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Of course, binoculars for astronomy must first have a certain aperture. Binoculars with an exit pupil under 4mm are only of limited suitability. The magnification is dependent upon the object of your observing. Binoculars with low magnification are very well-suited to getting an overview of the starry sky or for looking for constellations.

To see details on the moon or the planets, the magnification should be at least 10 times or higher. Many customers prefer binoculars with single-ocular focus, because once set for personal visual acuity, no further sharpness correction is needed. Very often, customers use porro prism binoculars because they provide a more plastic image.

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Omegon Binoculars Nightstar 20x80
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Binoculars Nightstar 20x80
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Omegon Binoculars Nightstar 15x70
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Binoculars Nightstar 15x70
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Omegon Binoculars Argus 25x100
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Binoculars Argus 25x100
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Omegon Binoculars Brightsky 30x100 - 90°
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Binoculars Brightsky 30x100 - 90°
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Omegon Brightsky 30x100 90° binoculars including Neptune fork mount with centre column and tripod
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Brightsky 30x100 90° binoculars including Neptune fork mount with centre column and tripod
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Omegon Nightstar 16x70 - 45° binoculars
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Nightstar 16x70 - 45° binoculars
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Omegon Binoculars Brightsky 15x70
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Binoculars Brightsky 15x70
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Omegon Binoculars Argus 16x70
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Binoculars Argus 16x70
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Omegon Binoculars Fernglas 2x54 für Sternfeldbeobachtung
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Binoculars Fernglas 2x54 für Sternfeldbeobachtung
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Omegon Binoculars Brightsky 22x70 - 90°
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Binoculars Brightsky 22x70 - 90°
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Omegon Binoculars Brightsky 22x70 - 45°
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Binoculars Brightsky 22x70 - 45°
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Omegon Zoomstar 15-45x80
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Zoomstar 15-45x80
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Omegon Binoculars Brightsky 10x50
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Binoculars Brightsky 10x50
$ 329.00
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Omegon Binoculars Argus 11x70
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Binoculars Argus 11x70
$ 539.00
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Omegon Binoculars Nightstar 25x100
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Binoculars Nightstar 25x100
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$ 479.00
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Omegon Binoculars Argus 20x80
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Binoculars Argus 20x80
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Omegon Binoculars Hunter 8x56 HD
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Binoculars Hunter 8x56 HD
$ 349.00
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Omegon Binoculars Brightsky 22x85
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Binoculars Brightsky 22x85
$ 719.00
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Omegon Nightstar 20+40x100 Doublet binoculars with interchangeable eyepieces
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Nightstar 20+40x100 Doublet binoculars with interchangeable eyepieces
$ 1,390.00
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Omegon Binoculars Argus 12x50
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Binoculars Argus 12x50
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Omegon Binoculars Brightsky 7x50
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Binoculars Brightsky 7x50
$ 319.00
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Omegon Binoculars Brightsky 26x82 - 90°
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Binoculars Brightsky 26x82 - 90°
$ 1,590.00
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Omegon Binoculars Brightsky 26x82 - 45°
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Binoculars Brightsky 26x82 - 45°
$ 1,590.00
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Omegon Binoculars Brightsky 30x100 - 45°
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Binoculars Brightsky 30x100 - 45°
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$ 1,890.00
$ 1,509.00
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Omegon Brightsky 22x70 90° binoculars including Neptune fork mount with centre column and tripod
Omegon
Brightsky 22x70 90° binoculars including Neptune fork mount with centre column and tripod
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$ 2,690.00
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Omegon Brightsky 22x70 45° binoculars including Neptune fork mount with centre column and tripod
Omegon
Brightsky 22x70 45° binoculars including Neptune fork mount with centre column and tripod
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Omegon Brightsky 26x82 90° binoculars including Neptune fork mount with centre column and tripod
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Brightsky 26x82 90° binoculars including Neptune fork mount with centre column and tripod
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Omegon Brightsky 26x82 45° binoculars including Neptune fork mount with centre column and tripod
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Brightsky 26x82 45° binoculars including Neptune fork mount with centre column and tripod
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Omegon Brightsky 30x100 45° binoculars including Neptune fork mount with centre column and tripod
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Brightsky 30x100 45° binoculars including Neptune fork mount with centre column and tripod
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Omegon 2.1x42 wide-field binoculars for star field observing
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2.1x42 wide-field binoculars for star field observing
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$ 179.00
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Omegon Binoculars Fernglas Nightstar 25x100 mit Tasche Set
Omegon
Binoculars Fernglas Nightstar 25x100 mit Tasche Set
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RRP:  $ 835.80
$ 749.00
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Omegon Binoculars Fernglas Nightstar 20x80 Set
Omegon
Binoculars Fernglas Nightstar 20x80 Set
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RRP:  $ 406.80
$ 359.00
Product can be shipped as of 01.02.2023

What is important when selecting binoculars for astronomy?

What criteria must be met?

The "very good" rating for binoculars is achieved if they meet the following:

  • The magnification should be at least 10 times so that you can also see details of the sky canopy.
  • A front lens diameter of 70 mm is required.
  • The exit pupil must not be less than 5 mm in diameter.
  • Other evaluation criteria: since temperatures often fall sharply at night, the binoculars should be watertight. This prevents the ingress of humidity, which would otherwise cause fogging inside the binoculars if the temperature drops suddenly. A tripod is absolutely necessary for overhead observing and with higher magnification levels, therefore a tripod attachment should be included.
  • We consider the size of the field of view or the weight to be unimportant for astronomy.
  • Positive influencing factors:
    Special lens materials (FL, ED, HD) or lens construction (APO, field flattener) increase the rating. These ensure that binoculars that would have otherwise only reached a "good” are rated "very good”.
  • Negative influencing factors:
    Information displayed in the field of view such as a compass, a reticle or an integrated distance meter, affects the view and causes the binoculars to be downgraded by a point.

For a "good", binoculars must achieve the following:

  • Magnification: min. 7-times
  • Front lens diameter: min. 50 mm
  • Exit pupil: min. 4.5 mm
  • Tripod attachment: should be available, but there are also solutions for this if necessary.

For a "medium" we will accept:

  • Magnification: min. 7-times
  • Front lens diameter: min. 40 mm
  • Exit pupil: min. 4 mm

We rate binoculars with too little magnification or with an exit pupil of less than 4 mm as "not recommended" for astronomy.

Exceptions are, of course, special binoculars such as the Omegon 2.1x42 for star field observing.