My presentation on choosing and using binoculars is now freely available

April 22, 2018

I’ve had the opportunity to give this talk a few places now, including the Riverside Telescope Maker’s Conference and Norwescon 41, and I regularly get requests to post the slide deck somewhere so people can refer back to it. Deal! Here it is:

Wedel 2018 – exploring the universe with binoculars


  1. Ooooo. Cool. Can’t wait to read this.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Excellent article, Matt. I spent a year with 7×35 to get oriented before getting my first small telescope. That was 20-some years ago and I still enjoy wandering the sky with binocs though now I’m using 12×50 on a home-made balance beam mount.

  3. Excellent presentation. I bought 10×50 two years back and totally love that. I’ll probably now go and buy my first telescope. If you have some material on buying first telescope, please share that too.

    As always, loved your post and looking forward to the next one.

  4. Anyone use monoculars? I must confess to being something of a monocular fan.I never travel without my small 8×25 monocular indeed I explored the southern skies from Australia and New Zealand with it.due to the long flights involved anything bigger wouldn’t have been practical.

  5. I haven’t but I know that people do. Tony Flanders had a nice post about using “ridiculously small optics” for stargazing – it’s on the S&T website here.

    There is a 12×60 monocular on Amazon that seems to sell like gangbusters, and I assume a fair number of buyers are using it for astronomy. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet, but I’ve certainly been tempted.

  6. […] will work. If you need suggestions on things to keep in mind when buying binoculars, see this post (link), and for recommendations on specific models, see this one (link). Why binoculars and not a […]

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