A good pair of binoculars makes a superb gift for an astronomer. They can be a much better starter instrument for a beginner since they are easier to use and to find objects with than a telescope.
You are looking with both eyes and the magnification is fairly low, producing fields of view rich with stars. They will also be welcomed by an astronomer who already has a telescope because they will complement the equipment he or she already has.
Celestron SkyMaster 15×70 binoculars.
Leading astronomical suppliers Celestron have produced a pair of binoculars that have been getting rave reviews as something of a bargain with high quality at a very reasonable price. The SkyMaster 15x70s have a pair of objective lenses 70mm wide (2.75 inches) and a magnifying power of 15.
The lenses are wider than many on the market, meaning they will collect much more light than smaller binoculars and give wonderfully bright, wide-angle views of star clusters and the Milky Way, for example. To keep the view steady and stop arm-ache, it is best to rest these binoculars on a support, and they come with an adaptor to allow use of a standard photographic tripod.
All in all, this is a pair of binoculars that any astronomer would be pleased to own, featuring high quality BAK-4 prisms and multi-coated optics for enhanced contrast. They are available from our Amazon stores at excellent discounts. Check the product details on Amazon to read some very favourable reviews from happy purchasers.
Celestron list these as the main general features:
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- 15x magnification porro prism binocular
- Large 70 mm objective lens offers maximum image brightness in low-light and long-range conditions
- Ultra sharp focus across the field of view
- Multi-Coated optics for sharp, clear views
- Suitable for terrestrial or astronomical viewing
- Protective rubber covering for ultra-firm grip
- Large center focus knob for easy focusing
- Tripod adapter included
- Long eye relief ideal for eyeglass wearers
- Carrying case included for travel and safe storage
- No Fault Warranty provides best protection and product support on the market