sunspots, the solar crown, and the prominences.

The best astronomy binoculars

*An advice. Don`t try to get a too-powerful binocular. For example, if its increase is 20x with only 30 mm in diameter, then you`ll get a too narrow field of view. It`ll be like peeping at a tiny keyhole.

There are several popular models among the astronomers, which are the best for stargazing:

  • Wide-angular binoculars 8×40 allow you to find out different objects in the sky. It is small and light so you can use it without a mount wherever you are.
  • 7×50 is the most common type, which is often used is a couple with a telescope. This binocular allows finding out the interest stars fast thanks to its wide angle of view and high luminosity.
  • 10×50 binoculars are good for the Moon, Jupiter, and other big objects. It gives a little detailing image, which can be expanded with a wide-angle ocular.
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