cosmic109 New Member
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Feb 1, 2008
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Get Yourself A Pair Of Binoculars!Pros:
Good advice on buying and maintaining binoculars; Extensive list of objects to view; Well written.Cons:
For beginners who have an interest in exploring the heavens, usually the first question asked is, "What telescope should I buy?" My response is met with a puzzled look when I tell them, "Forget the telescope, get a good pair of binoculars to match your exit pupil." Probably most will just ignore this advice and purchase a telescope anyway, only later to retort that they can't find a darn thing with their new scope. Most of us have been down this path, and only after we've purchased a good set of binoculars do we realize what we've been missing. After this phase, most amateur astronomers will keep a pair or two of binoculars nearby, always!
Now, we can explore the next question of, "What do I look at and where is it? The next step is to get yourself a good field guide that is geared toward binoculars users. In steps Phillip Harrington's Touring The Universe Through Binoculars. Harrington has always been a proponent of the axiom that "two eyes are better than one". He explains that resolution is greatly increased, along with color perception, ease of operation, portability, and affordability and all this adds up to a winning combination for the aspiring amateur. Not to mention, in my humble opinion, of learning where objects are located among the constellations.
The book has an extensive list of local solar system and deep-sky objects to keep the novice and advanced amateur occupied for some time. There is also great advice on selecting, buying and maintaining your binoculars. I think the book is a "must have" for those who have ever contemplated viewing the wonders of the universe with "two eyes".
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