For hundreds of thousands of years, human beings have been fascinated by the night sky. People of ancient cultures looked to the stars to navigate their way across the land and sea, to calculate seasons, to explain their lives, and to support their religious beliefs. Stars and constellations were even worshipped as deities as part of some ancient religions. In more recent times, advances in technology have allowed human beings to travel to and explore space, but for most people stargazing with good astronomical telescopes or binoculars is the closest they will come to the stars.
Camping and stargazing go hand in hand. Spending the night outdoors, it is natural for campers to find themselves paying more attention than usual to the skies above. As most campsites are located away from the light pollution of towns and cities, it is easier to see stars and constellations and many campers – particularly those who are not accustomed to rural environments – will find themselves sitting out under the night sky, struck by how many stars they can see. Indeed, sitting around a campfire, admiring the view of the stars above is something that most people associate with camping holidays and it is one of the many ways urban dwellers find themselves getting back in touch with nature while on a camping trip.
Interest in the night sky has been growing recently, partly due to television programmes such as ‘Stargazing LIVE’ (an interactive BBC series which encouraged viewers to get involved in ‘star parties’, astrophotography and other astronomy-related activities) and science-led programmes such as Professor Brian Cox’s ‘Wonders of the Universe. This desire to learn more about space and the movement of the stars and planets has seen more and more people go on camping trips with the sole purpose of stargazing. On such trips, people may want to spot constellations, witness solar or lunar eclipses, observe planetary movements or simply take in the stunning view of the sky at night. To do so with success, they may decide to invest in special equipment such astronomical binoculars or high power telescopes.
Celestron telescopes are a brand of astronomical telescopes that are useful for anyone wishing to go on a stargazing camping trip, as Celestron offer a wide range of scopes with special features for better viewing the night-time sky. For example, the Astromaster is a range of dual-purpose telescopes appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing and the NexStar SkyProdigy is a range of telescopes with an in-built intelligent computer and a digital camera, as well as instant alignment technology. Celestron also provide a range of binoculars that are appropriate for night sky viewing such as the 15×70 Skymaster, which has a four-element objective lens for ultra sharp focus or the 9×63 Skymaster, which is large 9x magnification binocular capable of meeting the demands of extended astronomical or terrestrial viewing sessions. With such technology available, the night sky is becoming more accessible to amateur and seasoned astronomical campers across the country.
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