Although we tend to think of astronomical telescopes as being the ideal equipment for stargazing, you can also use binoculars. In fact, if you’ve never used a telescope before, you might even be better off using a pair of binoculars if you are new to stargazing.
Astronomical telescopes can be a little tricky to get your head around at first if you are not used to them, as you have to learn to master the equipment itself while also working out where to look in the vast night sky. While you learn to navigate the inky blackness of the night sky, you should probably use a pair of binoculars to get some experience before moving on to a telescope. While binoculars certainly won’t be as powerful as using a telescope, they will still give you the light gathering power you need and a much greater magnification than using nothing at all. A good pair will give you a magnification somewhere between 10 and 30 times (depending on what power you buy), which will allow you to see some detail on the moon, as well as many of the planets, although you won’t be able to see detail on them.
At Sherwoods, we have a wide selection of astronomical binoculars by different well-known and respected brands such as Opticron and Helios. If you are looking to buy a pair of binoculars specifically for astronomical purposes, then choose a pair with at least a 50mm across as the aperture is most important for this purpose.