People are always asking about what gear they should have for stargazing, astrophotography, and all other nighttime activities. Below we lay out some of our most recommended tools for enjoying the nighttime sky. If you decided to purchase any of these items, please be sure to use our link which will in turn help keep us in good standing with our sponsors. Thank you!
When people think of stargazing, most immediately think of a telescope, but some of the best stargazing is done through a simple pair of binoculars. This is because binoculars are so quick and easy, and will still offer a much better view of the cosmos than the naked eye. You won’t need to worry about getting burnt out on the hour plus time it takes to setup and align many telescopes, and binoculars are highly portable — not to mention inexpensive! Astronomical binoculars offer a wider field of view than most terrestrial binoculars. Look for something in the 8-10x magnification range, as anything greater than this won’t be easily handheld. Of course, you can always get a tripod for them and push up to a 15-20x if you’d like, but if you want to keep it easy, go with something like the Meade TravelView 10x50 Binoculars. They feature coated optics and BK-7 prisms which provide bright, high-resolution images. With a padded case, neck strap and cleaning cloth included all for $39.95, you simply can’t go wrong with this Big Bang for your buck stargazing device. Or, if you want to raise the bar a little bit, go for the Orion Scenix 10x50. If you want to use a tripod, then go with the larger Orion 15x70 Astronomy binoculars which come with a tripod adapter.
A great shorter focal length telescope and mount are the Meade 80 mm Series 6000 ED Triplet APO and Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro Computerized GoTo Telescope Mount — A perfect setup for observing the cosmos as well as capturing deep space objects.
More gear recommendations coming soon.