The perfect package for beginners, from kids to grown ups.
Binoculars are a great way to begin your astronomy adventure. They are easy to use, it's simple to find your way around, and you can see a surprising amount of interesting and beautiful objects.
This package contains premium 10x50 binoculars, specially designed for astronomy. Plus a virtual reality set of goggles which uses your smartphone app to superimpose information on your real live view of the night sky.
We have also included one of the best guides to the night sky, the Stars and Planets Nature Guide.
The quality 50mm optics and anti-reflection coatings give you a bright view with a wide field of view for stargazing. Focussing is easy and precise with the central 'slow focus' mechanism.
The 10x magnification is about as much as you want for hand-held use for astronomy. Higher magnifications usually require a sturdy base such as a tripod.
They use porro prisms, which are better than roof prisms for astronomical observing because of of their greater light transmission. The prisms are made of BAK4 glass, which is higher quality than the borosilicate flint glass used in cheaper binoculars.
Put your phone in the viewing goggles, and look up. The universe2go app will highlight the constellations, stars and planets that you are looking at. Digital information is placed on top of your actual, live view of the sky.
It can also help you find the planets and other objects. Where is Saturn tonight? Let the app guide you.
You can operate it in several modes. For example, Discovery mode brings up more information about what you are looking at - how far away it is, the type of star, and so on. Mythology mode tells you about the Greek myths associated with each constellation. Expert mode lets you decide what you want to see.
The app includes close up images of all the planets and hundreds of galaxies and star clusters. If you hold your gaze on a planet, for example, the view of the planet will get bigger and the app will begin a short narration about that objects. It contains over three hours of interesting, informative commentary.
Universe2go is a great gift for people starting out in astronomy, and because it is so easy to use it is ideal for children.
Click here to check that your phone is compatible.
Nature Guide - Stars and Planets
From the planets in our solar system to the constellations that brighten up the night skies, leaf through Nature Guide Stars and Planets, a beautiful guide to our solar system and beyond.
Part of a new generation of compact natural history guides, Stars and Planets is expertly written and packed full of stunning images that reveal the intricate details and unique characteristics of our stars and planets. This guide will give you knowledge of the galaxy at your fingertips.
With information on the tools and techniques you'll need to observe the night skies and a guide to all 88 constellations, Nature Guide Stars and Planets is the ideal identification guide to keep in your pocket.
Format: Paperback, 352 pages