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

 

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
 

Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 Binoculars Review

Great quality optics and coatings in combination with very large 56mm objective lenses and a moderate 8x power results in a binocular that is able to deliver the brightest images in extremely adverse light conditions.

These attributes as well as many others make this binocular not only suitable but excel in a wide range of uses and times where light is a limiting factor. This includes hunting, security, general wildlife, birding, marine and astronomy.

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

 

Swarovski EL 10x50 Swarovision Binoculars Review

The big brother of the extremely popular Swarovski EL range of binoculars, the 10x50 version offers the user some very interesting advantages over the more standard 42mm versions and makes for a very interesting choice.

There is no question about the quality, so in this mini review, I take a close look at these advantages as well as the draw backs and compare them to the other Swarovski EL binoculars that I have tested to see what kind of user and which uses these are most suitable for.

Price: (6/6) Expensive Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 93%
The VERY Best
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 10/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 10/10
Extras & Details: 10/10

 

Celestron Echelon 20x70 Binoculars Review

High quality, high powered binoculars that are hand assembled in the USA using high specification Japanese optics, these are designed for long range terrestrial observation and astronomy.

With their large 70mm objective lenses and high quality optical coatings, these Celestron Echelon binoculars outperform many of their direct competitors in low light.

Tripod adaptable, their tough, yet lightweight aluminium body means you can also hand hold them in some situations for added flexibility.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 82%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

 

Celestron SkyMaster 25x70 Binoculars Review

These Celestron Skymaster binoculars, with reasonably good quality optics and their large 70mm objectives with a very powerful 25x magnification make them an ideal low cost option for long distance terrestrial observation as well as perfect astronomy binoculars.

The waterproof body, protects high quality BAK-4 porro prisms and to help improve transmission levels, the the optics are multi-coated.

Price: (2/6) Low Cost Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 6/10 63%
Very Good
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 6/10
Optical Stats: 6/10
Image Quality 6/10
Extras & Details: 5/10

 

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