Quick tips on choosing binoculars

1. Make sure the binocular is a manageable size for long observations and invest in a tripod if required.
2. Magnifications of 7x or 10x are all that’s required to get started in skywatching.
3. Select binoculars with a Porro prism design.
4. Fully multi-coated optics are a must for crisp and clear observations.

If you need more advice on the right binoculars for you, read our full guide.

Nearly everyone who starts out in skywatching believes that they must have a telescope. However, humble binoculars are incredibly useful for observing and can often prove more effective for viewing some targets such as star clusters, sweeping the surface of the moon and catching a pass of the International Space Station. Easy to use and require very little maintenance, binoculars are ideal for beginners and young astronomers looking for a simple way to skywatch without making a large investment.

Here at Space.com, we’ve tried and tested a wide selection of binoculars and rounded up the very best for terrestrial and astronomical views. Whether you’ve got a low, medium or high budget, our top pick will guarantee great observations and the very best deals on high-quality optics.


Celestron TrailSeeker 8x42 Binocular

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1. Celestron TrailSeeker 8×42 Binocular

Magnification: 8x | Objective lens diameter: 1.7″ (42 mm) | Angular field of view: 8.1 degrees | Eye relief: 0.7″ (17 mm)