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:

  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.

More Astronomy Advice:

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

Best 10x50 Binoculars for Astronomy

10x50 Binoculars & Optical Components Quality

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

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


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%
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


Celestron 15x70 SkyMaster Binoculars Review

The Giant Celestron 15x70 Skymaster Binoculars offer phenomenal performance at an incredible price for astronomical viewing, but can also be used for other uses including bird watching and wildlife viewing or any other terrestrial use that requires long distance observation. 15x70 Skymaster Binoculars-71009 also feature high quality BAK-4 prisms and have multi-coatings for enhanced contrast.

Price: (2/6) Low Cost Binoculars

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