Getting started with the night sky package

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Getting started with the night sky package

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Find your way around the night sky with binoculars, a guide book and the 2020 NZ Astronomical Yearbook.


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.. 

We have also included one of the best guides to the night sky, the Stars and Planets Nature Guide and the NZ Astronomcial Yearbook to guide you on the highlight of our skies.

The binoculars

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. 

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.

Published: 02/07/2012, Format:    Paperback, 352 pages


2020 NZ Astronomical Yearbook 

This is a must-have astronomy almanac for what’s happening in the New Zealand skies for 2020, plus current highlights in astronomy. Full of spectacular images from New Zealand astrophotographers.

This year's issue features Information for beginners as well as veterans:

    • Einstein Tested Again – Is he ever wrong? Learn about the incredible feat achieved over the past few years when we finally managed to image a black hole.
    • Colour of the Stars – Award-winning astrophotographer Rolf Olsen shares his stellar insights into taking the perfect picture
    • Saturn’s Family Grows – Gas giant Saturn with its massive entourage takes the crown from Jupiter as our Solar System’s king of moons.
    • Sky guides and star charts for the year
    • Monthly guide to celestial events
    • Contact information for NZ Astronomical Societies

The Yearbook also explores cosmology ‘tension’ (where our current theories about physics are being highly contested with differing results about the Universe!), puts the spotlight on Stardome’s recently upgraded Edith Winstone Blackwell Zeiss telescope, and tells the story of the recent discovery of hidden asteroid scars buried deep under sheets of ice in Greenland – and that’s only naming a few of the topics covered.

The edition also features the Memorable Moments section, showcasing some of the incredible images of the cosmos taken by international organisations and spacecraft over the past year, and, as usual, there is the popular monthly star charts, a guide on how to use them and an astronomy gallery showcasing the New Zealand astrophotographer’s talent of capturing the beauty of our southern skies

Published by Stardome Observatory.


You save 9% by buying these items as a package. 

$148.00  $135.00
  • 10x50 Premium Binoculars
  • Stars and Planets: Nature Guide (book)
  • 2020 NZ Astronomical Yearbook
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Stars and Planets - Nature Guide
2020 NZ Astronomical Yearbook
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