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.
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.
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.
The in-between aluminum tripod: bigger than a mini but a lot easier to tote than a full-size version. Collapses to 14-3/4" long x a triangle approx 2-1/2" on a side. Has 4-draw legs with clutches that extend (3) feet, and a shaft that pulls up another 12" to a full 4-foot height. Includes a 1/4"-20 standard camera thread. Very useful item for small digital camera users.
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.
The AstroMaster 76EQ Telescope by Celestron® is great for budding stargazers. 76mm dia with a 700mm focal length. Includes a (35X) eyepiece, starPointer, erect image optics, and a German Equitorial mount, which allows you to track a celestial body on its elliptical path across the sky with the turn of a simple knob; no more chasing the moon and stars through endless blackness. Also has a steel-tube tripod, coated glass optics for crisp images and the SkyX-First Light Edition astronomy software with a 10,000-object database, printable sky maps and 75 enhanced images. Quick and easy, no-tool setup. For versatility, pick an additional Plössl eyepiece: the 15mm eyepiece at 46X magnification; or the 6mm at 116X magnification.
Nothing to it if you have these 20 x 70 binoculars with rubber-coated housing for ruggedness, blue-coated optics, and a K9 prism for sharp images. Great for camping, wildlife viewing, more and large enough for you to enjoy viewing the night sky. Measure 11-1/4” long overall and come with folding eye-cups, right-eye diopter adjustment, a standard tripod mount between the optics, adjustable neck strap and a carrying case.
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