Best Binoculars for Astronomy

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Welcome to the BBR Astronomy Binoculars main hub page. From here you will find links to all the main articles, recommendations, in fact everything to do with viewing the sky at night with binoculars and more:

Contents
  1. Buyers Guides: How to select and buy the best instrument for your needs and at your preferred budget
  2. Astronomy Advice: Articles, questions answered and advice in a whole range of subjects to do with astronomy & binoculars
  3. Astronomy Binocular Reviews: Featured astro bins with links to the full reviews
  4. Astronomy Books & Magazines: Recommended Reading - From novices to seasoned astro veterans, these are some of the books an magazines on astronomy that are well worth checking out to further your knowledge and enjoyment of the hobby.
Best Binoculars for Astronomy - Buyers Guide

Best Binoculars for Astronomy

Celestron Echelon 20x70 Astronomy Binoculars

In this complete buyers guide to choosing your perfect astronomy binoculars, I first take you through the main differences between viewing the sky at night with a telescope and a pair of astronomy binoculars.

We then move on to look at all the features and specifications that you need to look out for when choosing the right pair for your needs and budget.

Then lastly I offer up some recommendations on some of the best astro binoculars in a wide selection of prices to suit every budget. Best Binoculars for Astronomy

70mm Astronomy Binoculars & Tripod Setup Advice

Celestron Echelon 20x70 Astronomy Binoculars

This guide is actually in response to a question that I received from a reader who was looking for good binoculars to see the night sky as well as look at wildlife from his porch.

I was able to offer him some advice on what he should be looking out for and also what to avoid.

With a healthy budget I explore and compare some really great day and night sky binoculars options and offer up a few of my own recommendations.

Best 7x50 Binoculars for Astronomy

Fujinon Polaris 7x50 Binoculars

Whilst many people will naturally assume that in order to get the best view of our night skies and all the distant stars, star clusters, constellations, galaxies, planets and our moon you need as high a power as possible. However this is not always the case and there are many instances where a much lower magnifications is an advantage.

In this guide I explain the many reasons why dropping the magnification down to 7x, whilst maintaining a reasonably large, but not giant 50mm objective lens size makes for a great combination, especially for astronomy.

More Astronomy Advice:

Below are some related articles and blog posts on binoculars and astronomy:

Best 10x50 Binoculars for Astronomy
There are a number of reasons why 50mm objective lenses combined with a 10x magnification is a popular setup for binocular astronomy. In this article we take a look at some of the best options available from a variety of different brands.

Best Opticron 10x50 Binoculars for Astronomy & General Use - This article is based around my reply and to a readers request for me to help them find the best 10x50 Opticron binoculars for their needs.

10x50 Binoculars & Optical Components Quality - more on this popular configuration for stargazing.

Using Binoculars for Astronomy
Guest post by Philip Pugh. He goes through what he likes to use and what you can expect to see

Viewing the Moon with Binoculars
Second in a series of guest posts by Philip Pugh. Here we explore the ideal binoculars for viewing the moon with and what you can expect to see in the different lunar phases.

Viewing Planets Through Binoculars
Third guide in the binoculars for astronomy series by Philip Pugh. This time he takes a look at what you can expect to see when using different size and powered binoculars to look at the planets in our solar system

Binocular Astronomy – Understanding Brightness & Magnitude
Fourth article in the binocular astronomy series by Philip Pugh. In this guide he helps us to understand the brightness or magnitude of objects like galaxies, stars, planets and their moons in our night sky and why this is important to astronomy in general and binocular astronomy in particular.

Cosmic Distances & Binocular Astronomy
Guide to Cosmic Distances, how it relates to binocular astronomy and which objects you can see in the night sky at different distances when looking through binoculars.

Guide to Viewing the Pleiades with Binoculars
Fifth guide in the astro binoculars series by Philip Pugh. This time he guides us through the star cluster often referred to as the Seven Sisters. Where to find it, why binoculars are a great choice of instrument and which configuration works best.

The Beehive Cluster With Binoculars
Another in-depth guide part of the binocular astronomy series written for BBR. Here we take a look at how to view the Beehive and what are the best binoculars to use with image comparisons to give you an idea of what you should expect to see.

Camping & Astronomy Binoculars

Best Comet Binoculars and what to look out for

Be inspired by the Constellations & Milky Way with Binoculars

Astronomy & Binoculars: Neptune

Perseid Shower 2010 – Meteor Shower Guide

 

Astronomy Binocular Reviews

Below are links to the full astronomy binoculars reviews

 

Bresser Pirsch ED 8x56 Binoculars Review

Not much larger or heavier than many 8x42 binoculars, these 8x56 Pirsch ED Binoculars from the German Optics company Bresser offer a bright image with a superior low light performance.

Image quality is ensured with the use of ED glass lenses, phase corrected and dielectrically coated BaK4 roof prisms, whist the fog and waterproof body also contains features like an all metal focus wheel end eyepiece housing to ensure their durability.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Levenhuk Bruno Plus 15x70 Binoculars Review

These high 15x magnification binoculars with large 70mm objectives designed with astronomy in mind, but also make excellent long-range binoculars for terrestrial observation

These Levenhuk Bruno Plus binoculars are tripod mountable and feature the classic porro prism body shape with a waterproof aluminium chassis, twist-up eye-cups, diopter adjuster and large centrally located focus wheel.

A Fully Multi-Coated optical system with BaK-4 glass prisms ensure a bright, high quality view.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 72%
Excellent
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

Vixen SG 2.1x42 Widefield Constellation Binoculars Review

With an extremely wide field of view and low power, these small, easy to carry Vixen binoculars offer a unique view of the stars and complete constellations.

This along with their exceptional low light capability also make them and excellent choice as a high quality pair of opera or theatre glasses and a host of other uses.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 77%
Excellent
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 7/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

Levenhuk Bruno Plus 20x80 Binoculars Review

Very high powered 20x binoculars with a large 80mm aperture that are primarily designed for astronomy, but also make a very effective instrument for long range terrestrial observations during the day.

Particular highlights include a waterproof aluminium chassis, twist-up eye-cups and a built-in tripod mounting bar.

Good quality glass and coatings and large lenses combine well to deliver a bright, good quality view.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 72%
Excellent
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

Helios Stellar-II 15x70 Binoculars Review

High powered binoculars specifically designed with astronomy in mind, but which can also very effectively be used for long range terrestrial observation.

The large 70mm lenses in combination with a quality fully multi-coated optical system to a great job collecting and then transferring a high level of light to your eyes for bright, high quality views.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 72%
Excellent
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

View >> All Astro Binoculars that I have reviewed

 
 

Astronomy Books & Magazines

Recommended Reading - From novices to seasoned astro veterans, these are some of the magazines and books on astronomy with binoculars and which I feel are well worth exploring to further your knowledge and enjoyment of the hobby.

Perseid Shower 2010 – Meteor Shower Guide

Astronomy Magazine

Contains a monthly Binocular Universe Column