Binocular Astronomy

If you have a pair of binoculars to hand they will open up a whole new vista of deep sky objects for your enjoyment and appreciation.

The Lunar Apennines
The Lunar Apennines

Help yourself to our “Binocular Astronomer” sky tour series. They are designed to be used in the evening as soon as it is dark. These tours will help you to identify some of the more prominent star clusters, nebulae, double stars, asterisms and galaxies in the night sky.

Spring (Feb – Apr)

Autumn (Aug – Oct)

Winter (Nov – Jan)

Planets were known as “Wanderers” to the ancient Greeks and are not as predictable as the other residents of the night sky. Your best bet for identifying them is with a planetarium app for your computer, ipad or smart phone. Discover our best picks on our Planetarium Apps page.