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 2019 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. 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 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


2019 NZ Astronomical Yearbook 

This is a must-have astronomy almanac for what’s happening in the New Zealand skies for 2019, 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:

    • Gaia’s Outrageous Mission – Learn about the mission that’s creating the greatest catalogue of our galaxy to date. The statistics of this mission are mind blowing!
    • Not that long ago on a Moon far away – The coming year marks the 50th anniversary since humankind first set foot on the Moon. David Britten reflects on this giant leap that changed the course of history forever.
    • A Centennial Celebration – The International Astronomical Union, founded in Paris in 1919, celebrates its 100th We reflect on the pivotal role it has played in spreading astronomy education far and wide over the past century.
    • Chasing the Lights – Dr Ian Griffin, Otago Museum, tells the story of how he took his passion for chasing aurora to new heights.
    • Sky guides and star charts for the year

    • Monthly guide to celestial events

The Yearbook also tells the success story of two astro-tourism pioneers at Lake Tekapo, pays a special tribute to the late Graeme Kershaw who contributed so much to the development of Mt John Observatory, and profiles friends, Phil Yock and Bill Allen, who have been two key contributors to New Zealand astronomy and astrophysics.

Published by Stardome Observatory.


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

  • 10x50 Premium Binoculars
  • Stars and Planets: Nature Guide (book)
  • 2019 NZ Astronomical Yearbook
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10x50mm Premium Binoculars
Stars and Planets - Nature Guide
2019 NZ Astronomical Yearbook
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