- Spiral-bound: 104 pages
- Publisher: Sky Publishing (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931559430
- ISBN-13: 978-1931559430
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 114 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Binocular Highlights: 99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users (Sky & Telescope Stargazing) Spiral-bound – May 1, 2007
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About the Author
Gary Seronik is an associate editor at Sky & Telescope magazine where he has authored the magazine's monthly Binocular Highlight column since 1999. An avid stargazer since childhood, Gary began observing the stars with his father's 7 Â´ 35 binoculars and over the years has built numerous telescopes to suit his astronomical interests. He owns several binoculars and always has at least one with him as he travels the world to view the night sky.
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AND, I would suggest that you get something like this Orion 5271 Versatile Tripod Mounting Adapter for Binoculars to mount your binoculars to a tripod or monopod. 10x50 binoculars can be handheld for viewing, BUT putting them (OR especially HIGHER powered binoculars) on a steady mount makes viewing MUCH nicer. I use both to hold my Pentax 65808 PCF II 10x50 Waterproof Binocular which are excellent binoculars for both astronomy and terrestrial viewing (I'm a birdwatcher too!).
I highly recommend getting a green laser pointer. You can use it to point to one of the reference stars in the book while looking through your binoculars to help you point to the right location. Of course, never point the laser *into* the binoculars while using them or view anything shiny that the laser is bouncing off. But it's definitely safe to view the beam while it's pointing up to a star in the sky. Especially helps if you're using high magnification binoculars with a narrow field of view.
The charts are excellent for locating the targets under dim red light, and the descriptions are readable and succinct. Gary Seronik know his stuff. The binding allows the book to remain open while going back and forth from binos to book if necessary, and the pages are made of a good weight paper, glossy and durable, and seems as if they could take a few exposures to dewy nights. Each binocular feature has a brief description and occupies only one page, and the book also has star charts placed at the front and back of the book, showing the sky during different seasons -- very handy! -- if you want to leave the old planisphere in the house.
This book is worth every penny -- for beginners, or even someone with more experience (like myself) who doesn't have the chance to get out too much (since I live in the cloudy Pacific Northwest). Grab a dim red light, whatever binos you have, and get this book. Head outside for a fabulous tour of the night sky. Clear skies!
I bought Binocular Highlights 99 for my Celestron 25X100 binos and tripod. The book is well laid out into the different seasons. It is good for about the 30 degree north of the equator.
With my Sky Six planetarium software on my laptop in conjunction with the Binocular Highlights book I was easily able to find almost all the book listed interesting objects for June to August. I really liked some of the clusters I was able to easily find using the book.
I have not had the time yet to view the sky other months using the book so I wont comment on those months.
It was nice that the author took the time to tell novices how to scan and use binoculars. He recommends smaller binos than I have so they can be hand held vs having to use a tripod.
Read the book first before you buy expensive binoculars. That way you can decide if a smaller lighter pair of binoculars would suit you better for hand holding or if you want to pay extra for a heavy pair of binoculars you will need a tripod for. I really like my Celestron 25x100 binos but they are very heavy and you must use a tripod. You may want a lighter pair.
The book Binocular Highlights 99 Celestial Sights for me was worth the money and useful. Big plus for me... Astronomy binocular viewing with the book is quick setup fun. 4 stars.