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Binocular Highlights: 99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users (Sky & Telescope Stargazing) Spiral-bound – May 1, 2007
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The book is compact (6 ½ x 9 inches), spiral bound, and the cover folds back flat for easy handling in the dark. Print quality is excellent, text is easy to read in the dark (with a red flashlight!) and illustrations are sharp and uncluttered. The pages are coated to prevent damage from dew and the book seems very durable for field work. Overall the quality and design is excellent.
There is an introduction followed by a concise illustrated chapter on choosing binoculars for astronomical viewing, which explains important topics such as understanding magnification and the size of the objective lenses for a pair of binoculars, field of view in the night sky, making binocular choices, other binocular features to look for, tests for sharpness and optical alignment, and special types like image-stabilized and big binoculars. This is a nice section for those who know little about binoculars to help guide them into making good choices and avoiding problems.
The main portion of the book is essentially a compilation of many of Mr. Seronik's excellent Binocular Highlights columns from Sky & Telescope magazine. There are 99 Highlights, presented 1 on each page, all visible from North America. They are roughly divided up into four sections based on which time of year the object is best seen - December to February, March to May, June to August, and September to November. Each page is divided in half - on the top half there is a close up section of a star chart which shows the highlight. A circular binocular "field of view" with a black background on the chart shows what to expect when you are viewing.Read more ›
Anyone who has ever used a telescope for any length of time at all can relate to the story above. That is why I am so happy to have discovered this book.
Don't know anything about binoculars? No problem. Seronik tells you how they work and what kind are best for astronomy. In fact, I must caution you now to NOT BUY A PAIR OF BINOCULARS FOR ASTRONOMY UNTIL YOU READ THIS BOOK. The insights it gives kept me from making a very expensive mistake!
I had a pair of Meade 12x50s stashed away in a closet which turned out to be more than up to the job.
After covering how binoculars work and what kind to use for stargazing, Seronik takes the reader on a tour of many splendid deep sky objects perfect for the binocular user. Believe it or not, there is plenty of stuff up there that looks incredible when seen through their wide field of view and low magnification.
This book is user friendly from cover to cover. It's not padded with needless fluff or technical details incomprehensible to the average person. However, it is written in an engaging, friendly style that makes it a delight to read.
All in all I am very satisfied with this book and recommend it enthusiastically to everyone interested in stargazing.
I suppose that I was more interested in the romance of the stars rather than the science they represent. I enjoy learing the constellations.
This book was a break-through for me. I already owned a good pair of binoculars, so one I had this book I was set.
The information is presented in a way a more causal observer can appreciate. In addition, it provides details a more experienced person will appreciate.
On the first two trips out with this book, I observed more than I ever imagined. As the seasons change, I will learn to see even more.
If you are a hard core astronomer, this books is probably too simple. If you want to simply look at the stars unaided, it is probably too deep. If you are like me, and fall between those categories, the book will serve you well.
The book is well printed, seems to deal with dew easily and is ring bound for easy use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow! Wished I found this sooner. This great for a novice or experienced stargazer.Published 22 days ago by Dave Miller
The perfect stepping stone on your way to investing in a telescope.Published 28 days ago by The Herons
Great companion with my Bino's, for an evening of star gazing. Very pleasedPublished 1 month ago by Robert J Thiel
Shipped quickly and was in excellent condition. A nice book for those who like using binoculars forAstronomy.Published 2 months ago by Albert
The Binocular Highlights is a great guide for binocular using folks but it is also a great guide for beginner telescope users.Published 3 months ago by E. M.
A nice balance of a variety of interesting objects, Most of which, you can find with a typical pair of binoculars. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Mac Lennan
Binocular Highlights has been Very Helpful with My Star Gazing--Thanks, JoePublished 6 months ago by Joe Bullock