Comet Lovejoy is currently putting on a fine, if unspectacular, display in the evening sky. And like many comets, it’s well seen in binoculars. But are some binos better for the job than others? Yes, but much depends on the comet.
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January 17, 2015
It’s funny how things tend to go in cycles. Having a reputation as an equipment guy, I’m asked about scopes quite often. As it happens, last week I received two e-mails asking essentially the same thing.
December 11, 2014
I’m a real thrift-store junkie. I can’t resist a good deal on something useful — and for me, few things are more useful than a nice pair of stargazing binoculars. I’ve purchased a number of excellent binos at bargain prices, but I’ll be the first to tell you it’s easy to get burned if you’re not careful. So, here are a few tips to help you sort the good from the bad and the ugly.
November 25, 2014
Are spotting scopes useful for stargazing? It’s a frequently asked question. That’s not surprising when you consider how widely available they are — any store that stocks binoculars, probably has a few spotters as well.
November 13, 2014
My copy of the 2015 edition arrived in the mail today, and leafing through it, I was again reminded of how astonishingly complete it is. It really is a wonderful resource for the active observer.
September 2, 2014
All other things being equal, as the magnification goes up, the field of view goes down. And if you want to increase the field of view, you have decrease the magnification. The “best” binoculars are the ones that balance these two factors in the way that works for the kind of observing you want to do. It’s a compromise.
August 26, 2014
In the many years I’ve spent using telescopes, I’ve probably handled several hundred different models. Some were a joy to use, others were a frustrating nightmare. Often, the difference came down to how easy or difficult it was to achieve sharp focus.
August 18, 2014
If you assess eyepieces using the four numbers described below, you’ll at least have a fighting chance at making good choices.