Going Stargazing? Bring These Accessories Along
Vintage binoculars that are as much a collector's item as they are high-powered, and more must-haves for anyone with an eye on the sky.
Last month’s solar eclipse was the most observed and photographed in history, with millions across the United States seeing either a partial or total eclipse. A CNN poll predicted that over half of Americans would be watching, and NASA reported that their live-stream had over 4.4 million viewers.
The experience has undoubtedly inspired new interest in our solar system, with astronomy clubs and stargazing events available in every community. Astronomy travel, through specialized agencies, is increasing in popularity as well.
The International Dark Sky Association has designated over 50 locations in the United States and abroad as Dark Sky Parks, where limited light pollution creates ideal stargazing conditions. Nine of these are located in Utah and five are in Arizona.
Amateur stargazers are advised to begin with quality binoculars, which allow freedom of movement and wide field of view. Many who enjoy this introduction to the stars will want to move on to more complex and powerful equipment. Some may even become enamored with optical devices, so we have included a rare collector’s item to excite one of those special buyers.
With many options on the market and accessories designed to make watching the sky more comfortable, convenient, and rewarding, we have listed a few ideas to get you started.