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11 Uses of Binoculars for Astronomy 

There are many reasons why binoculars are useful in amateur astronomy. Here are eleven.

1. Accessory to Telescope

Binoculars are a good accessory to that home telescope in helping you find stars and planets in a bright evening sky.

2. Above Horizon Viewing

Binoculars are great for checking out stars and planets just above the horizon.

3. Viewing Comets

For observing bright comets like 21P, 38P, and 46P of 2018 that grace our skies from time to time and are spectacular sights.

4. Find Outer Planets

With binoculars, you can search out Uranus and Neptune with the help of finder charts.

5. Planet Viewing

They are useful for planet viewing. You can see the red color of Mars, Aldebaran, Betelgeuse, and Antares clearly through a good set of binoculars. Alpha Centauri can be seen as yellow and Beta Centauri as blue.

6. Lunar Occultations

Small binoculars are ideal for lunar occultations (when the Moon passes in front) of a star of magnitude 4 or less (brighter).

7. Moon Features

They are great for checking out the large craters and maria (seas) on the Moon.

8. Finding Fainter Stars

Best for finding the fainter stars shown in star atlases and finder charts.

9. Dim Stars

They help with finding stars that appear dim because of the position of the Moon in the sky.

10. Moons of Jupiter

Observing the moons of Jupiter as they move around the planet.

11. Great for Kids

Binoculars are lightweight and easy to use and so are a great way to get children interested in astronomy.

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