Don’t Forget your Binoculars

Newcomers to astronomy are often shocked when amateur astronomers (including me) tell them that there first telescope should be a pair of binoculars.   I’ve covered this topic before, and so have other astronomy bloggers.

There are many reasons for this: Binoculars are more versatile than a telescope, you can use them for more purposes.  Most amateur astronomers bring binoculars with them on observing sessions anyway.  Binoculars help you to find the objects you are looking for.  Binoculars are less expensive than telescopes (unless you’re buying a department store piece of junk).

Today’s episode of 365 Days of Astronomy fits right in with this advice.  British author/broadcaster Robin Scagell looks at the pros and cons of binocular observing, and gives us some tips on getting the most out of our observing sessions with binoculars.  So head on over and give a listen to  Don’t Forget your Binoculars.

Oh, and don’t forget your free planisphere and star atlas, your list of binocular objects, and your list of binocular Messier objects!

365 Days of Astronomy Podcasts

Here are the links to the last few days:

January 2nd: Jeff Setzer on using your first telescope

January 3rd: Emily Lakdawalla on 5 years of Spirit on Mars

January 4th: Dr. Pamela Gay and Fraiser Cain on Dark Matter and Dark Energy

January 5th: Doug Welch and Michael Koppleman from Slacker Astronomy on the seasons and Solar System Geometry

January 6th: Carolyn Collins Peterson (The Spacewriter) Top Ten reasons why stargazing is cool.

January 7th: Travis Searle, Rebecca Turner, Mike Simonsen from AAVSO on understanding variable stars.

January 8th: Stuart Lowe from the Jodcast on Pulsars