Small enough to fit into the belt-mounted black canvas carrying case (4-3/8" x 3" x 1" thick), but they open up to be plenty big for most binocular needs. These 10X25 binocs have glare-reducing coated lenses, a thin neck-strap, adjustable focus, water-resistant and easy-to-hold rubber skin, rubber eyecups and fine-tuning for the right eye.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced stargazer, with or without a telescope, you'll get more out of the night sky with a Miller Planisphere. This 10" rotating double disc is a map of the planets, stars and constellations, useful across a large range of the northern latitudes, although most accurate in the range of 35° to 45° north. It can be aligned to the time and date in your location to display a detailed map, and includes tips on finding the planets, suggestions for telescope projects, and more. It's an invaluable learning tool that makes stargazing a lot more fun.
You'll love this 3-draw, brass, 25x30 spyglass-style spotting scope from Celestron®. Extends to 13" and contracts to 5-3/8" with an adjustable focus at the eyepiece. Comes with a sewn-on leatheresque cover (very piratical), a polishing cloth and a much-better-than-average wooden case.
No, but this is a Meade® Newtonian reflector. An 82mm (3.2”) tabletop telescope with a 300mm (F/3.7) focal length on a 360-degree swivel and tilt mount for ease of pointing anywhere in the sky. Highly portable at 3.8 lbs, and comes with 26mm (11.5X) and 9mm (33X) 1.25” eyepieces, a 2X Barlow lens to increase your magnification, and a simple-to-use red-dot finder scope that helps you locate objects in the sky. Small and light enough to take camping, large enough to make a great first telescope for studying the skies. A Sky & Telescope magazine Hot Product for 2016.
Serious 80mm dia binoculars, for serious gazing. These big boys measure 13" long and weigh 4.6 lbs (they have a 1/4"-20 tripod mount) and have coated optics, a rubberized housing, roll-back eyecups, interpupillary adjustment (say that ten times fast) and focus, and a variable zoom from 15X to 45X. They come with a chamois, neck strap and a padded, zippered black leatherette carrying case with a strap. Not for the opera, unless you really want to see the fat lady's tonsils. Near focus of approx 25 feet. Great viewing, whether you're into wildlife or astronomy. Includes a 2-year manufacturer's warranty.
This green, rubber-coated 4X binocular from Celestron® is kid-sized but otherwise very high quality with coated lenses, an 18" neck cord, belt-mount carrying pouch and lens cloth. Has 30mm objective lens diameter and a 4.3 degree X 225-foot field of view at 1,000 yards.
A tripod with true portability -- It weighs only 2 lbs, the 4-ft aluminum legs (which can be locked down independently at any length) telescope to a convenient 22", and it slips easily into a zippered black-nylon quiver. The mast, which has a standard 1/4-20 camera mount and a built-in level, can be cranked up (literally) another 9-1/2". The manufacturer doesn't say how much weight the tripod will bear, but we'd keep it to under 10 lbs. Very nice for the money.
Paul, the guy with vision around here, calls these the binocs to get if you're stepping up your binocular game. From Celestron®, they're Nature DX Series 8 x 42 and lightweight at about 22 oz with BaK-4 prisms, fully multi-coated optics, twist-up eyecups, 7.4 degree angular field of view (FOV), 6.5 ft near focus, linear FOV of 388 feet at 1000 yards, 17.5mm eye relief, 5.2mm exit pupil for brighter images and phase-coated optics. They're completely waterproof and nitrogen-purged to prevent fogging and are "perfect for birding" per Paul. Measure an easy-to-handle 5.3" x 4.9" x 2" and come with a case, neckstrap and chamois.
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