Using Binoculars for Stargazing

Some Amazing Sights You Can See in the Sky (with Binoculars)

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Yep, you read that title right. While some people might make the mistake of buying top notch, high quality equipment immediately after getting the urge to go stargazing, most astronomers would advise against this. Getting hung up on equipment will only ruin whatever beginner’s experience you could have had, mainly because equipment tends to overshadow the value of the experience itself.

One thing you can definitely do, then, is to get binoculars instead. Getting binoculars is the fun alternative – not to mention, it’s also much cheaper. You can simply head on to online shops like Lazada or Zalora, get the right promo codes, and there you have it – your own binoculars delivered right to your doorstep.

 

Yep, you can see some satellites with a good pair of binoculars.

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First, you can some satellites and space stations. On clear nights you can watch satellites pass overhead. The biggest and brightest are visible even with the naked eye, but a good pair of binoculars will let you see even more satellites in the night sky. If you know where to look, you can track the passing of everything from commercial telecommunications satellites to the International Space Station (ISS).

Second, you can also see the moon. With the power of binoculars you should be able to spot details of the lunar surface such as the dark plains of cooled lava known as Maria; the pale, crater-scarred lunar highlands; and many large craters. To find one of the largest and most impressive lunar craters, imagine the moon as a clock face and look at the 6 o’clock position, where you should see a large crater with white rays extending out from its edges. This crater is called Tycho, and the meteor that formed it slammed into the moon about 25 million years ago.

Third, you can see some planets (exciting, isn’t it?). Mercury and Venus usually appear low in the sky at twilight. Like our moon, these two inner planets appear to have waxing and waning phases, which makes them easier to spot with binoculars (a half-circle or crescent shape is clearly a planet rather than a star). Venus is much brighter than Mercury.