Although you don’t always need special gadgets to watch celestial events light up the sky, telescopes and binoculars allow you to get a better look at space-related phenomena. Summer is filled with meteor showers between July and August, and warm weather provides opportunities to put on a picnic blanket and watch the stars. Retailers such as Walmart, REI and Home Depot sell a selection of telescopes and binoculars, some of which can also help you take pictures of planets and constellations.
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Whether you’re watching celestial events in your backyard or in a park (don’t forget your face mask), wearing a telescope or binoculars will only enhance the experience. Here are 12 products that will help you see in space.
IN THIS ARTICLE the best telescopes | the best binoculars
The best telescopes of 2020
1. Travel telescope set with 70 mm refractor with Orion GoScope III
This set of telescopes has everything you need for successful star gazing. It has a telescope with two eyepieces with different levels of magnification, a planisphere, a guide and a map to help you identify celestial objects. Everything fits in the included backpack, which makes traveling with this lightweight set comfortable. There is an adjustable tripod so that people from all heights can see detailed images of the sky.
2. ToyerBee astronomical refractor telescope
Useful for viewing the expanding sky, this telescope has a large aperture, which means it has a large field of view. It comes with a moon mirror, which makes viewing the moon easier and shows better details. The telescope has a sealed range attached to its top, which helps focus on specific objects and can be used with the included two eyepieces, which have different levels of magnification. This telescope comes with a phone adapter and a wireless remote, so you take pictures of what you see.
3. Telescope for powerful refractor Barska Starwatcher 675
The telescope is designed with the attention of beginners and young astronomers, so it is easy to set up and easy to use. It comes with a Finderscope, two eyepieces, a mount and an adjustable tripod that gives you everything you need to start exploring the constellations. Deepsky Astronomy software is included in this telescope, which you can upload to your computer. The software has a database that allows you to search for information about celestial objects, record your observations and create star charts.
4. Celestron 80AZS Powerseeker telescope
Easy to travel, this telescope weighs 10 kilograms and has a folding tripod. The lens is made of optical components covered with glass, which makes the images look sharper and more sophisticated. You can quickly tilt the telescope up or down, move it left and right, and capture moving phenomena like shooting stars. The tripod also has an accessory tray that can hold your water bottle, keys and phone.
5. Galileo Refractor Telescope
Mounting this telescope allows you to change your view of the sky from vertical to horizontal in seconds. It has up to a 100-fold increase in power, which brings stars into view, and comes with two interchangeable eyepieces. The telescope has a built-in mirror with a diagonal of 90 degrees, which creates clear, fully vertical images and sits on a stable tripod base.
6. Land’s Prism Spotting Scope
With a magnification of 20x to 60x, this telescope allows you to zoom in on objects that are far away and still see them clearly. It has a lens focusing system that helps bring targets into view, and its high-resolution lens makes images look bright even in the shadows. This telescope comes with a phone adapter, a tripod, a cleaning cloth and two lens covers that can fit in the included bag.
7. Coleman AstroWatch 400 x 80 refractor telescope
The telescope comes with Starry Night CD software, which trains beginners on planets, constellations and space. The telescope comes with two eyepieces and has an adjustable tripod. There are also two tubes that you can use to adjust the tilt and direction of the lens.
8. Telescope for toys Moutec with tripod
This easy-to-assemble telescope comes with step-by-step instructions for children so they can assemble it themselves. It is light and portable, which allows children to take it with them on playmates or while traveling. The telescope comes with a tripod, two eyepieces, a lens, a search engine range, a lunar map and a star map. Children can point their telescope at the sky at night and enjoy watching high-resolution images.
The best binoculars since 2020
1. Binoculars for a sharper image with a digital camera
Once you zoom in on your subject with these binoculars, you can take photos and videos at the touch of a button. The binoculars have a micro SD memory card installed, which saves your photos and videos, which you can remove to upload images to your computer or phone. You can also replace the included memory card with one that has more storage capacity. The binoculars have a tripod connector that allows you to attach them to a standard camera tripod – they include a neck strap if you want to carry them around. These binoculars have a built-in rechargeable battery and are charged via a USB cable.
2. Nikon Prostaff binoculars
Don’t worry if you get stuck in the rain while watching a meteor shower – these binoculars are waterproof. In addition, they are resistant to fog, which helps ensure that the lenses do not become cloudy in the humidity. The binoculars are light and durable, so you can throw them in your backpack without worrying that they will break or weigh you down.
3. ESSLNB 10X50 BAK4 binoculars
These binoculars have rotating glasses that make them comfortable to use, even with glasses. They have a central focusing wheel, so you can easily focus on subjects and see sharp images. The binoculars come with a phone adapter that allows you to take photos and videos of celestial objects and they are waterproof
4. Vanguard Spirit XF binoculars
See up to 1000 yards of landscape at once thanks to the wide field of view of these binoculars. Water and fog resistant binoculars have twisted glasses that will stay in place while you use them and a textured rubber grip designed to keep users’ hands comfortable.
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