There are countless ways in which binoculars can be used and many of their applications apply to activity during the day. For example, bird watching is a particular favourite of many enthusiasts.
However, when the sun goes down this does not necessarily mean the instruments should be put away. Indeed, they are a great way of observing the night sky – bringing more of its wonder into view.
Passion for astronomy among adults and children alike can be ignited by using such devices to view the planets and the stars.
For example, you can set your sights on such things as the Andromeda Nebula and comets like Hale Bopp, bringing the marvel of science right into your hands.
And because you are using both your eyes to view your target, you can sweep large areas of sky and observe objects such as the Pleiades Cluster in Taurus that are simply too large to be viewed in the field of most telescopes.
While making a choice between the various binoculars on offer can be confusing, don’t let this put you off.
One simple rule to bear in mind is that you should not necessarily think the larger the magnification the better, as this limits the field of view and may cause the image you see to jump about.
Unless you are using a tripod or other stabilising device, a magnification greater than ten is not recommended.
So if you are seeking to get to grips with the stars and do not want to buy a telescope, binoculars could be the ideal solution.