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Multi coated opticsLarge aperture perfect for low light conditions and stargazingTripod adapter 13 millimeter (0.51 inch) long eye relief ideal for eyeglass wearers; Linear Field of View (@1000 yards) / @1000 meter) 231 feet (77 meter)Diopter adjustment for fine focusing; Angular field of view 4.4 degreesLarge 70 millimeter objective lens offers maximum image brightness in low light and long range conditions
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67 Reddit comments about Celestron - SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars - Top Rated Astronomy Binoculars - Binoculars for Stargazing and Long Distance Viewing - Includes Tripod Adapter and Case:

u/Grays42 · 53 pointsr/technology

The tent is pretty useless unless you are only interested in a tiny spot of sky. The mirror isn't an observatory at all, just a way to kinda be lazy and decide you'd like to look through the imperfections of a non-optically-polished surface while looking at the sky. It'd honestly be easier just to inflate a small kiddy pool and lay back in it to support your head. (Binocular astronomy is really awesome, by the way. Buy a $50-$70 pair of wide-aperture binoculars and a copy of Left Turn at Orion, and you'd be floored by all the cool stuff you can see at night!)

The shed-looking observatory is pretty standard, it's one of a number of roll-away model observatories, of which this one is my favorite. Wide, shallow, plenty of room, plenty of sky. The one in the instructable is a bit tall and cuts off a ton of sky unless you're using a schmidt-cassegrain on a tall tripod, but if you're using a Dobsonian (which pivots much closer to the ground than a SCT), you've lost most of the sky.

u/slipperyp · 24 pointsr/space

Some people are looking for suggestions. I second the suggestion and I have a pair of these that work well for me.

  • Good reach (magnification) - suitable for most things I'll see with my 6" schmidt cassegrain
  • Tripod attachment is important - for looking at just about anything, it's much nicer to have the stabilization of the tripod. Also, it's nice to be able to "point" them at something and have another person look through (last night I went out with my 3 year old daughter and showed her Venus and Mars - otherwise she would have needed to try to find them and hold the binoculars steady enough to be able to see them herself)

    (edit: formatting)
u/astroprof · 22 pointsr/space

The best "telescope" in that range is a pair of binoculars. Anything else is more likely to cause someone to be turned away from astronomy.

These are $56 at amazon right now (normally $90). Get those and a decent tripod (the binoculars are a little heavy), and the total price should be well under 100 pounds.

u/Fadeo · 18 pointsr/pics

Here are some good beginner Binoculars

u/[deleted] · 16 pointsr/askscience

I picked up these recently (for $20 more) and I love them. They are impressively large, and I can see the moons of Jupiter on any clear day, and I live in a highly populated area with tons of pollution.

u/StinkinFinger · 10 pointsr/askscience

To be clear, everything you see with the naked eye is not a star. You can see galaxies too, and if you know what you're looking at, nebulae. Take a pair of high powered binoculars out some night and it's like you've never seen the sky. Better yet, get a pair of these. You won't be disappointed.

u/taintertots · 9 pointsr/Cosmos

I started looking to get a telescope a while back and a lot of what i read is for beginners to start with some high powered binoculars rather than a telescope.

They are normally quite a bit cheaper, easier to use, and do a great job for a beginner to get the hang and feel for things. Then if you really like star gazing and want to get a bit more serious about it, start looking into a more expensive option.

What I ended up getting was the following:

Might not be the same model, but they were this brand and looked almost identical to those (I am at work and can not check to be sure).

u/wmtrader · 8 pointsr/space


Chart of Cosmic Exploration

History of Space Travel

Cutaway View of a Space Shuttle peel and stick wall decals

NASA Saturn V Cutaway

Skylab Cutaway illustration

International Space Rockets

X-15 Cutaway

Smithsonian Milestones of Flight

Space Stations Poster

International Space Station Planet Earth

SpaceX Falon 9

Shuttle Atlantis & Mir Space Station


Spacex Falcon 9 T-shirts

SpaceX Kids T-Shirts

NASA Logo T-shirt

NASA KIds T-Shirt


Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)

Planetary Society


Get email or text alerts when the space station is flying over


Star Walk App

Celestron SkyMaster

Celestron 71020 SkyMaster


3D Laser Cut Models

Model Rockets (starting with easiest to make and launch) First Rocket, Second Rocket, Third Rocket, Forth Rocket, and Fifth Rocket.

LEGO City Space Utility Vehicle

LEGO City Space Port

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V


Huble IMAX

NASA: A Journey Through Space

Moon Machines or watch at YT - this series rocks.

NASA Live - Earth From Space

HOW IT WORKS: The International Space Station


The Mir Chronicles

Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission

The Space Shuttle

North American X-15


Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Meteor Showers in 2017

Vandenberg AFB Launch Schedule

Launch Schedule

Dark Sky Map People who have never been to a dark sky area do not think that it is worth the effort to see. People who have gone to a dark sky site are blown away by the amount of stars they can see with their naked eyes. Go on a trip to a dark sky area (dark gray on the map) on a moonless (new moon) night, here is a moon phase calendar.

u/Juno_Malone · 6 pointsr/pics
u/vaheg · 6 pointsr/LosAngeles I had those long time ago, and sometimes on those moon days I would go out and let others view through them too, everybody was impressed.. how much better is the view through those?

u/tuber · 6 pointsr/space

Do you already own astronomical binoculars? If not, I recommend you start there.

tl;dr - two eyes is greater than one

u/Kate_Pansy · 5 pointsr/santashelpers

I got my space-loving ex these binoculars for stargazing and he really loves them. I also got him a print of the heart and soul nebula, if she has space (heh) for art on her walls. I think this goes with her interests and is also pretty lovey-dovey (heart and soul!). I used the hq image from NASA and got a poster made through a company in the UK (I'm sure there are other companies who do the same with good prices).

u/cosmicknight · 5 pointsr/vancouver

You can get some pretty decent binoculars to look up at the moon or even planets. But if you decide to get serious and choose to get a telescope, I recommend nothing smaller than 6" telescope. This should get you started to explore the sky.

Some info here:

u/SpinningDespina · 4 pointsr/sydney

Consider getting some good binoculars if you're a beginner. Million times easier to use, cheaper, you can explore much quicker, wider field of view. I find it a much more intuitive way to explore!
I have a pair of these - which are perfect for starting out.

u/Starborn999 · 4 pointsr/Astronomy

It kind of depends on how deep your going to get into it. If your just sniffing about astronomy for the first time, then go for it. It's 42 bucks and you can sell it at a yard sale if you don't like it, you might actually turn someone on to astronomy with it

If you think you actually might want to get into astronomy as something of a hobby, go with binoculars first, good ones are a bit pricey but you can do some excellent viewing with them, I started with and still use these

These are excellent and not to heavy so your shaking all the time, but give great views, in dark skies I've gotten all four gallelian moons and a couple of Jupiters equatorial bands

And of astronomy ends up not being for you, you have a great set of binoculars for the upcoming zombie apocalypse

Edit-hey I just promoted a celestron product, can I get a hook up ???

u/Tomallama · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

Try these if you don't want to always use a mount.

u/Scorp63 · 3 pointsr/spaceporn

I'm new to amateur astronomy myself, and just ordered these binoculars after hearing good reviews.

Are there any ways to get long-exposure shots, or, pictures in general from using these?

Sorry if that's a stupid question, I've been interested in space all my life but am just now trying the optics out.

u/granitehoncho · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

Get a pair of good binoculars. You can do a lot of viewing with something cheap and easy as this. Make sure you have a tripod, so you can stabilize it, since it is a heavy binocular. You can use an L-bracket to mount it to a tripod.

Join a local astronomy club and attend a viewing night. In my local club, about 10-20 people show up and bring all of their gear. You can learn a lot about telescopes, mounts, optics, etc. by viewing the constellations through different types of scopes. Also, many clubs have a telescope lending library. I borrowed a 16" Dobsonian telescope and kept it for a month. I saw pretty much all of the Messier Objects with it and didn't have to spend $2000 for a telescope.

u/throwaway29173196 · 3 pointsr/space

Celestron Sky Master 15x70 about $60. Very well reviewed for purpose of amateur astronomy

u/Irost · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

I have a Celestron SkyMaster
which i like very much. With the one you linked, with such high magnification, you would require som sort of pod to keep it stable, or else you'll tremble too much to see anything.

u/Aegean · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

The problem with binos is that you'll never be able to hold them steady enough to study things. You'll need a tripod and mount.

Nevertheless, enjoyable viewing can be had with a good set.

Here's what I'm working.

Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 $75

70-Inch Pistol Grip Tripod with Bag $55

Total Cost ~$140 shipped

This is slightly more costly than most decent starter scopes.

Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope ~$133

If money is of little object, get a basic scope and the binoculars I stated earlier. You'll enjoy having both capabilities and it will help you hunt down objects. Also fun for people who come with you to have something to do while you work the scope.

I will say that binoculars get uncomfortable if you're not laying down, or sitting naturally and even then it can get tiresome on the eyes and neck. Nothing beats a telescope imho. You can learn the sky and develop good habits just the same.

u/cbalogh · 3 pointsr/santashelpers

I'm a huge space geek myself. Here are some of the things my gf has given me as presents that I've loved: Lego Space Shuttle (it's above your price range but they do have a smaller version); Metal Art Apollo Lunar Lander (they also make a Mars Rover version); Celestron Binoculars (great for checking out the moon, stars & planets - I would also suggest a tripod to go with it). Hope those help!

u/camopdude · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

You may want to get a good pair of binoculars first. This will allow you to see if you like it, and you can use the binoculars for other purposes.

Read more here and here. Maybe try a pair like these.

u/disgustipated · 3 pointsr/telescopes

I paid less than $70 for the Celestron 15x70's. They're worth it for the price, but you'll need a tripod to get the best out of them.

For those who use them with the included tripod adapter, you can remove the flex and make it stiffer by filling the side gaps with epoxy.

u/eNonsense · 3 pointsr/askscience

Here's the thing about optics for astronomy. The reason that we can't see stuff isn't because it's very far or small, but because it's very dim. To see the most interesting things in the sky, you don't really need to zoom, but just collect more light (effectively make your pupil larger). It's also comparatively much less expensive to make a larger light collector than it is to make something with a lot of zoom. Zoom is good for looking at the moon or Jupiter. Light buckets are better for everything else, like galaxies or nebulae.

So my advice to you is to look at 2 options. 1st is a "dobsonian telescope" which is basically a big tube with a concave mirror at the bottom to direct something like 12" of light into your 1/4" pupil. $3000 is more than you need, and many people actually just build them, because the mirror to eyepiece alignment is the important part and the rest is just for making it easy to aim, adjust and transport. The 2nd thing which I recommend you can do inexpensively right now is to buy some astronomy binoculars and a basic camera tri-pod to mount them on. With these you'll be able to find tons of stuff. Most of the stuff you'll look for with 12" dob scope, but just with less definition. These are the ones that I have and they're great!

u/Trollygag · 3 pointsr/nova

> I feel like telescopes should be one of those things people can rent for a day, like a kayak.

Well, kayaks are pretty hard to break, while telescopes are pretty fragile. Kinda like renting an iPhone for a day.

If you want a cheap entrance to the hobby, look at getting a pair of Celestron Skymaster binoculars. You can pick up for under $60 and they are great for looking at many objects. You can easily identify the moons of Jupiter with them.

u/wallyfoggle · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

I bought the Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter for a Christmas gift to myself and the family. Although I've only used them once before wrapping them, for every star I saw with the naked eye (which is less than a dozen on a good night with all the light pollution) I saw at least two dozen more looking through these. And that was holding them with my shaky hands. They fit on a standard camera tripod.

u/Zorbane · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

I got these a few weeks ago and they've been great.

I was able to see jupiter's moons, and even caught a very faint glimpse of M31 (Andromeda). I was finally able to check out the moon during Halloween and the detail that I could make out exceeded my expectations. While it was pretty small even through the binoculars for the first time looking at the moon actually felt like looking at a piece of land, for the lack of a better term, rather than a white ball in the sky.

Note you'll need a tripod for this because it is quite heavy (3 pounds) and there is no way you will be able to hold it steady.

u/Veteran4Peace · 3 pointsr/CampingandHiking

You need an Edmunds Astroscan. I don't think there's any other contender for this category. It's surprisingly steady and comfortable to use and you can even sit cross-legged and plop it directly in your own lap. It'll give you great views on a dark night, and the thing is so easy to use that anyone who is with you will be able to use it.

You might also consider a set of astronomy binoculars. I have a pair of Celestron Skymaster (15x70) and they're just about perfect for observing Messier class objects and planets, though looking at the full moon through them is a blinding experience. :-P

But seriously, you can't go wrong with that Astroscan.

u/bdh008 · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Story Here

I'm pretty excited for the lunar eclipse tonight. I live on the West Coast so it's not too late for me. But my dad has these binoculars which work awesome, and I really want to see the shadow creep across the moon. I'm excited!

u/runMechanical · 3 pointsr/videos

i hear you, friend. i think the library is a great idea. even if you don't check anything out, it would be fun just simply browsing the stacks.

i'm really glad you mentioned you're into space. i'm a bit of a space geek myself (highly recommend /r/astrophotography). easily one of the best purchases i made last year was sky watching binoculars. i don't know anything about your budget, but they are relatively cheap for what you can see with them (described towards the end of this paragraph). these are 15x70, meaning they have 70mm lenses so they can gather a lot of light, and objects are magnified 15 times, so they appear 15 times larger in the binos. the downside to 15x magnitude is holding them by hand means the image will shake a bit - it's doable by hand, but it helps to hold them but rest the lens-end on something like a chair to hold them steady (a tripod would be best if you have one or can buy one, but i have simply laid on the ground outside and basically used my face to keep them steady while looking straight up). anyway, i can reliably see 3 to 4 of jupiter's moons with these. now, they are pinpoints of light in the image, but you can definitely see them and see how they are all in similar planes. saturn becomes oblong because of the rings, you can almost see the gap between the body and the rings. shadows in the craters at the moon's terminator are visible. depending on where you are, you can see the general shape of the gases of the orion nebula (m42, or messier number 42).

anyway, i kind of rambled here but if you're into space, 15x70 binos are an excellent place to start before diving into the telescope world. happy to provide more info if needed.

u/ddevil63 · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

I've seen these recommended and it's what I plan on getting. Celestron SkyMaster 15x70

u/sew_butthurt · 2 pointsr/pics

Awesome! Good on you for parenting and teaching the beauty of the natural world. If you've never tried stargazing with binoculars, I highly recommend it.

I have these, they're cheap and a pain in the ass to get focused, but once that's done they're incredible:

u/Bob_Sacomano · 2 pointsr/askscience

My girlfriend bought me these for my birthday earlier this year. I bring them everywhere I go - especially when I have the opportunity to escape the light pollution barriers of the cities.

I highly recommend downloading Stellarium for you computer, or Google Sky for the android phones. (I'm sure iPhone has something similar). With this tool, you have an interactive star map you can use from anywhere. You can even track satellites!

With high powered binoculars like mine, or larger Newtownian / Cassegrain scopes, my favorite things to look at in the sky are (you can use stellarium or google sky to find them):

  • Jupiter and its moons (you can see 4 clear as day, but there are 64 in total!)
  • Betelgeuse (top left corner red star in Orion)
  • The Orion nebula (about where the right thigh is)
  • The moon of course (you can get lost in all of the craters and shadows)
  • Andromeda
  • Pleides (M45)
  • Omega Centauri
u/Polderty · 2 pointsr/pics

I have been reasonably happy with these. But I use them for looking at "stars".

u/burningrobot · 2 pointsr/cincinnati

I don't know much about the tunnels, but I'm sure others do. Check out other local parks, big and small, to find places you like [Winton Woods, Sharon Woods, Mt. Storm, Ault Park, etc).

Take The Cake [Cafe+Bakery] in Northside has a chalkboard menu, so every day the food is different, but awesome. (I'm biased towards this place. Others will say MELT, etc)

If you like music, be sure to keep track of all the local venues, big and small.

  • 20th Century Theater, Madison Theater, etc
  • Memorial Hall, Music Hall
  • Northside Tavern, Mayday, MOTR, Drinkery, Neon's, Mockbee, (is BunkSpot still open?)
  • US Bank Arena, Riverbend, Bogarts, etc
  • Contemporary Art Center also has the occasional concert

    Arcade Legacy is popular amongst redditors, they moved to Cincinnati Mills Mall, haven't checked out the new location yet, but they have $10 all you can play, plus a large selection of music and games that are very reasonably priced.

    MPMF Indie Summer Series is going on now. Every Friday on Fountain Square there's live music, 3 bands each night, and sometimes they have really good tunes. My highlights from last year were Pomegranates and These United States.

    If you like stargazing, or just want to be able to see stars, I recommend Stone Lick State Park. It's about 50 minutes East of Cincy, and the park is a dark sky site, so there's not much light pollution and you can see the sky much better than you can in the burbs or the city. I've got a pair of these Celestron binoculars, you can see some incredible stuff on a clear night.

    That's all I've got off the top of my head. Cheers!

    *Edit: Final Friday's in OTR/Cincy, most of the galleries have stuff going on [wine & cheese], same thing with a lot of the bars. Second Saturday in Northside is the same deal. Going to gallery openings is fun because you can feel fancy, see some good art (sometimes), and drink free booze.
u/BuckDunford · 2 pointsr/telescopes

Also, collimation could be an issue if you hit a lot of bumps. If you wanna bike or walk to your viewing spot you could start with some ballernoculars like these

u/arandomkerbonaut · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

I wouldn't recommend the 127 EQ for anyone. The mount is too wobbly and it's just not a good scope in general. With that budget, just get a tripod and some really nice binoculars. You will get much better views with it. I personally have these binoculars. They are great, you can just spend hours looking at random portion of the sky just gazing in them. They also show things like the Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, and the Pleiades really well.

u/Xenocide321 · 2 pointsr/HuntsvilleAlabama

I would like to point this out:

>And don’t settle for a 99% partial eclipse just outside the path. “There’s no comparison between partial and total solar eclipses when it comes to sheer grandeur and beauty,” Michael Zeiler, longtime eclipse chaser and creator of the Great American Eclipse website told Universe Today. We witnessed the 1994 annular solar eclipse of the Sun from the shores of Lake Erie, and can attest that a 99% partial eclipse is still pretty darned bright!

Do yourself a favor and make the short trip up to the Nashville area where you can see "Totality" for up to 2 minuites and 40 seconds.

I also recommend a good pair of solar sunglasses and maybe a good pair of binoculars with a solar filter.

Do not ever stare directly at the sun without protective gear on

u/pixelmonger · 2 pointsr/space

If you are in the USA or Canada this might be useful for satellite watching. There are apps for this on smartphones too (iPhone and Android).

A good pair of binoculars can really be useful from a dark location (not just for satellites).

Using both of your eyes to view the night sky is much more satisfying. Binoculars are a great addition even if you plan on getting a standard telescope. Try to resist the urge to get higher and higher magnification powers. These become much more susceptible to shake and are more difficult to aim. The lower power options, 10x to 15x, will allow you to take in a larger expanse of the night sky.

u/StarkillerX42 · 2 pointsr/askastronomy

the best telescope below $100 and the upgrade from that. A cheap scope usually does more bad than good because they're frustrating and the less you know, the harder they are to use. If you want to get started, get binoculars, download Stellarium, and you can use it for most everything. If I was a millionaire and could buy anything I wanted, I'd still have a pair of 7x50s around my neck in conjunction with an expensive scope

u/jswhitten · 2 pointsr/askastronomy

You can't go wrong with a Dobsonian in the 6"-8"-10" range. At the lower end they'll be less expensive and more portable, but at the higher end you'll be able to see more.

I have an Orion 8" Dobsonian. They also sell Intelliscope models that will assist you in finding objects. I like finding things on my own, by star-hopping, but it takes a little patience and experience. These books will help:

I recommend getting one with at least two eyepieces, or at least one eyepiece and a Barlow, so you'll have a choice of magnifications.

And whether or not you get a telescope, a pair of binoculars is a good thing to have. 7x50s are nice and easy to use without a tripod. 10x50s will show you a little more but are a little harder to hold steady. Anything larger and you'll probably want a tripod for them. I have 10x50s and am considering getting these:

u/cryptical · 2 pointsr/astrophotography

I just wanted to second the binoculars recommendation. I got a pair of these (non-affiliate link to Amazon) and use them all the time. If you have a reclining outdoor chair, you can just lay back and enjoy the view!

u/InhaleBot900 · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

I got these for around $40 a few years back. I don't think you need to drop over a hundred dollars immediately. The advice I was given was to start out with binoculars and then move up to the usually more expensive telescopes when you get serious.

u/bravo_delta · 1 pointr/Astronomy

In in the same boat as you. But I did purchase these with the recommendation from another Redditor. I'm waiting for them to arrive.

Also look up the Astroscan telescope. It's about $250 and suppose to be really good.

u/axstoro · 1 pointr/Astronomy

The Celestron 15x70. they had Prime shipping when I got them.

u/flannell · 1 pointr/pics

Son of a bitch. Just bought Celestron 71009 purely on this post. Damn it! The kids will have to starve!

u/feynbear · 1 pointr/exmuslim

Unreal Developer's Kit. It's Epic's game engine, free to download, but if you sell any games made with it, you either have to purchase a license or give epic a percentage of all profits.

As far as telescopes go, if you can look to go to some sort of star party first to get an idea of what does what. A lot of people opt to start off with a good set of binoculars until they get their celestial body finding chops to a point that they can get the full enjoyment of the more expensive stuff.

This was my first star gazing purchase

The club I'm a part of has an observatory in a park with a 16 inch telescope. Those will run you about 10,000 USD. Portability is also a big issue, especially if you live in a city. A lot of people opt to buy an 8inch scope after the binoculars, as its a good improvement, and is still manageable size wise. Those will cost closer to the USD $500 range not including the costs of different eye pieces you'll need. I really recommend looking into a local club if interested, they can really help out, and you can test the equipment so you won't have to go into it blindly. Also there are other directions you can go into - some members are into solar astronomy, others radio astronomy and some are more interested in astrophysics than star gazing.

u/plastic_apollo · 1 pointr/starparty

Thanks for the advice! I'm leaning strongly toward binoculars right now - the person doesn't have any experience stargazing, just a very, very strong interest, so I was thinking I could afford binoculars and that could be a good introductory gift (plus some of the books already recommended here on stargazing).

I asked another reddit user this, but I'm looking at these two binoculars. Is there one you would suggest over the other? (I'm relying on reviews and doing my best to look up what these specs mean in terms of performance, but any thoughts would be greatly appreciated).


u/TopNFalvors · 1 pointr/Astronomy

What price range are you looking at? I recently did some research and found the following:

Garrett Gemini 15x70 LW

Oberwerk 11x70mm and 15x70mm Fully Multi-coated Giants

Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars

u/kofrad · 1 pointr/Astronomy

Corrent me if I'm wrong but aren't the ones in your link the same as these?

Thanks for the link though, I think the detailed specifications just sold me on it. Being in Florida and planning on primarily star-gazing near a canal the water proofing definitely stands out to me. The lifetime warranty even more.

u/BioTechDude · 1 pointr/Astronomy These get good reviews for their price-point. They are a bit large to hand-hold though. Look to add a camera tripod rated at 6lb+ to hold the binoculars. Something like this kit.

u/bearadox · 1 pointr/Astronomy

I would invest $50-100 in a good pair of binoculars before you invest even more in a telescope. Telescopes are much more stable and customizable (namely in terms of changing the eyepieces/magnification), and you'll be able to pick out details like the rings of Saturn which you won't get from binoculars. However, they require a larger investment, more setup time, and are not nearly as portable (a big deal if you want to do some stargazing on a hiking trip). They're also just more complicated to use, at least at first.

A few years back I purchased some Skymaster 15x70 binos. They are quite powerful and work well on a tripod. However, there have been systemic issues with the lenses falling out of alignment over time. This can be fixed by adjusting a few screws (you can Google it), so if you don't mind a bit of mechanical work I can recommend them.

u/Aleforge · 1 pointr/telescopes

I second this, if you can only spend 400 or less defiantly look at dobonians. Any scope that comes packaged with a tripod at that price range is going to be a headache to use, the stability problems are rampant. A decent mount alone will run more than 400 by itself. Many will say a good pair of higher aperture binoculars, coupled with a tripod with adapter will give you much better views (and less stress) than a cheaper scope package.

Celestron Binoculars

u/acepincter · 1 pointr/space

Here you go! My $50 pair.

Large, Crisp and bright enough that the moon's terminator can be seen to ripple with the relative depth of the terrain. Also, will amaze you during the day - I had no idea there were that many birds in the sky at seemingly all times!

However, don't expect the planets to be more than bright blobs. For that kind of detail a telescope is the only way to go. These Binocs are good for watching animals/people other things at great distance though.

u/TheLastOne0001 · 1 pointr/funny

As an armature astronomer my self this is good advice OP. You will want something big lenses in the front (aperture) to collect lots of light and you want good optical quality so you can see as much detail as possible. I recommend something with a prism built in. I have these and they work great.

u/Captain-Peacock · 1 pointr/perth

I got these before they stopped shipping to Aus, amazing for the money, can see the moon clearly! ( in AUD plus delivery around $120)

Looking to upgrade to 25 x 100 even more powerful.

u/LemonMellon · 1 pointr/ISRO

Dude, like the other used said, a good pair of binoculars are much better than low end telescopes. You get better optics, and larger aperture. The only place where binoculars might lag is magnification. That being said, I own a pair of Celestron 15x70 which I'd recommend to anyone in a heartbeat. They're brilliant to get started with, not much set up involved(except collimation, that's easy but), and I even managed to get a glimpse of saturn's rings recently!

u/sharkfrog · 1 pointr/Astronomy

There are some great links on the side about choosing a first scope. Your best bet would be to buy some binoculars first and learn the night sky. You'd be surprised how much you can see with something like this, and you'll still use them when you move up to a telescope. As far as telescopes are concerned I see these recommended again and again for beginner scopes.

u/GuidoZ · 1 pointr/space

It appears a tripod isn't a necessity, but certainly makes for better viewing. Here's an Amazon review discussing this fact:

>My first night out under dark skies with these binoculars was a terrific experience. In ninety minutes of observing I had great views of M36, M37, M38, M44, M50, easily saw the Trapizium in Orion's nebula, saw the Andromeda galaxy and it's companions streaching across 75% of my FOV. It had taken me two observing sessions with my 5" reflector to find M33, with the Binoculars I found it in two minutes, M81 and 82 were also easy.
>All this and I don't even have a tripod yet. I may well spend more time with the 15 X 70's than I do with my telescope.

u/SurlyTurtle · 1 pointr/Astronomy

I have a pair of these and like them just fine. Not sure if these were the ones mentioned in the previous thread, but the "somewhat heavy"" and "best with a tripod" descriptions would apply to these.

u/Somali_Pir8 · 1 pointr/space

> Celestron SkyMaster 15x

These guys?

What would be the next higher binoculars? I could easily swing something more expensive than $55.

u/SixesandNines · 0 pointsr/pics

I have used this:

for over a year now and have been pretty satisfied. I wouldn't pay much more than the $60 cost, but they do a fine job. I've been able to see all the major planets, the moons of Jupiter, a bunch of Messier objects, and larger asteroids like Ceres, Vesta, and Pallas, all from light polluted NJ.

They can be used handheld if you lean on/against something, but a tripod is really the way to go.