If you or an acquaintance are budding astronomers, and you have outgrown the “staring at the stars” stage, and want to move on, this list of best astronomy binoculars is for you. Those who are already involved in astronomy often recommend binoculars as a first step in a hardware purchase, before telescopes, for several reasons.
When you are first starting, everything is new, and you probably want to learn it all. The binoculars will give you a wide field of view, and make it easier to find what you want to look at in the sky. It can take a bit of practice to get a telescope aimed where you want it.
Binoculars are give you the same view that you have just looking up, whereas a telescope is often upside down, mirror-imaged, and even at a right angle.
Binoculars are also easy and quick to get into action. If you have just a couple of minutes, you can step out and start star-gazing. A telescope can be cumbersome to get into action and aimed. Even those with expensive telescopes often spend the majority of their time looking at the stars with a good pair of binoculars.
You can start with any pair of binoculars you have laying around the house, but once you are buying a pair just for astronomy, look for a pair with large front lenses, and a high optical quality.
This multi use pair of binoculars weighs 28 ounces and is good for both astronomy and terrestrial viewing. They feature BaK-4 prisms, which is a higher quality than the standard BK-7. This is important for astronomical viewing. The optics are also coated giving an enhanced image sharpness and contrast. These binoculars are made of metal, not a cheap plastic, and come with a carrying case, lens caps and a wide neck strap.
This starter binocular can be found on Amazon for $100, and a used set can sometimes be picked up for about $85, and is a great purchase for 10x50 binoculars astronomy.
These binoculars from Celestron weigh in at 3.3 pounds are light enough for viewing the sky, but you may want to get a tripod for supporting them it you are going to be viewing for extended times. With BaK-4 prisms and multicoated lenses, these binoculars deliver clear images with lots of contrast.
One of the downsides of this model is that the outer 25% of the field of view may be blurry, but for the cost, these binoculars are still a good buy. You can find these on Amazon at a cost of $57-$63 dollars new, and $45 for a used pair.
Also from Celestron, this pair of binoculars weighs in at 6.5 pounds. They are a little heavy to be holding up for extended periods of time sky gazing, but comes with an integrated tripod adaptor rod so attaching to a tripod is easy to do. You can also just lie on your back and stare away.
Like the 15x70 talked about above, these have the BaK-4 prisms and coated optics for better images. They offer a diopter adjustment, used for fine focusing, and the binoculars come with their own padded case. The 20x magnification really draws the far away objects in closer, while the larger lens diameter gives a better exit view for the eye.
This great buy in a giant binocular sells for $110 for a new pair, and as inexpensive as $69 for a used set, and is the best astronomy binocular on this list.
Any of these three binoculars on this list of best astronomy binoculars would be a good buy for you to get started in the hobby of astronomy, or to supplement a telescope that you already own..