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Astronomical Observing with Binoculars

Observing astronomical objects with binoculars is a major step up in seeing additional astronomical objects and more details that could not be seen with the unaided eye. Using binoculars is an excellent observing phase to develop new observing skills before purchasing a telescope.

The benefits of using binoculars versus using a telescope include:

Also, observing with binoculars provide excellent observing skills that is useful for finding objects with telescopes.

  Binoculars Observing Equipment 

Essentials for binoculars observing

Nice to have items for binoculars observing

  Observing with Binoculars 

It is good to have unaided eye observering skills before using binoculars. The skills learned in unaided eye observing are also used in observing with binoculars. The more skilled you are at unaided eye observing the easier it is to observe with binoculars.

  Observing with Binoculars Resources on the Web 

There are many resources that can help you in binocular observing. They include information about astronomical objects that you can see with binoculars and what these objects look like through binoculars. Location information on when and where in the sky you can find these astronomical binoculars objects. Also, there is information on binoculars and other observing equipment that can help you before and during your observing sessions.

  Sky Atlas for Binoculars 

To find these books first check your local library, your astronomy club's book library, used book stores and new book stores. Some of these books may be out of print and may not be available at new book stores.

Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars by David Chandler & Billie Chandler

The Observerís Sky Atlas by E. Karkoschka

  Binoculars Books 

To find these books first check your local library, your astronomy club's book library, used book stores and new book stores. Some of these books may be out of print and may not be available at new book stores.

Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars by David Chandler

Binocular Astronomy by Crossen & Tirion

Touring the Universe through Binoculars by Philip Harringtion

Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars by Patrick Moore

Astronomy with Binoculars by James Muirden

Deep-Sky Objects for Binoculars by John Kozak

Exploring the Moon through Binoculars by Ernest H. Cherrington, Jr.

Star Gazing Through Binoculars by Stephen Mensing

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