Using binoculars for astronomy can be both economical for beginners and provide more advanced users with a comfortable, adaptable viewing experience.
Vixen offers a selection of high quality large aperture binocular telescopes which are designed for astronomy but which can also be used for long distance terrestrial viewing. These binoculars use standard 1.25" eyepiece fittings and so offer an extremely wide selection of magnifications. The Vixen SLV range of eyepieces is ideal for use with the BT series of binoculars.
For those that want the high light-gathering of a large aperture binocular but that also want a fully waterproof solution, the Opticron range of observation binoculars makes the ideal choice. The observation range can be used for binocular astronomy or for land-based applications including coastal viewing.
Beginner astronomers are often pointed to a pair of 7x50 or 10x50 binoculars as a good first purchase. The Opticron range includes a selection of 7x50 and 10x50 binoculars porro prism designs with prices starting at under £70. Roof prism binoculars are also finding favour with those that want a more compact binocular for both astronomy and general observation purposes.
For those looking for something a little different, the SG2.1x42 wide field binocular has a quirky but solid design and provides a comfortable view of the night sky. A combination of light weight and small size means that these binoculars need never be left behind!